Board of Directors

Executive Director and Board Members

Management Staff

David Harding is a partner in Legacy Preservation, LLC, which creates family and business histories for clients throughout the Midwest. His background is in broadcasting, journalism and government relations. His work has appeared in newspapers nationwide, including the New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle. He produced radio documentaries, worked in the Alaska Legislature, and wrote a local history column in the Omaha World-Herald for nine years. He has served on the board of Arts in Motion for seven years.

Nancy Bro

40 years in education–23 years in the classroom, 17 as an elementary principal–last 8 years with Millard Public Schools-retired in June 2016

Master’s degree in administration and an Education Specialist degree

Currently employed as a contracted employee with the NE Dept of Education working with positive behavior supports in schools

Member of Nebraska Council of School Administrators

Susan served for 26 years as Associate Artistic Director of the Omaha Community Playhouse and its professional touring wing, the Nebraska Theatre Caravan, where she directed a wide variety of plays and musicals.  She is currently serving as the Playhouse’s Interim Artistic Director through June of 2016. In addition to a number of awards received for her individual work as a director and actor, Susan was a recipient of the 2014 Nebraska State Governor’s Artist of the Year Award and is a recipient of two Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Omaha Theatre Arts Guild and the Omaha Arts and Entertainment Awards.

Rachel Gilliland






Rachel Gilliland has volunteered in the Omaha Community by serving on the Boards of Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, Omaha Children’s Museum, Child Savings Institute, and the Board of Directors of Future Omaha and Omaha JayCees, plus chaired numerous committees as a member of the Junior League of Omaha.  Along with volunteering in the community, she has been a part of building the Omaha Arts Community as a singer, songwriter, performer, and radio host on a show promoting the arts, that also provides a platform for promoting community causes and events. She is mom to 4 active kids.

Jennifer Jerram

Jennifer Wolfe Jerram is a new addition to the Board.  Jennifer grew up in Omaha and attended Marian High School, Creighton University College of Nursing and School of Law.  She practices law and loves living in Midtown Omaha with her husband, Chris, and their daughters, Katie and Shannon. Jennifer enjoys gardening, biking, cooking, reading and cheering on her daughter’s college soccer team.

Studio portrait of Michelle Rupiper, Associate Professor, of Practice, Child, Youth and Family Studies. CEHS Faculty / Staff photo shoot. February 11, 2014, Photo by Orville Friesen, Instructional Design Photographer.


Scott A. Brokke is secretary and treasurer of McFarlin & Brokke, P.C. Mr. Brokke has held these positions since 1992 when Jay Quick, president and founder of the predecessor firm, Quick & McFarlin, P.C. retired. Mr. Brokke began his employment at Quick & McFarlin in December, 1985.

Mr. Brokke has been a member of Centris Federal Credit Union’s Supervisory Committee since 1994 with several years serving as chairman of the committee. Mr. Brokke has been a member of the Downtown Kiwanis Club since 1992 and has served on several committees over the years. Mr. Brokke has been the club’s treasurer since October, 2004 and is currently chairman of the club’s Finance Committee. Current professional affiliations include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Mr. Brokke holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska – Omaha and passed the Uniform CPAExamination in 1988.

Recreational activities include golf, soccer and sand volleyball.

Mari Anne Hartmann earned her BSBA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a major in Marketing.  Upon graduation she worked in medical publishing and enjoyed a successful sales career earning many awards including the top Sales Representative of the Year.  After seven years in sales, Mari Anne put her experience to work for several top college publishers in a freelance marketing and editorial capacity to spend more time with her family.  In 2007 Mari Anne started teaching Dancing Classrooms and has never looked back.  She loves lesson one, lesson twenty and everything in between.   Mari Anne  was promoted to Classroom Liaison in 2010, Associate Director of Dancing Classrooms Omaha in 2011 and she has trained in NYC with Dancing Classrooms creator, Pierre Dulaine.  Mari Anne  has worked as a classroom liaison or teaching artist in forty schools within the Omaha metro area and taught Dancing Classrooms to over five hundred students.  In her spare time Mari Anne loves to spend time with her husband and three children and can be seen waltzing around her neighborhood with her boxer Izzy.

Educational Liaison, Teaching Artist, Business Manager and Grant Writer

A St. Louis native, Mary has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Nebraska (Art Major, Minor in Art History and Spanish) and a certificate from the College of Continuing Studies in Adult Training.  She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Youth Development.  Mary has been a Dancing Classrooms teacher for Arts in Motion since it began in 2006 and is also the Business/Grant Manager. She was instrumental in starting both the Dancing Classrooms Clothing Closet and also the annual poster contest. Mary has been married for over 30 years and has two children.

Marty brings over twenty years of ballroom dance teaching experience to The ARTery. She received her B.S. in Education from the University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO) and has trained with world renowned ballroom dancers at summer intensives at Brigham Young University. Marty has toured the country competing in swing and country dancing.  She has taught dance at UNO for six years and been a dance instructor for their Campus Recreation program since 1988.  Marty has been coordinating the Guest Artists appearances for Dancing Classrooms for the past five years and has been teaching The ARTery’s Saturday Scholarship program at UNO (in conjunction with The Moving Company) since its inception three years ago.