Tuesday, December 4th
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM


We are bombarded daily with techniques that are new, innovative and offer change, but do we really need to re-invent the wheel every time a new idea comes out? From the educational archives of Keep America Beautiful to the new Pepsico tool box, Chris Vail, Executive Director of nationally award winning Keep Keith County Beautiful, will present guidelines, practices and methods that assist our communities in striving to recycle more, waste less and focus on source reduction.

Chris Vail has been the Executive Director of Keep Keith County Beautiful for 5 years. Keep Keith County Beautiful is her first foray into the nonprofit world after being a business owner of a promotional fulfillment company for 25 years in Colorado. Chris has a BSC in Marketing and Organizational Communications from Ohio University and has worked for Procter and Gamble in brand management, Vail Associates in communications, and Metro Networks in corporate development before starting her own company.

For the five years she has run KKCB, her affiliate has won three national Keep America Beautiful awards, numerous state environmental awards and the Youth Advisory Committee in Ogallala, the Prairie View Green Team has finished in the top 10 in the nation for school recycling, with a first place finish in 2015.

Mike Apple, Superintendent of Ogallala Public Schools, holds a B.A. from Peru State College, an M.A. from UNK in secondary education and a Specialist degree in Superintendency from University of Nebraska, Kearney. In addition to Education and Secondary Principal Endorsement certifications, Mike has served as a superintendent for over 10 years in Trenton and Ogallala, and was a principal for more than 20 years. Starting out as a teacher in 1986, Mike has dedicated his life to achieving excellence in his schools and his students. Mike sits on boards of many professional organizations, including Chair of the Nebraska Council of School Administrators.