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Tom Bliss

Tom Bliss

Tom Bliss is Executive Director of the Southeast Nebraska Development District (SENDD), a 15-county economic and community development organization. Prior to joining SENDD in April 2017, Bliss directed Mo-Kan ...
Jack Chappelle

Jack Chappelle

Mr. Chappelle is the Senior Solid Waste Engineer for Engineering Solutions & Design, Inc. He has more than 39 years of domestic and international environmental engineering experience, with the last 30 years ...
Carol Copeland

Carol Copeland

Carol Copeland has lived in Omaha since 1985. Her education includes BS Biology from Oklahoma Christian University in Oklahoma City and BS Medical Technology from St Anthony School of Medical Technology also in ...
Dale Ekart

Dale Ekart

Dale Ekart was born and raised in Imperial, Nebraska. He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and started in the recycling field in 1989 after attending a Nebraska Recycling Conference. Dale started a ...
Gene Hanlon

Gene Hanlon

Gene Hanlon has a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska. He has worked as Recycling Coordinator for the City of Lincoln since 1987. He has served on the boards of the Nebraska ...
Andy Harpenau

Andy Harpenau

Andy Harpenau owns Gretna Sanitation and Soil Dynamics Composting Farm along with his dad and brother. Hillside Solutions is the waste solutions umbrella company that offers a wide variety of services including ...
Lisa Henning

Lisa Henning

Lisa Henning is the new Executive Director for the Nebraska Safety Council/WorkWell. Lisa previously served WorkWell for more than 21 years until she was asked to lead the National Healthy Worksite Program for the ...
Kent Holm

Kent Holm

As Director of Environmental Services for Douglas County, Nebraska, Kent is responsible for administering the County’s NPDES Phase II Stormwater Permit, the County’s solid waste landfill contract, environmental ...
Dana Klabenes

Dana Klabenes

Dana Klabenes is the City Clerk for the City of Neligh since 2011. Prior to her municipality experience, she worked in very different offices for a bank, a cattle feedlot and a hog confinement. She graduated from ...
L. Denise McGovern-Gallagher

L. Denise McGovern-Gallagher

Born and raised in Grand Island, Denise is a graduate of Grand Island Senior High School and later went on to attend College of Saint Mary’s in Omaha, Central Community College in Grand Island and Hastings College. ...
Kelley McReynolds

Kelley McReynolds

Kelley McReynolds has been in the recycling industry for more than 20 years. He has managed MRFs in Des Moines, Houston, New Orleans, and Lincoln. He is currently the owner of Green Quest Recycling.
Spud Rowley

Spud Rowley

Spud Rowley is the Executive Director of Keep Kimball Beautiful and the Kimball Recycling Center (KRC). He is a longtime resident of Kimball and even chose to raise two rambunctious boys in the community. He has ...
Tamara Slater

Tamara Slater

Tammy Slater has been Chief Executive Officer at Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebr., Inc. since 2010. She began her career in the alcohol and drug rehabilitation field for adult women, then served as Executive ...
Chris Vail

Chris Vail

Chris Vail has been the Executive Director of Keep Keith County Beautiful for the past 6 years. As a Program Manager and an environmental educator, she has assisted the Ogallala Public Schools in the successful ...
Mark Brohman

Mark Brohman

Mark Brohman has been the Executive Director of the Nebraska Environmental Trust since 2006. Prior to joining the Trust, he was employed with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission since 1993 and served as Director ...
Ruth Johnston

Ruth Johnston

Ruth Johnston has been the supervisor of the Grants & Planning Section of the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality’s Land Management Division since 2016. Prior to that she spent over twenty years with ...
Heather Creevan

Heather Creevan

Heather Creevan joined the organization in 2014 and was promoted to Executive Director in 2019. She has a strong passion for the environment and loves working with people to solve the world’s problems. She is ...

OUR MISSION

To maximize the economic and environmental benefits of resource recovery in Nebraska.