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
Brooke Henzl Sidney, NE
Karma Newman Lincoln, NE
Mary McHale Omaha, NE
Carlos Servan 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
Ken Timmerman* Omaha, NE

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

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

Bridget Cannon-Hale* Omaha, NE
Marla Fisher-Lempke* Lincoln, NE
Mary Gordon* Lincoln, NE
Karma Newman Lincoln, NE
Mike Leibowitz, Ph.D.* Omaha, NE
Dave Merrill* Lincoln, NE
Linda Redfern* Scottsbluff, NE
Carla Lasley* Lincoln, NE
Julie Stahla Grand Island, 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

Carlos Servan Lincoln, NE
Kathy Hoell* Bellevue, NE
John Wyvil* Lincoln, NE
Cindy Fisher* Moorefield, NE
Leslie Novacek* Lincoln, NE
Patty Pierson* Lincoln, NE
Vicki Rasmussen Lincoln, NE

Protection and Advocacy for Voting Access (PAVA) Advisory Panel

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

Kathy Hoell* Bellevue, NE
Linda Schultz* Auburn, NE
Carlos Servan Lincoln, 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
Sharon Janzen* Beatrice, NE
Shelly Burke* Kearney, NE
Karma Newman Lincoln, NE
Ella Ochoa North Platte, NE
Josie Romero* Grand Island, NE
Lisa Braasch* Fremont, NE
Denise Sullivan* North Platte, 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

  • Megan Vernon - Case Advocate

  • 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