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Leadership Team

Anthony L. Goins, Director


Anthony 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 new and expanded economic opportunities on behalf of all Nebraskans.

Tony has a background in operations, where he specialized in global financial services and achieved 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. Tony has held senior-level positions at USAA, Ford Motor Credit Company, Key Bank, QVC, and American Express.

Tony is a small business owner, being co-founder of Capital Cigar Lounge in southwest Lincoln. He is deeply involved in the community, and serves on numerous boards including the Lincoln Community Foundation, Bryan Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska, the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, the Omaha Opera, and as Advisor to the Board for Bank of Bennington, among others.

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 three daughters, Toni (married to son-in-law Anthony Brockman, both in financial services), Briana, Jayla, and a son, Anthony II (assistant basketball coach at Clemson University, married to daughter-in-law Dr. Stephanie Goins). He has five grandkids: Jaylin, Jada, Jiya, Journey, and Reese.

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
Terry VanEaton Compliance Team Manager 402-471-0135


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

Financial Office

Holly Hartman Budget Officer 402-471-3117
Robin Kilgore Chief Financial Officer 402-471-3762
Joyce Klooster Staff Assistant 402-471-3987
Terry McAuliffe Federal Aid Administrator 402-471-3680
Katie Mihulka Federal Aid Administrator c: 402-326-0093

Business Development

Dan Curran Deputy Director of Programs 402-471-6513
c: 402-450-0088
Joe Fox Director of Business Development 402-471-8604
Trevon Brooks North Omaha Business Development Manager 402-312-2004


Business Recruitment

Cobus Block Director of International and Business Recruitment c: 402-480-5806
Kris Benson Economic Development Consultant 402-471-3766
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
Daren Waters Economic Development Consultant c: 402-480-9004

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

Targeted Industries & Talent

Rose Baker Talent Team Manager  402-471-1559
Gentri Shopp Talent Development Marketing Coordinator 402-471-4296

Manufacturing Extension Partnership

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

Field Operations

Dave Honz Southeast Field Service Rep 402-471-3763
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



Benjamin Goins Attorney II 402-471-1833
John Adams Attorney III 402-471-8605
Thomas Saltzman  Business Incentives Manager 402-471-6336
Jessica Anderson Business Incentives Manager 402-471-3367
Ane De Anzola Business Incentives Consultant 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


Kylee Bischoff Application Coordinator 402-471-2843
c: 402-800-7058
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
Lynn Kohout Director of Housing 402-440-2599
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
Ryan ZimmerMas Metro Area Housing Program Representative 531-207-5020

Community Development

Steve Charleston Community Development Division Director 402-471-3757
Gina Doose Financial Packager 402-471-3515
Laura Hart Program Development Consultant 308-202-0177
Andrew Moffitt II
Economic Development Consultant 402-471-3760
Rebecca Schademann Consolidated Plan Coordinator 402-471-3172
Jason Seamann IT Analyst Senior 402-471-3761
c: 402-440-0445
Tom Stephens Financial Packager 402-471-6587
Amber Helmick Community Development Specialist 402-471-3369 

Disaster Recovery

Jenny B. Mason Director of Disaster Recovery 402-471-6280
Disaster Recovery Manager
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
Whitney Schumacher Database Administrator 402-314-0333
Jamdan Clang Website Manager 402-471-6395

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