The Nebraska P-16 Initiative is governed by a 32-member Leadership Council which assures representation of a broad spectrum of organizations in education, business, and state government. A smaller Executive Committee oversees the Initiative's ongoing operations.
Under the leadership of Governor Dave Heineman, who serves as Chair of the Nebraska P-16 Initiative, four co-chairs are responsible for key areas critical to the Initiative's success. They are:
Senator Kate Sullivan, Chair of the Education Committee of the Nebraska Legislature. A former Cooperation Extension Service educator and administrator with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has served on the board of directors of community banks, most recently at the Cedar Rapids State Bank in Cedar Rapids, NE. Senator Sullivan is P-16 co-chair for public policy.
Matt Blomstedt, Nebraska Commissioner of Education - Commissioner Blomstedt is P-16 co-chair for K-12 education.
Liz Koop, President and CEO of the EducationQuest Foundation - a private, nonprofit organization headquartered in Lincoln. The foundation's mission is to improve access to higher education in Nebraska. It pursues this mission by providing free college-planning services, need-based scholarships, and college-access grants to high schools to improve college-going rates. She is active in the National College Access Network and the National Scholarship Providers Association. Ms. Koop is P-16 co-chair for college access.
James Linder, Interim President of the University of Nebraska. Interim President Linder is P-16 co-chair for higher education.
Nebraska P-16 Leadership Council
*Nebraska P-16 Executive Committee Member
|Dennis G. Baack* -- Nebraska Community College Association||Judi M. Gaiashkibos -- Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs||Carna Pfeil* -- Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education|
|Wendy Boyer -- Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce||Tracy Gordon -- Nebraska Association for the Education of Young Children||Patrick Slattery* -- Omaha Archdiocesan Schools|
|Wendy Birdsall -- Lincoln Chamber of Commerce||Governor Dave Heineman* -- Office of the Governor||John Spatz* -- Nebraska Association of School Boards|
|Matt Blomstedt * -- Nebraska Department of Education||Barry Kennedy* -- Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry||Lazaro Spindola -- Latino American Commission|
|David Brown -- Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce||Liz S. Koop* -- EducationQuest Foundation||Lori Staab -- Nebraska School Counselors Association|
|Stanley Carpenter* -- Nebraska State College System||Barry Kennedy* -- Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry||Senator Kate Sullivan * -- Nebraska Legislature, Education Committee|
|Craig R. Christiansen* -- Nebraska State Education Association||Catherine Lang* -- Nebraska Department of Economic Development||Bob Whitehouse -- University of Nebraska Board of Regents|
|Thomas Christie -- NAACP Education Committee||Marc LeBaron -- Nebraska Business-Higher Education Forum||Kerry T. Winterer -- Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services|
|Michael S. Dulaney* -- Nebraska Council of School Administrators||James Linder* -- University of Nebraska||Rachel Wise -- Nebraska State Board of Education|
|LeeAnn Espinoza-Farthing – Nebraska PTA||Gerry A. Oligmueller -- State Budget Administrator|
|Susan Fritz -- University of Nebraska||Tip O'Neill* -- Nebraska Association of Independent Colleges and Universities|
|Tammy Barry -- Nebraska Legislature, Education Committee||LaMont Rainey -- Nebraska Legislature, Education Committee|
|Cheryl Wolf -- Governor's Policy Research Office||Brian Halstead -- Nebraska Department of Education|