Meet the Board

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Mark HoegerPast-President: Mark Hoeger 

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Mark is the president of the Nebraska Film Association. He is the co-president of Oberon Motion Communications, a full-service production company. He is a producer and director with more than 35 years of professional experience. For 13 years, he was executive director of the Rose Theater. Mark is also a politcal junky who is deeply involved in partisan campaigning and public advocacy.

 

 

 

President: Tim Christian

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 1VP/President-Elect: Brigitte Timmerman

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Brigitte joined the NFA Board of Directors in 2015. She began her studies in media and communications as a student Underwriting Director at the Fort Lewis College radio station, KDUR, located in Durango Colorado, where she hosted a program that showcased various music styles. Brigitte also interviewed musicians passing through Durango on their way to a performance.

During her membership in a Chicago filmmakers collective coop, she focused on documentaries. While there, she was instructed and influenced by many talented filmmakers one being Academy award nominee and Emmy winner, Bill Siegel. Cultural and ethnic groups such as Iraqi refugees, Oglala Lakota, and the Omaha tribe became her documentary subjects. She works to spotlight social injustice and to preserve spiritual practices and language in danger of being lost forever.

Besides her passion for fillmmaking, Brigitte has spent twenty plus years in the Omaha and Chicago marketing, advertising, and publishing industries. A native Nebraskan, she returned to her roots where she feels grounded.

 

DSC04286 (3)Treasurer & Chief Communications Officer: Ajay Bhowmick (AJ)

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Ajay Bhowmick has been associated with the Nebraska Film Association since 2011. He has served on the Board of Directors since 2015. Ajay volunteers at multiple television channels as a cameraman, light and sound engineer, and floor manager. He gave a script reading for the Omaha Film Festival’s Writers Theater. He enjoys working on documentaries and short films.

Mr.Bhowmick is a freelance IT technologist with 14 plus years experience as an international SME/Project Management Executive with budgets ranging from tens to hundreds of millions. His area of expertise is PeopleSoft’s Human Capital Management suite and Enterprise Learning Management. Ajay successfully completed four Global and 22 North American projects.

 

Secretary: Johnnye Gerhardt

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During her 20+ years in advertising, Ms. Gerhardt won an Ad Club Award and wrote a commercial that appeared during the Super Bowl. She then moved on to manage a media department for a corporation where she learned film editing, animation, and special effects. While there she won a Certificate of Excellence Award for Creative Training – a video she wrote, directed, and edited. 

Johnnye is a graduate of Lew Hunter’s Screenwriting Colony. She studied under Professor Linda Voorhees of the UCLA School of Film, Bob Anderson of New York, and Michael Hague. She’s been a finalist three times at the Omaha Film Festival where she also acted and narrated in the Writer’s Theater. Ms. Gerhardt currently works with two notable feature film producers. She has been an extra in feature films and appeared in commercials.
Ms. Gerhardt freelances as a script doctor. She lectures on screenwriting, characterization, and dialogue and is on the Governor’s Education Outreach Speakers Bureau. Johnnye has served on the Nebraska Writers Guild Board of Directors twice.
Johnnye has been a member of the Nebraska Film Association since December of 2013 and has served on the Board of Directors since 2014. She has testified multiple times before legislative committees on behalf of the film industry.

 

 

 

Member at Large 3-year term: Sean Weide

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Member at Large 3-year term: Rhett McClure

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Member at Large 2-year term: Carole Zacek

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Member at Large 2-year term: Shannon Thunder Hawk Taylor

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Member at Large 1-year term: Nicole Gurnon

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Member at Large 1-year term: Ehren Parks

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Governance & Finance Officer: Mike Echternacht

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Legal Council for Nebraska Film Association 2013 – present

Executive Director/Chief Operations Officer at KANEKO: Open Space For Open Your Mind
March 2014- present

Attorney at Law MEEM Legal Services
June 2012- present