March 29, 2015

Board Members


Jonathan Hunzeker-Simmons Olsen Law Firm

Jonathan Hunzeker

Jonathan was born and raised in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.  After graduating from Scottsbluff High School, he attended the University of Wyoming where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics.  He then attended the University of Wyoming College of Law, earning his Juris Doctor in 2013.  He is admitted to practice law in both Nebraska and Wyoming.In his free time he enjoys fly fishing, hunting, golfing, and spending time with his family and friends.  He looks forward to giving back to his hometown community.



Jennifer Urdiales – Castle & Cooke Mortgage

Jennifer was born in Wyoming, but has called Western Nebraska her home since the age of 2.  Jennifer received her education in Scottsbluff Public Schools and graduated a proud Bearcat from SHS.  She worked in mortgage servicing for 10 years before beginning her career at Castle & Cooke Mortgage in 2012.  Jennifer is the Branch Manager and Loan Originator at Castle & Cooke Mortgage’s Scottsbluff, NE branch, which opened in July 2015.  Jennifer takes pride in helping her clients achieve the dream of homeownership and believes in making the process honest and fair for everyone.  Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys camping, visiting the beach, attending Husker football games and spending lots of time with her Husband and Daughter.  Jennifer volunteers her time for various organizations around the community and especially enjoys her time spent with her NEXT family!


Tricia Strauch – KNEB

Born and raised in Gering, Tricia graduated from Gering High school and is an Account Executive for the Rural Radio Network, working at KNEB in Scottsbluff. She is currently serving as the Secretary for NEXT, is a graduate of Leadership Scotts Bluff XXVIII and is now serving on the board for Leadership Scotts Bluff, an loaned executive for the United Way and participates in the Polar Plunge each year with other KNEB plungers. She enjoys watching the Colorado Rockies and traveling to Husker football games with her husband and boys.



Laurie Buhlke – Contryman Associates


Laurie grew up in Overton, NE and graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with an Accounting degree. She moved to the Scottsbluff/Gering area in May of 2016. She is currently working as a tax accountant at Contryman Associates, P.C. Laurie enjoys golfing and spending time with family and friends.



Jennifer Sibal-Western Nebraska Community College


Born and raised in Gering, Jennifer is passionate about playing an active role in the community. She serves as the Alumni Director at WNCC, and enjoys helping individuals stay connected to the college and creating a variety of engagement opportunities for alumni. Jennifer enjoys collaborating with the NEXT board on events and activities for the organization. She enjoys spending time with her husband and watching their 2 teenagers play a variety of sports.



Amy Hauser-Platte Valley Companies

Amy Hauser

Amy Hauser is a native of Gering, Nebraska.  She previously worked in mortgage servicing for 10 years, but in June 2014 she made Platte Valley Bank her new home.  She is the Bank Card Services Manager for Platte Valley Bank’s 17 branch locations.  When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and husband.




Adam Hoesing – Simmons Olsen Law Firm


Adam is a 2009 graduate of Chadron State College, and received his law degree from the Univerity of Nebraska College of Law in 2012.  He has been with Simmons Olsen Law Firm since 2012.  He enjoys spending time with his wife and children.



Noelle Thompson – Scottsbluff Public Library


Noelle Thompson is the Director of the Lied Scottsbluff Public Library.  She graduated from Monmouth College in Illinois in 2010 and is currently pursuing her Master of Library Science from Rutgers University.  When not working or studying, Noelle enjoys exploring Nebraska with her husband and daughter.



Bri Kihlthau


Bri is a native of Gering, Nebraska. Graduating from Chadron State College in 2015, she earned her Business Marketing Degree. Bri got involved with NEXT Young Professionals by helping out with the annual Beer and Wine Fest. She looks forward to creating more relationships with others around the community and actively volunteering in community events.



Mason Stover-Platte Valley Companies


Mason Stover is a Kansas native, and is a huge fan of Auburn University football. Mason is very active in civic involvement. Aside from being Vice President of NEXT, he’s also very involved with Kiwanis.




Jenni Radford-Scottsbluff/Gering United Chamber of Commerce

Jenni Radford

Jenni is the Bookkeeper at the Scottsbluff/Gering United Chamber of Commerce.  She serves as the administrative assistant for NEXT and for the Chamber’s Agribusiness Committee.   Jenni is a 2012-2013 graduate of Leadership Scotts Bluff.  She is a native of Cheyenne, WY, but has called the Panhandle home since 2000.  Everything else about her is super-secret and on a need to know basis.



Not Pictured:

Nathan Johnson – City of Scottsbluff

Brooke Samuelson – Western Nebraska Community College

Jacee Petko – Edward Jones

1517 Broadway # 104, Scottsbluff, NE 69361
(308) 632-2133
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