Dean's Advisory Board


Sheri Andrews

Sheri Andrews

Sheri Andrews is president and CEO of Lozier Corporation and has been with the company for over 25 years. Lozier Corporation has been a leading supplier of store fixtures to North America's leading chain Retailers since 1956 with sales exceeding $350 million. Lozier is headquartered in Omaha, Neb. with over 3 million square feet of manufacturing facilities in Nebraska, Alabama, Missouri and Pennsylvania and over 1800 employees. Andrews started with Lozier in August of 1986 as treasurer. In her 25 years with Lozier she has held positions in finance, customer service, sales and marketing. In 2002, Andrews was promoted to president of Lozier Corporation and in 2010 she also became CEO.

Prior to joining Lozier, Andrews spent nine years with Deloitte and Touche in the tax department. She started as a tax consultant working with clients in agriculture, manufacturing and retail. She became a tax partner with the firm in August, 1984.

Andrews graduated with a degree in accounting from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Andrews and her husband Steve have two grown children – Craig and Jenny.


Cecil Bykerk

Cecil Bykerk

Cecil Bykerk, F.S.A., M.A.A.A., F.C.A., RHU, was executive vice president and chief actuary at Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company, before starting his consulting career in 2004. Prior to his 25-year tenure at Mutual of Omaha, he was director of the actuarial science program at the University of Nebraska from 1975 to 1979. He began his professional career at Metropolitan Life in 1970.

Bykerk has been a leader for a number of boards including president of the American of Actuaries; Society of Actuaries; Actuarial Foundation; Actuarial Standards Board; National Association of State Comprehensive Health Insurance Plans (NASCHIP); International Actuarial Association's Education Committee; and PORTICO (previously named Evangelical Lutheran Church of America's Board of Pensions.)

In March 2013 he was appointed to the Long Term Care Finance Reform Task Force, Leading Age based in Washington, D.C., which is working on the issue of long term care services and financing within the United States.

Since 2008, he has served on the board of trustees/directors of a long term care company, SHIP. During his career, Bykerk has been actively involved regarding genetic testing and major medical insurance, having made presentations to various professional, academic and regulatory bodies, and writing articles and white papers.

Bykerk received his bachelor's degree from the University of Denver in 1966, and his master's degree from the University of Nebraska Lincoln in 1968.


Steve Erwin

Steve Erwin

Steve Erwin is Region President for U.S. Bank Nebraska/Western Iowa. He has more than 35 years of experience in banking and financial services.

Erwin serves as a board member for Bryan Health, Assurity Life Insurance Company, Junior Achievement of Lincoln, Joslyn Art Museum and the Mid-America Council of Boy Scouts of America. He is also a member of the Chadron State College Foundation, Nebraska Cattleman's Association and the Nebraska N Club. He is a former chair of the Nebraska Agricultural Leadership Council, Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and the Nebraska Council on Economic Education.

He earned his bachelor's degree in agriculture at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


Duane Fischer

Duane Fischer

Duane Fischer graduated from Wakefield (Neb.) High School in 1967 before earning his bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1971.

Fischer began his career at Milton G. Wauldbaum Co. in Wakefield, Neb. as a commodity trader from 1971-1973. He was then employed with The Scoular Company and ended his almost 28-year career as president/CEO in 2001. Next he joined J.D. Heiskell Co., in Tulare, Calif. before retiring as president/CEO in 2012.

During this time Fischer's other activities included serving on the Nebraska Leadership Council, Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Omaha Chamber of Commerce boards. He also held positions on industry specific boards including chairman, Transportation/Grain Merchants Association; chairman, National Grain and Feed Association; and chairman, California Grain and Feed Association.

Currently Fischer is president of Fischer Consulting Corp, Shell Beach, Calif. and director of J.D. Heiskell Co., Tulare, California. J.D. Heiskell Co. also has a large trading office in Elkhorn, Neb.


John Gehring

John Gehring

John Gehring was named executive vice president and chief financial officer of ConAgra Foods in 2009. As CFO, Gehring oversees the company's finances in entirety. He was senior vice president and controller at ConAgra Foods from 2004 to 2009, with responsibility for accounting, reporting, planning and analysis, financial systems management and financial shared services operations. He also had financial oversight for the company's Commercial Foods business.

Prior to his controller role, Gehring was senior vice president and interim senior financial officer for ConAgra Foods Retail Products and senior vice president, Internal Audit. Before joining ConAgra Foods, he was a partner with Ernst & Young, serving as the Ohio Valley area business risk services leader. He also held auditing positions with PepsiCo and KPMG Peat Marwick.

Gehring earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.


