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Leadership Team

Anthony L. Goins, Director


Anthony L. Goins was appointed Director of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development by Governor Pete Ricketts in August 2019. With his extensive experience building and managing successful teams and organizations at the highest levels of industry, Tony is spearheading the Department’s pursuit of economic opportunities for all Nebraskans.

Tony has a background in operations, where he specialized in global financial services and earned a reputation as a strategic, results-driven executive. He formerly served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Cabela’s World’s Foremost Bank. Before moving to Lincoln, he was a Senior Vice President and Support Executive at JPMorgan Chase, where he led operations in Asia and North America. Tony has held senior-level positions at USAA, Ford Motor Credit Company, Key Bank, QVC and American Express.

Tony is a small business owner, as co-founder of Capital Cigar Lounge in southwest Lincoln. He is deeply involved in the community and serves on numerous boards including the Lincoln and Omaha Chambers; Bryan Health; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska and the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra. He is Advisor to the Board for I3 Bank; Board Director and Risk Committee Chair for Nelnet Bank; and Board Director for Inceptia, a division of the National Student Loan Program. He is also a faculty member of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Tony majored in business management at North Carolina A&T State University, and served as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. He is married to Kimberly, and they have four children: a son (Anthony II, assistant basketbal coach at Boston College, married to Dr. Stephanie Goins) and three daughters: Toni (married to son-in-law Anthony Brockman, both in financial services), Briana and Jayla. He has six grandchildren: Jaylin, Jada, Jiya, Journey, Reese and Anthony III.

Dan Curran
Deputy Director of Programs

Joseph Lauber
Deputy Director – Operations /
Chief Legal Officer

Robin Kilgore
Chief Financial Officer

Administration & Operations

Anthony L. Goins Director 402-471-3746
Bruce M. Carden Staff Attorney 402-450-0406
Lori Cole Administrative Assistant
to the Director
Joseph Lauber Deputy Director – Operations /
Chief Legal Officer


Kate Ellingson Director of Marketing and Public Relations c: 402-309-3310
Renee Lanik Graphic Designer c: 402-310-5124
Justin Pinkerman Executive Writer 

Financial Office

Holly Hartman Budget Officer 402-471-3117
Robin Kilgore Chief Financial Officer 402-471-3762
Joyce Klooster Staff Assistant 402-471-3987
Nikki Bentzinger Federal Aid Administrator 402-471-8613
Rick Dey Federal Aid Administrator 


Business Development

Dan Curran Deputy Director of Programs 402-471-6513
c: 402-450-0088
Joe Fox Director of Business Development 402-471-8604


Business Recruitment

Cobus Block Director of International and Business Recruitment c: 402-480-5806
Kris Benson Economic Development Consultant 402-471-3766
Benjamin Coleman
Economic Development Consultant 402-471-4668
Makayla Leiting
Economic Development Consultant c: 531-510-1251
Lorena Reichert  Business Project Manager c: 402-314-6468
Lauren Scholfield
Economic Development Consultant 402-318-2381

Business Innovation

Nisha Avey Business Innovation Manager c: 402-853-1391
Ben Kuspa Business Innovation Manager 402-613-8119
Anissa Rasmussen Business Innovation Consultant 402-471-7999
Brad Kulwicki Business Development Consultant c: 402-480-9380
Rick Feis Business Innovation Consultant c: 402-480-0044

International Trade & Investment

Cobus Block Director of International and Business Recruitment c: 402-480-5806
Colby Angst Export Development Consultant 531-510-6407

Targeted Industries & Talent

Rose Baker Talent Team Manager  402-471-1559
Sterling Williams Talent Development Grant Specialist 402-471-3113

Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Lori Shaal Business Relations 402-471-3780
c: 402-890-4624

