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.

Larry Umberger

Board Vice Chair

General Manager, Midwest Electric Coop in Grant NE.

Ted Tietjen

Project Coordinator

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

Steve Masters

Team Leader

Urban-Ag Roundtable Lincoln, NE.

Dayle McDermitt

Board Member

Adjunct Professor at UNL IANR, Agronomy & Horticulture

Tom Downey

Board Member

Downey Drilling,  Lexington Nebraska

Jesse Harding-Campbell

Board Member

Director of Communications, Dvorak Law Group, Hastings, NE.

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.


John Heaston



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