Who We Are

Dr. Vann Price

Associate Superintendent for Human Resources

Dr. Vann Price assists in the selection process of district administrators. She is responsible for the staff appraisal process, professional growth, staffing allocations, disciplinary action, district Title IX officer and EAP referrals. The Human Resources Division is directly responsible for all personnel functions as well as Risk Management, Staff Development and employee benefits.

(402) 436-1575
vprice@lps.org

Michealla King-Gray

Assistant to the Associate Superintendent for Human Resources

Assists the Associate Supt. of HR with the hiring of administrators, processing of changes, leaves of absences, transfers and resignations for administrators, Scottish Rite, 25 year recognition, and retirement ceremonies. Processing of all loan forgiveness applications, Responsible for HR board agenda items.

(402) 436-1592
mgray@lps.org

Kristen Finley

Supervisor of Elementary Personnel Services

Recruit and place elementary teacher vacancies, process teacher transfers, provide support service including promotion and counseling, manage the gifted mentor program, coordinate college field placements and tuition credit/professional enhancement.

(402) 436-1577
kfinley@lps.org

Erik Witt

Supervisor of Secondary Education / Director of Recruitment

Recruit and place secondary teacher transfers, provide support service including promotions and counseling, Leadership Development Program, summer school staffing and Extra Standard assignments.

(402) 436-1576
ewitt@lps.org

Jenny Fundus

Supervisor for Special Programs Personnel

Responsible for the recruitment of certificated candidates. Recruit and place special programs (special education and federal programs) certificated transfers, provide support service including promotions and counseling. Manage SmartFind staff and substitute teachers.

(402) 436-1596
jfundus@lps.org

Mike Von Kaenel

Human Resources Specialist

Responsible for the recruitment, interviewing, selection and support of office personnel, custodial, and nutrition services staff. Works with staff development on activities benefiting classified personnel.

(402) 436 1597
mvonkaen@lps.org

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Genelle Moore

Background Investigation/HR Specialist

Conduct thorough background checks on applicants and employees. Responsible for the recruitment, interviewing, selection and support of school based technicians, maintenance, facilities, distribution center staff and transportation drivers/paras.

(402) 436-1573
gmoore@lps.org

Marla Styles

Human Resources Specialist

Responsible for the recruitment, interviewing, selection and support of paraeducators and bilingual interpreters. Coordinates ADA accommodations.

(402) 436-1579
mstyles@lps.org

Brittany Schuster

Office Manager

Supervise front office support staff, coordinate office functions, payroll, prepare board agenda, vacancy bulletin and advertising.

(402) 436-1594
bschust2@lps.org

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Grady Blase

Technical Assistant

Responsible for teacher certification, seniority lists, assist with preparation of state and federal reports.

(402) 436-1581
gblase@lps.org

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Katie BENDER

Secretary, Secondary Certified Staffing

Assist the Supervisor of Secondary Personnel Services with the hiring of secondary certified staff, process staffing changes, leaves of absence, transfers and resignation of secondary teachers.

(402) 436-1482
kbender@lps.org

Nichole Bernt

Secretary, Certified Special Programs

Assist the Director of Recruiting/ Supervisor of Special Programs with the hiring of special education certified staff, process staffing changes, leaves of absence, transfers and resignation of special education teachers.

(402) 436-1584
nbernt@lps.org

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Jean Clough

District Office Receptionist

Direct incoming District Office calls and direct District Office visitors to departments.

(402) 436-1000
clough@lps.org

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Cherry Cornell

Secretary, Classified Staffing

Provide support services for the placement, testing and interviewing of gifted mentors, clerical, custodial, and nutrition services applicants and staff.

(402) 436-1590
ccornell@lps.org

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Jerilynn Robinson

Receptionist/Employee Records Secretary

Directs incoming calls and handles onboarding of new employees; maintains employee and applicant files; responsible for scanning HR documents; assists with building and badge access.

(402) 436-1598
jrobinso@lps.org

Susie Mendoza

Receptionist/Employee Records Secretary

Directs incoming calls and handles onboarding of new employees; maintains employee and applicant files; responsible for scanning HR documents; assists with building and badge access.

