Our Team

Chuck Schroeder

November 16, 2017
Founding Executive Director
Charles P. “Chuck” Schroeder is a native of southwestern Nebraska ranch country near the rural community of Palisade. Prior to beginning his new duties on December 1, 2013 as founding executive director of the Rural Futures Institute at the University …
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Connie Reimers-Hild, Ph.D.

November 16, 2017
Associate Executive Director
Researcher, entrepreneur and high-touch futurist, Connie Reimers-Hild, Ph.D., CPC, helps leaders and organizations reach their desired futures through strengths-based innovation and strategic foresight. She proudly serves as the Associate Executive Director and Chief Futurist for the Rural Futures Institute at …
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Katelyn Ideus

November 17, 2017
Director of Communications & Public Relations
As the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the Rural Futures Institute, Katelyn Ideus develops the strategic communications plan for the institute, delivering stories about the successes earned, innovations created and solutions found by rural communities around the world. …
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Theresa Klein

November 17, 2017
Executive Team & Rural Engagement
Theresa Klein’s grassroots leadership experience and perspective add an important perspective to the Rural Futures Institute’s executive team. After graduating from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln with a degree in animal science and agricultural economics, Klein traveled the entire state on …
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Kim Peterson

November 17, 2017
Director of Competitive Awards & Finance
Kim Peterson grew up on a family farm in Fillmore County, Neb., and currently resides on the family farm near Grafton. She is a former Nebraska LEAD member. Kim attended the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) and graduated with a degree …
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Kayla Schnuelle

November 17, 2017
Leadership Engagement Director & Network Weaver
Kayla Schnuelle directs the RFI Student Serviceship program, coordinates the state-wide network of young professionals, Connecting Young Nebraskans, and offers her expertise in facilitation and leadership throughout many of RFI’s initiatives. She has developed a deep understanding of the opportunities …
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Shawn Kaskie

November 17, 2017
Fellows Coordinator
As RFI Fellows coordinator, Shawn Kaskie works closely with all fellows to stimulate discussions, projects that address the critical challenges and many opportunities in rural America. Shawn also serves as the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Rural Development …
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Aliese Hoffman

November 17, 2017
ADMINISTRATIVE SPECIALIST
Aliese Hoffman is from the rural town of Red Cloud, Neb., where she grew up and worked on her family’s cattle ranch. She was an active member of 4H and FFA. She comes from a family of entrepreneurs and has …
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