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New Board Members 

Kyle Michaelis

I grew up in Akron, Colorado. After high school, I attended the University of Nebraska - Kearney where I got my Bachelor’s degree in Economics. After graduating in December 2014, I moved to Scottsbluff and started working for First State Bank, where I am currently an Operations Officer. With my spare time, my wife and I are usually spending it outdoors, or with friends and family. 

Kayla Gasker

Originally from historic Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania in the beautiful Pocono Mountains, Kayla moved to western Nebraska in July 2018 to work as the Centennial Coordinator at Scotts Bluff National Monument with the National Park Service. Growing up and working in a tourism-based economy spurred her passion for tourism and hospitality---she received her B.S in Tourism Management from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island in 2010. She has previous National Park Service experience at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park and Pipestone National Monument and spent five years in San Antonio where she worked with the San Antonio River Authority and San Antonio Apartment Association. She enjoys traveling, visiting historic sites, antique shopping and spending time with her pets. (in reality...She is super single, enjoys annoying her three cats who just want to sleep and taking her dog on road trips)

Clint Bergman

Clint is an IT Professional with over 20 years’ experience ranging from supporting traditional desktops to the design, implementation, and maintenance of networks, servers, storage, and virtualization. Even though he loves technology, he would rather be backpacking with his family and hiking the outdoors, completly unplugged.

Kylie Wilson

Kylie graduated from Chadron State College in 2011 with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and from Boston University in 2013 with a Master's in Criminal Justice. Kylie has worked for the State of Nebraska since 2012 at Health and Human Services. Kylie became involved in NEXT through helping with the Beer and Wine Fest. Kylie enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends. 

Christa Pelster

Thanks for EVERYTHING!

A big thank you to our board members whose terms are up. We were so happy to have known and for the opportunity to work with you for the past few years. Best wishes in all your future endeavors.  




What we've been up to:

Western Nebraska Pioneers Party Deck Event

NEXT Young Professionals has a blast at this year's Opening Weekend for the Western Nebraska Pioneers on May 31.

NEXT Young Professionals Annual Meeting

The Annual Board meeting was a Success at Papa Moon Vineyards. Learning about how they got started and getting a tour of the brewery was awesome! 
We also induced new members to the board and, voted for new officer positions and awarded those whose terms have ended with plaques.

Upcoming Events


Article of the Month

Community Involvement Is Good for Business--and Everyone

Giving back feels good--and can be good for your company, too.


Supporting employees' individual efforts to engage with their communities is low-cost and high-reward. Encourage your team to add specific events to your company calendar, and invite everyone to participate.

If one person does a cure walk, encourage others to join. Consider donating a service or product you produce. Identify a Junior Achievement entrepreneurship program, and offer a tour of your business. Ask a local culinary institute to cater your next event. Use your storefront location as a public drop-off point for Toys for Tots or cans for your local food bank.

It doesn't have to require hours off the clock or writing large checks. Every action gets you and your company actively involved in the community you rely upon for new hires, customers, and partners.

Corporate culture and employee retention receive an immediate benefit: Employees who know the company supports them in their individual passions feel more invested and less likely to go work somewhere else. You may also notice increased collaboration by teammates who feel more bonded by their work together outside the office--and even increased revenue as a result of enhanced engagement.

Quote of the Month

Other Upcoming Events

2019 Oregon Trail Days
July 11-14

Business After Hours
Thursday, July 18, 2019 5-7 PM
Team Auto Center

Rubber Duck Dash
Saturday, July 20, 2019

Want a chance to win GREAT prizes and help United Way in our community???  Buy Ducks!  For $10 per duck, United Way of Western Nebraska will enter a duck in your name into the duck dash.  The ducks will be released into the river and dash to the finish.  The winning duck receives a vehicle donated by Team Auto!!!    Don't worry if your duck doesn't finish first:  the first 30 ducks to finish win egg-citing prizes!    Want a chance to win???

Scotts Bluff County Fair
July 27- August 3, 2019


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