Who We Are
Board of Directors
Joseph Billesbach, Co-chair – Owner: Platte Valley Agronomics
Dr. Stephanie Furrer, Co-chair – Associate Professor of Psychology, Hastings College
Jessica Allen-Pickett, Secretary – Educator
Will Vrooman, CPA, EA Treasurer – Owner: Vrooman Tax Prep
Dave Berens – Founder & Educator: Rural Ranchers 4-H Club
Jan Herbek – Educator: Morton/Watson Elementary Schools
Rich Olson – Owner: Olson Farms
Tim Overmiller –Veterinarian: Animal Clinic of Hastings
Eileen Saathoff – Real Estate Broker, Ruhter Auction & Realty
Ryan Samuelson – Auctioneer and Broker, Ruhter Auction & Realty
Justin Stein – Master Electrician/ Owner: Stein Electric
Lindsey Stout – Physician Assistant, Hastings Internal Medicine
Amy Sandeen, Executive Director
Amy grew up in Hastings, then worked with nonprofits in St. Paul/Minneapolis for eighteen years before moving back to her roots in 2008 to help establish Prairie Loft.
Amy's professional background is in experiential education and nonprofit management. She has worked with schools, nonprofits, outdoor education centers, and wilderness programs in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, and Nebraska. Amy serves on the Humanities Nebraska Council and is an adjunct instructor with Hastings College. She works with local groups to enhance strategic planning, community culture, inclusive approaches, and leadership skills. Amy is also a musician and photographer and loves sharing outdoor experiences with others.
Lorna Zajack, Connections Director
Lorna joined the Prairie Loft team in 2013. Originally from New York, she honed her customer service, marketing and business development skills over 13 years in the private sector in NYC, Boston, DC and San Diego.
Lorna leads the coordination and implementation of private events, summer camps and other programs. Additionally, Lorna plays an integral role in event planning, teaching, program design, strategic planning, volunteer and vendor management. She is a fitness instructor at the YMCA, head coach of Girls on the Run, and a volunteer in Hastings Public Schools. Outside of the office, you will find Lorna at a park or on a running track!
Tess Bruner, Program Guide
Tess joined the Prairie Loft team in 2014. She works as an educator and event host and helps plan and facilitate field trips, summer camps, and other educational programs.
Tess graduated from Hastings College in 2014 with a degree in Elementary Education and English as a Second Language Education. She teaches at Shelton Elementary School and accompanist at the Shelton United Methodist Church. Tess enjoys being outdoors, reading, and playing the piano.
Maria Kavan, Program Guide
Maria joined the Prairie Loft team in 2018. Maria’s duties include planning and helping with Prairie Loft events for all ages. She works as an educator and event host and helps plan and facilitate field trips, summer camps, and other educational programs.
Nichole Bryant, Program Guide
Nichole joined the Prairie Loft team in 2018. Nichole’s duties include planning and helping with Prairie Loft events for all ages as well. She works as an educator and event host and helps plan and facilitate field trips, summer camps, and other educational programs.
Join the Prairie Loft team! We are currently seeking part-time Program Guides. Click here for more details.