Steve Dunbar is retired from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as a professor of mathematics He remains active with research and education. His interests are in applications of mathematics, especially to biology, economics and politics.
Megan Hunt is an entrepreneur, activist, and parent elected in 2018 to represent District 8 in the Nebraska Legislature.
She has lived and worked in the Dundee area of Omaha for the past 14 years. She is passionate about public education, reproductive justice and gender equality, and reducing brain drain in the Midwest. Since taking office, she has worked with other senators from across the state to tackle food stamp reform, conversion therapy reform, and fight for economic justice.
Megan’s work and impact has been featured in dozens of publications including Forbes, INC, The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, and others. She is motivated by her goal to live an unconventional, formidable, disciplined life, and to inspire others to translate their experiences into positive action and change in the real world.
Adam Morfeld is a 5th generation Nebraskan born into a Marine Corps family.
In 2008, while still an undergraduate at UNL, he founded Civic Nebraska, a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to building youth civic leadership skills, strengthening civic health in our communities, and ensuring elections are accessible for all Nebraskans. He is now the executive director of the organization. Adam also teaches American Government as an adjunct faculty member at Doane University’s city campus.
In 2014 Adam was elected to the Nebraska Legislature to represent Northeast Lincoln, and was unopposed for re-election to another four year term in 2018. His focus in the Legislature has been affordable healthcare, maintaining a strong K-12 education system, living wage jobs, affordable higher education and trade programs, and protecting civil rights. In 2018 he helped start and lead the successful effort to expand Medicaid providing health insurance for 90,000 working Nebraskans.
Ann is Executive Director & Founder, Stand For Schools. A Lincoln, Nebraska native and a graduate of Lincoln Public Schools and UNL, she holds a BA in Political Science and French and an MS in Agricultural Economics. Prior to founding Stand For Schools, she spent five years in Washington, DC working at the U.S. Senate, the White House, and the Environmental Protection Agency. Ann Is passionate about preserving and strengthening Nebraska’s public schools so that future generations of Nebraskans can enjoy the opportunities she received.
Martha Shulski is the State Climatologist for Nebraska and direct the Nebraska State Climate Office, which houses the Nebraska Mesonet (a statewide weather network and one of the first of its kind in the country). She is also an associate professor of Applied Climate Science in the School of Natural Resources where she teaches an introductory level course on changing climate.
Shulski has degrees in meteorology, agricultural meteorology and soil science. She joined UNL in 2009 and has 18 years of experience in the areas of applied climatology, weather and climate monitoring, impact assessment and stakeholder engagement. Martha was one of the contributing authors on the Fourth National Climate Assessment released in 2018.
Lacey Studnicka has spent the last 18 years fostering an inclusive and welcoming community for refugees in the United States through refugee resettlement. She has developed Nationally recognized programming including faith community sponsorship, career mentoring, refugee arts programming, and the creation of a refugee speakers’ bureau, to name only a few. Lacey’s impassioned advocacy for refugees has led to her being profiled for local, national, and international media, most recently speaking at TEDX Omaha and being featured in a documentary titled A Home Called Nebraska. Lacey was named one of 2019's Ten Outstanding Young Omahans (TOYO) and received the Indomitable Spirit Award at Mountainfilm Festival. Lacey recently joined the Executive Team at Habitat for Humanity Omaha as Program Director. She enjoys spending time with her husband and four children.
Tony Vargas was elected to represent District 7 in the Nebraska Legislature on November 8, 2016. He has spent his time fighting for economic justice and opportunity, including equity in education, technology and innovation, juvenile justice and corrections, college affordability, and healthcare access.
As a member of the Appropriations Committee, he has led efforts to prioritize state funding to support the most vulnerable in our communities, especially children and families from low-income backgrounds. He serves as the Vice Chair of the Executive Board and Chair of the Legislative Planning Committee.
Prior to his election to the Legislature, Tony was a school board member of the Omaha Public Schools Board of Education. In 2018, he was named a Presidential Leadership Scholar by the Presidential Libraries of President George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson.
Carol Windrum is a retired United Methodist clergyperson who served as Director of Peace with Justice Ministries for the Nebraska Conference of the United Methodist Church for over 3 decades. A significant part of that ministry was starting a summer social justice intern program which evolved into the Micah Corps. This internship helps young adults link their faith with social justice.