Board & Staff

Board & Staff

The Lied Center for Performing Arts has a strong staff with a diverse skill set to ensure you receive a quality experience each time you visit our center. We work to promote our mission, raise funds and awareness of the arts, and share our knowledge with youth and adults across the state of Nebraska. Please contact one of our team members directly with any questions, comments or concerns.

For general inquiries, email liedcenter@unl.edu or call our administrative office at 402-472-4700.

Lied Center Staff

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Executive

  • Bill Stephan
    Executive Director & Chief Artistic Officer
    Bill Stephan
    Executive Director & Chief Artistic Officer
    Phone: 402.472.4700

Business Services

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    Natalie Stroud
    Associate Executive Director
    Natalie Stroud
    Associate Executive Director
    Phone: 402.472.4752
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    Emma Jorgensen
    Administrative & Development Associate
    Emma Jorgensen
    Administrative & Development Associate
    Phone: 402-472-4700
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    Jesse Dillman
    Data Systems Manager
    Jesse Dillman
    Data Systems Manager
    Biography:

    Jesse has been with the Lied Center since 2006. He is in charge of data analysis and reporting for Lied.

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  • Rose Khorsandi
    Administrative Projects Coordinator
    Rose Khorsandi
    Administrative Projects Coordinator
    Phone: 402-472-4108
  • Sharon Burkle
    Accounting Associate
    Sharon Burkle
    Accounting Associate
    Phone: 402-472-4713
    Biography:

    Sharon has been with the Lied Center since December 2014. She oversees payroll and accounts receivable.

  • Steven Colonna
    IT Director
    Steven Colonna
    IT Director
    Biography:

    Steven has been with the Lied Center since November 2014. He manages desktop computing, digital signage, and systems adminstration.

Development

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    Matthew Boring
    Deputy Director
    Matthew Boring
    Deputy Director
    Phone: 402.472-8510
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    Amy Ossian
    Membership Manager
    Amy Ossian
    Membership Manager
    Phone: 402-472-4704
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    Casey Sigrist
    Development Coordinator
    Casey Sigrist
    Development Coordinator
    Phone: 402-472-4737
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    Emma Jorgensen
    Administrative & Development Associate
    Emma Jorgensen
    Administrative & Development Associate
    Phone: 402-472-4700
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Education

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    Jane Schiermeyer Hansen
    Education & Community Engagement Director
    Jane Schiermeyer Hansen
    Education & Community Engagement Director
    Biography:

    Jane has been with the Lied Center since January 2020. She manages the Education staff and coordinates all Education activities at the Lied.

    PHONE: 402.472.3215

    EMAIL: jane.schiermeyer@unl.edu

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  • Nancy Engen-Wedin
    Education and Grant Programs, Kennedy Center Partners in Education
    Nancy Engen-Wedin
    Education and Grant Programs, Kennedy Center Partners in Education
    Phone: 402.472.4707
    Biography:

    Nancy has been with the Lied Center since August 1999. She manages all grant programs at the Lied Center.

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    Sasha Dobson
    Education Outreach Manager
    Sasha Dobson
    Education Outreach Manager
    Phone: 402.472.3215
    Biography:

    Sasha has been with the Lied Center since January 2012. She coordinates all Outreach activities at the Lied.

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Event Services

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    Mark Moore
    Associate Director of Event & Facility Services
    Mark Moore
    Associate Director of Event & Facility Services
    Phone: 402-472-9247
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    Steve Pearson
    Event Services Manager
    Steve Pearson
    Event Services Manager
    Phone: 402.472.4715
    Biography:

    Steve has been with the Lied since November 2010. He manages the Event Services staff and coordinates transportation and hospitality for cast members.

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    Bethany Blackman
    Usher and Events Coordinator
    Bethany Blackman
    Usher and Events Coordinator
    Phone: 402.472.7004
    Biography:

    Bethany has been with the Lied Center since September 2017. She coordinates events and manages all of the ushers for Lied events.

