Friends of Lied Board of Directors

Friends of Lied Board of Directors

The purpose of the Friends of Lied shall be to support the development of the Lied Center for Performing Arts-Nebraska through projects providing education, fundraising, social activities and service.

Jan Cook

President, Friends of Lied

Hello, I’m Jan Cook, President of the Friends of Lied for the 2021-2022 season. I have been on the Friends of Lied Board for four years and am eagerly looking forward to serving as president of the board this year.  As long as I can remember, my family has attended events at the Lied Center for the Performing Arts and because of this we have created many wonderful memories. 

I am a true believer in giving back to my community and state through volunteer opportunities.  I believe that it is every individual’s responsibility to support the organizations and agencies that contribute to making Nebraska the “Good Life”.  Yes, Nebraska is a place for everyone to enjoy.  In addition to serving on the Friends of Lied board, I serve on the Stuhr Museum Board of Trustees.  I, also, volunteer for their special events and just completed a year as the president of the board.  I most recently served on the executive Board of an international educators’ organization with my last position being that of Vice-Chairman of the Board.  I chaired many committees for the organization which allowed me to grow and learn from people around the globe.  I volunteer for the Nebraska State Fair, Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill Industries and CASA.

My background is in education.  I taught at Barr Middle School in Grand Island for 38 years. After retiring from middle school, I completed my educational career as a supervisor of student teachers for the University of Nebraska-Kearney.  Throughout my career, I observed how our community became welcoming to families who have immigrated to Nebraska.  I loved how we learned from each other, as young minds would share their stories about what they experienced to travel to Nebraska because of the opportunities here. 

Please join me this year as we share the creativity at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.

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President: Jan Cook, Grand Island*

Amy Anderson, Lincoln*

Emmy Anderson, Lincoln

Kate Andrews, Lincoln*

Carolyn Bailey, Elkhorn

Nicki Behmer, Lincoln

Nancy Brosz, Grand Island

Peg Carlson, Grand Island*

Pat Chick, Hastings

Carol Coughlin, Lincoln*

Dee Cummins, Lincoln

Megan D'Amour, Lincoln

Megan Darlington, Roca

Jill Davis, Lincoln*

Dani Davis, Lincoln

Linda Dickeson, Lincoln*

Sara Downes, Lincoln

Michelle Dyer Nelson, Lincoln

Kate Ely, Lincoln

Karen Emerson, Clarks

Elizabeth Everett, Lincoln*

Marynelle Greene, Lincoln

Sara Hansen, Omaha

Rhema Harrah, Lincoln

Sharon Hastings, Lincoln*

Ashley Hedden, Elkhorn

Lisa Heimes, Lincoln

Kris Humphrey, Lincoln


Laura Hurley, Grand Island

Sue Johnson, Omaha

Nancy Kaplan, Hickman*

Marissa Kemp, Lincoln

Shoira Khamidova, Lincoln

Nancy Krumland, Lincoln*

Tami Lambie, Lincoln

Heidi Macy, Omaha*

Michael Murphy, Omaha

Julie Niedfeldt, Grand Island

June Pederson, Lincoln*

Jennifer Peterson, Omaha

Kylee Roberts, Lincoln

Rose Saalfeld, Lincoln

Emily Shelstad, Lincoln

Kathy Spahr, Lincoln

Paulette Stefka, North Platte

Roxane Swanson, Lincoln*

Katie Taddeucci, Lincoln*

Quinn Texmo, Omaha

Jennifer Thomas, Lincoln

Shari True, Lincoln*

Ann Weichman, Grand Island

Peg Welch, Hastings

Shirley Wilcox, Lincoln

Erin Wirth, Lincoln

Leslie Wright, Roca*


*Executive Committee Members


Interested in Joining the Board?

If you would like to nominate yourself, or someone you know, for a position on the Friends of Lied board, please download, fill out, and return the New Member Commitment Summary & Nomination Form above to Amy Ossian at Nomination forms will be reviewed by the current board of directors at the beginning of each calendar year and prospective board members will be notified after the March board meeting. New board members will begin their positions in May of each year.   

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Friends of Lied Board Members

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Thanks so much for your support! 

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