Nebraska: A Local Network of the Midwest Chapter

In winter 2022/2023, the IAP2 Nebraska Core Team proposed, and the Midwest Chapter Board adopted, a Local Network framework that recognizes and supports smaller communities of practice within the Chapter 12-state footprint.

Through this framework, the Nebraska Core Team intends to continue providing local networking and professional development opportunities. In doing so, the Core Team is looking for additional volunteers.

To date, the commitment for serving on the Core Team has consisted of monthly core team meetings and following through on self-assigned action items. Serving on the Core Team is also a great way to get to know other P2-minded folks in Nebraska.

If you are interested in supporting local networking and expanding awareness of public participation in Nebraska, please contact Andy Wessel.

Core Team

The Nebraska Network Core Team currently includes professionals from both the public and private sectors:

  • Haley Engstrom (Olsson)
  • Andrea Gebhart (JEO Consulting Group)
  • Sara Hartzell (City of Lincoln Parks and Recreation)
  • Sarah Lake (Omaha Public Power District)
  • Megan Murray (Metropolitan Utilities District)
  • Stacey Roach (Olsson)
  • Alyssa Vaughan (JEO Consulting Group)
  • Megan Walter (Metropolitan Utilities District)
  • Andy Wessel (Douglas County Health Department)
  • Steven Wolf (Fides Munusque Fidele)
  • Laurie Zagurski (Omaha Public Power District)


IAP2 Nebraska aims to host quarterly professional development and networking events, as well as IAP2’s week-long Foundations and Techniques training every other year. Everyone is welcome to attend our events, regardless of IAP2 membership status.


After two years in the Twin Cities, Omaha will host the IAP2 USA Midwest Conference for the next two years (2024 and 2025).

Typically held in the spring, the conference will be an opportunity to showcase all that Omaha has to offer while allowing P2 practitioners to learn about new techniques, case studies from peer agencies and communities, and locally relevant best practices.

The spring conference is made possible through the collective efforts of volunteers. Conference committee work ranges from programming and logistics to sponsorships and marketing. If you are interested in working with other P2 professionals from across the Midwest to help organize the 2024 conference, contact Andrea Gebhart.


Foundations Training (Planning + Techniques)
August 15 - August 19, 2022 in Lincoln

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Defining "engagement" through a Nebraska lens
Thursday, February 24, 2022  1-2  p.m. CT via Zoom
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Gaining buy-in for P2 and through P2
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 12-1 p.m. CT via Zoom
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Past events were recorded. If you would like to view these webinars, please contact us at

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