Past Alumni Masters


Previous Alumni Masters, Since 1990

The list reflects the employers and positions held at the time the Masters Week awards were bestowed.


  • Amy F. Barr, Director, Good Housekeeping Institute
  • David L. Batie, Project Manager, Universal Studios Florida
  • Larry D. Johnson, Principal Legal Officer, Office of Legal Counsel, United Nations Office of Legal Affairs
  • Robert C. Kehm, Partner, Arthur Anderson & Co.


  • Lawrence Frolik, Professor, University of Pittsburgh College of Law
  • Margaret Furlong, CEO, Carriage House Studio
  • John Lorenz, Provost & Dean, GMI Engineering & Management Institute
  • Catherine McAward, President, Macmillan/McGraw-Hill International Publishing Co.
  • Eldon Park, Program Director, Development & Outreach, Educational Testing Service


  • Paul Engler, CEO, Cacuts Feeders, Inc.
  • Michael Koehler, high school guidance counselor, author
  • Marjie Lundstrom, City Editor, Sacramento Bee; Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Jack Rychecky, Financial Analyst, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • William Splinter, air traffic control supervisor, Federal Aviation Administration


  • Dr. Weldon Beverly, Principal, Hyde Park Career Academy
  • Gary Fries, CEO, Radio Advertising Bureau
  • Dr. Louis Muñoz, Pediatric Radiology Oncologist, St. Paul Medical Center (Dallas)
  • John O'Neill, Deputy Director of Mission Operations, NASA
  • Winston Wade, Vice President, US WEST Communications


  • Thomas J. Morrow, President, Time Warner Communications
  • Omero Suarez, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, City Colleges of Chicago
  • Sandy Veneziano, Film Industry Production Designer
  • Susan Diffenderfer McClanahan, CEO, McClanhan Book Company
  • Marilyn Humphrey, Director of Compliance & Analysis, US WEST Business Development Group


  • Dr. Larry Beutler, Director of Training/Program Director, School Psychology Program, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Charles Greene, Summer Sports Director, Special Olympics International
  • Gary Kemper, Photo Chief, Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games
  • Dr. Sue A. Tolin, Professor, Dept. of Plant Pathology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


  • Karen Blessen, Karen Blessen Illustration
  • Dr. Carlton Davis, Distinguished Service Professor , Food & Resource Economics Dept., University of Florida
  • Dr. Brian Larkins, Porterfield Professor of Plant Sciences, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Arizona
  • Dr. Kennedy J. Reed, Physicist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Sue Ann Tempero, Human Resources Manager. Indianapolis Newspapers, Inc.


  • John David DeHaan, Associate Professor of Voice, University of the Pacific
  • Judge Norman Krivosha, Executive Vice President, Ameritas
  • Dr. Harriet McCombs, Public Health Advisor, Mental Health Services Administration
  • Lee McIntire, President, Bechtel National, Inc.
  • Dr. Calvin Qualset, Director, Genetic Resources Conservation Program, University of California


  • Arthur H. Hughes, Director General, Multinational Force and Observers (MFO)
  • Dr. Debra Miller, Owner/Director, Practicing Veterinarian Animal Health Services
  • Dr. Scott Stevens, Senior Systems Scientist, Information Technology Center
  • Bob Thacker, Vice-President of Marketing, Sears, Roebuck and Co.
  • Dr. Patricia Wirth, Network Design and Performance Analysis Director, AT&T Advanced Technologies Organization


  • Representative Doug Bereuter, Representative, Nebraska's First Congressional District
  • Major General Claude Bolton Jr., Executive Officer for Flight and Bomber Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Air Force
  • Dr. Norma Elia Cantu, Department of Languages, Literature, and Art, Texas A&M International University
  • Dr. Jeanette Hasse, Transplant Nutrition Specialist, Baylor University Medical Center
  • Abbas Mohaddes, President & CEO, Meyer, Mohaddes Associates Inc.


