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Board of Directors

The Senior College Board of Directors is a panel of 15 Senior College members elected by the Membership of Senior College at the Annual Meeting each November. Each Board Member is elected to a three-year term.

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Meet our Board

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Stan Dart
Senior College Board of Directors
Chair
234-1616

Stan Dart, Chair

Phone: 234-1616
Senior College Board of Directors

Stan received his BS in Geography from Eastern Illinois Univ. in 1966 and an MA in Geography from Rutgers University in1968. In 2007 he retired as an Emeritus Faculty after nearly 40 years teaching in the Department of Geography (University of Nebraska – Kearney). His teaching areas include Physical Geography, Geology, Environmental Issues, and the Southwestern US. Carol and Stan have two children and three grandchildren. In retirement Stan enjoys, among other things, the five G’s – Golf, Gardening, Great friends, Gin-and-tonics and “Gee ---being part of Senior College.”

Bill Wozniak
Senior College Board of Directors
Secretary
293-4342

Bill Wozniak, Secretary

Phone: 293-4342
Senior College Board of Directors

Bill Wozniak is a psychologist who has taught at UNK for 41 years. He graduated from Notre Dame and has advanced degrees from Miami University. He is currently semi-retired and will be fully retired in May 2020. He has been active in a variety of service groups, but is especially fond of his hospital visits with his therapy dog, Jackson. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, he follows the Browns and the Indians, but is really a fan of the Fighting Irish. 

 
Bob Hobbs
Senior College Board of Directors
Treasurer
237-5198

Bob Hobbs, Treasurer

Phone: 237-5198
Senior College Board of Directors

Born in Hiawatha, KS, Bob graduated from York High School, then UNL (BS Business Law), and University of Indiana (MBA). He completed UNL ROTC, and continued on to the US Army Ranger School and became a Captain in the US Army Reserve. Bob’s professional career has focused on finance, real estate, banking with managerial positions in Lexington, Kearney and Fremont. Most recently he has been the Director of Business Development for Community Action Services in Kearney. Bob and Artie have three children, eight grand children and four great grand children. He is a member of First United Methodist Church, Masons, Shrine, and Elks. His hobbies include bicycling, skiing, fishing and time at their cabin in Plum Creek Canyon.

Joan Smith
Senior College Board of Directors
Registrar
237-7013

Joan Smith, Registrar

Phone: 237-7013
Senior College Board of Directors

Joan is a graduate of Dana College and UNK. She taught high school English and was a counselor at Kearney High. She has three sons - Al, Ev, and Dave Tarrell as well as 10 grandchildren. Joan loves to read and reread “old” stuff. She is dedicated to positive change and enjoying the search for just what “positive” means. And, she loves Senior College!

Elaine Batenhorst
Senior College Board of Directors
237-3431

Elaine Batenhorst

Phone: 237-3431
Senior College Board of Directors

Elaine is an emeritus faculty of the UNK Education Department. Since her retirement she has been involved with the Kearney Literacy Council, serving as their president for over six years. Another passion of hers is genealogy and preserving the historical documents of the county through the Buffalo County Trails and Rails Museum. She has volunteered for many years in the Archives, copying records and assisting those that are researching their family history. She and her husband Mike have three grown children living in Nebraska, Florida and Virginia and six grandchildren; thus they travel that route often.

Pat Candy
Senior College Board of Directors
440-1757

Pat Candy

Phone: 440-1757
Senior College Board of Directors

Pat has been a resident of Nebraska since moving from Colorado while in high school. She retired after 16 years from the Kearney Visitors Bureau and is now working part-time for Brookdale Kearney Nothridge Community as a Concierge/Receptionist - loves the job!!! She currently serves as chair of the Peterson Senior Activity Center Advisory Board; vice-chair of the Kearney Womens Club; secretary/treasurer of Noon Kiwanis. She is a member of the United Methodist Women, D.O.E.S. and Eastern Star. In her "spare" time, Pat volunteers with many organizations.