(402) 436-1574
smendoza@lps.org

Sapphire Munford

Secretary, Classified Staffing

Provides support services for the placement and interviewing of paraeducators, bilingual interpreters, and summer school personnel.

(402) 436-1583
smunford@lps.org

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Dianne Kreick

Secretary

Coordinates transcript entry and processes employment verification forms.

(402) 436-1574
dkreick@lps.org

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Kren Shellhase

Secretary, Elementary Certified Staffing

Assist the Supervisor of Elementary Personnel Services with the hiring of elementary certified staff, process staffing changes, leaves of absence, transfers and resignation of elementary teachers, coordinate C&I 908 course.

(402) 436-1585
kshellha@lps.org

Meagan Coleman

SECRETARY, STAFFING SUPPORT

Assists and organizes certified and classified recruiting communication and events. Also responsible for submitting and maintaining background check data for new employees.

(402) 436-1586
mcoleman@lps.org

Kate Burger

Secretary, Classified Staffing

Provide support services for the placement and interviewing of of school based technicians, maintenance, facilities, distribution center staff, coaches, and transportation drivers/paras.

(402) 436-1587
kburger@lps.org

Kim Miller

Director, Risk Management

Oversees the comprehensive insurance and risk management program for the district. Responsible for directing the purchase of insurance programs, management of workers’ compensation, liability, unemployment, vehicle, COVID-19 programs and loss control activities. Responsible for identifying, measuring and managing insurable or hazard risks, promoting loss prevention, updating and monitoring compliance with insurance procedures and managing safety/risk management practices. Oversees the district's litigated liability, employment practices and workers’ compensation claims. Co-chairs the Health Care Response Team.

(402) 436-1759
millerk@lps.org

Michelle Hartley

Claims and Insurance Coordinator

Supervises workers' compensation and unemployment claims. Directs the programs to ensure the proper and efficient handling of claims. Assists the Director of Risk Management with litigated workers’ compensation claims and the Driver Review and Safety Committees. Ensures external reporting requirements are met with workers’ compensation insurance carriers and Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court. Conducts ergonomic evaluations

(402) 436-1591
mhartle@lps.org

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Elizabeth Svoboda

Work Comp Case Management Nurse

Provides medical management of complex workers’ compensation claims and assists the employee in returning to pre-injury/pre-illness status. Assists with occupational health, discharge planning and home health care with a goal of ensuring high-quality care is delivered in accordance to the patient’s needs and in a cost-effective manner. Manages the COVID-19 contact tracing program. Conducts disease investigation, contact tracing and monitoring of staff diagnosed with COVID-19. Provides education as part of the COVID-19 communicable disease investigations. Works collaboratively with local public health department staff engaged in the response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

(402) 436-1768
esvoboda@lps.org

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Audra Cotton

Work Comp Claims Handler

Responsible for worker's compensation claims and assists with unemployment claims. Collects information, conducts investigations and reviews claims for eligibility. Communicates claims management philosophy and strategy to staff, administrators and supervisors. Builds, maintains, and manages relationships with medical providers and other claims related parties. Assists in claims cost control. Contacts individuals about claims and coordinates the handling of benefits.

(402) 436-1761
acotton@lps.org

Lischelle VanEngen

Risk Management Technician

Manages the Damage, Loss and Theft (DLT), Electronic Device Repair and Replacement Program, Certificates of Insurance, District Death Benefit payout, Notary Bonds and COVID leave for the district. Supports the director of risk management regarding all aspects of the enterprise-wide risk management program. Provides accounting/reconciliation for workers’ compensation billing and various other insurance benefits. Assists with the management and administrative support for the Health Care Response Team.

(402) 436-1767
lvaneng2@lps.org

Holly Daugherty

Secretary, Risk Management

Reviews employee injury reports for irregularities, accuracy and completeness. Requests additional information, where necessary, for completion of claim processing. Requests and maintains workers compensation medical records, forms and billing. Provides support services to the Risk Management Office, and administrative support for Workers’ Compensation claims. Responsible for annual HR#5 Driving Abstract collection.

