BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Meet Professional Photographers of Nebraska Board of Directors! They are the brains behind-the-scenes of every PPN event; from conferences to workshops. This volunteer board is dedicated to helping new and established professional photographers achieve their goals through strategic planning of educational events, mentorship, and networking. If you are interested in distinguishing yourself as a future board member or just want to volunteer your service, contact any board member. They are here for YOU! And, do you have an item for a board of director’s meeting agenda? The board meets quarterly as well as communicate through group emails on a regular basis.

Images Courtesy of Baer Studios

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PRESIDENT – VANCE WAGENER C.P.P.

sales@vwphoto.com

Vance began his photographic career in 1987 working as a wedding photographer for various studios in the Chicago area while serving in the U.S. Navy. Upon completion of his naval career Vance and his family settled down in Fremont Nebraska buying into a family owned photo lab and started a photographic studio. VW Photography is still located in beautiful downtown Fremont and celebrated it’s 20th year in business in June of 2016. General offerings include: Family, Seniors, Babies, Weddings and Commercial. A member of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) Vance has served as moderator for the PPA Forum and has earned his Certified Professional Photographer certification (CPP). Vance is currently a CPP Liaison for the state and is able to schedule and administer the written exam for new candidates. In many ways Nebraska has become the good life for Vance’s family: Vance, Daine, Brandon and Joshua. Being part of the PPofN is a part of that good life.

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VICE PRESIDENT – JUSTIN BARNES

justin@barnesphotos.com

Justin attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Education with endorsements in Art and Coaching. After graduating from UNL in 2003 he relocated his studio to his hometown. Along with running a successful photography studio, Justin is also a substitute teacher and serves as a volunteer coach for various sports teams throughout the year. As a published photographer, his work has been featured in magazines, newspapers and publications throughout the world. Justin currently resides in Louisville, Nebraska with his wife and three little boys.

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SECRETARY/WEBMASTER – JIM BUNGER

jim.bunger@kearneymedia.net

Jim went to college for digital video production in 2007 in Arizona. After returning home to Kearney, he started his video production company in 2009 and after transitioning into DSLR’s for video work, he added photography to his studio in 2012. Jim specializes in Commercial work and off the wall projects and enjoys challenging himself to learn techniques in lighting and post production then breaking traditional rules that create unique works of art. He is a father to three great children, Marissa, Corey and Marrae.

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TREASURER/PRINT CHAIR/FOCUS WORKSHOPS MYSTI KILLOUGH

Mysti earned her AAS degree in business administration. Right out of high school she knew photography and the farm were her passions. She started her part time business, Mystic Images Photography in 2010. Since, it has grown to be a full time portrait studio in Holdrege, NE. With the background of farming and ranching, Mysti loves to incorporate animals into her sessions as much as possible.
Mysti is also a member of Professional Photographers of America. While being a member, she loves to enter her work in the photo print competitions. In 2017, Mysti received 2nd place at district competition (12 states) in the animal category. She is married and has two beautiful girls. Together her & her family have a Black Angus cow calf operation and farms in Phelps County. Mysti loves being outdoors and is a 5th generation agriculturalist. She loves finding beauty in everything and makes sure to capture that perfect moment rather it be a portrait session or everyday on the farm.

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DIRECTOR/PUBLICATIONS – GABBY GOC

Gabby grew up in the world of photography and in the PPN family. After years of tudio shenanigans with her siblings… swinging from the overhead extension cords like Tarzan, reenacting Star Wars with glass light tubes and shredding a soft box (sorry, Dad), and playing hide and seek in the dark room… she always swore I’d never become a photographer – funny how things work out.

Just before graduating from UNL with a degree in Textiles Design and Mass Communications, she started working part time for her Dad’s studio in Columbus as a camera room assistant and editor. That’s when something sparked for her. About a year after graduating, she quit her Kitchen Design job and started working full time with her mom and dad with dreams of becoming a wedding photographer.

