Sandhills Regional Board
Kim Bejot- Co Affiliate Director: Kim has served as Nebraska’s Affiliate Director since 2002 and has been on the NCAPS board since 1997. She started as a Team Manager in 1994 and happily managed teams until 2009. She has seen tremendous personal growth in DI kids (and the adults who come along for the ride)! Kim loves the Destination Imagination program and is always excited to start a new DI year, empowering kids to succeed in life!
Beth Bogert-Beth is a teacher and coach at Potter Dix. She has been a part of DI for over 20 years. During that time, she has been a team manger, an appraiser, and a member of the NCAPS Board. She has enjoyed watching her 4 children participate in DI. Per Beth “I have been lucky enough to take 8 teams to Global Finals in the past 6 years. As a teacher and a One Act Play Coach, I see the benefit of DI in the classroom and on stage. The kids who have been in DI have an advantage because they can see things differently and see every challenge as an opportunity!”
Jo Keim–Jo is excited about DI! Her daughter, who is now 40, came home from school in 4th grade asking if she would be a “coach” for her team. She has been hooked on the program ever since, taking on the roles of Team Manager, Challenge Master and State Board Member since 1998. Jo’s greatest joy is watching all the kids succeed in DI!
Larry Kennedy–Larry has the passion for DI, working with the program for 27 years;20 years as a Team Manager and Board Member for 14 years. Larry feels DI is a fantastic program that fosters creativity, growth and skills with teamwork and responsibility training. These skills are life changers that will benefit students for years!
Schyler Schenk-Schyler has been involved in Destination Imagination since it was first available in his area. As a competitor, his team made the incredibly fun and rewarding journey to Global Finals four separate times. After getting so much from the program in the way of critical thinking skills, teamwork skills and a community of like minded people, Schyler started volunteering; he has been a Challenge Master for four years, an appraiser for 8 years and a life long enthusiast.
Mary Reed–Hello from Mary! She is a retired Preschool teacher that is currently an insurance agent in Lexington, NE. Both of her children have been thru this program starting back in 1988. The first 2 years, Mary was involved as a supportive parent. When her daughter’s team when to Global Finals in 1990, she was hooked! The next 5 years she was a Team Manager. In 1995, Mary became a Challenge Master-this will be her 23rd year! In 1996, she joined the NCAPS State Board and has also helped with Regional Tournaments. Mary truly enjoys the creativity of our Nebraska youth and looks forward every year to see what solutions they will come up with.
Donna Robinson, Regional Director–Donna started out in the fall of 1990 as a Team Manager at a small rural school in Holdrege. At the time, she was the school secretary and all 4 of her children had competed in the program all the way thru High School. Along with her husband, Dennis, they managed teams for 13 years and advanced to Global Finals multiple times. In 2003, Donna became an NCAPS Board Member and Regional Challenge Master. Donna and Dennis added Global Final Appraisers to their duties in 2013, and have been going every year since then. Currently, she is the Sandhills Regional Tournament Director, Affiliate Challenge Master for Engineering (Structure), and the Pin and T-shirt Director along with her Board duties.
Teri Volesky- Teri began volunteering with DI in 2006 as a Team Manager. She has been a team manager for 9 years and has been appraising for 2 years. During the course of working with DI teams, Teri attended Global Finals 5 times. Teri has been an NCAPS Board Member for 4 years and continues help with Regional and Affiliate Final tournaments. Teri’s son was involved in DI for 9 years and is currently a sophomore at UNL. Teri’s husband, Jerry has also volunteered as an appraiser for 9 years.
Twin Rivers Regional Board
George Blessing–Hello! My name is George and I’ve been involved with Nebraska DI since the fall of 1993 after I graduated from High School! Prior to graduating High School, I participated in the OM program and went to Global Finals twice at Conestoga High School. I have been on the Nebraska NCAPS Board since DI became a program in 1999/2000, and have been a Regional & Affiliate Challenge Master since 2006. My degree is in Electronics Engineering Technology from UNL, and I work as an IT Systems Administrator at the University of Nebraska. And, whenever I have “spare time”, I work as a part-time Announcer / Sports Producer at Flood Broadcasting’s B-103 / Otoe County Country in Nebraska City. I have very much enjoyed my time and experience with the DI program – DI is very beneficial to our children and is a program I fully believe in!
Roxie Boschult–Roxie is a mother of 2 and grandmother of 6 and is an LPN. She started as a Head Judge in the early 1990’s and then stepped up to Challenge Master for several years. In the late 90’s served as a Regional Director to 2009. Roxie came on the NCAPS Board in 2000 as a Board Member and has been the State Treasurer since 2011.
Chad Mizner-Chad has been involved with DI for most of his life. He was part of some fantastic teams throughout his twelve years as a competitor, making it to global finals four of those years. He started helping out during college, first as an appraiser, then as a challenge master. “I’m lucky to have a program like DI to be a part of. It’s built skills and new ways of thinking that have been a tremendous benefit to me, and I’m honored to have the chance to give back to a new generation of teams by volunteering now.”
