Board Members

Board Chair 

Connie Kreikemeier – Board Chair

Connie Kreikemeier, MSE, is the Executive Director of the Personal & Career Development Center at Midland University. In this role, she collaborates with leadership in academics and across all campus divisions to implement Strengths, engagement, experiential learning and career development initiatives for students.
Prior to joining the Midland team, she spent 25 years as an associate with The Gallup Organization, where she led in many roles, including: Poll Center Manager, Strengths Analyst, Director of E-Sourcing and Communications, Executive Director of Gallup’s degree programs, and Talent Management Consultant.
Be it with college students or professionals well into their careers, Connie’s strengths and passions revolve around empowering others to discover, understand, and leverage their own Strengths. Her Signature Themes are: Focus, Maximizer, Achiever, Relator, Individualization.

 

Chris McBratney – Board member

Chris is a Partner and Co-founder of run nebraska, a Fremont-based race timing and event management company centered around road and trail running. Along with his wife and several friends, he launched run nebraska in 2017 and helps partner with events throughout the Midwest in an effort to help maximize event participation by offering new and unique experiences for runners and race organizers. In addition to helping lead run nebraska, Chris has also worked in the executive search industry since 2004, assisting on consulting and search projects within the employee benefits industry.

In his spare time, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife, Ashley, and their three kids (Maddie, Max and Maegan). Chris is also an avid runner having completed numerous races up to the 50k distance.

Steve Navarrette – Treasurer

Experienced Owner with a demonstrated history of working in the accounting industry. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Budgeting, Analytical Skills, and Risk Management. Strong entrepreneurship professional with a BS focused in Economics, Business from Midland Lutheran College.

Board Member

Todd Conkright – Board member

Todd Conkright has been the Dean of the Dunklau School of Business at Midland University since August 2018, responsible for the undergraduate business offerings including the renowned accounting program, as well as the MBA, Code Academy, and Project Management Certification Programs.
With more than 20 years of professional experience, Todd’s leadership encompasses a variety of market knowledge spanning areas of process improvement, talent development, and change management. Prior to Midland University, Conkright was the Director of Global Client Education Services for First Data (now Fiserv), where he led a team of client-facing instructional support representatives to help educate users on products, systems, and tools to manage and grow their credit and debit issuing business.
Serving as Owner and Principal Consultant, Conkright established Cornerstone Global Training and Performance Solutions, a successful free agent consultancy firm, where he focused on human capital strategy and executive coaching, working with organizations to identify and eliminate barriers to performance. He is the author of A Guide to Peak Performance Through People, a guide for small businesses.

Board member

Spencer graduated from Creighton University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude and obtained his juris doctorate from the University of Nebraska, College of Law, in 2016 with an emphasis in litigation. Spencer has been married to his wife, Claire, since 2016 and they have a son, Ian. Spencer has been actively involved in the community, including serving as an adjunct professor at Midland University, past president of the Dodge County Bar Association, president of Fremont Area Young Professionals, Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce diplomat, Fremont Creative Collective board member, John C. Fremont Days former board member, Dodge County Humane Society former vice president, and Nebraska State Bar Association Young Lawyers board member. Spencer enjoys spending time with friends and family, boating and fishing, cooking, reading, watching Husker football and Creighton basketball, and playing board games.

Dr. Susan Bath – Board Member

Since joining Gallup in 1989, Dr. Bath has been involved in management, consulting and research related to talent-based selection and development, strengths-based coaching, performance management, employee engagement, and maximizing the potential of human capital. She is passionate about coaching individuals to enhance their effectiveness. Dr. Bath is certified as both an ICF ACC Coach and Gallup Strength’s Coach. She received her B.A. in Speech Communication and M.A. in Educational Psychology from UNL and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from USC (Dissertation: The Effects of Mentoring in the Workplace, 2000). Sue enjoys spending time at the lake with her husband and two adult daughters and helping others learn to paint and selling her contemporary art through her small business Serendipity Abstracts.

Allan Hale – Board member

Allan is the current Executive Director of the National Electrical Contractors Association, Nebraska Chapter. He has been a business owner and operator for over 30 years. Hale has owned and operated grocery stores, convenient stores, catering operations, a glass replacement company, a business consulting company and a small business coaching company.
In addition to his for profit business interest, Allan served as the Fremont Area Chamber President and CEO for 12 years and has served the Nebraska Chapter of NECA for ten years. Hale is a long time toastmaster and has served as president in dozens of non-profit groups.

Blair Horner – Secretary

Blair has spent over 30 years working in the agriculture industry for companies such as Cargill, Inc., Miller Milling Company and as an independent consultant. His background includes food safety, milling and baking science, quality, grain handling, operations, inventory pipeline management, and contract wheat growing programs. Blair entered the restaurant industry when he opened two pizzerias in Omaha dba My Pie Pizza. This means he can now say that he has worked from the farm to the fork. In a move that took him outside of agri-business, Blair recently became a licensed Realtor® and joined Don Peterson & Associates here in Fremont NE.

Blair’s volunteer service includes USA Swimming, Goodwill Industries of Kansas, The Wichita Swim Club, Fremont Creative Collective, Fremont Kiwanis Club, and Sinai Lutheran Church Council of Fremont.
He recently earned his Graduate, Real Estate Institute designation. Blair also holds a MBA in finance.

Blair lives here in Fremont with his wife Jody Horner. His daughter Anna, son-in-law Matt, and granddaughter Charlotte (aka. The O’Reilly’s) also reside in Fremont. Blair’s son (Sam) lives in Wichita Kansas.