Advisory Board

Barbara Dilly
Rural Policy Program Committee
Locale: Omaha, Nebraska.
Barbara, an Iowa resident, has been involved in rural activism since the 1980s, and is an associate professor of cultural anthropology at Creighton University. She researches and teaches rural subjects related to sustainability, health, food, and community life. Barbara has been a member of the advisory board since 2014.
Charles Shapiro
Farm and Community Program Committee
Locale: Wayne, Nebraska.
Dave Welsch
Rural Policy Program Committee
Locale: Milford, Nebraska.
Dave Welsch joined our Advisory Board in March 2019.
Jason Rippe
Rural Policy Program Committee
Locale: Geneva, Nebraska.
Jason works full-time as a facility director for Bioiberica Nebraska, Inc., a pharmaceutical company in Geneva, Nebraska, and has a strong interest in rural matters. He says rural economic development and rural talent retention are vital to growth in rural areas. Jason has served on the advisory board since March 2017.
Karina Perez
Farm and Community Program Committee
Locale: Columbus, Nebraska.
Karina is the executive director of Centro Hispano.
Leisha Roberts
Rural Enterprise Assistance Project Committee
Locale: Axtell, Nebraska.