Who We Are
The Western Nebraska Community College Foundation seeks to support and assist the important work of helping students and changing lives happening every day at WNCC.
As President of the Western Nebraska Community College Foundation, I welcome you.
Perhaps you attended WNCC, or Scottsbluff Junior College, or even another community college. Then you understand the critical role community colleges have in the lives of its students and its community. WNCC cannot serve its students properly, however, without the generous support of local community members like you.
Through the WNCC Foundation, we can help many different people in many different ways. For instance, we award more than 70 scholarships to deserving students every year. We also raised an incredible $9.6 million thanks to the generosity of our community during our first-ever comprehensive campaign, which helped bring new facilities to all three campuses, added new career services to our students, and pumped more money into student scholarships. Plus, we strive to align our dollars with programs and services that most benefit the Nebraska Panhandle.
Ultimately, that means your tax-deductible gift can make a significant impact in the ability of our students and community to succeed.
Foundation Board President
About the Foundation
The WNCC Foundation is a separate, not-for-profit IRS approved 501(c)(3) corporation which provides financial assistance for the educational needs of WNCC that cannot be met through its traditional funding sources. The Foundation is governed by a committed board of up to 24 community leaders that donate their time, talent, and resources to advancing the mission of WNCC and supporting its students; traditionally, the underserved.
The Foundation at WNCC was founded in 1971 has expanded into an organization that provides support for students, faculty, staff, programs, and capital projects on each of our three campuses. Through the generous support of individuals, corporations, and other organizations, The Foundation has grown from nothing more than a dream to over $2.8 million in net assets to date.
We provide resources - financial and professional - to enhance scholarship opportunities, provide growth opportunities, and support programs at WNCC. We are committed to expanding access and affordability for all students. We believe the work of the Foundation enhances the lives of community members, the quality of the college, and the communities it serves.
Board of Directors
Judy Chaloupka, President - Executive Director, Theatre West Summer Reparatory, Scottsbluff
Steve Olsen, Vice President - Attorney/Shareholder, Simmons Olsen Law Firm, Scottsbluff
Rick Tuggle, Treasurer - Vice President, First State Bank, Scottsbluff
Scott Wentz, Secretary- Director of Finance, Regional West Medical Center, Scottsbluff
Karen Anderson, Ex-Officio - Western Nebraska Community College Governing Board
Matt Benzel - Ag Lender, Great Western Bank, Sidney
Dan Carter – Senior Vice President/Nebraska Market President, Western States Bank, Gering
Jordan Colwell, Ex-Officio - WNCC Faculty Representative - Nursing Instructor, Western Nebraska Community College
Jane Fliesbach, Fliesbach Family Foundation
Dr. John Harms - State Senator, 48th Legislative District 2006 - 2014, Gering
Dr. Carmen Simone, Ex-Officio - President, Western Nebraska Community College
Thomas T. Holyoke - Attorney/Shareholder, Chaloupka, Holyoke, Snyder, Chaloupka, & Longoria PC, LLO, Scottsbluff
Elaine Pile - Retired, Platte Valley Companies, Gering
Steven E. Plummer - Owner/Operator, Plummer Insurance Group, Bridgeport
Ryan Reiber - CEO, Panhandle Rural Electric Membership Association, Alliance
Donald F. Roth - Retired, Platte Valley Companies, Scottsbluff
Jodi Ruzicka - Financial Planner, Raymond James Financial Services, Scottsbluff
Crystal Sandberg - Teacher, Lincoln Elementary, Gering
Dr. William M. Packard, Ex-Officio - Western Nebraska Community College Governing Board
Stan Walker - Walker Farms, Inc. and Panhandle Pig Company, Scottsbluff
Gary E. Warner - Farmer/Rancher, Gering
Mark A. Wickard - Owner/Operator, Wickard Heating & Plumbing, Inc., Bridgeport
Dr. Daryl Wills - Owner/Operator, Wills Chiropractic, Gering
Patty Winkler - Owner, Winkler Electric, Inc., Gering
Howard Olsen, Jr.
John Stinner, Sr.
Foundation Program & Giving Coordinator
Alumni Relations Director