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Campaign for Nebraska Agriculture & Life Sciences Fund

Sally Mackenzie at the Center for Plant Innovation is developing modern technologies to improve crops and better understand their natural environments. Other researchers are investigating food safety, environmental impact and the economic implications of agricultural biotechnology. And because viruses – plant, animal or human – share common ancestors, life science researchers have unlimited possibilities to make an impact in medical science as well.

They are collaborating to prevent HIV, discover vaccines for Parkinson's, prevent cervical cancer and other diseases. This work has attracted major, competitive grants for research in gene function, virology, redox biology, alternative energy and nanomedicine.


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Brian Anderson

Brian Anderson

College of Allied Health Professions
402-502-4113 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
brian.anderson@nufoundation.org
Brian is an Illinois native and Princeton University alumnus. Prior to joining the University of Nebraska Foundation team in 2017, he served as a fundraiser for leadership gifts and athletics at his alma mater. Brian began his career as a math teacher and believes that education transforms lives and communities.
Cameron Andreesen

Cameron Andreesen

College of Business
402-458-1191 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
cameron.andreesen@nufoundation.org
Cameron is a 2008 graduate of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Business with a degree in marketing. Cameron brings outstanding experience, energy and passion for the university to the College of Business team.
Lisa Anibal

Lisa Anibal

Director of Philanthropic Programs
402-502-4108 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
lisa.anibal@nufoundation.org
A member of the foundation team since 2017, Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and a Master of Science from Bellevue University. As director of the grateful patient giving program, she works with individuals who wish to recognize through philanthropy the excellent care they or their loved one received at Nebraska Medicine.
Amber Antholz

Amber Antholz

College of Arts & Sciences
402-458-1182 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
amber.antholz@nufoundation.org
Amber has been with the foundation since 2000. She has a bachelor of journalism degree in advertising and a Master of Arts in journalism, both from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She leads the fundraising efforts for UNL's College of Arts and Sciences. Amber enjoys being at the foundation because she has the opportunity to work with amazing university alumni and friends, talented students, faculty and dedicated colleagues.
Tessa Barney

Tessa Barney

College of Public Affairs and Community Service
402-502-4103 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
tessa.barney@nufoundation.org
Tessa has been with the foundation since 2012. She has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and a Master of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She's honored to have the opportunity to build partnerships with donors that strengthen and enhance the community.
David Belieu

David Belieu

College of Arts & Sciences
402-504-3335 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
david.belieu@nufoundation.org
David has been with the Foundation since 2014. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and Master of Arts in Educational Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. David enjoys working with individuals who help to further the mission of higher education. He is passionate about higher education, and its influence on the lives of students and the state of Nebraska.
Mike Bird

Mike Bird

UNO Advancement
402-502-4923 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
mike.bird@nufoundation.org
Mike joined the foundation in 2014. Mike has a great passion for education and a strong mix of fundraising, sales, and business development experience in Omaha. In addition, he has been an active volunteer in the Omaha community, and he understands well that UNO's greatest asset is Omaha.
Rich Brodersen

Rich Brodersen

UNK Athletics & UNK College of Fine Arts & Humanities
308-698-5274 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
rich.brodersen@nufoundation.org
Rich earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a journalism major from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. A McCook native, he joined the foundation in 2016 after more than 20 years of professional experience working on UNK’s campus as a member of the athletics department and announcer for Loper games. Rich’s fundraising efforts are focused on UNK athletics and the College of Fine Arts & Humanities.
Craig Buescher

Craig Buescher

Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources
402-458-1139 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
craig.buescher@nufoundation.org
Craig grew up in South Central Nebraska on a diversified farm and livestock operation. Craig graduated from the University of Nebraska with an animal science degree and worked at Senek Swine Testing Station, the Meat Animal Research Center before operating his own diversified farming operation near Deweese for more 30 years.
Amanda Byleen

Amanda Byleen

College of Education and Human Sciences
402-458-1192 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
amanda.byleen@nufoundation.org
Amanda joined the University of Nebraska Foundation in 2014. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Education and Human Sciences and has a degree in speech language pathology and audiology. Her involvement in numerous organizations and activities led to a deeply enriched experience at UNL. Amanda enjoys the opportunity to develop relationships and serve amazing friends and alumni of the university.
Justin Carlson

Justin Carlson

College of Engineering
402-458-1196 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
justin.carlson@nufoundation.org
Justin earned his bachelor’s degree from UNL’s College of Business. With 10 years of experience in the insurance industry and eight years as a financial advisor, Justin brings valuable experience to the development team. Justin has always been passionate about community service and giving back. He has served on a long list of boards and committees, including most recently Leadership Lincoln, the Community Services Fund of Nebraska and Lincoln’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. Justin believes in the power of education to transform our society and in the impact learning has on an individual. Justin is married and has three children, ages 9, 7 and 3.
Doug Carr

