Alumni Board

Alumni Board

If you would be interested in serving on the CFPA Alumni Board, please contact Kathe Andersen at (402) 472-9355.

Kate Brooke

Kate Brooke is a printmaker and mixed media artist who exhibits her work regionally and nationally. She founded the Opossum Track Press, a printmaking and letterpress studio in Lincoln in 1990. Kate received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1985 and her Master of Fine Arts in 1989 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. From 2005-2007, Kate was selected to participate in the Lincoln Arts Council's groundbreaking Stories of Home project. Her recent exhibits have included a group exhibit by five artists at Modern Arts Midwest and "Perspectives: Small works from Modern Arts Midwest" at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center Gallery in Nebraska City. Her work celebrates the significance of experience, memory and the natural world.

Adrienne Dickson

Adrienne received her B.F.A in Music Theatre from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1994) and her M.M. in Opera Performance from The Boston Conservatory (1997). Currently, she is pursuing a D.M.A. in Vocal Performance at UNL under the direction of Donna Harler-Smith and was a 2004-2005 Fling Fellowship Scholar as well as a 2004-2005 P.E.O Scholar Award winner. As a mezzo soprano solo artist, some of her operatic roles include Madame Lidoine in "Dialogues of the Carmelites," Marcellina in "The Marriage of Figaro," Augusta and Mamma McCourt in "The Ballad of Baby Doe," the title role in "Julius Caesar," and Dame Carruethers in "Yeomen of the Guard." She won her division of both the 2003 Midwest Region NATS and the Nebraska State NATS competition and has also been the alto soloist in classic works such as Haydn's Mass in B flat, Schubert's Mass in A, and Beethoven's Mass in C. In addition, she has been a featured soloist for the Omaha Symphony/Opera Omaha Choral Collaborative, Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, Abendmusik, Omaha's Cathedral Arts Project's fall concert. Adrienne has toured with local Lincoln choirs as both soloist and choir member to the Czech Republic, Latvia, England, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark as well as touring across the Midwest. She has also performed with the Wagon Train Project as the soloist in "Wickedness" in both the Lincoln and in the New York City productions. She has given multiple recitals and benefit concerts, including a Valentine's fund-raiser for Opera Omaha, where she was the mezzo soprano soloist.

Leta Drake

Leta has a lifetime career in broadcast television as host, producer, writer, announcer and program director. She has acted in more than 100 plays and 2 movies. She is a member Screen Actor's Guild and has served on boards of directors of CFPA, UNL Alumni Association, Lincoln Community Playhouse, Theatre Arts for Youth, YMCA and The Salvation Army. Her current position is Director of Development and Community Relations for The Salvation Army. Leta received her MA in Theatre Arts in 1967. She received her BA in Speech and English from the University of Minnesota.

Steve Gaines

Steve was born in Lincoln 70 years ago this past July. He's still here. He has, however, been around a little. He entered the University in Sept. 1954 and eventually concluded his education with a Masters Degree in 1970. He is married, and with his wife Sharon, has five children: Jeff, Susan, Jerry, Patrick and Samantha. He and his wife have 14 grandchildren ranging from 22 to two years old and are currently expecting a 15th in late December. They spend a lot of time on the road visiting them. After his undergraduate degree (a BS majoring in Physical Education), he taught in the Hastings and Ashland school systems. After receiving his Masters in theater he went to work for the Nebraska ETV network, and for 25 years held a number of postions, including scenic design and cable access coordinator. During all these years he appeared in local theatre productions. He retired in 1998, and since retirement has continued in local theatre production. He was one of the founding members of Nebraska Rep back in the 1960s and in the past few years has continued to be active with Hay Market Theater and Flatwater Shakespeare. Over the past 50 some years he has performed in more that 60 productions, including stage, television, and radio. For the past 20 years, he has held membership in Actor's Equity.

John Heineman

John is the English Department Chair and a Drama teacher at Lincoln High School. In 1991, he won the Gerald S. Oswald Outstanding Service Award from the Nebraska Speech Communication & Theatre Association. John received his B.S.Ed. in 1982.

Nancy Heiser

Nancy Nordstrom Heiser is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Having received a Bachelor of Fine Art in Education in 1976, she taught art in the Omaha Public Schools, the Kansas City Public Schools, and the Nelson-Adkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri. She is a practicing artist and a community volunteer. She has served on the board of trustees of Pius X High School, and has been an active member in the Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association, the Lancaster County Medical Alliance, Friends of St.Monica's, and the Hildegard Center for the Arts. She has served as a Capital Campaign Fundraiser for the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital and the Park it at Woods Campaign. She is currently serving on the MEDICI Board at the University of Nebraska.

Lance Nielsen

Lance is the band director at Lincoln East High School and sponsor of the school's Tri-M Music Honor Society. He is President Elect of the Nebraska Music Educators Association. Lance received his B.S.Ed. in Music Education in 1991 and his Master of Music degree in 1998.

Jamie Reimer

Dr. Jamie Reimer currently serves as Lecturer of Voice at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. A versatile soprano, she has performed leading roles in "Così fan tutte," "Le nozze di Figaro," "Street Scene", "Dido and Aeneas," "The Gondoliers," "1776," and "Into the Woods," in addition to several oratorio engagements, including Messiah, the Mozart Requiem, Beethoven's Mass in C and a performance of Christus at the 2005 conference of the American Liszt Society. Dr. Reimer's "lush and vivacious" singing has garnered several accolades, including the National Association of Teachers of Singing Nebraska Artist Award in 2000, the Hastings Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Award, and the 2006 Mary Ann Starring Graduate Performance Award. Dr. Reimer is quickly gaining recognition as an expert on the songs of Robert Owens following her collaboration with the composer in 2007, and her work has been presented at national and regional meetings of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the College Music Society. Dr. Reimer is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, where she serves as Province Officer.

Valery Wachter

Valery Wachter

Valery graduated in 1983 with a BFA with an emphasis on painting. She works full time in her studio.