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 Vance Wagener

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PRESIDENT

MYSTI KILLOUGH - M.Photog.   A.F.Ph.

 MystiKilloughppofn@gmail.com

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, 2020 received her master of photography, 2021 received 1st place master photographer at PPofN. 

 She is married to Danial Killough, has two daughters and one son. 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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VICE PRESIDENT
JIM BUNGER - A.F.Ph.

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 
JOSEPH GIITTER - M.Photog., Cr., CPP

Joseph (Joe) Giitter is not your ordinary photographer.  His career started as a nuclear engineer for Westinghouse and eventually led to his appointment to the Senior Executive Service of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, where he was responsible for the licensing of the 100 operating reactors in the United States.  Joe taught at the Washington (DC) School of Photography on night and on weekends and took family and senior portraits in his spare time.  In August 2018, Joe decided it was time to make photography his full time career.  He moved to Omaha and opened up a studio in an old furniture factory in the Millwork Commons District of downtown Omaha.  He is currently serving on the board of the Professional Photographers of Nebraska and the Omaha Downtown Improvement District.    

While he continues to shoot family portraits in his studio, his work has recently expanded to corporate photography.  Mr. Giitter, is recognized by the Professional Photographers of America as a Master Photographer and Craftsman, and has been a Certified Professional Photographer since 2011.  He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Photography at Bellevue University and was previously an instructor at the Washington School of Photography.


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SECRETARY 
SUSANNA POEFFEL - CPP

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 for seniors, families, newborns and local commercial businesses. She has earned her CPP and was named Wedding Photographer of the Year for 2019 and 2020. She joined the PPofN Board of Directors in 2019, 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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DIRECTOR/TRADESHOW 
CORY LOOMIS

Cory owns a small town business owner located in Bloomfield, Nebraska. He was brought up with strong work ethics and workmanship. Following ten years active duty in the US Navy submarine community, Cory attended the University of Guam where he graduated with a degree in Computer Science along with a minor in Arts with a focus in photography. Upon relocating back to his hometown with his wife and two kids, he launched his photography business where he specialized in seniors and families.


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DIRECTOR/MEMBERSHIP
TONYA OTTEMANN

I started my photography journey in 2004 when my passion for creating images for friends and family turned into a career. I quickly grew my business from a part time basement studio into a commercial location and continue to enjoy building relationships with my clients. I focus most of my business on newborn and family portraits but enjoy changing it up with a few volume sports contracts, seniors and wedding photography. I am a member of Professional Photographers of America and have enjoyed being a part of the Professional Photographers of Nebraska association. I have been married to my husband Chad for over 20 years. I help him run a custom bakery business that takes up most of our free time. I love being able to support him as he grows the business. We have three active boys that keep us busy and we are excited to add a daughter-in-law this fall. 


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DIRECTOR/PROPS & MODELS
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/ WORKSHOPS

JENNY GEGG, CPP

I've been a professional photographer for 21 years after graduated with my B.S. in Commercial and Portrait Photography from Central Missouri State. (Go Mules!) My studio, jenny gegg photography, is located in Lincoln where I've lived the last 20 years. Currently, I specialize in weddings and portraits, but love a good commercial job when it comes my way. I'm also one of the current Certified Professional Photographer Liaisons for Nebraska. I'm married with 3 cats, 4 chickens, 3 rabbits and 2 kids. I enjoy helping other photographers become better photographers.

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DIRECTOR/ PUPLICATIONS
BOBBI JO BEAVER, CPP


Bobbi Jo is a Certified Professional Photographer with an English Degree. This would be a great spot for the shrug emoji. She may not have taken the traditional path to get here, but has been a recorder of stories both written and photographed for as long as she can remember. She started with a darkroom at fifteen years old and then worked for her small town photographer for a number of years after that. She has lived in six different states and countries and has returned to photography with every move. She was named FotoChaos Photographer of the Year in 2012, has been featured internationally and earned her CPP in 2020. She is passionate about pens that write well, quality bug repellent and great photography. She is a wife to one, mother to two, amateur gardener, and an animal wrangler with a studio on an acreage in Papillion, NE.

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PRESIDENT – JUSTIN BARNES - A.F.Ph.

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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PAST PRESIDENT LIASION 
KEITH HOWE  -  M.Photog., M.Artist, MEI, Cr. D.F.Ph, Hon.F.Ph.

I wanted to be a photographer since I was 8 years old and asked for a Brownie camera for my birthday. In high

school I did all the typical yearbook, school paper and darkroom work. While in college I started a part time job (

incidentally the same week I started dating Holly) working for Denny’s Photography in Kearney. I was going to

transfer to an art school to continue in photography but Denny offered me a full time job and to teach me everything

he could. I worked for him for a total of 3 years before moving to North Platte and starting my own studio with my

wife Holly. After five years in a downtown rental location we purchased a former Catholic Convent and had the

building moved to our current location. We have been in business for 41 years.


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