NRD Staff

The Lower Platte North NRD employs 14 full-time personnel based at the district headquarters in Wahoo. The NRD also employs four clerks and one technician at Natural Resources Conservation Service offices in Butler, Colfax, Dodge, and Saunders counties. Part-time, seasonal employees are responsible for groundskeeping and maintenance at the Czechland, Homestead and Lake Wanahoo recreation areas, and part-time employees or interns are often hired in the summer to assist with tree planting, water sampling and other duties.

Main Office Staff


Eric Gottschalk - General Manager
Overall coordination and supervision of district programs and employees

Tom Mountford - Assistant Manager
Coordination and supervision of district programs and employees; Special Projects

Jill Breunig - Administrative Manager
Office management, general administration, coordination of meeting times; recording secretary for Board of Directors

Karen Rezac - Department/Administrative Assistant
Bookkeeping, general secretarial duties and support


Daryl Andersen - Water Resources Manager
Coordination and supervision of all water programs

Russell Oaklund - Lead Water Resources Specialist
Ground Water Management Area, ground/surface water quality, coordination of Abandoned Well Program

Bret Schomer - Water Resources Specialist
Irrigated acre certification, well permits & registration, ground/surface water quality

Tyler Benal - Water Resources Specialist
Coordination of Chemigation Program, ground/surface water quality

Will Brueggemann - Water Resources Technician
Assistance in all water programs

Operations & Maintenance

Bob Heimann - Operations & Maintenance Manager
Coordination and supervision of forestry programs, Rock & Jetty program, general operations and maintenance

Mitch O'Reilly - Operations & Maintenance Technician
Tree planting, dam maintenance, vehicle maintenance, office maintenance

Duke Dokulil- Operations & Maintenance Technician
Assistance with tree planting, dam maintenance, vehicle maintenance, office maintenance, and facility maintenance at Lake Wanahoo

Dave Odvody - Recreation Facilitator
Facilities maintenance at Czechland Lake Recreation Area


Sean Elliott - Projects/Rural Water Manager
Management of NRD rural water systems, coordination of land treatment programs and special projects


Chris Poole - GIS Specialist
Geographic Information System maintenance/development, custom mapping for staff/public, NRD MapMaker maintenance/development

Information & Education

Desirae TePoel - Information & Education Specialist
Writing/design for district publications; web page design and maintenance; coordination of educational programs

NRCS Clerks & Technicians

Administrative and program support for NRD programs in county NRCS offices

Butler County

Susie Leu

Colfax County

Patrica Holmberg

Dodge County

Luz Schafersman

Saunders County

Marla Milliken

Kelly Bartek- NRD/NRCS Technician
Technical services for NRD and NRCS land treatment and conservation programs

Contact Us

Lower Platte North NRD
PO Box 126
Wahoo, NE 68066
toll-free 1.888.764.0543
Fax 402.443.5339

Office Hours

8 am - 4:30 pm M-F

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