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Founders & Board


Charter Members

(Links to their web sites)

Current Districts

Board of Directors

as of 26 August 2018

  • Term through 2023.

    Charles A. Lieske has worked in economic development and mediation, and during his tenure with Nebraska State Probation, he had the opportunity to author and design manuals, workbooks, and informational books for adult probationers, juvenile probationers, and their families. Additionally, Charles developed promotional materials for multiple agencies and most recently redesigned and facilitated the translation of a workbook for his current employer, Mediation West. Charles received a Bachelor of Arts from Nebraska Wesleyan University and completed Master's level coursework in Public Administration.

    Contact Information: Charles Lieske • PO Box 493 • Scottsbluff NE 69363-0493 •

  • Term through 2024.

    New York Times bestselling author Victorine Lieske has the ability to analyze and adapt to the constantly changing trends in today's publishing environment. Her ability to bring the complicated world of writing and publishing alive in terms that everyone can understand and execute has made her a popular panel member and keynote speaker. In 2018 she and fellow authors in the sweet romance genre launched The Writing Gals YouTube series.

    Victorine’s commercial success began with her first self-published novel. In March 2011, Not What She Seems began its 6-week run on The New York Times bestselling eBook list. By May 2011 she had sold over 100,000 copies. Victorine's first romantic comedy novel, Accidentally Married, hit the USA Today Bestselling books list in January 2015.

    She is active in many writing forums, including serving as a literary judge. Because of her service to fellow authors, she was chosen as the inaugural recipient of the CIR Strong Award, named for late Clean Indie Reads forum member Jessica Strong.

    Victorine and her husband have raised their four children in Nebraska. In addition to having authored over one dozen books, Victorine also serves as a graphic designer for the publishing industry.

    Contact Information: Victorine E. Lieske • PO Box 493 • Scottsbluff NE 69363-0493 •

  • Tammy Marshall, Secretary
    Tammy Marshall, Secretary

    Term through 2023.

  • Brandy Prettyman, Treaseurer
    Brandy Prettyman, Treaseurer

    Term through 2024.

  • Mari Beck, Capitol District
    Mari Beck, Capitol District

    Term through 2023.

  • Jim Backens, Metro District
    Jim Backens, Metro District

    Term through 2023.

  • Vacant, Generl Board Set Panhandle District
    Vacant, Generl Board Set Panhandle District
  • Jennifer Hanisch, Sandhills District
    Jennifer Hanisch, Sandhills District

    Term Through 2023.

    Jennifer Hanisch is a Nebraskan author who has lived in this state for 39 years. She lives on a 33-acre plot in Rockville, a small community village. A late bloomer, she went back to school at age 52 and completed 3 degrees. Jennifer like traveling, and gardening. She has also given some time to mature film making.

  • Term through 2023.

    Faith A. Colburn is a gardener as well as a writer. She has grown things in pots, in full shade, on rocks, over chain link fences, and among the debris of old buildings. She has worked as a public information officer for a game and fish agency, a company that provides care for people with developmental disabilities, and a research and extension center— sandwiching in gigs as an over-the-road truck driver and a waitress. Wearing her information officer hat, she gave programs, and appeared on radio and television, wrote numerous articles for local newspapers and for NEBRASKAland magazine. A sixth-generation Nebraskan, she grew up with a retired big-band canary and a combat veteran. Ms. Colburn earned a Master of Arts in creative writing from the University of Nebraska in Kearney, an MA in journalism, and a BA in journalism and political science from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Her memoir received the UNK award for Outstanding Thesis in the College of Fine Arts and Humanities in 2012 and she received the Outstanding Work of Fiction Award in 2009.

    Contact Information: Faith A. Colburn • 803 West 8th Street, North Platte, Nebraska 69101 •