Doug Carr

Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources
402-458-1160 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
doug.carr@nufoundation.org
Doug is a graduate of University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications. He joined the University of Nebraska Foundation in 2017 and has extensive experience in video production, advertising, sales and marketing, primarily in the field of agribusiness. Doug’s fundraising efforts are focused on the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Ashley Christensen

Ashley Christensen

Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center at UNMC
402-502-4118 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
ashley.christensen@nufoundation.org
Ashley joined the University of Nebraska Foundation team in 2017. A Nebraska native, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s College of Business Administration in 2005. Ashley is passionate about her work and excited to be a part of the fight against cancer in her role supporting the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center.
Lucas Dart

Lucas Dart

UNK Advancement
308-698-5272 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
lucas.dart@nufoundation.org
Lucas joined the foundation in 2002 and left to become the UNK alumni director in 2008. He returned to the foundation as campaign director and associate director of the UNK Alumni Association in 2010. Currently he is vice president of alumni relations and development for UNK. Lucas is a Kearney native and has a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He enjoys fostering alumni and friends' connections with UNK and each other and helping donors achieve their philanthropic dreams and goals.
Stephen Driscoll

Stephen Driscoll

Assistant Director of Development, UNO
402-504-3333 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
stephen.driscoll@nufoundation.org
Stephen earned a Bachelor of Science degree with an emergency services major from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. His studies included minors in public administration, nonprofit management and political science. Prior to joining the foundation in 2016, Stephen worked at Siena/Francis House Homeless Shelter and in Gross Catholic High School’s advancement office where he focused on young alumni engagement.
Josh Egley

Josh Egley

Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources
402-458-1202 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
josh.egley@nufoundation.org
Josh has been with the foundation since 2008. He has a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Josh's experience at UNL was very positive and working at the foundation allows him to help make that same experience available to other students. It also allows him to give back to his alma mater.
Kellie Esters

Kellie Esters

Senior Director of Development, UNMC
402-502-4127 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
kellie.esters@nufoundation.org
Kellie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Monmouth College and a Master of Science degree from Western Illinois University. She joined the University of Nebraska Foundation team in 2017 with more than 25 years of experience in education and health care advancement. Kellie enjoys working with UNMC’s College of Medicine and supports its mission and commitment to community health.
Joye Fehringer

Joye Fehringer

College of Arts & Sciences
402458-1187 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
joye.fehringer@nufoundation.org
Joye has been with the foundation since 2007. She has a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is passionate about her job because she enjoys bringing friends and alumni together to help advance the College of Arts and Sciences.
Joey Felici

Joey Felici

Director of Development, College of Business, UNL
402-504-3329 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
joey.felici@nufoundation.org
Joey is originally from Omaha and obtained his bachelor’s degree in business administration from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Joey was a four-year member of the Husker Football program. During his student-athlete experience, he received many awards including the Tom Osborne and Brook Berringer Citizenship Award, Admiral U.S. Grant Sharp Trophy for unselfish commitment, motivation and teamwork, and the Hero Leadership Award for demonstrated excellence in community service and leadership.
Amy Ferguson

Amy Ferguson

College of Engineering
402-458-1203 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
amy.ferguson@nufoundation.org
Amy has been a fundraiser at the foundation since 2012. She has a Bachelor of Journalism in Advertising from UNL. She is passionate about her job because she enjoys helping students achieve their dreams of attending college.
University of Nebraska Foundation

University of Nebraska Foundation

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info@nufoundation.org
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Greg Jensen

Greg Jensen

College of Journalism
402-458-1181 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
greg.jensen@nufoundation.org
Greg has been with the foundation since 1989. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. He considers it a privilege to work with University of Nebraska alumni and friends to make a difference in advancing educational access and opportunities for students in Nebraska.
RJ Jerrick

RJ Jerrick

Director of Development UNO Athletics
402-502-4106 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
rj.jerrick@nufoundation.org
RJ played baseball while earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in sports management from Bellevue University, so he knows firsthand the challenges faced by student athletes. He also holds an MBA from Creighton University. Before joining the foundation in 2017, his career was in business development and analytics. He is now focused on securing gifts for UNO Athletics.
Brook Jobes

Brook Jobes

College of Dentistry
402-458-1183 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
brook.jobes@nufoundation.org
Brook’s fundraising efforts are focused on the University of Nebraska’s College of Dentistry. A native of Grand Island, Brook earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a secondary education major from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Prior to joining the University of Nebraska Foundation in 2016, Brook worked in the fields of athletic recruitment and healthcare.
Meg Johnson

Meg Johnson

College of Medicine
402-502-4107 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
meg.johnson@nufoundation.org
Meg has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 25 years. With the foundation from 1997-2001, she rejoined the team in 2011 to work on behalf of UNMC. She has a Bachelor of Science from Nebraska Wesleyan University. Believing that education and philanthropy transform lives, Meg values helping donors achieve their goals and make an impact at UNMC.
James Keim

