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.
Director of Outreach Education
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.
Director of Development
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.
Lona received a degree in Organizational Communication from Doane University. Lona is a founding member of Women United, Chair of the Lincoln Southeast High School Knight’s Vocal Music Boosters, and parent representative for the Knight’s Theatre Department.
Lona and her husband, Steve, grew up in the panhandle. They enjoy spending time with their three daughters, son-in-law, and three grandchildren.
Emily Kammerer joined the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation in September 2021. She will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Education- Leadership with a minor in Animal Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in May 2022.
Emily 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, and fairs. She works in collaboration with the Director of Outreach to create agricultural literacy activities and lessons.
Emily grew up in Sutherland, Nebraska where she was actively involved in FFA and was a member of the Nebraska Farm Bureau program, “The Crew”. Emily’s agricultural background began by helping her dad with farmhand duties. She has a passion for youth and helping young minds understand the importance of Nebraska agriculture.
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.
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, a Farm Bill Biologist, and their two German Shorthaired Pointers. She loves cooking, college football (Geaux Tigers!), and running a small embroidery business from her home.
Emmalee Harder joins the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation as the 2022 Summer Education Intern. Emmalee will be a sophomore at University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the College of Education studying Elementary and Special Education (K-6).
With the direct supervision of the 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.
Kristen Herrick joined the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation as the Student Worker in February 2022. She will be a sophomore at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln majoring in Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Communication.
Kristen works closely with all Foundation staff helping with various projects. She assists in planning and running the Foundation’s events including the annual Grower’s Gala and Golf Classic. Kristen also organizes and creates content for the Foundation social media accounts.
Kristen grew up near Franklin, NE where she plays a big role in her family’s farm operation. She wants to share her knowledge and skills to help make the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation successful. This experience allows her to gain more experience and knowledge that will help her grow in her career path.