UNK Alumni Association, 308.865.8474
Larry Edwards (Class of 1964) is the newly-elected president of the University of Nebraska at Kearney Alumni Association.
Edwards, who lives in Fort Collins, Colo. , is owner and CEO of The Light Center, a lighting sales company in Fort Collins he founded in 1971. He has served on the National Board of the American Lighting Association, Bank One, Centennial Banks, First Western Trust and the Fort Collins Country Club.
He assumed the duties at the association’s annual board of directors meeting in conjunction with 2006 Homecoming activities. Edwards replaces Kent Holen (Class of 1961) of Holdrege.
Other officers for 2006-2007 are Maureen Gaffney Nickels (Class of 1974) of Chapman, president-elect; and Brenda Snodgrass Christensen (Class of 1983) of Minden, secretary.
Seven board members completed three-year terms on the board of directors and are now trustees of the association. They are Jenny Apel Lydiatt (Class of 1993) of Colorado Springs, Colo. ; Casey Anderson (Class of 1995) of Omaha; Duane Tucker (Class of 1968) of Hayward, Calif.; Connie Swanson Franzen (Class of 1964) of Hastings; Tanis Hall-Goedert (Class of 1994) of Overland Park, Kan.; Bob Whitehouse (Class of 1967) of Papillion; and Cindy Sims Pille (Class of 1979) of Papillion.
Chuck Lindly (Class of 1952) of Rapid City, S.D. , who served as UNK Alumni Association president in 2004-2005, completed his term on the executive committee.
Eight board members were elected to three-year terms that began with the annual meeting.
Andrew Romatzke (Class of 2001) of Kearney is an attorney with the law firm of Ganz, Romatzke and Stamm. Deb Layton Schwenka (Class of 1976) of Minden is a first grade teacher with the Minden Public Schools. Fred Arnold (Class of 1983) of Fairbury is owner of The Fairbury Journal-News and McBattas Packing & Printing.
Chad Rutar (Class of 1997) of Omaha is a financial adviser with Renaissance Financial. Stephanie Hueftle Vogel (Class of 1989, master’s degree 1996) of Lincoln is vice president, and corporate and community relations manager for TierOne Bank. She also earned a doctor of education degree from UNL in 2002.
Candy Fernau (Class of 1996) of Dallas, Texas, owns her own company, Card Diva, that provides credit card processing, electronic check guarantee, gift card services and other merchant services. Bob Warren (Class of 1964) of McMinnville, Ore. , is retired from Evergreen International Airlines, where he was a pilot and vice president of flight operations. Sue Batie (Class of 1973) of Cypress, Calif., is in the banking business in Southern California.