Leadership Nebraska honors 29 graduates

Leadership Nebraska honors 29 graduates
2024 Class XV graduates. (Photo taken by Sam Rice)
February 12th, 2024 | Nebraska Chamber of Commerce

Graduates are current and emerging leaders from communities throughout Nebraska. The program enhances their leadership skills and deepens their knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing our state. Leadership Nebraska is dedicated to the development of informed leaders who understand issues, define problems, develop solutions and achieve positions of higher responsibility in Nebraska.

“We’re pleased to add such a great group of individuals to the larger network of Leadership Nebraska alumni,” said Bryan Slone, NE Chamber president. “These individuals truly represent the state of Nebraska and are actively shaping their organizations, communities and the state.”

The program includes six, three-day sessions held in various locations across Nebraska. Topic areas include economic development, healthcare, agriculture, education, and government and policy.

Leadership Nebraska Class XV members who graduated Thursday include:

Crystal Dunekacke, City of Auburn


Adam Jurgens, Hamilton Telecommunications


Kelli Vondra, Great Plains Communications


David Mazankowski, Nebraska Public Power District
Brett Rains, Columbus Credit Services


Julie Deepe, Midwest Bank


Jenna Roberts, Pinnacle Bank-Elwood


Shane Labenz, CMBA Architects


Jason Davis, Central Community College


Gina Jespersen, Hemingford Public Schools


Alex Linden, Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District


Lauren Brandt, City of Kearney

Doug Sutko, FNBO


Katie Bass, First Five Nebraska

Stacy Clouse, Olsson

Lee Ann Heflebower, Nebraska Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence

David Sharp, Hexagon Agility

Courtney Wittstruck, Nebraska Community College Association


Cassie Condon, North Platte Area Chamber & Development


Kyleigh Austin, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska

Patrick Burke, Viterra

Cristina Castro – Matukewicz, Wells Fargo

Beth Coffman, Omaha Public Power District

Rosalee Higgs, Nonprofit Association of the Midlands

Itzel Lopez, Latino Economic Development Council

Tami Soper, Boys Town

Michaela Valentin, Omaha Public Power District


Jennifer Peters, Black Hills Energy

Amber Powers, City of Papillion

After graduation, participants join a network of 360 alumni committed to lifelong learning and community engagement.

Leadership Nebraska is an NE Chamber Foundation program designed for current and future Nebraska leaders to view challenges and opportunities that face Nebraska. The NE Chamber Foundation is focused on meeting the needs of current business, community and state leaders, as well as equipping Nebraska’s next generation of leaders with the experiences, information and research they need to turn big ideas into bold moves.


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