Nebraska Economics and Business Association (NEBA)

is involved with issues and research on economics and business topics in general, and also focuses on issues and research related to the economy of the Great Plains.

Officers, 2022

President: Merrill Johnson
President Elect: Janet Scott
Past-President: Brian Williams
Secrty/Treasurer: Dave Carpenter
Editor, Econ&Bus Journal: John Tiner

Executive Board Members:
Jennifer Bossard
   Doane College
Dave Carpenter
   Hastings College
Meenakshi Dalal
   Wayne State College
Chris Decker
   University of NE-Omaha
Erwin Erhardt III
   University of Cincinnati
Joyce Gleason
   Nebraska Wesleyan Univ., Ret.
Stephen Horner
   Pittsburg State University
Daniel Janke
   USDA Rural Dev Bus Prog
Allan Jenkins
   University of NE - Kearney
Merrill Johnson
   Bellevue University
Ron Konecny
   University of NE-Kearney
Jack Kramer
   Hastings College, Ret.
Ken Kriz
   Wichita State Univ.
Kenneth Lemke
   Nebr. Public Power District
Sam Nelson
   University of NE-Lincoln
Michael O'Hara
   University of NE-Omaha
Dave Palmer
   South Dakota State
Janet Scott
   Southeast Community Coll
Bill Snyder
   Peru State College, Ret.
Kim Sosin
   University of NE-Omaha, Ret.
Eric Thompson
   University of NE-Lincoln
John W Tiner
   NEBA
Brian Williams
   NPPD, Columbus NE
Kathleen Zumpfe
   Doane University


Thanks to all for a great 2022 Great Plains Economics and Business Conference

2022 Presentations and Photos


Roger Hughes
Morning Speaker: Roger Hughes - President, Doane University
Dr. Roger Hughes started as Doane University's 13th President in June 2021. A native of Crawford, Nebraska, he graduated from Doane College in 1982 with a bachelor's degree in biology and physical education and was active as both a player and coach for the college's football and basketball teams. He received his master's and doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and was part of the Husker football coaching staff under Tom Osborne. Following Nebraska, he was on the coaching staffs of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Dartmouth University and Princeton University. Most recently, Hughes served as head coach at Stetson University, where he was hired to completely remake the university's football program after a 56-year absence. The experiences he gained during a decade of working with Stetson's administration to create a thriving D-1 team prepared him to take his next step and to tackle a life-long goal as president of his alma mater.

Debbie Gaspard
Lunch Speaker: Debbie Gaspard - Metropolitan Commuity College
Debbie Gaspard is a member of the Business Division at Metropolitan Community College (MCC) where she leads the curriculum development and civic engagement through MCC's Marketing & Entrepreneurship programs, the largest and most diverse college in Nebraska. In her twenty years of teaching, Gaspard also taught undergraduate and graduate courses for institutions serving international student populations in more than 75 countries. Gaspard's responsibilities involve serving diverse learners, including high school dual enrollment, traditional, re-entry, Avenue Scholars, and corporate clients. Gaspard is the 2021-22 Chair of the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), an international nonprofit comprised of 1,200 member campuses in 60 countries that promotes continuous improvement and teaching excellence through the accreditation of business education programs worldwide. For 20 years Gaspard has been affiliated with ACBSP as a site evaluator, mentor, commissioner, and member of Board of Directors. Gaspard's committee service includes Investment, Diversity, Equality & Inclusion, International Teaching Excellence, and Global Business Education. As Board Chair, Gaspard created the Task Force for African Member Recruitment to extend ACBSP's reach and impact throughout the African continent. Gaspard also developed the Women's Academic Leadership Summit, a global, inclusive networking event to celebrate achievements and promote mentorship of women leaders in education, business, and public service. Gaspard earned both a bachelor's and an MBA from Tulane University in New Orleans where she was born and raised. She an Emeritus Member of the Kappa Beta Delta International Honor Society (KBD), a recipient of the ACBSP International Teaching Excellence Award, and the international recipient of the Jack Kahl Entrepreneurial Award for the Enactus Sam M. Walton Fellow of the Year in recognition of the successful development of sustainable service-learning projects promoting financial literacy and women's empowerment in communities across Nebraska, in South Africa, and in Haiti. Gaspard serves on the Board of Directors of the Midlands African Chamber and the Board of Directors of Friendship Home Domestic Violence Shelter. Gaspard was recently inducted into the 2022 Class of Nebraska's 50 over 50 in recognition of her record of leadership and service excellence.

Theme: The Intersection of Economic and Business Leadership in the Great Plains
Meet our 2022 panelists (biographies here):

1) Deb Allison - Nationwide Insurance
2) Maribel Cruz - Talent Plus
3) Macala Carter - Center for People in Need
4) Quentin Brown - Educare Lincoln


DATE: The conference was Friday, October 28, 2022, 8:00am to 4:15 pm.
Location:Doane Lincoln, Fred Brown Building, Cental Park Centre,
Planning Committee: Janet Scott, Merrill Johnson, Erwin Erhardt, Jennifer Bossard, Kathleen Zumpfe

Photos of the conference, October 2022
Photos of the conference, October 2021


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