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    Holden Franken
    Events Coordinator
    Holden Franken
    Events Coordinator
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Facilities & Production

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    Mark Moore
    Associate Director of Event & Facility Services
    Mark Moore
    Associate Director of Event & Facility Services
    Phone: 402-472-9247
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  • Jesse Snyder
    Director of Production
    Jesse Snyder
    Director of Production
    Phone: 402.472.4963
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    Ted Tipton
    Associate Technical Director
    Ted Tipton
    Associate Technical Director
    Phone: 402.472.4699
    Biography:

    Ted has been with the Lied Center since March 1983. He coordinates event technical production at the Lied.

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    Andrew Hoile
    Building & Grounds Attendant
    Andrew Hoile
    Building & Grounds Attendant
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  • Brett Linnertz
    Facilities Services Manager
    Brett Linnertz
    Facilities Services Manager
    Phone: 402-472-8401
  • Cary Gerner
    Custodian II
    Cary Gerner
    Custodian II
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    Jason Hibbard
    Production Coordinator
    Jason Hibbard
    Production Coordinator
    Phone: 402-472-2503
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    Jillian Stewart
    Assistant Custodial Services Manager
    Jillian Stewart
    Assistant Custodial Services Manager
    Phone: 402.472.7069
    Biography:

    Jillian has been with the Lied Center since December 2008. She manages the custodial staff and all custodial activities at the Lied Center.

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  • Laura Ekinde
    Custodian II
    Laura Ekinde
    Custodian II
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    Melanie Rudy
    Production & Broadcasting Associate
    Melanie Rudy
    Production & Broadcasting Associate
    Phone: 402-472-4700
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  • Mike Doran
    Audio and Production Specialist
    Mike Doran
    Audio and Production Specialist
    Phone: 402.472.4963
    Biography:

    Mike has been with the Lied since December 2013. He manages all audio production and assists with technical production at the Lied Center.

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    Nicholas Humrich
    Building & Grounds Attendant
    Nicholas Humrich
    Building & Grounds Attendant
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  • Stacy Brand
    Assistant Facility Services Manager
    Stacy Brand
    Assistant Facility Services Manager
    Phone: 402.472.7069
    Biography:

    Stacy has been with the Lied Center since February 2012. He assists with construction and maintenance in and around the Lied Center.

Intern

  • Brandon McMiller
    Lied Center Triple Threat Broadway Intensive Counselor
    Brandon McMiller
    Lied Center Triple Threat Broadway Intensive Counselor
    Biography:

    Brandon McMiller (he/him) is from Omaha, NE and is completing his studies in Broadcasting and Vocal Performance at UNL. There he studied classical voice, musical theatre, and acting under Alisa Belflower. He has been a part of various staged productions since high school and throughout college-his most recent performance was in UNL Opera’s She Loves Me as Steven Kodaly. Brandon spends a large amount of his time involved in the community choreographing and judging show choirs in the area. He spends time in the summer eagerly awaiting the theatre and show choir camps he is privileged to attend. This is his fourth year being a counselor for the Triple Threat Intensive. It is his favorite camp of the summer and he could not be more excited for what is to come!  

  • Ella Medina
    Lied Center Triple Threat Broadway Intensive Counselor
    Ella Medina
    Lied Center Triple Threat Broadway Intensive Counselor
    Biography:

    Ella Medina (she/her) is from Lincoln, Nebraska and is a rising Sophomore at UNL studying Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is extremely thankful to be a part of many different musical groups on campus, including Pitch Please and Big Red Singers. Since graduating from Lincoln High School in 2023, she has been privileged to have choreographed for LHS’s Momentum Show Choir this year, and is excited to continue to do so next fall as well. Some of her favorite and most recent credits include Mamma Mia! (Donna), and Tuck Everlasting (Jesse Tuck US). She hopes to continue to become more involved in community theatre while also continuing her campus involvements. Having attended the Triple Threat Intensive two years, this is her first year as a counselor, and she could not be more excited to be back!

