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FFA Association

Agendas and Minutes

2022-2023 FFA Board of Directors

District Name/Office Chapter/Affiliation
I Colin Kubik Norris
II Kris Spath Waverly
III Kevin Anderson, Vice Chair Lyons-Decatur Northeast
IV Matt Neal Pierce
V Casey Carriker Crete
VI Jeff Moore, Treasurer Holdrege
VII Lacey Peterson, Secretary Riverside
VIII Lonnie Koepke Anselmo-Merna
IX Tim Negley, Chairperson Gothenburg
X Emily Whipple Ainsworth
XI Samantha Lavene BerMis
XII Ashtyn Vivion Alliance
NDE Sarah Heideman, Ex-Officio non-voting, Board Liaison NDE State FFA Advisor
NDE Stacie Turnbull, Ex-Officio non-voting NDE State Director of Ag Education
NDE Donnie Wolters, Ex-Officio non-voting NDE, FFA Leadership Program Manager
FFA Alexis Bodlak, Ex-Officio non-voting Nebraska FFA Officer Team

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Agendas and Minutes

The Nebraska Agricultural Educators Association…the professional choice!  The NAEA is the state affiliate of the National Association of Agricultural Educators, or the NAAE.  Professional development, lobbying support, social networking, and field advancement are all benefits provided by the NAEA to its members.  Check out the links to the left for more information about the NAEA and its programming.

With one member elected to serve each district, the Nebraska Agricultural Educators Association (NAEA) Board is here to serve its members.  Professional development is key to the NAEA, in addition to maintaining quality agricultural education programs in Nebraska.  Contact an executive team member or your district chair with questions, concerns, or ideas!

2022-2023 NAEA Board of Directors

Executive Director Colin Kubic
President Melissa Bonifas
President Elect Stephanie Miller
Past President Craig Flamming
Secretary Ashton Bohlin
Treasurer David Gibbens
Ex-Officio Member, UNL Matt Kreifels
Ex-Officio Member, NDE Stacie Turnbull
Other NDE Member Sarah Heideman
District I + PD Ashton Bohling
District II Katie Arp-Donahue
District III Kylie Penke
District IV Dylan Huber
District V Rachel Eickman
District VI Brandon Jacobitz
District VII Stephanie Miller
District VIII Hannah Horak
District IX Justin Nollette
District X Ellen Trahan
District XI + Fair Comm Vicky Armstrong
District XII Nicole Sorensen
District XIII Doug Smith
Issues Committee Chair Rachelle Staehr
Awards Committee Chair Morgan Senger
CDE Committee Chair Kurt VanDeWalle
FFA Foundation Kris Spath
UNL Nathan Conner
Mentor Coordinator Toni Rasmussen
District Alignment Comm Sarah Whiting
NVAF Kurt VanDeWalle

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Contact us to get more information about NAEA or to join!

Rich Douglass
NAEA Executive Director
110 N. Vermont
Cortland, NE 68331
(402) 798-7430
[email protected]

About NAEA


Agricultural educators who had formed state associations for agricultural educators organized the National Vocational Agricultural Teachers’ Association (NVATA) in 1948 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1997 at the annual NVATA convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, the name of the organization was changed to the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE). The NAAE is a federation of 50 state agricultural educators associations. The governing body of the organization consists of a board of directors with a president, president elect, and six regional vice presidents. Today, more than 7,600 agricultural educators are members of the NAAE.


“Professionals providing agricultural education for the global community
through visionary leadership, advocacy and service.”

NAAE seeks to advance agricultural education and promote the professional interests and growth of agriculture teachers as well as recruit and prepare students who have a desire to teach agriculture.

The organization is dedicated to developing professional pride, to nourishing a spirit of unity among classroom teachers and to recognizing members for conducting outstanding programs.

It monitors governmental affairs affecting agricultural education and assists in the development of priorities and strategies to effect federal legislation and appropriations (from NAAE website).


The basic purposes of the Nebraska Agricultural Educators Association is to provide professional support for the everyday agricultural educator! Specifically, NAEA purposes, as defined by the NAEA Bylaws, are:

  1. To assume and maintain an active leadership in the promotion and furtherance of Agricultural Education,
  2. To bring together all of the agricultural instructors through membership in a state association devoted exclusively to their interests,
  3. To provide an opportunity for agricultural instructors to discuss all problems effecting Agricultural Education on the state level,
  4. To serve local Associations of agricultural instructors in the solution of any problems, which they may have,
  5. To cooperate with the National Association of Agricultural Educators, Inc. (NAAE), the Association for Career and Technical Education of Nebraska (ACTEN) and the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) in furthering the cause of all Vocational Education,
  6. To communicate and cooperate with those organizations and individuals having as their objective the improvement of the status of the Agricultural Education Instructors and to enlist their aid in the furtherance of these purposes,
  7. To inform by publication of the needs in the field of Agricultural Education and the possibilities of progress to be made therein,
  8. To receive property by devise or bequest, and otherwise acquire and hold all types of property,
  9. To act as trustee under incidental to the principal objects of the corporation, and to receive, hold and administer and expand funds and property subject to such trust,
  10. To convey, exchange, lease mortgage, encumber and transfer upon trust, or otherwise dispose of all property, real of personal,
  11. To borrow money, contract debts and issue bonds and votes, and secure payment of performance of its obligations, and,
  12. To make contracts and to do all other acts necessary or expedient for the administration of the affairs and attainment of the purposes of the corporation.