(402) 436-1760
hdaughe@lps.org

Brian O'Neill

Risk Management HRIS Technician

Provides support within the current Human Resources information systems (HRIS), the COVID-19 contact tracing smart sheets and a Risk Management information system (RMIS). This position will assist Risk Management staff and COVID-19 Contact Tracers with transmission of data between current systems.

(402) 436-1582
boneill@lps.org

Blake Simpson

Director of Employee Relations, Benefits and Personnel

Leads the Employee Relations and Benefits Departments, serves as the chief negotiator with the district’s nine employee groups and coordinates human resources personnel operations. Drafts and updates employee contracts, board policies and personnel handbooks. Trains and advises district leaders on all aspects of state and federal law as well as compliance with the district’s policies and procedures. Finally, manages the recruitment, interviewing, selection and support for the district’s technicians.

(402) 436-1571
bsimpso3@lps.org

Julie McAndrew

Employee Benefits Manager — Administrators/Certificated Specialist

Manages and Coordinates the day to day operations of the Benefits Team. Coordinates the successful administration of benefits plans for all certificated benefit eligible staff and dependents. Employee benefit plans include health, dental, vision, disability, life insurance, flexible benefit plans, critical illness and accident insurance, as well as the district’s 403(b) plans and school retirement. Conducts Family & Medical Leave Act, maternity and disability conferences for certificated staff.

(402) 436-1595
jmcandre@lps.org

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Laurie Oxley

Employee Benefits Specialist – Classified Personnel

Coordinates the successful administration of benefits plans for all classified benefit eligible staff and dependents. Employee benefit plans include health, dental, vision, disability, life insurance, flexible benefit plans, critical illness and accident insurance, as well as the district’s 403(b) plans and school retirement. Conducts Family & Medical Leave Act, maternity and disability conferences for classified staff.

(402) 436-1593
loxley@lps.org

Laura Kortum

Benefits Technician

Manages the communications of the department, including the benefits email account, all benefits marketing materials, critical benefits reports and NPERS verifications, the accounting / reconciliation for various benefits offerings, the borrowed / donated leave program, military orders process, and coordinating the communication with many of our third-party insurance providers. Provides important clerical functions for the department.

(402)436-1578
lkortum@lps.org

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Darbi Umholtz

SmartFind Operator

Responsible for the SmartFind system and substitute placements. Processes emergency and civic leaves and UNL tuition credit. Assists with college field placements.

(402) 436-1589
dumholtz@lps.org

CAITLIN MARROW

Secretary, Substitute Staffing

Assists with the hiring of substitute teachers. Responsible for professional leaves and local substitutes

(402) 436-1588
subteach@lps.org

Blake Simpson

Director of Employee Relations, Benefits and Personnel

Leads the Employee Relations and Benefits Departments, serves as the chief negotiator with the district’s nine employee groups and coordinates human resources personnel operations. Drafts and updates employee contracts, board policies and personnel handbooks. Trains and advises district leaders on all aspects of state and federal law as well as compliance with the district’s policies and procedures. Finally, manages the recruitment, interviewing, selection and support for the district’s technicians.

(402) 436-1571
bsimpso3@lps.org

Nancy Hoppe

EMPLOYEE RELATIONS, COMPENSATION, BENEFITS AND HRIS SPECIALIST

Work with the Director of Employee Relations and Personnel regarding negotiations for all employee groups, including data collection and analysis of proposals/counterproposals. Coordinate the district's compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Collaborate with the Computing Services department in the planning, review, testing, and implementation of HRIS system upgrades or enhancements.

(402) 436-1572
nhoppe@lps.org

Kaley Brewer

Technical Coordinator

Preparation of state and federal reports/surveys. Assist Director of Employee Relations, Benefits and Personnel and HR Specialist for Employee Relations, Compensation and Benefits. Manage building and badge access.

(402) 436-1599
kbrewer2@lps.org

Melissa Foreman

Employee Relations Specialist

Provides administrative support for negotiations and other employee relations matters, including comparability studies, HR policies, organizational charts, and employee benefits. Assists in the hiring, recruitment, and placement of district technician positions.

(402) 436-1382
mforeman@lps.org