  • Jacquelyn vonAschwege
    Lied Center Triple Threat Broadway Intensive Counselor
    Jacquelyn vonAschwege
    Lied Center Triple Threat Broadway Intensive Counselor
    Biography:

    Jacquelyn vonAschwege (she/her) is a UNL student originally from Kearney, NE. She is anticipating her Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies with emphases in Vocal Performance & Theatre Performance in May of 2024. She has been fortunate enough to take part in many wonderful productions both on campus and in the Lincoln community throughout her time at the University of Nebraska. Some of her favorite credits include Cabaret (Sally Bowles), Into the Woods (Cinderella), Sweeney Todd (Johanna), and She Loves Me (Amalia Balash). This being her third year as a counselor for the Triple Threat Intensive, she is thrilled to be back sharing her passion for musical theatre with students in Nebraska!

     

  • Josephine Dobson
    Lied Center Triple Threat Broadway Intensive Counselor
    Josephine Dobson
    Lied Center Triple Threat Broadway Intensive Counselor
    Biography:

    Josephine Dobson is thrilled to be back for her second year as a counselor for the Triple Threat Broadway Intensive. She had been a participant of the Intensive for 4 years. Josephine is a rising junior BFA MT major in the Hartt School at the University of Hartford in CT. She is from Lincoln NE and graduate from Lincoln Southeast High School. During her senior year of high school she was a state finalist for the Jimmy Awards at the Nebraska High School Theatre Awards.  During her first year in college on the east coast, she was an original cast performer for a new song cycle, Heard it From a Birdie which performed at 54 below in NYC. Recently, she was a swing and Assistant Director for Violet at The Hartt School. 

  • Lily Harms
    Lied Center Piano Academy Counselor
    Lily Harms
    Lied Center Piano Academy Counselor
    Biography:

    Lily Harms is currently studying towards her Bachelors of Music Education and is in her third year at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This is her second year as a counselor with the Piano Academy. As far as her teaching background goes, she is teaching piano lessons at her old piano studio and has been acquainted with students ranging from kindergarten to eleventh grade. Furthermore, she is teaching with the UNL String Project with students from various schools in LPS. 

    Lily has learned to play a handful of instruments throughout her twenty one years, but piano is what she considers to be her main instrument. She has been playing for about sixteen years and continues to study under Dr. Clinton at UNL. She also accompanies various vocal students through the university and is playing in the musical, Big Fish, as both the rehearsal pianist and keyboard one player. Currently, she is the choir accompanist at Our Saviours Luthern Church and also plays organ during services. She also plays for the church services at the retirement home, The Landing. Lily has performed for various studio recitals and ensembles, and is currently prepping for her senior recital in the fall.

  • Nathaniel Brown
    Lied Center Piano Academy Counselor
    Nathaniel Brown
    Lied Center Piano Academy Counselor
    Biography:

    Nathaniel Brown is a BM in Piano Performance and minoring in Entrepreneurship at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He returns for his third year as a counselor and his fifth year with the Piano Academy. Originally from Houston, Texas, and a graduate of Clear Creek High School, he is enjoying his time in Nebraska. He is involved across campus as a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, the University Honors Program, and accompanies the Big Red Singers Show Choir at UNL.

    He has been playing piano for 15 years and is passionate about musical theatre. He’s worked at the TADA Theater in Lincoln Nebraska as the accompanist for their production of Company and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. He previously has played second keyboard for their production of Godspell and at theaters in Galveston, Texas, as well as music directing The Addams Family last summer.

    Some of his notable performances include the Lied Center’s EmeraLied Gala in 2022, debuting a piece by composer Bryce Hayes entitled Mythos and Memoirs, and performing in student convocation recitals every semester for the UNL music student body. You can find out more about Nathaniel on his website and recordings on his YouTube. https://nathanielbrownpiano.weebly.com/

    https://youtube.com/@nathanielbrownpiano

  • Robbie Exstrom
    Lied Center Triple Threat Broadway Intensive Counselor
    Robbie Exstrom
    Lied Center Triple Threat Broadway Intensive Counselor
    Biography:

    Robbie Exstrom (he/him) is one of the trailblazing students of the Johnny Carson School of Theater and Film’s BFA in Acting program hailing from Kearney, NE. He is also the first camper of the Broadway Triple Threat Intensive to become a counselor, and is so excited to be back to help other campers thrive! He has been a part of some wonderful productions recently including Mr. Burns, A Post Electric Play (Gibson) at Nebraska Repertory Theater, Shrek the Musical (Pig #3, Ensemble) at Crane River Theater, and Puddin’ and the Grumble (Mickey) with BLIXT ARTS LAB. Robbie has a deep love for this intensive and cannot wait to spread his knowledge to the incredibly talented campers!

