Board

Meet the members of the Nebraska Museums Association Board. 

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Becci Thomas

President

Knight Museum and Sandhills Center
Alliance, NE
Phone: 308-762-2384
Email: museum@cityofalliance.net

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William F. Stoutamire, Ph.D.

Vice President & MPMA Representative

G.W. Frank Museum of History and Culture
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Kearney, NE
Phone: 308 865-8284
Email: stoutamirewf@unk.edu
Twitter: @wstoutamire

Contact me about: historic house museums, local history, and public history

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Lynne M. Ireland

Secretary

History Nebraska
Lincoln, NE
Phone: 402-471-4758
Email: lynne.ireland@nebraska.gov

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Trisha Nelson

Treasurer

History Nebraska
Lincoln, NE 
Phone: 402-471-4760
Email: trisha.nelson@nebraska.gov

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Karen Keehr

Communications Editor

History Nebraska 
Lincoln, NE
Phone: 402-471-4750
Email: karen.keehr@nebraska.gov

Contact me about: photograph preservation and storage, collections management, digitization/scanning, digital asset management, Nebraska photographers, and PastPerfect.

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Dean Shissler

Program Chair

Nebraska City Museum Association
Nebraska City, NE 
Phone: 402-873-4262
Email: dshissler@nebraskacitymuseums.org

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Libby Krecek

Membership Chair

Lauritzen Gardens
Omaha, NE 68108
Phone: 402-346-8948
Email: l.krecek@omahabotanicalgardens.org

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Kelli Bacon

Area 1 Representative

History Nebraska
Lincoln, NE
Phone: 402-471-4766
Email: kelli.bacon@nebraska.gov

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Erin Hauser

Area 1 Representative

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Margo Prentiss

Area 1 Representative

Cass County Historical Society
Plattsmouth, NE 
Phone: 402-296-4770
Email: ccohsm@windstream.net

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Kathy Aultz

Area 2 Representative

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Tom Simons

Area 2 Representative

Joslyn Art Museum
Omaha, NE
Phone: 402-661-3860
Email: tsimons@joslyn.org

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Matt Orand

Area 2 Representative

Omaha Children’s Museum
Omaha, NE
Phone: 402-342-6164
Email: morand@ocm.org

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Crystal Werger

Area 3 Representative

Dawson County History Museum
Lexington, NE 
Phone: 308-324-5340
Email: info@dchsmuseum.com

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Becky Matticks

Area 3 Representative

Hastings Museum
Hastings, NE
Phone: 402-461-4629
Email: rmatticks@hastingsmuseum.org

Contact me about: budgeting, strategic planning, museum management in general

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Olivia Garl

Area 3 Representative

Legacy of the Plains Museum
Gering, NE
Phone: 308-436-1989
Email: curator@legacyoftheplains.org

Contact me about: Collections management, collections organization, exhibitions, PastPerfect 5, EMPs (emerging museum professionals)

Area Representative Job Description

Principal Duties

  • Represent all NMA and non-NMA professionals, volunteers, and institutions to the NMA Board of Directors; report constituents concerns, issues, trends, etc.
  • Serve as liaison for communicating information from the Board of Directors to professionals, volunteers, and institutions in his/her congressional district.
  • Identify needs for training, seminars, etc. and participate in the design and implementation of programs to meet these needs.
  • Host one meeting annually for all museum professionals and volunteers in his/her area.
  • Serve as the emergency contact person with the NMA for disaster relief help.
  • Represent constituents at legislative hearings on issues approved by the NMA Board of Directors.

Supplemental Duties

  • Area representatives need to coordinate coverage of their congressional district to provide the most effective service to their constituents.
  • Disaster preparedness training.
  • Financial assistance for mailings, travel, phone calls, etc.

Past Presidents

Audrey Kauders
Museum of Nebraska Art

Kathy Aultz
Douglas County Historical Society

Ken Schroeder
Strategic Air and Space Museum

Sarah M. Polak
Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center

Tom Lynch
Boys Town Hall of History

Deborah Arenz
Museum of Nebraska History
Nebraska State Historical Society

John Schleicher 
McGoogan Library of Medicine
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Lynne Ireland 
Nebraska State Historical Society

Dr. Hugh Genoways
University of Nebraska State Museum, Retired