Vicki Conn
Senior College Board of Directors
(573) 446-1511

Vicki Conn

Phone: (573) 446-1511
Senior College Board of Directors

Vicki is a native of the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. She is professor emerita from University of Missouri. Vicki taught research methods to pre-doctoral and post-doctoral students and mentored junior faculty launching research trajectories at Mizzou.  When she left academia in 2018, Vicki moved to Kearney to be near a son and his family. She has two young granddaughters in Kearney. Her interests include watercolor, walking with audible books, summer biking, group exploration of novel perspectives, volunteering, and crafts with granddaughters. Senior College is a natural fit for her love of learning - Vicki remembers loving school from the first day of first grade. 

Roger Davis
Senior College Board of Directors
237-9320

Roger Davis

Phone: 237-9320
Senior College Board of Directors

Roger Davis is a native of Warren, Ohio where he met his wife at an eighth grade sock hop. He was an undergraduate student at Youngstown State University (home of the Fighting Penguins!) where he fell under the spell of the discipline of History.

He earned his MA and PhD from the University of Arizona in Latin American history and 19th century US history. He and his wife Cecelia arrived in Kearney in 1986. Roger has taught History at Kearney State and UNK ever since. Their son Daniel and his family live in Olathe, Kansas.

Connie Francis
Senior College Board of Directors
530-2476

Connie Francis

Phone: 530-2476
Senior College Board of Directors

Connie is an emeritus faculty of UNL Extension. She has a BS in home economics education and extension from UNL and an MA in counseling from Chadron State College. Her hometown is Lexington. After graduating from UNL, she lived and worked with rural families in Thailand for 6 months, an experience which has had a profound impact on her life. Connie had a 32-year career with UNL Extension, mostly as a family life educator. In 2003 she was invited to become part of the Nebraska Rural Initiative; definitely a growth experience which led to working in rural tourism development for the last 9 years of her career. She was married to her husband Richard for 34 years before his death in 2005. She has lived in Kearney since 2009 and is active in First Baptist Church. She also is an elementary student mentor, co-leads an interdenominational Bible study, volunteers at Rowe Sanctuary during the crane season, travels – and mostly enjoys her family; 2 daughters and sons-in-law (both Doug!) and 4 teenage grandchildren.

Sharon Hoffman
Senior College Board of Directors
240-4481

Sharon Hoffman

Phone: 240-4481
Senior College Board of Directors

Sharon and her husband have lived in Kearney since 2005.  They have six children, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  They grew up in the Roseland area, raised their family in Blue Hill and spent 15 years in Cambridge before retiring to Kearney.  Sharon graduated from Hastings College in 1987 with a BA in Social Science/Education.  She was mostly a stay at home mom and has been a strong community volunteer all her life.  She is a life long learner and looks forward to working with Senior College.

Sharon Ingram
Senior College Board of Directors
233-1124

Sharon Ingram

Phone: 233-1124
Senior College Board of Directors

Sharon is a graduate of Scottsbluff High School and received her BA in Education at Wayne State College. She received her MS in Education and an endorsement in Computer Science from Chadron State College. She taught high school and middle school English and computers and served as an adjunct faculty member in math and computers at Chadron State College. After retirement, Sharon and her husband, Jerry, spent five years roaming the USA as fulltime rver’s before settling in Kearney in 2001. She and Jerry have two sons – one in Nebraska and one in Colorado.  Their six grandchildren are dispersed in Colorado, Alaska, Georgia, Kansas and Florida! Her interests include genealogy, reading, camping, traveling and volunteering.

Connie Jelkin
Senior College Board of Directors
627-4471

Connie Jelkin

Phone: 627-4471
Senior College Board of Directors

Connie has always been a Nebraska girl and has a special place in her heart for the plains and the Platte River.

Connie graduated High School from Bertrand and received her BA from KSC.  Learning and trying new things are important so she also received her teaching endorsement in Psychology, and an endorsement in Early Childhood Education. Then back to school for an endorsement in Library and back to school again for her MS in Informational Technology. Connie taught in the Library and Computer Labs at Kearney Public Schools for 25 years and is recently retired.

Jim is her patient husband of 45 years.  They have three children and two grandchildren. It's wonderful to join the Senior College learning opportunities.

