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LK Class 30 & YLK Class 27 Announced


July 22, 2020

Source & Media Contact:

Jake Williams, Leadership Kearney - President, 308.293.2146,

Erin Howard, Leadership Kearney Class 30 Chair,

Nicole Berggren, Leadership Kearney Class 30 Co-Chair,

Ryan Dennhardt, Youth Leadership Kearney Class 27 Chair,

John Icenogle, Youth Leadership Kearney Class 27 Co-Chair,

Leadership Kearney - Announces Members of Leadership Kearney Class 30 & Youth Leadership Kearney Class 27

KEARNEY – Leadership Kearney is proud to announce the selection of 23 individuals joining the milestone Leadership Kearney Class 30 and the 25 youth student representatives joining the Youth Leadership Kearney Class 27.

Founded in 1990, Leadership Kearney identifies the next generation of leaders in the Kearney area. Participants have been selected by the Leadership Kearney Board of Directors from an application and recommendation process. All candidates have demonstrated an abiding interest in Kearney and its future. Leadership Kearney is a two year program that includes ten sessions covering a broad range of industry pillars in Kearney and Nebraska. Listed below are the 23 leaders selected to participate in Leadership Kearney’s Class 30, along with the class member’s employer.

Kristie Artz - University of Nebraska at Kearney - Office of Financial Aid

Jeff Dickey - First National Bank of Omaha

Brandon Drozd - University of Nebraska at Kearney

Chris Fankhauser - Two Rivers Public Health Department

Coelette Gruber - City of Kearney

Darla Heggem - University of Nebraska Foundation

Jenn Hoffart - Mirror Image Car Wash

Katie Holmes - Central Community College

Brandi Horacek - Oldfather Financial Services, LLC

Luke Huddleston - Marshall Land Brokers & Auctioneers of Kearney, Inc.

Nate Husak - Bruner Frank Schumacher, L.L.C.

Margot Icenogle-Larsen - Kearney/Buffalo County CASA

Becky Kraenow - HelpCare Clinic

John Lanning - Kearney Regional Medical Center

Nate Lewis - Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Nicole Luhm - Jacobsen, Orr, Lindstrom, & Holbrook, P.C., L.L.O.

Abby Olson - CHI Health Good Samaritan

Adrienne Olson - Kearney Regional Medical Center

Stefanie Roper - CHI Health Good Samaritan

Connor Smith - Farm Credit Services of America

Samantha Smith - Economic Development Council of Buffalo County

Trevor Spiegel - Department of Health and Human Services

Bryan Waugh - City of Kearney, Kearney Police Department

The Youth Leadership Kearney program was founded in 1994 to inspire the next generation to mirror the Leadership Kearney class and to help develop the hidden potential in Kearney area high school students. Participants have been selected by the Leadership Kearney Board of Directors from a blind application and recommendation process. Youth Leadership Kearney is a year-long program that includes eight sessions covering a broad range of industry pillars in Kearney and Nebraska. The chosen students are sponsored by a local business/organization to ensure that each student can complete the program. Listed below are the 25 youth leaders selected to participate in Youth Leadership Kearney’s Class 27, along with the class member’s school. The youth’s business sponsors will be recognized within the next month.

Mallory Bellamy - Kearney Catholic High School

Julia Carlson - Kearney Catholic High School

Milli Ciprian - Kearney High School

Carly Collison - Kearney High School

Josie Denney - Kearney Catholic High School

Caden DeVries - Kearney High School

Olivia Flood - Kearney High School

Kierstynn Garner - Kearney High School

Sydney Haffener - Kearney High School

Maddie Horacek - Kearney Catholic High School

Ashton Huls - Kearney Catholic High School

Ethan Kinney - Kearney Catholic High School

Reagan Lowe - Kearney Catholic High School

Brett Mahony - Kearney Catholic High School

Mason Mandernach - Kearney Catholic High School

Baylee McAtee - Kearney High School

Maddie McGowen - Kearney Catholic High School

Dylan Merz - Kearney Catholic High School

Abbey Rivera - Kearney High School

Rosalyn Roggasch - Kearney Catholic High School

Payton Schirmer - Kearney Catholic High School

Garret Schmaderer - Kearney Catholic High School

Kade Uelmen - Kearney Catholic High School

Parker Wise - Kearney High School

Alana Zimbelman - Kearney High School

With this announcement, Leadership Kearney is excited to also celebrate its 30th year of developing the next generation of leaders in Kearney. The Board of Directors look forward to this milestone year and are working on ways to celebrate its rich history in the Kearney community. The following individuals will serve on the Leadership Kearney Board of Directors in 2020-2021: Jake Williams (President), Brenda Jensen (Past President), Bergan Schumacher (Vice President), Megan Telecky (Secretary), Jamie Bernu (Treasurer), Nicole Berggren, Megan Berry, June Collison, Ryan Dennhardt, Nathan Dorsey, Nikki Erickson, Jade Florang, Erin Howard, John Icenogle, Katie Rickard, Chuck Kreis, Cody Krull, Bill Maendele, Ellie Schroeder, Shanna Schulte, Kristen Sedlacek.

About Leadership Kearney:

Leadership Kearney is an organization created to identify, educate and nurture potential, emerging and existing leaders that are committed to improving the quality of life in Kearney and the surrounding communities. Youth Leadership Kearney was created to mirror the Leadership Kearney program started in 1991. Recognizing that there was a need to inspire and train the next generation of youth leaders in Kearney. Visit to learn more or like us on Facebook at @LeadershipKearney.


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