Connie Powell-Regional Director–Connie has been an NCAPS Board Member since 2011 and currently serves as Regional Director for Twin Rivers Region. She is also the DI Coordinator for Cross County Schools and is also a Team Manager. Connie became involved in DI when her daughter was a team member in 2006. After attending her first State Affiliate Finals, her passion was ignited and she’s managed teams since 2009. Connie loves this program not only for what it does for kids but for what it gives them to take through their lives. One of her favorite quotes from her longest standing team is “I didn’t choose the DI Life, the DI life chose me!”
Ashley Wittgow–Ashley started DI when she moved to a new school as a high school student, participating for 4 years. During high school, she was also an Assistant Team Manager for an elementary team. She also stepped up to being an Appraiser during college. In 2008, Ashley joined the NCAPS Board of Directors and is currently the Director of Souvenirs and the Jar Raffle. She enjoys getting to see many of the children while they visit the souvenir table.
Lewis and Clark Region:
Tish Carlson– Tish has been involved with Destination Imagination for nearly 10 years, first as a parent watching her oldest daughter grow through the experience and another just beginning the Destination Imagination experience and now for the past few years as a Regional Challenge Master and newly elected board member in 2015. Per Tish: “My employer supports core competencies workforce expectations–exactly what DI teaches children; particularly innovation, relationships, communication and execution. DI builds confidence, teamwork, critical thinking and so many more life skills and that is why I am passionate about this program!”
Scott Goodman Co-Regional Director/Co Affiliate Director-Scott became involved in Destination Imagination when he became a coach for his son Mason’s team from 2008/2009 through 2011/2012. He then coached his daughter Annie’s team from 2012/2013 school year through 2014/2015 school year. Scott likes DI because it teaches the kids life skills, STEM principles, creativity and team work. He has enjoyed watching the kids grow. Scott has been on the NCAPS board since 2013 and recently took on the role of Co-Affiliate Director for the State of Nebraska. He enjoys being able to volunteer in a program he really believes in.
Alissa Goodman-Alissa first became involved in DI as “team parent and cheerleader” when her husband coached their son Mason’s team, then daughter Annie’s team. As a parent of intellectual children that were neither athletic nor musically inclined, she has been grateful for their involvement in such a great program that allowed them to work on a team and be creative. She has always been amazed at the solutions the kid’s teams came up with in their challenges. She joined the board in 2016 so she could volunteer with Scott in something that they both believe in. Alissa also supports her local library as the Vice President of the Friends of the Library. She is also a Blair Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador. In her “serious” part of life, she is the IT manager and legal assistant for a Blair law firm.
Judy Hansen Co-Regional Director–Judy has been involved in creative problem solving for over 30 years. She served as a Team Manager when her children were in school, and continued her dedication to the program by serving as an Appraiser, Regional and Affiliate Challenge Master, and Co-Tournament Director for Lewis & Clark Region for 14 years. Judy has served on the NCAPS Board of Directors since 2002.
Mel Lairamore-Algya–Mel had the opportunity to become involved with DI in 2002 as an appraiser in the Improv Challenge–she was hooked! Since then Mel has appraised for Fine Arts and progress from Head Appraiser to Challenge Master. In 2014, Mel joined the NCAPS Board of Directors. Mel loves to see all the different creative solutions each team comes up with.
Jack Morine Co-Regional Director/Vice President–Jack has loved DI since his oldest daughter brought home the DI flyer in 2006 and asked if he would be a Team Manager. From 2006-2013, Jack was a Team Manager for both his daughters; qualifying all 6 years and attending 5 years at Global Finals. During this time, Jack was also the DI Otte Middle School Coordinator for Blair Community Schools. In 2012, Jack joined the NCAPS Board of Directors, has served as a Regional Challenge Master and currently, Co-Regional Tournament Director for the Lewis and Clark Region and Vice President for the State of Nebraska. “My biggest satisfaction is seeing a group of kids take a pile of ordinary items and create something fantastic!”
Alicia Van Westen–Alicia has been involved in Destination Imagination since 1999! She has competed, appraised and served on the NCAPS Board. Alicia has been a Regional Challenge Master and Affiliate Challenge Master for the scientific challenge since 2010. Per Alicia: “I chose to stay involved in DI because of what this organization has given me. I know that I would not be the creative problem solver I am today without this organization. This is my chance to give back and help future generations discover what they can become!”
Jen Wittry-Jennifer Wittry joined the NCAPS Board in August of 2006. She participated in creative problem solving in elementary and middle school, served as a team manager for two years. Additionally, she serviced as a Regional Challenge Master, and for eight years, managed the Score Room at Regionals and Affiliate Finals. She is currently a mathematics teacher in OPS.
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