Nebraska Arts Council Announces New Board Members, New Hires
(Omaha, NE) – The Nebraska Arts Council is proud to announce Governor Dave Heineman's appointment of four new members to the agency’s board of directors: Kim West Dinsdale (Grand Island), Candy Henning (Lincoln), Melissa Marvin (Omaha) and Paula Pflueger (Norfolk). The new appointees bring diversity and a wide range of experience to Nebraska Arts Council (NAC), a state agency with a mission to promote, cultivate and sustain the arts for the people of Nebraska.
NAC has also hired three new staff members: Arts Industry Manager Ellen Struve, Administrative Coordinator Jaimie Scripter and Programs Coordinator Tom McCauley, all of Omaha.
Meet the New Board Members
Kim West Dinsdale is a community leader who actively volunteers her time toward cultural, educational and human services endeavors in the Grand Island area. She serves on the boards of Stuhr Museum, the Nebraska United Methodist Foundation, Community Health Charities of Nebraska and Hall County Leadership Tomorrow. She has been named a United Way Citizen of the Year and a YWCA Woman of Distinction.
Candy Henning serves as Secretary of the Lincoln Community Foundation and board member for the Museum of Nebraska Art. A fourth-generation Nebraskan, Henning helped establish the Arts Are Basic program while serving on the Lied Center’s Advisory Board. She is the immediate past President of the Sheldon Art Association and a former board member of the Lincoln Symphony. She is Broadcast Representative at Candy Henning Company and lives in Lincoln.
Melissa Marvin is an Omaha-based businesswoman and volunteer who advocates for a variety of educational, economic development and cultural causes. She serves on the boards of the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival and the Rose Theatre. Her extensive volunteer service has earned her a variety of accolades, including a 2010 YWCA Women of Distinction award. She has served as Director of Community Engagement for Metropolitan Community College and currently works for Cohen Brown Management group.
Paula Pflueger is a Financial Advisor for Edward Jones Investment who advocates for arts and commerce in the Norfolk Area. She has served on the Nebraska Cultural Endowment Advisory Council, the Norfolk Arts Center Finance Committee and the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce. In 2012, she was President of the Norfolk Area United Way, and was Vice President of the Great American Comedy Festival in 2011 and 2013.
Meet the New Staff
Ellen Struve manages Nebraska Arts Council programs and services directed toward Nebraska’s nonprofit arts industry, including the Nebraska Touring Artist Roster and the Annual Series and Event grant program. Previously, she was Associate Director of Development for Merit School of Music in Chicago, and Interim Artistic Director of Shelterbelt Theatre in Omaha. An award-winning playwright, her play Recommended Reading for Girls received a 2013 Omaha Entertainment & Arts award for Best Premier of a New, Original, Local Script. She was the 2011 StageWrite honoree at the Great Plains Theatre Conference and a 2011 recipient of Nebraska Arts Council’s Individual Artist Fellowship.
Jaimie Scripter provides administrative, executive and project support for the Nebraska Arts Council. She previously worked as a marketing intern for the Metropolitan Utilities District and a universal banker for the First National Bank of Omaha. She received a B.S. in Marketing Management from Bellevue University in 2014 and is also a visual artist with an interest in fabrics and printmaking.
Tom McCauley provides administrative and programmatic support for all Nebraska Arts Council grant programs and initiatives. Previously, he worked as a grant writer for the City of Omaha Mayor’s Office and manager of content marketing for an Omaha advertising agency. He has served as secretary of the Omaha Public Art Commission, coordinator for the Mayor’s Neighborhood Grants program and co-editor of the Strange Machine online poetry journal & small press. In 2012, he scored the play Tales of the Lost Formicans for the Great Plains Theatre Conference and accompanied the play’s performance with his band The Answer Team. He is also a writer.
About the Nebraska Arts Council:
The Nebraska Arts Council (NAC), a state agency, provides numerous grants, services, and special initiatives that help sustain and promote the arts throughout Nebraska. The NAC is supported by the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, the Nebraska Legislature, and the National Endowment for the Arts.