Our Team

    Keep Nebraska Beautiful Staff

    Robert “Bob” Verkuilen,
    President and CEO

            Bob joined Keep Nebraska Beautiful as President and CEO in March 2021. His love of the outdoors is a great fit with KNB’s mission to reduce waste, increase recycling efforts and beautify our communities. He looks forward to putting his energy towards increasing awareness for KNB and working alongside the KNB Staff and Board to enhance existing and develop new programs. Bob received his degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN). Before joining the KNB Team, Bob spent fourteen years in the investment industry and the last twelve years in development/fundraising. In his free time, Bob enjoys golfing, coaching soccer, fishing and spending time with his wife and two daughters.


    Melanie Brinkman,
    Program Associate

    Melanie joined KNB in July 2021 and as a Lincolnite, she believes in the mission of KNB of inspiring Nebraskans to take steps to improve & beautify our state. Melanie aspires to educate more Nebraskans of the effectiveness to reduce gratuitous landfill in our local communities by participating in programs like Materials Exchange. Melanie loves walking through the local parks with her two daughters, thrift shopping, and rollerskating.


    Pete Stadig,

    Programs Director

    Pete has been with KNB for 15 years. He is a longtime Lincoln resident, a graduate of UNL, a proud father of 2 great kids, and a prairie lover. In his free time, Pete loves going camping, kayaking, playing disc golf, hiking in nature, and biking. His commitment to KNB is fueled by his desire to help realize the goal of socioeconomic and environmental sustainability. Pete manages the Materials Exchange Program, and the Food Waste Reduction Program, including development of after school Food Club programming in coordination with Nebraska Community Learning Centers. He has also recently taken on maintenance of the School Chemical Cleanup Campaign, and website design.


    Paige Christensen,

    Social Media Intern

    Paige joined the KNB team this year, and is an Emerging Media Arts student at UNL. What drives her in her work is spreading awareness about environmental sustainability and the work done by the organization through social media and graphic design. In her free time, Paige likes to go on hikes, work on personal creative projects, and figure skate. Paige manages the social media of Keep Nebraska Beautiful and assists in any graphic design elements.

    Keep Nebraska Beautiful Board of Directors

    Adam Hoebelheinrich

    Adam Hoebelheinrich

    Chairman

    Adam was looking to get more involved in non-profits and had a client suggest KNB to him.  “It is an organization I believe in and I’m happy to be a part of. I really am proud of the work KNB does with schools to help inform the next generation of the mission to keep Nebraska beautiful.” Personally he works to keep nature as good or in most cases better than he found it and is working to pass that message on to his children!

    Angela Ullman

    Angela Ullman

    Treasurer

    “I am passionate about my home state and the organizations that work so hard to make it what it is! I’m excited to be a part of an organization with like-minded professionals who are passionate about the mission of Keep Nebraska Beautiful. The concept behind the materials exchange program is an exciting one and I very much appreciate the collaboration available to Nebraska businesses.” She comment on her own life: “Being a parent, we try to ‘lead by example’ by recycling everything that can be recycled. We also grow our own garden and walk/bike wherever we can (almost every day!). When we miss an opportunity for more sustainable living, our children are the first to let us know! I think their willingness and/or motivation to help us ‘course correct’ is certainly exciting for the future!”

    Matt Boerkircher

    Matt Boerkircher

    Board Member

    “As an environmental professional in Nebraska, this organization was a great fit for me. As a kid, I remember seeing the Keep America Beautiful pubic service announcements about the Indian on a horse looking out upon the land and all of the litter. That left an impression with me.” Matt is fond of the Materials Exchange and the School Chemistry lab Cleanout Program. “Both focus on items that are considered waste that need to be addressed in a safe manner and at times can be used by other people instead of just disposing of them.”

    Dick Coffey

    Dick Coffey

    Board Member

    Dick is an insurance broker who provides advice and assistance to a variety of scenarios and projects dealing with environmental issues. He says, “I wanted to better understand how KNB operated in this environment.” He enjoys the trash and litter program and is excited about food waste reduction programs KNB is doing. He is open and alert for opportunities to pick up litter and to prevent food waste!