Deanna Jesse
Senior College Board of Directors
627-4650

Deanna Jesse

Phone: 627-4650

Deanna graduated from Medicine Valley High School, Curtis and received her BA in Psychology and Masters in Agency Counseling from UNK.  For 32 years she worked for the NE Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired in the positions of Orientation Counselor, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and Program Specialist for Older Blind Services.  She is a Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the Blind.  She has served on the Kearney Area Arts Council Board, Safe Center Board, including serving as a treasurer.  She currently serves on the Peterson Senior Center Advisory Board as Vice Chair and the MONA Guild Board.  She enjoys travel, dance, sewing, crocheting and reading.  Her husband Mark Foradori is the Marketing Coordinator at the Platte River Archway. 

Ken Mumm
Senior College Board of Directors
440-2105

Ken Mumm

Phone: 440-2105
Senior College Board of Directors

Born in Lincoln, Nebraska, Ken lived with his mother and grandparents until his father returned from WWII. After his return, Ken’s family moved to Omaha for three years, but then moved to the Seward, Nebraska area where Ken graduated from Seward High School.  Ken has degrees in secondary education, secondary reading, and school administration.  Ken taught English at Maywood High School and Pound Junior High in Lincoln. After being encouraged to join the ranks of school administrators, Ken accepted the assistant principal position at Kearney Junior High. After transitioning the junior high to a middle school, Ken joined the UNK College of Ed as a lecturer in child growth and development and everything middle school.  Ken retired in 2009 and with wife, Bonnie, loves to travel, volunteer for Kearney Area Habitat and serve on the Literacy Council, Senior College, and Habitat boards.  Ken is currently serving as Co-Chair of the Senior College Curriculum Committee. 

Dorothy Miller
Senior College Board of Directors
402-366-4072

Dorothy Miller

Phone: 402-366-4072
Senior College Board of Directors

Dorothy Miller is a graduate of Shickley High School and received her BS in Education at UNL and her MA in Education from Doane College.  She taught high school English 24 years; her teaching areas included literature, film, composition, and creative writing.  She currently serves on the boards for Kearney Literacy Council and MONA Guild.  Her interests include being a docent at the Museum of NE Art, tutoring for Kearney Literacy Council, teaching Argentine tango, dancing, yoga, reading, cooking, and entertaining.  She and her husband, Bob, have four adult children and seven grandchildren living in Chicago, LA, Kearney, and Connecticut, and as a result enjoy traveling often.

Ron Scott
Senior College Board of Directors
234-1168

Ron Scott

Phone: 234-1168
Senior College Board of Directors

Ron is a retired (from Kearney Clinic) family practice doctor originally from Hastings. He and his wife Mary are now enjoying travel and Senior College. He has many interests including music, history, politics, science....”I guess I'm just a perpetual student of about anything!”

Christy Walsh
Senior College Board of Directors
233-3283

Christy Walsh

Phone: 233-3283
Senior College Board of Directors

Bio coming soon!

The Board Committees are:

Curriculum – This Committee is composed of 8-10 Board members and Member volunteers. The Committee is responsible for developing the classes for each of the semesters.

Governance – This Committee is composed or 2-3 Board Members whose primary responsibilities are to insure that the organization meets its obligations as established in its By-Laws as well as statutory and fiscal responsibilities as a 501(c)(3) corporation.

Marketing Committee – This Committee is composed of 2-3 Board members and Member volunteers whose responsibilities are to develop marketing strategies and plans to reach the senior citizen demographics in south-central Nebraska as well as inform the communities about the opportunities available through Senior College.

Membership Committee – This Committee is responsible for providing support services to classes and events. Members meet the first sessions of all classes to represent Senior College and assist with the enrollment process. Members also contact class registrants prior to the first class meetings to make sure that the registrants know when and where their class (es) meet. This Committee is composed of 5-7 Board members and Member volunteers.

Newsletter Committee – Senior College publishes three Newsletters a year. This small (1-3 members) committee is responsible for collecting information about Senior College and producing the Newsletter and well as the printed class schedules.

Registrar – The Registrar is the person specifically charged with accepting and organizing registrations for classes as well as maintaining membership records.

Special Events Committee – This committee is, as the title suggests, responsible for Senior College events outside of the normal class /semester schedules. The membership is flexible and includes Board Members and Members. 

 
Contact Us

P.O. Box 1556, Kearney, NE 68848
308-234-1616  •  
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