Meet Our Staff
Sandra RedingRead More +
Sandra joined the Aksarben Foundation as President in 2017 and works alongside the Aksarben Board of Directors to develop and deploy action around business-led, outcome-oriented initiatives across the state of Nebraska, both by industry and by region. Sandra oversees and implements the strategic direction of the Foundation and the entire Aksarben network – including the Nebraska Tech Collaborative and Northeast Nebraska Growing Together – Aksarben Workforce Initiatives. With over twenty-five years in not-for-profit leadership, relationship cultivation, fundraising and vast experience in higher education and scholarship administration, Sandra brings a strong knowledge of leadership and has a proven track record of driving results, engagement, and activation. She develops and implements an annual fundraising plan at levels necessary to achieve the goals. Additionally, she ensures financial and other internal processes are documented and followed. Sandra received her Bachelor’s from Briar Cliff University and a Master’s Degree from Iowa State. Sandra is a graduate of Leadership Nebraska – Class XI and a Trustee of the Business Ethics Alliance of Omaha.
Chief of Staff
Julie ShillerRead More +
As Chief of Staff, Julie provides executive-level support to the Foundation President across a broad range of initiatives and assignments including strategic advisement and project management. She oversees day-to-day operations including Aksarben's legacy initiatives, community involvement and overall brand/identity of the Foundation. Julie also serves as the liaison between the Aksarben Foundation and the Aksarben Floor Committee. A proud graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and a graduate of Leadership Nebraska - Class XIII, Julie joined the Aksarben staff in 2017 as the Director of Marketing and Communications. She became Vice President in 2020 and Chief of Staff in 2023. Julie and her husband, Mark, live in Omaha.
Senior Project Manager
Kristen EverhartRead More +
Kristen joined the Aksarben team in 2023 as a Senior Project Manager. With over a decade of experience as a certified project manager proficient in both waterfall and agile frameworks, Kristen brings a wealth of expertise to the table. Her credentials extend to process improvement, reflecting her commitment to optimizing organizational efficiency. Kristen is entrusted with the comprehensive oversight of project execution for all Aksarben’s initiatives Nebraska Tech Collaborative, InternNE and Full Value Agriculture, excelling in project planning, execution, reporting, process analysis, and solution design. Kristen is based in Omaha, where she resides with her husband, Ehsan.
Chief Financial Officer
Kerry ClarkRead More +
Kerry Clark joined the Aksarben Foundation in 2023 as a contract CFO. In her role, Kerry brings strategic planning, tactical focus, and detailed attention to all financial aspects of the Foundation – including Aksarben's initiatives: the Nebraska Tech Collaborative, internNE, Growing Together, and the Full Value Ag initiative. Kerry brings over twenty years of financial, accounting, and project management experience and lends her expertise to various for-profit and not-for-profit endeavors throughout Nebraska.
Lindsey FrumRead More +
With over 8 years' experience as an executive assistant and overseeing the management of various departments within a fast moving, multidimensional midwestern retail entity, Lindsey stepped right into her role as Office Manager of the Aksarben Foundation in 2023. Lindsey's duties include data management, scheduling, and the day-to-day management of all administrative aspects of the office. Lindsey lives in Omaha with her husband Jordan and their two sons.
Aksarben Ball Assistant
Sue EisermanRead More +
As Aksarben Ball Assistant, Sue provides on-going support to the Aksarben Women's Ball Committee (WBC). By assisting with research, mailings, directory and event details, Sue works as a liaison between the WBC and the Aksarben Foundation staff.
Sue joined the Aksarben Foundation in 2006.