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Leadership Team

Anthony L. Goins, Director
anthony.goins@nebraska.gov
402-471-3746

 

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 anthony.goins@nebraska.gov
Bruce M. Carden Staff Attorney 402-450-0406 bruce.carden@nebraska.gov
Lori Cole Administrative Assistant
to the Director
402-471-3746 lori.a.cole@nebraska.gov
Joseph Lauber Deputy Director – Operations /
Chief Legal Officer
402-471-3758 joseph.lauber@nebraska.gov

Communications

Kate Ellingson Director of Marketing and Public Relations c: 402-309-3310 kate.ellingson@nebraska.gov
Renee Lanik Graphic Designer c: 402-310-5124 renee.lanik@nebraska.gov

Financial Office

Holly Hartman Budget Officer 402-471-3117 holly.hartman@nebraska.gov
Robin Kilgore Chief Financial Officer 402-471-3762 robin.kilgore@nebraska.gov
Joyce Klooster Staff Assistant 402-471-3987 joyce.klooster@nebraska.gov
Terry McAuliffe Federal Aid Administrator 402-471-3680 terry.mcauliffe@nebraska.gov
Nikki Bentzinger Federal Aid Administrator 402-471-8613 nikki.bentzinger@nebraska.gov 

Business Development

Dan Curran Deputy Director of Programs 402-471-6513
c: 402-450-0088
dan.curran@nebraska.gov
Joe Fox Director of Business Development 402-471-8604 joe.fox@nebraska.gov

 

Business Recruitment

Cobus Block Director of International and Business Recruitment c: 402-480-5806 cobus.block@nebraska.gov
Kris Benson Economic Development Consultant 402-471-3766 kristine.benson@nebraska.gov
Makayla Leiting
Economic Development Consultant c: 531-510-1251 makayla.leiting@nebraska.gov
Lorena Reichert  Business Project Manager c: 402-314-6468 lorena.reichert@nebraska.gov
Lauren Scholfield
Economic Development Consultant 402-318-2381 lauren.scholfield@nebraska.gov
Daren Waters Economic Development Consultant c: 402-480-9004 daren.waters@nebraska.gov

Business Innovation

Nisha Avey Business Innovation Manager c: 402-853-1391 nisha.avey@nebraska.gov
Ben Kuspa Business Innovation Manager 402-613-8119 ben.kuspa@nebraska.gov
Anissa Rasmussen Business Innovation Consultant 402-471-7999 anissa.rasmussen@nebraska.gov
Brad Kulwicki Business Development Consultant c: 402-480-9380 bradley.kulwicki@nebraska.gov
Rick Feis Business Innovation Consultant c: 402-480-0044 rick.feis@nebraska.gov

International Trade & Investment

Cobus Block Director of International and Business Recruitment c: 402-480-5806 cobus.block@nebraska.gov
Colby Angst Export Development Consultant 531-510-6407 colby.angst@nebraska.gov

Targeted Industries & Talent

Rose Baker Talent Team Manager  402-471-1559 rose.baker@nebraska.gov
Gentri Shopp Talent Development Marketing Coordinator 402-471-4296 gentri.shopp@nebraska.gov

Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Lori Shaal Business Relations 402-471-3780
c: 402-890-4624
lori.shaal@nebraska.gov

Field Operations

Dave Honz Southeast Field Service Rep c: 402-440-0412 dave.honz@nebraska.gov
Kelly Gewecke Central Field Service Rep c: 308-627-3151 kelly.gewecke@nebraska.gov
Brittany Hardin West Central Field Service / Governor’s Office Rep c: 308-660-9111 brittany.hardin@nebraska.gov
Sheryl Hiatt Director of Field Operations c: 402-340-6180 sheryl.hiatt@nebraska.gov
Deb Poehling Northeast Field Service Rep c: 402-380-7253 deb.poehling@nebraska.gov
Ashley Rice-Gerlach Southwest Field Service Rep c: 308-655-0919 ashley.gerlach@nebraska.gov

Compliance

Jennifer Nguyen  Compliance Consultant II Jennifer.nguyen@nebraska.gov
Gregory Nohr Compliance Consultant II Gregory.nohr@nebraska.gov
Sabrina Roland Compliance Consultant II Sabrina.roland@nebraska.gov
Audrey Sautter Attorney III 402-471-4667 Audrey.sautter@nebraska.gov
Jenise Trautman Compliance Consultant II Jenise.trautman@nebraska.gov
Aaron Vo External Auditor 402-471-6710 Aaron.vo@nebraska.gov

Economic Recovery

Trevon Brooks Chief Strategy Officer 402-312-2004 Trevon.Brooks@nebraska.gov
Elizabeth Blanco Rodriguez
Economic Development Manager 402-983-0911