  • Kimberly Erusha, Director of Education, United States Golf Association (USGA)
  • Brian Halla, CEO, Chairman of the Board, National Semiconductor Corp.
  • Barbara Nagle, President/Owner, Marketscape Research & Consulting, Inc.
  • Debra Powell, Mayor, City of East St. Louis
  • Douglass Scott, Design Director, WGBH Educational Foundation


  • Shawn Buchanan, President & CEO, All American Meats
  • Thomas Burnell, President & CEO GenomicFX, Inc.
  • Cheryl Parks Butler, Director of Recruiting & Hiring, The Washington Post
  • Jeannine Falter, Vice President Aircraft Completion/Modifications Marketing & Design, Duncan Aviation
  • Mellanee Kvasnicka, Chair of English, Omaha South High School
  • John Rosenow, Founder & President, National Arbor Day Foundation


  • Robin Abrams, President and CEO, Bluekite Corporation
  • Mary Adolf, President, National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
  • Richard Callahan, Chairman and CEO, Callahan Associates International
  • Jacqueline Henningsen, Director, Air Force Studies and Analyses Agency
  • David Nuckolls, Executive Producer, CNN


  • Lee Martin, Associate Professor of English at the Ohio State University and Author
  • Lyle Middendorf, Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Officer, LI-COR
  • David Mount, retired Chairman and CEO, Warner/Elektra/Atlantic
  • Carrie Tolstedt, Group Executive Vice President of Regional Banking, Wells Fargo & Co.
  • Jamie Williams, Founder and CEO, YMotion Media, Inc.


  • Ronald Arp, Senior Vice President, Fleishman-Hillard
  • Alice Dittman, Chairwoman Emeritus, Cornhusker Bank
  • Anne El-Omami, Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Museum Education, University of Arts in Philadelphia
  • Aris Gennadios, Director of Business development, Oral Technologies Business Unit, Cardinal Health, Inc.
  • Karen Nicodemus, President, Cochise College
  • Celia Swanson, Executive Vice President of Membership, Marketing and Administration for Sam's Club Division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.


  • Libby Swanson Jacobs, Director of Community Relations, Principal Financial Group and Majority Whip, Iowa House of Representatives
  • Marc LeBaron, Chairman and CEO, Lincoln Plating Company
  • S. Suzanne Nielsen, Head of the Department of Food Science, Purdue University
  • Janet Sellon, Family Physician, Lincoln Family Wellness


  • Kent Andersen, executive vice president for the North American Limousin Foundation
  • Chris Greene, professor of physics, University of Colorado; chair of the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics
  • John Hoerner, CEO of Central European Clothing, Tesco
  • Patricia Peterson, attorney and partner, Kutak Rock
  • Rob Reeder, manager of advertising, Hallmark and Hallmark Gold Crown Stores


  • Joe Cooper, manager of East Coast Hourly Compensation, Walt Disney Theme Park and Resorts
  • Paul Hogan, founder and CEO of Home Instead Senior Care
  • James Jirsa, professor of civil engineering, University of Texas
  • Warren Leary, science correspondent, New York Times


  • Barry Alvarez, Director of Athletics, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Joseph H. Bryant, Chairman and CEO, Cobalt International Energy, L.P.
  • Jim Crounse, Partner, The Mack/Crounse Group
  • Tom Hoegemeyer, Chief Technology Officer, Hoegemeyer Hybrids
  • William "Billy" Howard, Owner and Operator, Howard House Contemporary Art
  • Scott W. Killinger, Founding Principal, Kuang Xing International Design and Planning
  • Daniel H. Nelson, CEO, Nelson Schmidt
  • Fred Witt, National Director, Real Estate Services, Deloitte Tax LLP


  • Connie Collingsworth, General Counsel and secretary of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Jim Davidson, Co-founder and chairman of Silver Lake investment firm
  • Deb Fiddelke, Senior manager of international and government relations at Chicago 2016
  • David Landis, Director of urban development for the city of Lincoln
  • Eugene O'Brien, Executive associate dean at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University
  • Eulanda Sanders, Associate professor in the Department of Design and Merchandising at Colorado State University in Fort Collins
  • John B. Solie, Regents Professor in biosystems and agricultural engineering at Oklahoma State University and a registered professional engineer in the state of Oklahoma


  • Damon Barry, vice president of business affairs and assistant general counsel for CSG Systems International, Inc.
  • Kate Bingaman-Burt, assistant professor of graphic design at Portland State University
  • Robert Douglass, artist and retired founder of Robert Douglass Associates consulting firm
  • John Kennedy, corporate chef at Blue Bunny
  • Loren Lutes, professor emeritus of civil engineering at Texas A&M University
  • Therese McGuire, professor of management and strategy and a ConAgra Foods Research Professor in the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
  • Allan Noddle, president of Daymon Worldwide
  • Teresa Poggenpohl, executive director - global image for Accenture
  • Roger Wehrbein, livestock producer and farmer at Breeze Valley Farms, Inc.; Wehrbein Farms, Inc.; and D& R Livestock Co. Partnership; former Nebraska State Senator
  • Jeff Zeleny, national political correspondent for The New York Times