James Keim

Interdisciplinary Research & College of Architecture
402-458-1140 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
james.keim@nufoundation.org
James has been with the foundation since 1998. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Speech, English and Communications from Hastings College and a Master of Arts in English Literature from Emporia State University. Working at the foundation combines two of James' passions – higher education and philanthropy. He feels that higher education offers life meaning, while philanthropy offers purpose.
Amy Kloefkorn

Amy Kloefkorn

College of Arts and Sciences
402-458-1175 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
amy.kloefkorn@nufoundation.org
Amy joined the foundation in 2014. Her past experiences and skills building community relationships and partnerships with universities and other organizations across Nebraska serve her well here at the foundation.
Pete Kotsiopulos

Pete Kotsiopulos

College of Business and Technology
308-698-5273 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
pete.kotsiopulos@nufoundation.org
Pete joined the foundation in 2010. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Pete enjoys working at the foundation and the UNK Alumni Association because of the dedicated people who work at both and because of the great missions served by the foundation and the UNK Alumni Association.
Sue Kutschkau

Sue Kutschkau

UNO Development
402-502-4109 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
sue.kutschkau@nufoundation.org
Sue has been with the foundation since 2007. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Sports Administration from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Sue enjoys her time at the foundation because it is fun to work with people who are so generous and caring. She believes higher education definitely transforms lives and feels fortunate to be a part of that experience.
Jeremy Lohrman

Jeremy Lohrman

College of Engineering
direct
800-432-3216 toll free
Jeremy.Lohrman@nufoundation.org
A Nebraska native, Jeremy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a chemistry major from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 2008. As a nontraditional student, he experienced firsthand the impact of receiving a higher education through the gift of scholarships, and he is passionate about helping others receive the same transformational opportunity. Prior to joining the foundation in 2016, Jeremy spent his career in information systems and technology.
Heather Lundine

Heather Lundine

Lied Center for Performing Arts, Sheldon Museum of Art, International Quilt Study Center & Museum
402-458-1281 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
heather.lundine@nufoundation.org
Heather’s fundraising efforts are focused on the Lied Center for Performing Arts, the Sheldon Museum of Art and the International Quilt Study Center & Museum. Heather has a longtime relationship with the arts in Nebraska and has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 10 years. Heather joined the foundation in 2016 and is passionate about her work, because scholarships helped her reach her own educational goals.
Edwin Lyons

Edwin Lyons

Nebraska Medicine, UNMC
402-504-3339 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
edwin.lyons@nufoundation.org
Edwin began his fundraising career as a volunteer for UNICEF at age 10. Since then, he has enjoyed an extensive professional career in marketing, fundraising, sales and development. Edwin joined the foundation team in 2018 and is honored to be an advocate and ambassador for the patients and caregivers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine.
Victor Martinez

Victor Martinez

College of Arts & Sciences
402-458-1185 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
victor.martinez@nufoundation.org
Victor has been with the foundation since 2013. He has a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He enjoys meeting alumni who have had tremendous experiences at the university. He loves the fact that no matter where he meets alumni – in Lincoln, Omaha or any city on the East Coast—everyone is still a Cornhusker.
Nicole Massara

Nicole Massara

College of Education
402-502-4105 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
nicole.massara@nufoundation.org
Nicole has been with the foundation since 2012. She has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Nicole received scholarships while attending college and appreciates the indelible impact they have on students. For her, it is incredibly meaningful and inspiring to work with donors who want to make a difference in the lives of faculty, students and the university.
Todd Mattox

Todd Mattox

College of Education and Human Sciences
402-458-1238 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
todd.mattox@nufoundation.org
Todd joined the foundation in 2014. He has a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. A native Nebraskan, he is passionate about the university and the impact it has on the lives of its students, alumni and people throughout the state.
Brad Nelson

Brad Nelson

Director II, Development, UNMC
402-502-4141 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
brad.nelson@nufoundation.org
Brad serves as director of development for the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of Public Health and College of Pharmacy. He joined the foundation in 2017 with several years of fundraising, community development and volunteer management experience.
Joanna Nordhues

Joanna Nordhues

College of Arts & Sciences
402-458-1178 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
joanna.nordhues@nufoundation.org
Joanna has been with the foundation since 2005. She has a bachelor's degree of journalism in advertising from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She is routinely surrounded by extremely intelligent, kind and generous people who have achieved great success in their lives. She finds these interactions to be a wonderful way to spend her days.
Laine Norton

Laine Norton

College of Business
402-458-1201 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
laine.norton@nufoundation.org
Laine has been with the foundation since 2011. She has a Bachelor of Journalism in News Editorial and a Bachelor of Arts in History both from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She enjoys having the opportunity to work with and serve amazing alumni.
Connie Pejsar

