The Nebraska Farm Bureau’s Chief Administrator, Rob Robertson, is proud to announce hiring Megahn Schafer as the Executive Director for the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture (NFBFA). Schafer comes to NFBFA after serving as Assistant Vice President, Gift Planning with the University of Nebraska Foundation. She held several other roles with the NU Foundation’s gift planning and development services teams during her 14-year tenure.
“Megahn will bring energy, enthusiasm and fresh ideas to the foundation. With her leadership skills and self-motivation, she will be a great addition as she oversees the staff programming, fund development, marketing and outreach efforts of the Foundation. Her knowledge and understanding of nonprofit work will be a tremendous addition to our Farm Bureau team,” Rob Robertson, NFBF chief administrator said Oct. 9.
Schafer’s community involvement includes work on the Prosper Lincoln Community Initiative, membership in the Nebraska Partnership on Philanthropic Planning and the Emerging Leaders Council of the United Way of Lancaster County, and volunteer service to her church and Kooser Elementary school. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and her master’s in public administration from the University of Nebraska–Omaha. She is a lifelong Nebraska resident and a native of Litchfield. Schafer and her husband Clint have two sons.
As the executive director, Schafer will generate financial resources and partnerships to build awareness, understanding and a positive public perception of agriculture through education and leadership development.
Jane Heany was named Senior Director of Development for the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation. Heany brings more than 20 years of fundraising experience to NFBFA. Prior to joining NFBFA, Heany was a senior development director with the University of Nebraska Foundation, a regional development director with the state-wide Nebraska Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, and the marketing and development manager with Wolf Memorial Good Samaritan Center in Albion.
Jane received her bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management from Concordia University. She is a member of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals and has served in volunteer leadership roles with the American Lutheran Development Executives and the University of Nebraska Foundation Women in Philanthropy Committee. She is a native of Spalding, NE. Jane and her husband Tom farmed near Cedar Rapids, Neb. for 29 years before moving to Lincoln. They have two grown children and two grandchildren.
“We are excited to have Jane on board. We look forward to watching her build relationships and match donor goals with the important priorities of Ag in the Classroom and agriculture education in general. Jane has a passion for connecting with people and helping them make a difference,” Robertson said.
Other new Foundation hires include Sami Lauf, NFBFA administrative assistant. Before joining NFBFA, Sami was a research assistant for the political physiology research lab at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Lauf received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. She is a native of Chicago.
Erin Stieren joined the Communication Strategy and Issue Management department as Nebraska Farm Bureau’s Director of Marketing/Communications. She will facilitate and coordinate communication for NFBFA and the NFBF. She brings nearly 10 years of marketing experience to Farm Bureau. Prior to joining NFBF, Stieren was the Senior Marketing Specialist for Inceptia, a division of National Student Loan Program.
“We are excited to tap Erin’s skills as a marketer and apply them to elevate our new Foundation and the Federation. She will help the Foundation maintain a consistent message across print, electronic, online, multimedia, and social media platforms to target specific audiences and direct brand development. We are excited about raising awareness about the NFBFA and communicating the values, mission, strategy and strengths of NFBFA,” Robertson said.
Stieren and her husband Tom have two daughters and live in Lincoln.