    Terry Hawley

    Terry Hawley

    Board Member

    Terry’s employer, along with many other of the board members has been a supporter of KNB through the golf outing. With outside contact, he was asked if he wanted to join the board. from there he learned more about the environmental movement and what he enjoys about KNB. He is a big fan of the School Chemical Cleanout because it helps keep the children safe and healthy.

    Michael Linder

    Michael Linder

    Board Member

    “I have been aware of KNB for many years and have appreciated all of the programs and the work of affiliates across the state. Nebraska is fortunate to have a strong, statewide network of local entities carrying out environmental stewardship. The opportunity to serve on the Board and help KNB and the local affiliates fulfill their mission was very appealing to me.” His favorite program is the School Chemical Cleanout which helps teachers, schools, the environment all in one.

    Megan Seymour

    Megan Seymour

    Board Member

    I have been passionate about the environment and an outdoor enthusiast for as long as I can remember, so I was extremely excited for the chance to be on the board for KNB knowing its mission is to take actions that improve and beautify our communities! I enjoy taking my kids hiking, and we love to visit the many parks around Nebraska. It provides time for us to slow down and appreciate the beautiful nature around us. Coming from the solid waste industry, I appreciate the importance of the Materials Exchange Program, and the impacts it can have on our environment by creating more sustainable options for unwanted items as well as promoting landfill diversion.

    Blake Peterson

    Blake Peterson

    Vice Chair

    “I first became involved with KNB because of a desire to enact positive change on the environment I call home. I see the organization as being a cornerstone for environmental education in Nebraska, and I am thankful for the opportunity to help expand our programs. I am very excited about our new newly recognized “Keep Nebraska Beautiful Day” on June 25th as I hope it encourages people to get out and beautify their communities.”

    Alan Bartels

    Alan Bartels

    Board Member

    Bartels is a writer, photographer, gardener, student of nature, father, chronic volunteer, and wanderer.His award-winning children’s book, What’s Going Down in Prairie Dog Town? was published in 2018 and includes a foreword by primatologist Jane Goodall. His photograph of a Blanding’s turtle (photographed in the Nebraska Sandhills) appeared in the March 2020 issue of National Geographic Magazine. Bartels was previously named Conservation Educator of the Year by the Nebraska Wildlife Federation. Bartels and friends remove litter from a 2-mile stretch of highway near Calamus Reservoir.

    Andy Brown

    Andy Brown

    Board Member

    Andy got involved with KNB with his knack for finances and with his love for the outdoors. He is a new member who cares about wildlife conservation and litter control. As someone who hunts and fishes responsibly, he sees the positive aspects and drive for conservation when partaking in nature instead of merely observing it.

    Krysti Deckert

    Krysti Deckert

    Board Member

    Ms. Deckert has served on the Keep North Platte and Lincoln County Board since 2017 and is the current Board President.  In addition to her service to the Board, Krysti has been involved with litter cleanups, composting, marketing, small business ventures, environmental education and many reuse projects. Krysti is a 4th generation upholsterer and refurbisher, where she has saved many items from the landfill.  She currently owns and operates A Stellar Life, where she is a massage therapist and holistic healer. “I became involved with KNPLCB years ago when I would participate in the yearly downtown cleanups,” Krysti said, “I have always been passionate about the environment.”  She continued, “I felt like I wanted to make a bigger contribution than a once-a-year event, so I joined the KNPLCB Board. I love being a part of this community and part of an organization that makes a positive impact in so many areas. I am looking forward to my new role and am excited to represent our region on a state level.” 

    Jamie Karstetter

    Jamie Karstetter

    Board Member

    Jamie Karstetter is a native Nebraskan and an outdoor enthusiast with five children and two grandchildren. She has more than 20 years of combined proposal development, content creation and grant writing and editing experience. Jamie’s volunteer history includes serving on Omaha’s Keystone Community Task Force (KCTF) Board of Directors. Jamie considers it an honor to join the KNB Board and work with other Board Members to help maintain and promote the beauty and preservation of our great state & believes deeply in the program’s mission to improve and beautify our communities and that all Nebraskans have an individual responsibility for enhancing our environments.