  • Thomas Campbell, Sara T. Martineau Endowed Professor in Communication Disorders in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas, and Executive Director of the UTD Callier Center for Communication Disorders
  • Dennis Hirschbrunner, retired executive vice president and director of marketing for HDR, an Omaha-based engineering and architecture consulting firm
  • Willow Holoubek, organizational director for the Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska, and owner/operator of WillowMark Angus and Holoubek Family Farms
  • Ertha "Jean" Johnson, president and CEO of LegalWATCH, a risk mitigation training company
  • Kris Malkoski,  vice president and general manager of Craftsman, the popular tool and hardware company
  • Roger Schluntz, teaches architecture and urban design at the School of Architecture at the University of New Mexico
  • Lee Stuart, chief executive officer of NBC Bancshares, LLC, and chairman of the board of Nebraska Bank of Commerce


  • Merle S. Bachman, AIA, retired president of HDR Architecture Inc.
  • Kenneth M. Green, managing general partner of Agra Holdings LP in Firestone, Colo., and a partner in Finney County Feeders and Pruvit Cattle Co.
  • Mark Hasebroock, founder and owner of Dundee Venture Capital.
  • Harrison Hickman, founder and CEO of Hickman Analytics Inc. in Chevy Chase, Md.
  • Jay Keasling, Hubbard Howe Distinguished Professor of Biochemical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Andy Massey, chief legal counsel for Valmont Industries in Omaha since July 2006.
  • Vernon Miller, business teacher at Umonhon (Omaha) Nation Public Schools on the Omaha Tribal Reservation in Macy, Neb.
  • Karen Stelling, vice president with Burns & McDonnell, a consulting engineering and architecture firm.
  • Michelle Walenz, senior vice president/marketing, creative and branding for ABC Family.


  • Maj. Gen. Daryl L. Bohac, Adjutant General of the Nebraska Military Department.
  • Charles Dalluge executive vice president of Leo A Daly Co.
  • Sharon McIlnay, a member of Matias Energy LLC, formed in 2007 by McIlnay and her business partner, Tom Miller.
  • Karen Jennings, a real estate agent and motivational speaker.
  • Dean Rasmussen, president and CEO of Grandmother's and Don & Millie's restaurants and Prairie Life Fitness.
  • Tim Roesler, chief business development officer and senior vice president for American Public Media.
  • Luke Smith a consultant who specializes in start-ups and launches, international business and turnarounds.
  • Joe Stone, business unit leader for the Cargill Feed and Nutrition business globally.
  • Cecil L. Walker, retired chairman and CEO of Gannett Broadcasting.


  • Angie Klein, Vice president of marketing and sales for Verizon.
  • Ayman Shali, CEO, Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries
  • Dawn Shaefer, Executive art director for CBS
  • Don Voelte, Managing director and CEO, Seven Group Holdings
  • Edward J. Kodet Jr., President, Kodet Architectural Group
  • Joann Martin, President and CEO, Ameritas Mutual Holding Company
  • Matthew L. Blomstedt, Commissioner of Education, State of Nebraska
  • Terry Connealy, Senior Vice President, Mutual of Omaha Bank
  • Tom Christiansen, Sage Grouse Program Coordinator, Wyoming Game and Fish Department
  • Victoria L. Collier, The Elder and Disability Law Firm of Victoria L. Collier, PC


  • W. Kim Austen, President and CEO (retired) at Nationwide
  • Bob Cullinan, Media consultant
  • Erleen Hatfield, Partner, Buro Happold
  • Verne Holoubek, President of the Terri and Verne Holoubek Family Foundation 
  • Garth Johnson, Curator of Ceramics, Arizona State University Art Museum
  • Dr. Al Kurtenbach, Cofounder (retired), Daktronics Inc.
  • Laura A. Schulte, Senior vice president, Wells Fargo



  • Bruce Carpenter, Senior Vice President, HDR
  • Mark Chronister, Partner, Templeton Laird
  • Daniel Dawes, Healthcare attorney and executive director of government affairs and health policy at Morehouse School of Medicine 
  • Jennafer Glaesemann, Veterinarian and owner of clinics in Beatrice and Pickerell, NE
  • Frauke Hachtmann, Professor and associate dean in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at UNL
  • Margaret Holman, Runs a consulting firm in New York City
  • Lea Ann Johnson, Director of Lincoln Community Learning Centers
  • Julie Uribe, TV producer with 25 years of experience in Hollywood