Bill Gerber

Bill Gerber

Bill Gerber is the chief financial officer and executive vice president for TDAmeritrade. Gerber oversees investor relations, certain treasury functions and finance operations, including accounting, business planning and forecasting, external and internal reporting, tax and procurement. He also oversees business development and corporate communications and serves as a member of the company's Senior Operating Committee, which shapes the strategic focus of the organization.

Gerber has been with TDAmeritrade since 1999. He served as managing director of finance, during which time he played a major role in evaluating merger and acquisition opportunities for the Company, including the TD Waterhouse, Datek Online Holdings and NationalDiscountBroker transactions. He served in this capacity until his appointment as chief financial officer in October 2006.

Prior to joining the Company, Gerber spent eight years with Coopers & Lybrand, now known as PriceWaterhouseCoopers, serving as an audit manager primarily focused on public company clients.

He received a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Michigan.



Don Ham

Don Ham

Don Ham is a member of BKD's National Financial Services and Construction & Real Estate Groups, and is the leader of the Nebraska office's Financial Services Group. He also serves as the accounting and auditing director for the Nebraska practice. His over 35 years of experience in public accounting includes providing audit and consulting services to clients in the financial institution, construction, retail and service industries.

Ham has served as an instructor for several financial institutions' audit-training courses presented both nationally and locally. In addition, he has made various presentations to regulatory agencies on industry matters. He also has provided consultation for numerous mergers and acquisitions, bank regulatory filings and has had various other dealings with the Federal Reserve Board and other bank regulatory agencies.

He is a member of the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He recently completed six years of service on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Accountancy Advisory Board.

Ham is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor of science degree in business administration.


Mark Hesser

Mark Hesser

Mark Hesser is executive vice president of Pinnacle Bancorp and president of Pinnacle Bank. He also serves on the board of Pinnacle Bank-Wyoming. Prior to going to work for Pinnacle Bancorp he worked for the State of Nebraska Department of Banking, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

Hesser serves on various boards including the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Tabitha Health Systems.

He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Business Administration.


Dennis Kern

Dennis Kern

Dennis Kern was a banker for 45 years. After starting in the industry and practicing with a large California Bank and experiencing most disciplines of management, he then migrated to independent smaller banks that had growth in community as their goals.

In 1983, he became the CEO and director of Valley Independent Bank (VIB) in El Centro California. Valley Independent Bank was a small $7 million bank in the deep southern desert of California with potential for growth. After 20 years of expansion, acquisition and continued profitability in the rural areas of Southern California, VIB was acquired in 2003 as a $1.8 billion company with 45 banks. The successor company is Rabobank N.A. of the Netherlands and Kern continued as CEO and director until 2008.

Kern lives in Carlsbad, Calif. He was born and raised in Wayne Neb., graduated from Wayne High School in 1958 and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 1963 with a degree in economics. He continued his education at the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University.


Kurtis Krentz

Kurtis Krentz

Kurtis Krentz is the Midwest assurance managing partner for Ernst & Young. He is responsible for approximately 1,500 assurance professionals in 10 offices serving 12 states in the delivery of audit, financial accounting advisory services, fraud and investigative dispute services, and climate change and sustainability services.

Prior to becoming the Midwest assurance managing partner, Krentz served as the banking and capital markets industry leader for the Midwest region and served as the audit partner on a number of banking and capital markets clients across the region. He has over 20 years experience serving companies in the financial services industry.

Krentz has worked in the Chicago, Minneapolis, Kansas City and Memphis offices of Ernst & Young and served in the firm's national structured finance practice.  

He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. He previously served as a member and co-chair of the advisory board for the School of Accountancy from 2004-2011. 


Doug Lienemann

Doug Lienemann

Doug Lienemann is the chief financial officer and stockholder of Midwest Steel Works, Inc. since 1987. Midwest Steel is an American Institute of Steel Construction Certified steel fabricator primarily serving the states of Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas and Iowa. Prior to his current position as CFO he worked for eight years in public accounting with Dana F. Cole and Company and BKD.

Lienemann was born and raised in Lincoln, Neb. He graduated in 1978 with a bachelor of science degree in accounting from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and is a certified public accountant. He is a member of the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

In addition to his work with the Advisory Board Lienemann is currently involved with several charitable organizations, including the Cornhusker Council Boy Scouts of America and the Lienemann and Sterns Charitable Foundations.


Paul Mendlik

Paul Mendlik

Paul Mendlik is the chief financial officer and treasurer of West Corporation, a global communication services company. Prior to joining West in 2002, he served as an audit partner with Deloitte & Touche LLP for 18 years. He has extensive experience with mergers and acquisitions, and capital markets transactions. He also has significant experience with SEC securities filings and IPO's.

Mendlik received his bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and was a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honorary.

A certified public accountant, he is actively involved with charitable organizations, including the Board of Trustees of the Omaha Archdiocese Education Foundation and the Omaha Archdiocese Parish Foundation. He serves as president on the Board of Directors of Happy Hollow Country Club and is a member of the FBI Citizens Academy.


