Terry Hejny Photo

Terry Hejny, Director of the Nebraska LEAD Program since September 2007, has a multitude of responsibilities that include Chief Operating Officer and President of the Nebraska Agricultural Leadership Council.

An alumnus of LEAD XX, Terry has been a supporter of Nebraska agriculture and the educational opportunities that LEAD provides. A native Nebraskan, Terry grew up near Milford on his family's farm. Terry earned a B.S. in Agriculture from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Doane College. In December 2010, Terry was awarded a Ph.D. in Human Sciences/Leadership Studies.

Terry worked seventeen years as an Agricultural Education Instructor/FFA Advisor for the Geneva Public Schools. In 1998, he began his career with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as an Extension Educator in Fillmore County specializing in grain marketing and risk management. In 2005, he went to work for the Extension office in Cass County.

Terry and his wife Pam have two daughters and are the proud grandparents of three boys. Terry can be reached at 402-472-6810 or via email at thejny1@unl.edu


 Gerdes Photo

 Shana Gerdes has been a member of the Nebraska LEAD Program office since 2008. She started out working half time as the administrative assistant and was subsequently promoted to the position of administrative associate.  In this position she manages the office, coordinates the seminars held throughout the year, publishes the annual report and assists in the work to secure program funding.

Shana grew up on a farm near Kilkenny, Minnesota. She has a B.A. in Social Work from Dana College and previously used her degree in hospital, mental health, and school settings. Prior to leaving the work force in 2000 to be an at home mom, Shana worked at NC+ Hybrids in the Sales Department.

Shana and her husband, Mike, have two children.  Their daughter attends UNL studying chemical engineering and plays trumpet in the Cornhusker Marching Band.  Their son is at Waverly High School where he is active in band, drama, and FBLA. As hobbies, Shana enjoys cycling, walking, reading, music, and planting things.

Shana can be reached at 402-472-6810 or via email at sgerdes2@unl.edu

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Cassondra Dobbs joined the Nebraska LEAD Program in April 2018 as the administrative assistant.  Previously, she worked as the office manager for a fundraising consultant. 

Cassondra was born and raised in Nebraska.  She and her husband live in Lincoln with their two boys.

In addition to working at LEAD and keeping up with a busy family schedule, Cassondra is working toward an accounting degree.  In her spare time she enjoys reading and walking with the family dog.

Cassondra can be reached at 402-472-6810 or via email at cdobbs2@unl.edu