Apply for Awards

Honor yourself or nominate others….it’s just that simple! The short form of the NAEA Award Application makes applying for awards quick and easy!

State applications are due April 15! (Dates have been corrected in the applications.)

Contact Brent Nollette, Awards Chair, for more information.

Award applications/materials should be mailed to:
Brent Nollette
NAEA Past President
Valentine Public Schools
431 North Green Street, PO Box 90
Valentine, NE 69201-1845

NAEA “Short Form” Award Application
NAEA Teacher Mentor Award Application

FFA Foundation

Board of Directors

Dedicated leadership and fiscal responsibility.

The Board of Directors of the Nebraska FFA Foundation is a group of talented, successful and committed leaders who take the mission and goals of the Foundation to heart. The Board is responsible for setting the direction for the Foundation, securing funds to fulfill the mission of the Foundation—and for ensuring that the assets of the Foundation are invested wisely and targeted to the greatest need and return among Nebraska FFA chapters and statewide activities.

nebraska FFA foundation board of directors

2022-2023 FFA Board of Directors

Nebraska FFA Foundation Staff

Stacey Agnew
Executive Director

Sarah Mullen
Development and Marketing Manager

Victoria Broders
Program Coordinator

Abby Steffen
Development Coordinator

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FFA Alumni

Nebraska FFA Alumni Board

Representative I Dr. Richard Douglass 402/798-7430 [email protected]
Representative II Kevin Henrichson, Treasurer 402/443-6061 [email protected]
Representative III Lori Walla 308/762-3359 [email protected]
Representative IV Jeffrey Hornung, Vice President & Awards Chair 402/937-2290 [email protected]
Representative V Jill Goedeken, Secretary and FFA Foundation Representative [email protected]
Representative VI Kurt Frauen 308/795-2275 [email protected]
Representative VII Les Hornung 402/785-7830 [email protected]
Representative VIII Nancy Harders, President 308/380-0589 [email protected]
Representative IX Brett Nunnenkamp, News Editor 402/469-0077 [email protected]
Representative X Bill Buettner, Past President 308/383-5226 [email protected]
Representative XI Matt Scholz [email protected]
Representative XII Tom Walters 308/665-2303 [email protected]
Representative XIII Haley Ehrke [email protected]
Agricultural Education Dr. Nathan Conner, UNL 402/472-3938 [email protected]
Secondary Ag Ed Instructor TBA
Post-Secondary College Dennis Toalson, Southeast Community College 402/228-8251 [email protected]
FFA State Officer Representative (1-year term) Kooper Jelinek, Nebraska FFA Association State President [email protected]
Nebraska Department of Education & Nebraska FFA Association (Ex-Officio)  State Director of Agricultural Education 402/471-0015
Nebraska Department of Education & Nebraska FFA Association (Ex-Officio) Larry Gossen, NDE 402/471-2441 [email protected]
FFA Alumni Membership Secretary (Ex-Officio) Tammi Steinhauer 2360 Road 321, Sutton, NE 68979 402/984-5862 [email protected]

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2017−2018 Nebraska Vocational Agriculture Foundation/Board of Directors/Executive Committee

Tom Hofmann, High Plains, President

Brandon Grosserode, Elkhorn Valley, Vice President

Sarah Whiting, Creek Valley, Secretary

Amanda Hackenkamp, Cross County, Treasurer

Area Representatives

  • Thomas Dux, Fairbury, Districts 1, 2, 5
  • Kylie Penke, Oakland-Craig, Districts 3, 4, 7
  • Melissa Bonifas, Blue Hill, Districts 6, 8, 11
  • Seth Heinert, Ogallala, Districts 9, 10, 12
  • At Large: Phil Simpson, Burwell
  • At Large: Lisa Kemp, Wallace
  • At Large Accountant: Casey Carpenter, Dohman, Akerlund & Eddy, LLC
  • At Large Omaha: Richard Braasch, Hancock & Dana, PC
  • At Large, Lincoln: Todd Reed, Cargill
  • At Large Banker: Greg Ashby, Five Points Bank
  • At-Large Lawyer: Rod Wetovick, Nance County Attorney

Executive Staff

Maile Ilac Boeder, Executive Director, The Leadership Center

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