Disability Rights Nebraska is governed by a twelve member Board of Directors. We also work with advisory groups to get information to help guide our programs. All of the members of the Board and the advisory groups are volunteers. Most of them are people with disabilities or people with a family member who has a disability.

The people who work at Disability Rights Nebraska are well qualified. They are dedicated to the ideals of the disability rights movement. Our staff works hard to support and defend the rights of people with disabilities.

Disability Rights Nebraska Board of Directors

Jill Flagel, Chairperson Lincoln, NE
Mary Angus, Vice-Chairperson Omaha, NE
Julie Stahla, Secretary Grand Island, NE
Victoria Rasmussen, Treasurer Lincoln, NE
Lisa Alexander Lincoln, NE
Pat Cottingham Lincoln, NE
Brooke Henzl Sidney, NE
John Lakey Kearney, NE
Carla Lasley Lincoln, NE
Mary McHale Omaha, NE
Karma Newman Lincoln, NE
Ella Ochoa North Platte, NE
William Voss Scottsbluff, NE

Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Advisory Council

* indicates not a member of the Disability Rights Nebraska Board of Directors

Mary Angus, Chairperson Omaha, NE
C.J. Zimmer*, Vice-Chair Lincoln, NE
Cindy Scott* Juniata, NE
Jen Genzler * Omaha, NE
J. Rock Johnson* Lincoln, NE
A. Jocelyn Ritchie* Lincoln, NE
Shelldon Skelcher* Scottsbluff, NE
Terry Wegner* Grand Island, NE
Kathleen Hanson* Lincoln, NE
Susan Hopson* North Plate, NE
Lisa Alexander Lincoln, NE

Protection and Advocacy for individuals with Developmental Disabilities (PADD) Advisory Council

* indicates not a member of the Disability Rights Nebraska Board of Directors

Carla Lasley, Chairperson Lincoln, NE
Marla Fisher-Lempke* Lincoln, NE
Karma Newman Lincoln, NE
Dave Merrill* Lincoln, NE
Linda Redfern* Scottsbluff, NE
Julie Stahla Grand Island, NE
Mike Chittenden* Lincoln, NE
Kristen Larsen* Lincoln, NE

Protection and Advocacy for Individual Rights / Assistive Technology / Beneficiaries of Social Security / Traumatic Brain Injury / Voting Access (PAIR / PAAT / PABSS / PATBI / PAVA) Advisory Council

* indicates not a member of the Disability Rights Nebraska Board of Directors

Kathy Hoell* Bellevue, NE
John Wyvil* Lincoln, NE
Vicki Rasmussen Lincoln, NE
Brooke Henzl Sidney, NE
John Lakey Kearney, NE
Timothy Curtis* Omaha, NE

Citizen Advocacy Committee

* indicates not a member of the Disability Rights Nebraska Board of Directors

Julie Stahla, Committee Chairperson Grand Island, NE
Mickey Creager* Lincoln, NE
Claude Louishomme* Kearney, NE
Karma Newman Lincoln, NE
Ella Ochoa North Platte, NE
Josie Romero* Grand Island, NE
Lisa Braasch* Fremont, NE

Disability Rights Nebraska Staff

Meet the Staff

  • Timothy F. Shaw - Chief Executive Officer

  • Eric Evans - Chief Operating Officer

  • Judy Ganoung - Fiscal and Human Resources Director

  • Tania Diaz - Legal Services Director

  • Dianne DeLair - Staff Attorney

  • Michael Elsken - Staff Attorney

  • Brian Craig - Staff Attorney

  • John Murphy - Program Consultant

  • Brad Meurrens - Public Policy Specialist

  • Molly Klocksin - Case Advocate

  • Mindy Nepper - Community Outeach Disability Advocate
    - Scottsbluff office

  • Yorleny Diaz-Sullivan - Intake Specialist

  • Sharon Ohmberger - Executive Assistant

  • Jillian Ward - Fiscal and Operations Assistant

  • Jennifer Monjaras - Public Policy and Consultative Services Secretary

  • Patricia Nichelson - Legal Secretary

  • Jodi Troyer - Administrative Secretary