Jane Miller

Jane Miller

Jane E. Miller is the chief operating officer and executive vice president for Gallup. She has been with Gallup for over 25 years and was named chief operating officer in 2000.

Miller is a director, owner, and leader in the privately held, employee-owned company. As the chief operating officer, she is responsible for all operational aspects of the service organization, including the orchestration and execution of The Gallup Path globally which includes assuring a best practice workplace for employee and customer engagement and performance to drive loyalty and growth.

Miller also serves on numerous boards including director, Gallup Board; 2013 chair, Kiewit Foundation; chairman, Knights of Aksarben; committee member, Creighton University; and member of the Omaha Zoological Society Board.


Angie Muhleisen

Angie Muhleisen

Angie Muhleisen grew up in Milford, Neb., and graduated from Milford Senior High. She obtained the majority of her college credits at Nebraska Wesleyan University and graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Avila University in Kansas City, Mo.

Muhleisen became president of Union Bank and Trust Company in 1996 and CEO in 2003. Union Bank is a locally owned Nebraska based organization. There are 29 offices in Nebraska and two in Kansas. The bank and trust division combined have over $10 billion in assets.

The entire philosophy of the bank is based on caring about each other, the customer and the community. Muhleisen serves on many charitable and civic boards including Bryan College of Health Sciences, Bryan Health Enterprises, The Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, and UNMC Chancellor’s Board of Counselors. She also serves as the audit chair of Assurity Inc., as well as the chair of the board of directors at Union Bank.

Muhleisen is married to Dan and they have two children, Alicia and Jason. Dan is a civil engineer, Alicia is a medical school student at UNMC in Omaha, Neb., and Jason is a law school student at the University of San Diego, Calif.


Jeffrey Noordhoek

Jeffrey Noordhoek

Jeffrey Noordhoek is the president of Nelnet. In this role, he has broad oversight responsibilities of Nelnet, Inc. and focuses on strategic planning and growth initiatives with chief executive officer Mike Dunlap. In addition, he oversees Nelnet's government and industry relations, and corporate communications departments.

Noordhoek most recently served as chief capital markets officer and has been an integral member of Nelnet's capital markets group since 1996.

Previously, he served as senior vice president of National Education Loan Network Inc, a subsidiary of Nelnet, until October 2002. Prior to that, he served as a vice president of Nelnet's predecessor Union Financial Services, Inc.

Before joining Nelnet, Noordhoek served seven years in various capacities for State Street Capital Corporation, where he assisted in the establishment of numerous financial asset financing vehicles. While at State Street, he worked at its offices in Luxembourg, Toronto and Boston.

Noordhoek serves as finance chairman on the Cornhusker Council of Boy Scouts of America and he is on the boards of directors of Xuba, Inc., NBC Bank, and St. Paul United Methodist Church Foundation.

He earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and an MBA from Boston University. Most important, he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 1984.


Teresa Poggenpohl

Teresa Poggenpohl

Teresa Poggenpohl is senior managing director-global image for Accenture, a $28 billion global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. She is responsible for shaping the company's brand and position in the marketplace and leads advertising, brand management, internet marketing and marketing research.

In her 25-year career at Accenture, she has spearheaded the rebranding of Andersen Consulting to Accenture, crafted award-winning image-building advertising campaigns, created the first global research team and established a European Marketing function while based in London, England. She has received wide recognition for her achievements, being named “Best Marketer” in 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012 by B-to-B magazine, and was the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Illinois College of Business.

She serves several civic and community organizations including: the Chicago Children's Museum, the Dean's Business Council and the MBA Advisory Board for the University of Illinois College of Business. She is a board member and past president of the Chicago chapter of the Business Marketing Association.

A native-Nebraskan, Poggenpohl holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and an MBA from the University of Illinois–Champaign. She currently lives in Chicago.


Laura Schulte

Laura Schulte

Laura Schulte manages Wells Fargo's Community Banking activities in its Eastern Region, which includes Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Her region includes more than 2,700 banking stores and 4,600 ATMs.

Prior to assuming her current position in January 2009 when Wells Fargo's merger with Wachovia became final, she was president of Wells Fargo's Western Region with more than 1,300 banking stores.

During her more than 20-year career with Wells Fargo, she has held a variety of community banking leadership positions for California, Nevada, Utah, Southwestern Wyoming and Border Banking, as well as various management positions in finance, credit review and internal audit in Nebraska. Schulte also serves as an executive sponsor for the Women's Team Member Network at Wells Fargo.

A native of Omaha, Neb., Schulte earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and graduated from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

Schulte is involved in number of community and charitable organizations in the Charlotte area. Outside of Charlotte, Schulte also serves on the board of the American Bankers Association and is a member of the Young Presidents Organization.