Elizabeth.Blanco@nebraska.gov 

Deisy Coyle
Economic Recovery Program Manager 531-500-9577 Deisy.Coyle@nebraska.gov
Shereece Dendy-Sanders Lead Economic Recovery Attorney 402-890-8028 Shereece.Dendy-Sanders@nebraska.gov
Lydia Lassen Economic Recovery Program Manager 531-893-1836 Lydia.Lassen@nebraska.gov
Javier Saldaña Economic Recovery Division Administrator 531-283-1589 Javier.Saldana@nebraska.gov
Daren Waters North Omaha Business Manager 402-480-9004 Daren.Waters@nebraska.gov
Ryan ZimmerMas Lead Economic Recovery Program Manager 531-207-5020 Ryan.Zimmermas@nebraska.gov

Incentives

 

Benjamin Goins Attorney II 402-471-1833 benjamin.goins@nebraska.gov
John Adams Attorney III 402-471-8605 john.h.adams@nebraska.gov
Joseph P. Thompson
Attorney III 531-600-7043 Joseph.Thompson@nebraska.gov
Thomas Saltzman  Business Incentives Manager 402-471-6336 thomas.saltzman@nebraska.gov
Jessica Anderson Business Incentives Manager 402-471-3367 jessica.anderson@nebraska.gov
Ane De Anzola Business Incentives Consultant 402-471-3769 ane.deanzola@nebraska.gov
Ethan Bell Business Incentives Consultant 402-471-3788 ethan.bell@nebraska.gov
Ashley Drake
Business Incentives Consultant 531-600-7042 Ashley.Drake@nebraska.gov
Tanner Hiemer Business Incentives Consultant 402-471-3794 tanner.hiemer@nebraska.gov
Darin Lubke  Business Incentives Consultant 402-471-3116 darin.lubke@nebraska.gov
Jeffrey Weiss  
Business Incentives Consultant 531-600-7041 Jeffrey.Weiss@nebraska.gov

Housing

Lynn Kohout Director of Housing 402-440-2599 lynn.kohout@nebraska.gov
Kylee Bischoff Application Coordinator 402-471-2843
c: 402-800-7058
kylee.bischoff@nebraska.gov
Teri Doss Metro Area Housing Program Representative c: 531-810-1450 teri.doss@nebraska.gov 
Nick Dropinski Housing Specialist c: 402-580-0713 nick.dropinski@nebraska.gov
Mechele Grimes Housing Specialist 402-309-4536 mechele.grimes@nebraska.gov
Morgan Pearson Central Housing Consultant c: 308-224-8846 morgan.pearson@nebraska.gov
Amy Kienzler Southeast Housing Consultant 402-580-7131 amy.kienzler@nebraska.gov
Christine Rasmussen Northeast Housing Consultant c: 402-575-0798 christine.rasmussen@nebraska.gov
Kristi McClung Western Housing Consultant 308-889-3420
c: 308-289-3935
kristi.mcclung@nebraska.gov
Benjamin Mellema Compliance Coordinator  402-471-4168
c: 402-405-6116
benjamin.mellema@nebraska.gov
Barb Pierce Housing Specialist c: 402-936-4587 barb.pierce@nebraska.gov

Community Development

Steve Charleston Community Development Division Director 402-471-3757 steve.charleston@nebraska.gov
Nicole Bartels Economic Development Manager 402-471-3765 nicole.bartels@nebraska.gov 
Gina Doose Financial Packager 402-310-9772 gina.doose@nebraska.gov
Laura Hart Program Development Consultant 308-202-0177 laura.hart@nebraska.gov
Amber Helmick Community Development Specialist 402-471-3369 amber.helmick@nebraska.gov
Andrew Moffitt II
Economic Development Consultant 402-471-3760 andrew.moffitt@nebraska.gov
Rebecca Schademann Consolidated Plan Coordinator 402-471-3172 rebecca.schademann@nebraska.gov
Tom Stephens Financial Packager 402-471-6587 tom.stephens@nebraska.gov

Disaster Recovery

Jenny B. Mason Director of Disaster Recovery 402-471-6280 jenny.mason@nebraska.gov
Disaster Recovery Manager
Aaron Boucher Community Development Specialist 531-207-4024 aaron.boucher@nebraska.gov
Susan Nickerson Disaster Recovery Coordinator 308-850-0595 susan.nickerson@nebraska.gov
Christina Zink Housing Program Manager 402-326-4091 christina.zink@nebraska.gov
Tia Loftin Infrastructure Program Manager 531-810-1929 tia.loftin@nebraska.gov

Research

Jennifer Zarek Chief Data Officer 402-471-3441 jennifer.zarek@nebraska.gov
David Dearmont Director of Research 402-471-3777 dave.dearmont@nebraska.gov
Emily Wiseman Economist c: 308-882-0157 emily.hasenauer@nebraska.gov
Derek Jones Economist 402-471-3060 derek.jones@nebraska.gov
Chris Pham Business Systems Analyst 402-471-2840 christopher.pham@nebraska.gov
Inderpreet Kaur Business Systems Analyst 402-471-3749 inderpreet.kaur@nebraska.gov
Otilia Titus Business Systems Analyst Otilia.Titus@nebraska.gov 
Whitney Schumacher Database Administrator 402-314-0333 whitney.schumacher@nebraska.gov
Jamdan Clang Website Manager 402-471-6395 jamdan.clang@nebraska.gov

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