Field Operations

Dave Honz Southeast Field Service Rep c: 402-440-0412
Kelly Gewecke Central Field Service Rep c: 308-627-3151
Brittany Hardin West Central Field Service / Governor’s Office Rep c: 308-660-9111
Sheryl Hiatt Director of Field Operations c: 402-340-6180
Deb Poehling Northeast Field Service Rep c: 402-380-7253
Ashley Rice-Gerlach Southwest Field Service Rep c: 308-655-0919


Jennifer Nguyen  Compliance Consultant II
Gregory Nohr Compliance Consultant II
Sabrina Roland Compliance Consultant II
Audrey Sautter Attorney III 402-471-4667
Jenise Trautman Compliance Consultant II
Aaron Vo External Auditor 402-471-6710

Economic Recovery

Trevon Brooks Chief Strategy Officer 402-312-2004
Elizabeth Blanco Rodriguez
Economic Development Manager 402-983-0911
Deisy Coyle
Economic Recovery Program Manager 531-500-9577
Shereece Dendy-Sanders Lead Economic Recovery Attorney 402-890-8028
Ashley Drake
Shovel-Ready Grant Program Manager 531-600-7042
Lydia Lassen Economic Recovery Program Manager 531-893-1836
Javier Saldaña Economic Recovery Division Administrator 531-283-1589
Daren Waters North Omaha Business Manager 402-480-9004
Ryan ZimmerMas Lead Economic Recovery Program Manager 531-207-5020



Benjamin Goins Attorney II 402-471-1833
John Adams Attorney III 402-471-8605
Joseph P. Thompson
Attorney III 531-600-7043
Thomas Saltzman  Business Incentives Manager 402-471-6336
Jessica Anderson Business Incentives Manager 402-471-3367
Ane De Anzola Business Incentives Manager 402-471-3769
Ethan Bell Business Incentives Consultant 402-471-3788
Tanner Hiemer Business Incentives Consultant 402-471-3794
Darin Lubke  Business Incentives Consultant 402-471-3116
Jeffrey Weiss  
Business Incentives Consultant 531-600-7041


Lynn Kohout Director of Housing 402-440-2599
Kylee Bischoff Application Coordinator 402-471-2843
c: 402-800-7058
Teri Doss Metro Area Housing Program Representative c: 531-810-1450 
Nick Dropinski Housing Specialist c: 402-580-0713
Mechele Grimes Housing Specialist 402-309-4536
Morgan Pearson Central Housing Consultant c: 308-224-8846
Amy Kienzler Southeast Housing Consultant 402-580-7131
Christine Rasmussen Northeast Housing Consultant c: 402-575-0798
Kristi McClung Western Housing Consultant 308-889-3420
c: 308-289-3935
Benjamin Mellema Compliance Coordinator  402-471-4168
c: 402-405-6116
Barb Pierce Housing Specialist c: 402-936-4587

Community Development

Steve Charleston Community Development Division Director 402-471-3757
Nicole Bartels Economic Development Manager 402-471-3765 
Gina Doose Financial Packager 402-310-9772
Laura Hart Program Development Consultant 308-202-0177
Amber Helmick Community Development Specialist 402-471-3369
Andrew Moffitt II
Economic Development Consultant 402-471-3760
Rebecca Schademann Consolidated Plan Coordinator 402-471-3172
Tom Stephens Financial Packager 402-471-6587

Disaster Recovery

Jenny B. Mason Director of Disaster Recovery 402-471-6280
Aaron Boucher Community Development Specialist 531-207-4024
Susan Nickerson Disaster Recovery Coordinator 308-850-0595
Christina Zink Housing Program Manager 402-326-4091
Tia Loftin Infrastructure Program Manager 531-810-1929


Jennifer Zarek Chief Data Officer 402-471-3441
David Dearmont Director of Research 402-471-3777
Emily Wiseman Economist c: 308-882-0157
Derek Jones Economist 402-471-3060
Chris Pham Business Systems Analyst 402-471-2840
Inderpreet Kaur Business Systems Analyst 402-471-3749
Otilia Titus Business Systems Analyst 
Whitney Schumacher Database Administrator 402-314-0333
Jamdan Clang Website Manager 402-471-6395

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