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Nebraska's Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education

CCPE Commissioners

 

Nebraska's Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education consists of 11 commissioners appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Nebraska State Legislature. Commissioners are chosen to represent each Nebraska Supreme Court Judicial District (see map) and to fill at-large positions.

Chair - Dr. Deborah Frison

District 2

Term: January 2018 to January 2024

6945 N. 118th Circle
Omaha, NE 68142

E-mail: deborah.frison@nebraska.gov

Frison is Deputy Commissioner of School Improvement for the Nebraska Department of Education. Prior to joining NDE, she was principal at Omaha Burke High School for seven years. Frison also served as principal at Morton Middle School and King Science and Technology Magnet School, both in Omaha. She began her career in education as a music teacher. Frison earned her bachelor’s degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University, master’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Dr. John Bernthal

Vice Chair - Dr. John Bernthal

District 1

Term: January 2018 to January 2024

5251 Troon Drive
Lincoln, NE 68526

E-mail: bernthaljohn@gmail.com

Before retiring in 2011, Bernthal was a professor and served as chair of the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He also has served in leadership positions in professional associations and is the past president of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Bernthal earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wayne State College, his Master of Arts from the University of Kansas, and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.

District 3 - Dr. Paul Von Behren

Term: October 2017 to January 2020

2046 E. 30th Street
Fremont, NE 68625

E-mail: lpvb4561@gmail.com

Paul Von Behren of Fremont retired after an extensive career in agriculture, having worked in private veterinary practice, 23 years in the swine industry, and 13 years in the beef and dairy industries for Cargill and ADM. His roles included managing a production facility, serving as staff veterinarian, sales management, and business development. Dr. Von Behren and his wife have also operated several businesses including food animal production, swine genetics, rentals, and a bed and breakfast. Dr. Von Behren earned his DVM at Iowa State University and an MBA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Colleen Adam

District 5 - Colleen Adam

Term: January 2016 to January 2022

4900 Osborne Drive East
Hastings, NE 68901

E-mail: cbadam11@charter.net

Colleen Adam of Hastings is an active community, state and national volunteer. She has served in leadership positions on the boards of the Nebraska Humanities Foundation, the Hastings Museum Foundation, and the Mary Lanning Healthcare Foundation. Adam also has been active in the local, state and national Medical Association Alliance, including serving as its national president from 1998-99. Adam attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she received a bachelor's degree in speech pathology and a master's degree in audiology.

Ron Hunter

District 6 - Dr. Ronald Hunter

Term: January 2016 to January 2022

4293 470th Lane
Hay Springs, NE 69347

E-mail: ron@niobraracarriage.com

Ron Hunter is a native of Rushville, Nebraska. In 1966 he accepted a commission in the U.S. Army and proceeded to graduate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Doctor of Dental Science degree. In 1987, Dr. Hunter retired with the rank of colonel, having held clinical, chief clinician and command assignments.

Dr. Hunter currently is semi-retired and has volunteered for various organizations and projects such as developing the C.F. Coffee Gallery, an exhibit at Chadron State College named after Colonel C.F. Coffee that highlights cattle ranching in the High Plains region; converting the Dakotah Celts into a service organization; and helping to develop the Bridges to Buttes Byway in northwest Nebraska.

Mary Lauritzen

Member-at-Large - Mary Lauritzen

Term: January 2014 to January 2020

1097 Highway 9
West Point, NE 68788

E-mail: mlauritzen66@gmail.com

Mary Lauritzen recently retired as clinic manager of the Family Vision Center, P.C. of West Point, Neb., and previously worked in retail sales, management and banking. She is a former national president of the American Foundation for Vision Awareness, former board member of the Auxiliary to the American Optometric Association, and is currently the chairman of the Nebraska Foundation for Children's Vision.  She has served on the board of Nebraska's Anne Batchelder Excellence in Public Service Series, a leadership development program for politically active women. She serves in many areas as a community volunteer. Lauritzen is a native of Indiana and a graduate of the Ray-Vogue Schools in Chicago.

Dwayne Probyn

District 4 - Dwayne Probyn

Term: January 2014 to January 2020

Office: 1299 Farnam St., Suite 530
Omaha, NE 68102

E-mail: dbp628@aol.com

Probyn is executive director of the Nebraska Advanced Manufacturing Coalition’s “Dream !t Do !t” initiative. Prior to that, he was director of workforce development at Metro Community College in Omaha. Probyn earned his Bachelor of Science in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) and his Master of Science in STEM from Bradley University.

Member-at-Large - Gwenn Aspen

Term: August 2016 to January 2022

445 N. 61st St.
Omaha, NE  68132

E-mail: gaspen@anequim.net

Gwenn Aspen is the founder and president of Anequim which provides a variety of services to property management companies that improve their efficiency and profitability. In 2006 Gwenn and her husband started Wistar Group, a property management company in which she remains a principal and serves on the board. She was a member of the board of Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance for 4 years, and the 2014 recipient of the Omaha Healthy Homes Award for her work in safe and healthy housing. She was a Court Appointed Special Advocate for foster children for 6 years. Aspen is a native of Michigan and graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

Member-at-Large - W. Scott Wilson

Term: January 2014 to January 2020

9406 Club House Circle
Plattsmouth, NE  68048

E-mail: william.wilson2@centurylink.com

Scott Wilson has worked for CenturyLink - formerly Qwest Communications - for more than 20 years, currently as a senior design engineer. Wilson knows first-hand the value of a Nebraska education, having graduated from Papillion-LaVista High School and earning his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Wayne State College.

 

Member-at-Large - Tim Daniels

Term: July 2019 to January 2024

9214 Crown Point Avenue
Omaha, NE 68134

E-mail: tdan.scbgering@gmail.com

Tim Daniels is a Panhandle native who received a BA in business from Chadron State College and spent most of his career in the Scottsbluff-Gering area, where he was an active community leader in the Scottsbluff-Gering Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, United Way, Panhandle Community Services Foundation, and the Western Nebraska Community College Foundation Board of Directors, among others.  He also served for 13 years on the Western Nebraska Community College Board of Governors, including 2 years as chairman.

 

Member-at-Large - Charles Garman 

Term: July 2019 to January 2024

16859 Saratoga Circle
Omaha, NE 68116

E-mail: charles@ldstrategies.com

Charles Garman is an attorney with Legacy Design Strategies in Omaha who, along with nearly a decade of legal experience in the private sector, previously served as the Education Committee Legal Counsel for the Nebraska Legislature.  Garman is also a 13-year veteran of the U.S. Army and the South Dakota and Nebraska National Guards.  He received his BA in political science and philosophy from Augustana University and his JD degree from Creighton University School of Law.

Committee rosters

Commissioners serve on at least one of four committees: Executive; Academic Programs; Budget, Construction and Financial Aid; and Planning and Consumer Information. View the 2019-2020 Committee Roster