Connie Pejsar

Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, State Museum
402-458-1190 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
connie.pejsar@nufoundation.org
Connie has been with the foundation since 1983. She has enjoyed a variety of positions and currently is fundraising for the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts and the State Museum. The most rewarding part of Connie's job is establishing relationships with alumni and friends of the university and helping them make their dream of helping the university a reality
Meghan Perrin

Meghan Perrin

Nebraska Medicine, UNMC
direct
800-432-3216 toll free
meghan.perrin@nufoundation.org
Meghan joined the University of Nebraska Foundation team in 2018 with a strong professional background in fundraising, consulting and nonprofit leadership. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree with a nonprofit management concentration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Meghan’s fundraising efforts are focused on the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine, and she has a passion for helping alumni and friends of the university connect their interests to fulfilling, life-changing opportunities.
Matthew Pohren

Matthew Pohren

Nebraska Medicine, UNMC
402-504-3338 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
matt.pohren@nufoundation.org
Matthew joined the University of Nebraska Foundation in 2018 with a strong background in consulting and leadership and extensive knowledge of university systems. A Nebraska native, he believes in the purpose and mission of the foundation and enjoys the opportunity to make philanthropic ideas and dreams a reality for supporters of the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine.
Kathy Schuele

Kathy Schuele

College of Engineering
402-458-1167 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
kathy.schuele@nufoundation.org
Kathy was born and raised in Omaha, she received her bachelor’s degree from TCU. She joined the Foundation in 2015. Kathy has volunteered with Teammates for years and has been able to watch the power of education in Nebraska. This passion drives her work at the Foundation.
Ronna Sears-Fritz

Ronna Sears-Fritz

College of Education and Human Sciences
402-458-1146 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
ronna.sears-fritz@nufoundation.org
A Nebraska native, Ronna earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from UNL’s College of Education and Human Sciences and a master’s degree in public administration from UNO. Ronna joined the foundation in 2018 with several years of fundraising and programming experience and loves working to advance the college where she got her start.
Joe Selig

Joe Selig

UNL Development
402-458-1195 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
joe.selig@nufoundation.org
Joe Selig is senior vice president for UNL development at the University of Nebraska Foundation. Before joining the foundation in 2003, he provided 23 years of service to the UNL athletics department. He is an alumnus of the UNL College of Business Administration, where he received bachelor’s and MBA degrees.
Barbara Soderlin

Barbara Soderlin

Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources
402-458-1176 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
barbara.soderlin@nufoundation.org
Barbara joined the University of Nebraska Foundation in 2018 following a career as a newspaper reporter and editor. She worked for several papers, including the Omaha World-Herald, where she covered agribusiness, food production and the grocery business, communicating the story of Nebraska’s ag economy to readers. Barbara holds degrees in English and journalism.
Justin Swanson

Justin Swanson

College of Business
402-458-1280 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
justin.swanson@nufoundation.org
An Omaha native, Justin earned a juris doctor from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Law and a master’s degree from UNL’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications. He believes that college should be accessible to everyone, particularly students who are first in their family to attend college, and is passionate about the power of education. Justin joined the foundation in 2016.
Tom Thompson

Tom Thompson

Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center at UNMC
402-502-4116 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
tom.thompson@nufoundation.org
Tom has been with the foundation since 2002. He has a Bachelor of Science in Communications from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He supports the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center and oncology related departments at UNMC. Tom enjoys working at the foundation because he is assisting the people at UNMC who work tirelessly to help others.
Christine Truhe

Christine Truhe

College of Law
402-458-1156 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
christine.truhe@nufoundation.org
Christine earned her bachelor’s degree from UNL’s College of Journalism and Mass Communication and her Juris Doctorate from the NU College of Law. In addition to her time with the Law College, Christine has worked for UNL Housing, UNL Conference Services, and Husker Athletics.
Lauren Van Buskirk

Lauren Van Buskirk

College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media
402-502-4124 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
lauren.vanbuskirk@nufoundation.org
Lauren earned her degree in journalism from the University of Southern California where she developed a diverse background by working and volunteering with various nonprofit organizations as well as working in marketing and communications. Lauren's passion for the arts and higher education are a great fit for the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media.
Amy Volk

Amy Volk

UNMC & Nebraska Medicine Development
402-502-4112 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
amy.volk@nufoundation.org
Amy has been with the foundation since 1993 and has a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Iowa State University and a Master of Arts from Bowling Green State University. She enjoys working at the foundation because she manages an amazing team devoted to UNMC and its hospital partner Nebraska Medicine and their donors. She has the opportunity to help donors make their philanthropic dreams come true. And she gets to work with bright, talented and passionate clinicians, researchers and educators who care deeply about the health and wellbeing of others.
 
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