Will Scott

Will Scott

Born and raised west of Denver, Colo., Will Scott attended the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and graduated with degrees in finance and economics.

Scott began his real estate career in 1995 working for the Principal Financial Group, covering the mid-Atlantic commercial real estate market with a focus on finance and acquisitions. Since moving back to Nebraska, he has been involved in a wide variety of private and public real estate development and redevelopment projects.

Currently, Scott is a founding principal and officer of WRK, LLC. His main role in the company is working on catalyst community revitalization projects, green building developments, historic building renovation and real estate finance.

He was recognized in the first class of 40 under 40 Lincoln Business Leaders and since its inception in 2001, WRK has won five Downtown Lincoln Association Annual Awards, the Historic Preservation Association Annual Recognition Award, a Community Improvement Recognition Award and the City of Lincoln Environmental Leadership Award.


Clay Smith

Clay Smith

Clay Smith is president of Speedway Motors and general partner of Speedway Properties. Smith works with parents Bill and Joyce and brothers Carson, Craig and Jason.

Smith graduated from Stanford with a bachelor's degree in economics, and a master's degree in industrial engineering and engineering management.

He is active on a wide variety of community boards. Clay was appointed by the governor to serve on the Nebraska Educational Telecommunications Commission. He was recently elected vice chairman of the Commission.


Dean Van Loon

Dean Van Loon

Dean Van Loon is the vice president of operations at State Farm Insurance. In his almost 30 years with the company, Van Loon has held several positions in data processing as well as many leadership roles in the claims and underwriting departments, serving in the West Central, Southeastern and Northeastern regions of the country. Throughout his career, he has been charged to lead a variety of initiatives to create consistent work processes across the Enterprise. Van Loon moved to Lincoln in 2006, when he assumed his most recent role in leading the insurance claims operation, ensuring efficient and quality claim handling for customers.

Van Loon graduated from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and has earned his Fellow, Life Management Institute (FLMI) designation. He previously served on the board of trustees for the Foundation of Lincoln Public Schools and the board of directors for the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.

Van Loon and his wife Christe, have 5 children.


Gary Warren

Gary Warren

Gary Warren has been active in a variety of economic development and civic related organizations in Aurora, Hamilton County and the State of Nebraska over the past 30 years. He is a past president of the Nebraska Diplomats, chairman of the Innovation and Technology Council, past chairman of the Nebraska Chamber and chairman of the Nebraska Telecommunications Association Economic Development Committee.

Warren has played an active role in the growth of Hamilton Telecommunications, which now operates a variety of information technology and telecommunications related business lines. He is currently president of the Services Corporation of Hamilton Telecommunications and also chairman of the board of NebraskaLink, LLC.

Warren has his bachelor of science degree and juris doctorate from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


Sue Wilkinson

Sue Wilkinson

Sue Wilkinson is the senior vice president of planning and risk management for Ameritas and its affiliate companies. Ameritas offers a wide range of insurance and financial products and services to individuals, families and businesses.

During her 18-year career at Ameritas she has held a variety of roles related to cost accounting, budgeting, annual planning, project management, communications, community relations and risk management.

She is active in the Lincoln community and currently serves on the Lincoln Community Foundation Board, the United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County Foundation Board and the Pius X High School Parent Association Board. She has previously served on the United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County Board, the Lincoln Young Professional's Leadership Council and the University of Nebraska – Lincoln School of Accountancy Advisory Board.

A native of Petersburg, Neb., she graduated from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln with a business administration degree with an emphasis in accounting. She was an auditor with Deloitte & Touche for five years specializing in insurance before joining Ameritas as a corporate accountant in 1995.


Kevin Yost

Kevin Yost

Kevin Yost is president and chief operating officer of Saputo Dairy Foods, the premier U.S. provider of dairy and plant-based food and beverages to market-leading restaurant and grocery chains, distributors and mass merchants. Yost joined Saputo, Inc. following the acquisition of Morningstar Foods in January 2013. Previously he was president, Morningstar Foods and executive vice president, Dean Foods Company.

Prior to Dean Foods, Yost was managing partner of Belle Camp Associates, consulting for clients who included Tate & Lyle, Eli Lilly, Matlin Patterson Global Advisors and HM Capital Partners.

Previously, Yost was executive vice president of Swift & Company where he led global, commercial operations for the food company. Earlier, Yost held various operating and general management positions, including senior vice president and general manager at ConAgra Foods.

Yost serves several industry and community organizations including the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, Board of Trustees and Governance Chair; University of Nebraska School of Business Dean’s Advisory Board; and the Park Cities YMCA Youth Programs.

A native Nebraskan, Yost earned a bachelor of science from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He and his wife, Paige and two children reside in Dallas, Texas.