The Lower Platte North Team.

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. Part-time employees or interns are often hired in the summer to assist with tree planting, water sampling, and other duties.



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
Bookkeeping Department Head/Administrative Assistant
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
Lake Wanahoo Recreation Supervisor/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

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 Department Head
Geographic Information System maintenance/development, custom mapping for staff/public, NRD MapMaker maintenance/development

Information & Education

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

NRD Conservation Technician

Skye Sabatka
NRD Conservation Technician
Conservation Technician based in Saunders County NRCS Office


Kimberly Piitz
Butler County

Kristin Miller
Colfax County

Luz Schafersman
Dodge County

Marla Milliken
Saunders County