After working full time in Columbus for almost 3 years, Gabby branched out on her own and started her business in Lincoln in January of 2017 – Sonnenblume Studios. While her studio is full service, her focuses include weddings, couples, and high school seniors. She joined the board of directors to continue to learn from the best, as well as help other young photographers get involved in an incredible organization. As it turns out, photography was in her blood all along!

When Gabby isn’t behind the camera, you can find her adventuring with her boyfriend, Ethan and their tiny black lab, Marley. There’s nothing better for the soul than a weekend off the grid, sleeping under the stars, soaking in the silence and every ounce of wonder, exploring this wild world together.

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DIRECTOR/TRADESHOW – NIKKI STUECKRATH

Nikki’s interest in photography began as early as junior high, taking photos of friends and family with disposable cameras. It wasn’t until she had her senior pictures taken that she realized it was something she wanted to do. After high school, she studied photography at Metro Community College and returned home to work for a local photographer. Over the years, her passion for helping people and working in the photography industry has grown. She is now employed at Marathon Press, working as their Photo Output Manager and Volume Photography Specialist.

She still finds time to take photographs, but not as often as she would like. Between raising her 5-year-old daughter, planning the wedding of her dreams and traveling to trade shows across the United States for Marathon, she’s left with little time to photograph.  But is still very much a passion of hers. 

 

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DIRECTOR – JOSEPH GIITTER

I’m the owner of Bohemian Photoworks and I have a studio in the North Downtown Omaha Millwork Commons district.   I’ve been a medalist in the Professional Photographers Association (PPA) International Print Competition for the last three years (2016 -2018) and was the Maryland Illustrated Photographer of the Year in 2017.  I have a Master of Photography Degree from the PPA and I’ve been a Certified Professional Photographer since 2011.

I grew up in the Miller Park neighborhood of North Omaha, but rode the city bus for an hour to attend high school in South Omaha.  My photographic “journey” started in high school when my father lent me his Rolleiflex medium format camera.  My life has taken a lot of twists and turns since then, but I’ve never put down my camera.  For years, I worked as a part-time photographer and taught evening courses and weekend workshops at the Washington School of Photography.  Last year, my wife, Rebecca, and I decided that it was time for a major life change.  I retired from my high pressure, high pay Senior Executive Service position at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in August and moved back to Omaha after being away for over 40 years.  We decided to move to Omaha to be near family (including my oldest daughter), to launch my new business in a risk-neutral environment, and to have a better quality of life.

I believe I can provide a unique perspective to PP of N, based on my extensive leadership experience and my extensive life experience.  Also, since a very small fraction of Omaha PPA members belong to PP of N, I can serve as an ambassador for PP of N in the Omaha area.   At this stage in my life, I’m more focused on giving back than getting ahead. 

 

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DIRECTOR – SUSANNA POEFFEL

Susanna started her photographer career in 2005 as a wedding photographer. Now almost 20 years later, she is still doing what she loves and has grown her hobby into a thriving business in Columbus, NE. While she still enjoys capturing weddings, she now also provides photography services or seniors, families, newborns and local commercial businesses. She has earned her CPP and was named Wedding Photographer of the Year for 2019. She joined the PPofN Board of Directors this year, as she has a passion for educating and encouraging other photographers. Susanna is married to her high school sweetheart, and they have 3 children.

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PAST PRESIDENT – HOLLIE KLIMEK, S.S.D.

hollie@hollieklimekphotography.com 

Hollie began her photography career in 2006, focusing mainly on children and families in a retail studio. Though out the years, she has worked in a variety of studios (coop, location based, retail and private), as well as expanding her market to senior, commercial, wedding and even pet photography.  

Hollie’s educational background and college degree is in Business and Management and she enjoys educating and mentoring other photographers. As a member of Professional Photographers of America, she will be completing her Craftsman Degree this coming year.  

She is also a Navy wife and mother to four children and a fur baby in Grand Island. Hollie enjoys traveling both with her family and other photographers.


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PAST PRESIDENT LIASION – TOM & CHRIS GOC

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*A copy of the PPN’s financial information is available to members upon request.