Gary Bieganski - Chair

706 Bordeaux Road, Chadron, NE  69337  (308) 432-5201

Trustee BIeganski is president emeritus of the Community Hospital in McCook. He has served on numerous boards throughout the state. Trustee Bieganski was appointed to the Board in May of 2006 to complete the term vacated by Steve Lewis. He is a graduate of Chadron State College.

Jess Zeiss - Vice Chair

Office: 1620 Dodge Street, #1104, Omaha, NE  68197  (402) 602-7483

Trustee Zeiss is managing director at First National Capital Markets. He is a graduate of Doane College and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking. Trustee Zeiss was appointed in February 2014 to complete the term vacated by William Roskens.

John Chaney

PO Box 366, Auburn, NE  68305  (402) 274-7661

Trustee Chaney is retired CEO of Auburn State Bank.  He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska and a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin.  Trustee Chaney was appointed to the Board in January 2012.

Bob Engles

Office: 913 Central Avenue, Auburn, NE  68305  (402) 274-5100

Trustee Engles is owner of Engles Agency in Auburn, NE.  He was appointed to complete the term vacated by Floyd Vrtiska in March of 2011 and reappointed in January 2012.  Trustee Engles is a graduate of Peru State College.

Carter "Cap" Peterson

Office: Northeast NE Insurance Agency Inc., PO Box 100, Wayne, NE  68787  (402) 375-2696

Trustee Peterson is owner of Northeast NE Insurance Agency, Inc. and Antiques on Main in Wayne.  Trustee Peterson is a graduate of Wayne State College and a former adjunct instructor. He was appointed to the Board in January of 2005.

Michelle Suarez

2427 Woodsdale Boulevard, Lincoln, NE  68502  (402) 432-2508

Trustee Suarez is an Early Childhood Developer for Prosper Lincoln. She holds a bachelor of science degree and a master's degree in educational administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Trustee Suarez was appointed to complete the term vacated by Willa Kosman in December of 2007.

Matt Blomstedt

Office: 301 Centennial Mall South, 6th Floor, Lincoln 68509  (402) 471-5020

Trustee Blomstedt is the State Commissioner of Education. As Commissioner of Education, Dr. Blomstedt is an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees.

Dawson Brunswick, Chadron State College Student Trustee

Dawson is a sophomore majoring in education with a field endorsement in business, marketing, and information technology education.  He is the current president of Phi Beta Lambda and vice president of the Student Senate. He has served as a student board member on the McCook Public School Board of Education.

Camarie Stratman, Peru State College Student Trustee

Camarie is junior majoring in psychology with a minor in human resources. She has previously tutored children in an after-school program for Nebraska Wesleyan.

Ria Pedersen, Wayne State College Student Trustee

Ria is a junior majoring in speech communication and organizational leadership and public relations with a minor in business administration. She has served as the student senate secretary, Wildcat PR vice president, and a navigator. She volunteers at Haven House and is a Wildcat Academy of Leadership and Knowledge mentor.