Staff

Megahn Schafer

Executive Director

(402) 421-4742 | megahns@nefb.org

Megahn Schafer joined Nebraska Farm Bureau as executive director of the foundation in 2015. She previously served as the Assistant Vice President for Gift Planning at the University of Nebraska Foundation where she worked for 14 years.

Megahn graduated from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science Degree from the College of Business Administration. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Megahn maintains active membership and volunteer positions with Prosper Lincoln, the Nebraska Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, the Nebraska Agri-Business Club, the Omaha Agribusiness Club, Lincoln Public Schools, and First Lutheran Church.

Megahn is a lifelong Nebraska resident and a native of Litchfield. She and her husband, Clint, have two sons, William and Elias.

Courtney Shreve 

Senior Director of Outreach Education

(402) 421-4461 | courtneys@nefb.org

Courtney Shreve joined the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation in May 2014. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Education-Leadership with minors in Agribusiness and Animal Science. Courtney directs the foundation’s statewide agricultural literacy programming including the Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom Program. She leads curriculum development, teacher engagement, Connecting Chapters, partnership development, and manages the AITC program team. Courtney serves as an expert source of information on agriculture, food and natural resources to students, consumers, educators, and curriculum specialists.

Courtney serves as the National Agriculture in the Classroom Nebraska State Contact and maintains volunteer positions on the Executive Committee and Chair of the Public Relations Committee for National Agriculture in the Classroom. She was active in FFA and 4-H and remains a volunteer today.

Courtney grew up working in her parent’s custom meat processing plant and grew a passion for connecting people to where their food comes from. Today, Courtney resides in Table Rock, NE with her husband, Seth, and daughter, Elmie.

Lona Thompson

Senior Director of Development

(402) 450-5487 | lonat@nefb.org

Lona Thompson joined the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation in 2018 as the Director of Development. Lona enjoys developing programs and events that connect people and improve communities. She is responsible for the fundraising efforts of the foundation, building annual funding with grants, individual donors, planned giving, and managing the Foundation’s events; annual Grower’s Gala and Golf Tournament. With a passion to help connect people to their legacy, Lona enjoys spending time getting to know donors and helping them connect to their passion in agriculture. Growing up on the farm holds fond memories of hard work and the value of a dollar. It’s important to make sure each donor see the value in their investment of the future.

Lona received a degree in Organizational Communication from Doane University. She is a founding member of Women United, member of the Nebraska Agri-Business Club, and a volunteer in the community.

Lona and her husband, Steve, grew up in the panhandle. They enjoy spending time with their four daughters and four grandchildren. In their spare time them enjoy traveling with friends and family across the United States.

Brooke Tempel

Education Manager – Lincoln

(402) 890-3857 | brooket@nefb.org

Brooke Tempel joined the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation in June 2018. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Education-Teaching from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with minors in Agribusiness, Ag Economics, and Horticulture.

Brooke is based in the Lincoln-area and specializes in developing efforts related to agricultural literacy activities at events including classroom visits, camps, clubs, after-school programs, festivals, virtual field trips, and fairs. She works in collaboration with the Director of Outreach to create agricultural literacy activities and lessons.  

Brooke grew up on an acreage west of Seward where she was actively involved in 4-H and FFA where her passion for agriculture grew. She loves working with youth to explore our state’s agricultural industries.

Shelby Snidarich

Education Specialist – Omaha

(402) 890-0210 | shelbys@nefb.org

Shelby Snidarich joined the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation in January 2024. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M University with an Equine Certification. 

Shelby is based in the Omaha area and specializes in developing efforts related to agricultural literacy activities at events including classroom visits, camps, clubs, after-school programs, festivals, virtual field trips, and fairs. She works in collaboration with the Senior Director of Outreach to create agricultural literacy activities and lessons. 

Shelby grew up in Isanti, Minnesota where she was actively involved in 4-H and the Minnesota High School Rodeo Association. Shelby’s agricultural background began at an early age competing with horses. She has a passion for teaching others and sharing her love for all things agriculture.

Ashley McClinton

Administrative Coordinator

(402) 421-4747 | ashleym@nefb.org

Ashley McClinton joined the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation in January 2020 after moving to Lincoln in November 2019. Ashley was born and raised on the bayou in the great state of Louisiana. She holds a BA in Theatre from Centenary College of Louisiana and an MFA in Stage Management from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. After working throughout the country for various theatre companies, she settled in Pittsburgh, PA for 10 years.

Along with being the first point of contact for the foundation, Ashley manages the Ag Pen Pal Program, Foundation scholarships, and special events.

Ashley enjoys spending time with her husband, John, her son Buddy, and their two German Shorthaired Pointers. She loves cooking, college football (Geaux Tigers!), and running a small embroidery business from her home.

Emmalee Harder

Education Intern

emmaleeh@nefb.org

Emmalee Harder returns to the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation as the Education Intern. Emmalee is a junior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the College of Education studying Elementary and Special Education (K-6) with a minor in International Studies.

With the direct supervision of the Senior Director of Outreach Education, Emmalee will lead agricultural literacy programming at childcare centers, children’s museums, and nature parks throughout the summer. She will also assist with the Ag Pen Pal program and provide input for updating Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom resources.

Emmalee grew up near Belden, NE helping her family with farm duties on their acreage. She is hoping this experience helps her gain knowledge about agricultural literacy to incorporate into her future elementary classroom and to become an advocate for the Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom program to encourage more teachers to use the resources.