Board and Staff

NEWBA Board of Directors

Our all-volunteer board is committed to working to ensure water for generations.

Roric Paulman

Board Chair

Sutherland NE producer. Member-2013 Water Funding Task Force. Chair–West Central Water Coalition. Active in grower associations and community boards.

Ted Tietjen

Board Member

Grant NE community leader. Chairman, Republican River Restoration Partners.

Boone McAfee

Board Member

Director of Research/ Nebraska Corn Board.

Dayle McDermitt


Adjunct Professor at UNL IANR, Agronomy & Horticulture

Tom Downey

Board Member

Downey Drilling, Lexington Nebraska

Jesse Harding-Campbell

Board Member


Bob Dahlgren

Board Member

Executive Vice President, First State Bank of Loomis.

David Ford

Board Member

CNPPID, Holdrege, NE.

NEWBA Advisors

Lee Orton


Orton Management Associates, Inc.

Frank Kwapnioski


H2Options Engineering, Lincoln, NE.

Steve Masters


Urban-Ag Roundtable Lincoln, NE.


Amy Harsch

Project Facilitator