LEAD fellows visit UNMC

Twenty fellows from the Nebraska Leadership Education/Action Development program, visited Feb. 28 and March 1.

Twenty fellows from the Nebraska LEAD (Leadership Education/Action Development) program, visited the University of Nebraska Medical Center on Feb. 28 and March 1. The group was learning more about UNMC’s rural initiatives, outreach and educational efforts as part of the  LEAD program.

Housed at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, LEAD is a statewide agricultural leadership development program designed to increase knowledge and understanding of economics and social changes affecting agriculture and rural areas. It is now in its 32nd year. 

Each year, LEAD provides 30 of Nebraska's most promising adult men and women agriculturalists an opportunity to participate in an intensive two-year educational program designed to enhance the leadership development essential for the long-term future of farming/ranching and agribusiness in Nebraska and the nation.

While at UNMC, the LEAD participants toured various areas of the campus and heard presentations about the importance of public health in rural Nebraska, the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, the Rural Health Education Network and animal feeding operations, and air quality.

Below is a list of participants and their hometowns:

Benkelman -- Steve Stroup

Columbus -- Brett Mueller

Cozad -- Miles Mundorf

David City -- Darrell Kahler

Dunning -- Bonnie Downing

Elsie -- Chris Cornelius

Grand Island -- Tyson Schimmer

Gretna -- Warren Coulter

Hayes Center -- Aaron Broz

Kearney -- Kurt Kircher, Justin Troudt

Lincoln -- Chris Hartwig, Alyssa Smola

Mitchell -- Leslie Smith

Milburn -- Mackenzie Johnston

Morrill -- Jeff Swenson

Nebraska City -- Brian James

Norfolk -- Jessi Doke

Omaha -- Stephanie Perry

Rushville -- Christine Erquiaga


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Vicky Cerino
UNMC Public Relations
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