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Our Team

Nebraska Loves Public Schools is dedicated to supporting public education one documentary film at a time. We’ve made over 100 films that share the stories of schools, students, and educators doing amazing things across the state. Want to know what’s happening in our public schools? Take a look. We’ve never had a shortage of inspiring stories to share. We invite you to explore the films, share what you learn, and discover how to take action with our toolkit.

Sally Nellson

Director

Since 2011, Sally has interviewed more than 500 people and directed more than 40 films to raise awareness about the high-quality public education in Nebraska. Most recently she has turned her attention to creating longer-form I Love Public Schools films, documentaries focused on the ways societal issues impact public schools and what schools are doing to protect, understand, and empower students to be successful. Prior to this campaign, Sally ran a successful practice providing creative direction and story development for many of the largest banks and investment managers in the country. Sally is a proud graduate of Ashland-Greenwood High School.

Liz Renner

Deputy Director

Liz comes to Nebraska Loves Public Schools with a background that ranges the storytelling continuum. She spent her early career as a documentary editor and producer — a prescient highlight was being in the room for a voice over session as Meryl Streep narrated a series on the history of American public education. Prior to this campaign, Liz was a communications strategist and copywriter for higher education, nonprofit, and software clients. She is an active writer in her free time, recently winning Omaha Film Festival’s Best Short Screenplay award. In her role, she oversees our administrative and operational efforts. She believes that every creative endeavor is made stronger and freer through structure.

Amanda Irvine

Impact and Evaluation Strategist

After serving nearly a decade as our film producer, Amanda has shifted her attention to study the impact our work is having on audiences across the state. She serves as the key point of contact between our team and our research partners. Through her institutional knowledge, vast relationships, and clarity around our mission she is able to aid in defining what to measure, how, and with whom. Through surveys, focus groups, and other data collection activities, Amanda’s work strives to answer the question: is our work making a difference? Since she joined the team in 2012, she has helped us evolve into the storytellers we are today. Amanda is a proud product of public schools as a graduate of Westside High School.

Andrew Marinkovich

Director of Photography

As a cinematographer, Andrew has worked on the Nebraska Loves Public Schools project since the very beginning. After taking a three-year hiatus to live abroad with his wife and family, he has since returned as our fulltime Director of Photography. He has an unparalleled ability to make everyone feel as if he or she has known him forever. It is through this establishment of comfort and trust that we are able to capture the most authentic stories possible. After wrapping up a soccer career at Nebraska Wesleyan University, Andrew has traveled the world pursuing a passion for helping those in need. His experience as a student at a Native American reservation and other high-poverty schools in Nebraska helped to provide a deep understanding of issues in education that help inform our films. He is a proud graduate of Omaha North High School.

Kourtney Kaisershot

Social Media Manager

Kourtney graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Advertising and Public Relations. She grew up in Normal, Illinois where she attended public schools her whole life. (And yes, it was very “normal” thanks for asking). Kourtney is responsible for our social media and assists Brittany with marketing. Knowing she wouldn't make a great teacher but seeing her many family members thrive as public school educators, she was influenced to join the I Love Public Schools team. You know how the saying goes, those who can’t teach decide to promote and advocate for public schools! She is a proud graduate of Normal Community West High School (Normal, IL).

Jenny Dillingham

Media Director

Spending her career as an experienced marketer with a demonstrated history of working in the consumer goods industry, she’s responsible for making sure our television, digital, and radio content reaches our audience. Jenny helps us unify our messages to reach all parts of the state and ensure the voices of our public school communities can be shared far and wide. Though across the river to the East, Jenny is still a proud graduate of public school, Sioux City North High School to be exact.

Mandy Karaus

Traffic Manager

Mandy's responsible for overseeing our short- and long-term goals and keeping our team on track. She has worked in many different corporate environments, she is a pro at finding efficient solutions, and not to mention, she's an excellent seamstress. She grew up in a military family and married a military man, so she has experienced schools, both public and private, all over the country. She is the mom of two public school graduates. She's also a proud graduate of Papillion LaVista Community Schools.

Jennifer Zatechka

Merch Director

Jennifer joins the team through our merchandise partnership with Bergman Brand. Her experiences with marketing and management in both the corporate world and non-profit groups combined with a love of arts and education translate to a perfect match for Nebraska Loves Public School's mission. Specifically, Jennifer is committed to raising brand awareness through our gear opportunities and school fundraising program. She is a proud product of Lincoln Public Schools (Go Knights!) and can still sing her elementary school song upon request.