Marketing & PR

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    Matthew Boring
    Deputy Director
    Matthew Boring
    Deputy Director
    Phone: 402.472-8510
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    Lauren Silverman Durban
    Communications Manager
    Lauren Silverman Durban
    Communications Manager
    Phone: 402-472-7726
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  • Thao Huynh
    Graphics Specialist
    Thao Huynh
    Graphics Specialist
    Phone: 402-472-9394
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    Chloe Wolff
    Marketing Project Coordinator
    Chloe Wolff
    Marketing Project Coordinator
    Phone: 402-472-4786
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Ticket Office

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    Ginger Dzerk
    Ticket Office Manager
    Ginger Dzerk
    Ticket Office Manager
    Phone: 402.472.4747
    Biography:

    Ginger has been with the Lied Center since December 2016. She manages all Ticket Office staff and activities at the Lied.

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    Drew Caskey
    Assistant Ticket Office Manager
    Drew Caskey
    Assistant Ticket Office Manager
    Phone: 402.472.4747
    Biography:

    Drew has been with the Lied Center since March 2018. He assists with supervision and management in the Lied Ticket Office.

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    John Fucinaro
    Ticketing Operations & Sales Manager
    John Fucinaro
    Ticketing Operations & Sales Manager
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  • Kelly Buresh
    Group Sales Manager
    Kelly Buresh
    Group Sales Manager
    Phone: 402.472.3807
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Friends of Lied Board

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President: Linda Dickeson, Lincoln*

Amy Anderson, Lincoln*

Emmy Anderson, Lincoln*

Nicki Behmer, Lincoln

Kara Brostrom, Lincoln

Nancy Brosz, Grand Island*

Pat Chick, Hastings

Cindy Clausen, Lincoln

Jan Cook, Grand Island

Dee Cummins, Lincoln*

Megan D’Amour, Lincoln*

Anne Davis, Lincoln*

Jill Davis, Lincoln*

Sara Downes, Lincoln

C.K. Duryea, Omaha

Katie Ely, Lincoln*

Kerry Florell, Lincoln

Clover Frederick, Lincoln*

Suzi Gausman, Lincoln

Lisa Guerra, Lincoln

Sara Hansen, Omaha*

Janet Hayes, Lincoln*

Sherrie Hollister, Hastings

Laura Hurley, Grand Island

Mary Jo Julick Clinch, Lincoln

Marissa Kemp, Lincoln*

Shoira Khamidova, Lincoln

Susan Klanecky, Lincoln

Pat Knaub, Lincoln

 

Robin Korte, Lincoln

Nancy Krumland, Lincoln*

Tami Lambie, Lincoln

Mary McLean Beck, Lincoln

Tammy Miller, Lincoln

Deb Nelson, Aurora*

Julie Niedfeldt, Grand Island*

Bridgett Ojeda, Lincoln

Kathleen Ousey, Lincoln

Terri Pattavina, Lincoln

Ann Quinlan, Lincoln

Maris Schad, North Platte

Renee Schafer, Lincoln

Charlene Schneider, North Platte

Sharlette Schwenninger, Elwood

Kathy Spahr, Lincoln

Paulette Stefka, North Platte

Kimberly Steger, North Platte

Krista Stevens, Lincoln

Paula Stobbs, North Platte

Ingrid Tate, Lincoln

Gary Tharnish, Lincoln

Julie Uribe, Lincoln

Gina Wagner, Omaha*

Ann Weichman, Grand Island

Leslie Wright, Lincoln*

 

*Executive Committee Member