    Mike Miller

    Mike Miller

    Board Member

    “A landfill client of mine got me involved with KNB through the annual golf event. As an Environmental Consultant providing services to the solid waste sector, I was very impressed by (and supportive of) his and his company’s support of KNB and the Mission to ‘take actions to improve and beautify our communities’ to promote healthy environments to live, work, and play within.” He is a big fan of the School Chemical Clean-Out program and is thoroughly impressed that KNB has affected projects at more than 300 schools since 2008. “There is a big need for technical and financial support and this program has provided both for schools large and small, urban and rural, public and private!”

    Kyle Hildebrand

    Kyle Hildebrand

    Treasurer

    “Nebraska is a very special place to me and I wanted to give something back, because I want it to stay beautiful for future generations. We all have an ethical responsibility to help where we can and I wanted to contribute to something I believe in. KNB allows me to put my time and environmental stewardship passion into a statewide organization that supports numerous beneficial programs revolving around a central goal.”

    Mike Bassett

    Mike Bassett

    Treasurer

    “I had a friend (Matthew Gutzmann) who was appointed to the board. After he had been on the board a little while he contacted me and said, ‘this is right up your alley’. I investigated and discovered that it did indeed align with my way of thinking and shortly thereafter I was nominated to join.” Personally, he is the Director of Operations for a company that makes polylactic acid(PLA) plastic from corn. “The plastic we produce has a much lower carbon footprint than plastics produced from oil and is recyclable and can be compostable.”

    Daryl Cisney

    Daryl Cisney

    Board Member

    Cisney, an alumnus of UNL in Agriculture, Agronomy and Natural Resources, is from Ogallala, Nebraska. He has been active in Nebraska Range Youth Camp, Citizens’ Advisory Board – UNL Center for Grassland Studies, and president of the Keep Keith County Beautiful Board of Directors. Daryl has received an Alumni Achievement Award from the Association of UNL -College of Agricultural Science and Natural Resource Alumni, and a Sustained Lifetime Achievement Award from Society for Range Management International. Daryl’s long list of service and achievements shows that he is an enthusiast for Nebraska’s natural resources improvement.

    Matthew Gutzmann

    Matthew Gutzmann

    Secretary

    “My favorite program is the School Chemical Cleanout. There’s a real need there, and I’m glad we are able to help fill it. My personal commitment to sustainability centers around the potential opportunities that re-purpose everything you can in manufacturing. I’ve had tremendous success by finding the value in wastes and finding things to do with them other than landfill them.”

    Tory Kort

    Tory Kort

    Board Member

    “My employer, Chief, has been a long term supporter of KNB. Through the years Chief has participated in KNB events and had a person on the board. I got involved through the annual golf fundraiser a number of years ago and more so when I began serving on the board in 2017.  I like all the KNB programs, but the ones that stand out to me are the School Chemical Cleanout, used oil, and the Materials Exchange.”

    Steve Mossman

    Steve Mossman

    Board Member

    Steve is a gubernatorial appointment to the KNB Board of Directors​. He is one of the leading attorneys in the Midwest in the areas of natural resources and environmental law, solid waste law, water law, and agricultural law. When not in the office or spending time with his three daughters, Steve enjoys spending time outdoors running, hunting and fishing.  He also enjoys politics and public policy, literature, University of Nebraska athletics, and current events.

    Chris Vail

    Chris Vail

    Board Member

    Chris Vail has been the Executive Director of Keep Keith County beautiful for 9 years.
    Chris and her husband, Mike, moved from Denver, Colorado to Lake McConaughy to
    simplify their lives as their children had grown, the house was too big and they wantedto be at the lake. Keep Keith County Beautiful is her first foray into the nonprofit worldafter being a business owner of a promotional fulfillment company for 25 years in Colorado. Chris has a BSC in Marketing and Organizational Communications from Ohio University and has worked for Procter and Gamble in brand management, Vail
    Associates in communications, and Metro Networks in corporate development before
    starting her own company. Married, the mother of two 30 somethings, Chris enjoys,
    politics, reading, permaculture gardening, golf and being on the beach. Maybe that is
    why she identifies with the KKCB moniker: “Leave only your FOOTPRINTS, please.”