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Matthew L. Blomstedt
(402) 471-5020


To raise the level of academic achievement through planning, policy formulation, and evaluation, including fiscal accountability, that improves the quality of education accessible to all students.



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State Board of Education Members
Rachel Wise, President
John Sieler, Vice President
Matthew L. Blomstedt, Ph.D., Commissioner of Education

Rachel Wise, President - District 3

1480 County Road J
Oakland, NE 68045

(402) 380-3031

Elected to State Board of Education - 2013
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Rachel Wise

Born November 8, 1955. Married to Gordon Nelson.  Graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (Masters’ Degree in Education and Doctorate Degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln).  Currently retired from full-time employment; involved in some consulting.  Taught at Tekamah-Herman; Winnebago and Logan View Schools.  Administrator at Educational Service Unit #7, Columbus.  Omaha Public Schools Non-Profit Leadership/Management:  Martin Luther Home-York; Building Bright Futures.

Teammates Mentor; Public Commissioner-Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges; Delta Kappa Gamma; Phi Delta Kappa and member of Rotary.

John Sieler, Vice President - District 8

7801 Woolworth Avenue
Omaha, NE 68124

(402) 669-6731

Elected to State Board of Education - 2010
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John Sieler


Lillie Larsen - District 1

4041 Thorn Court
Lincoln, NE 68520

(402) 488-7038

Elected to State Board of Education - 2013
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Lillie Larsen

Biography: Born Lillian Grimes, Dec. 6, 1941, in Paola, Kan. Graduate of Paola High School, 1959; University of Kansas (B.S. in secondary education), 1963; University of Nebraska-Lincoln (M.S. in elementary education), 1968. Married Max D. Larsen, Dec. 22, 1962; three children: Michael, Paul and Charles. Community  volunteer. Former: public high school social studies teacher.

Member: scholarship chair, Lincoln East Rotary Club; board of directors, Lincoln Symphony Orchestra; board of directors, CEDARS Youth Services; foundation board, Westminster Presbyterian Church; corresponding secretary, PEO Chapter DN; sustainer, Junior League of Lincoln; education chair, Heritage League of Lincoln; life member, Parent Teacher Association.

Former member: Lincoln Board of Education, 1999-2011 (president; vice-president); Council of Urban Boards of Education Task Force, 2006-11; board of directors, Nebraska Association of School Boards, 2004-05; Lied Center for Performing Arts, 1988-95 (president; vice-president).

Honors and awards: 2011 Mayor Beutler City of Lincoln Award; 2010-11 Award of Appreciation, Lincoln Education Association; 2011 Award of Appreciation, Lincoln East High School; 2007 Mayor’s Arts Award. Democrat.

Glen Flint - District 2

13105 Lake View Drive
Springfield, NE 68059

(402) 253-2809

Appointed to State Board of Education - March 28, 2014
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Glen Flint

Married to Sonya for 35 years; two children: Cory and Toby.

Graduated from Alliance High School in 1974. Four year Regents Scholarship to and graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1978 with Highest Distinction. (Dual Matriculate: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Mathematics). MBA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1989.

Software developer with Northrop Grumman in Bellevue, Nebraska.

Storm spotter with Heartland REACT. Committee chairman for Venturing Crew 26. Merit badge adviser to Boy Scout Troop 26.

John Witzel - District 4

905 Edgewood Boulevard
Papillion, NE 68046

(402) 597-1175

Appointed to State Board of Education - March 28, 2014
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John Witzel

Growing up in the oil fields of California, East and West Texas, John Witzel graduated from Louisiana Tech University and served in the U.S. Air Force as a Navigator and served in various assignments to including as a volunteer in the Iranian Rescue Attempt in 1980. Appointed and served as the Director of the Strategic Air Command Airborne Command Post, Witzel retired as a Lt. Colonel after 22 years of service from Offutt AFB, NE.  Following the service, he served as an accountant at a national bank and was subsequently asked to return to the military as a defense contractor/consultant. Witzel served 14 years as a School Board Member with ESU3 and is a YMCA Board Member.

Education includes degrees from Louisiana Tech U., Ball State U., and Bellevue U.  He also earned a certificate from the Spanish Language Institute, Cuernavaca, Mexico.

Active member with the Nat’l School Board Association, Nebraska Association of School Boards, YMCA, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Bellevue U. Legacy Foundation, Offutt AFB Advisory Council, and the Nebraska Writer’s Guild.

A published author, Witzel wrote a book, “Saving Tres Rios,” about an Air Force Sergeant who retires and becomes a public school teacher.

Patricia Timm - District 5

1020 North 21st Street
Beatrice, NE 68310

(402) 228-4054

Appointed to State Board of Education - 2004
Elected to State Board of Education - 2007

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Patricia Timm

Born April 1, 1947 in Callaway, NE. Graduated from Kearney State College (B.A. Elementary Education), 1969. Married Steven B. Timm, August 10, 1969. Daughter: Shawn. 

Occupations: Former Kindergarten Teacher and K-12 Art Teacher, Education Coordinator for Centenary United Methodist Church, Retired Administrator of Beatrice Family Resource Center, August, 2008. Member and Past Chair Region V Behavioral Health Advisory Committee, Southeast Nebraska Early Childhood Professional Development Planning Team. Past Involvement in Habitat for Humanity Gage County, Beatrice Children's Theatre Board, Community Players Board, Beatrice Chamber of Commerce and Beatrice Rotary (Paul Harris Fellow). 

Current member Centenary United Methodist Church, Order of the Eastern Star, Personal Safety Awareness Committee, Gage County Kids and Car Seats and Policy Review Committee for Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center. Republican.

Vacant - District 6

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Molly O'Holleran - District 7

1001 S. Deerwood Drive
North Platte, NE 69101

(308) 532-8783

Elected to State Board of Education - 2010
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Molly O'Holleran

Born May 20, 1954 in Grand Island. Married to Tim O'Holleran; five children: Colleen, Jack, Meghan, Brigid, and Danny. Graduated with High Distinction from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln 1976 (Dual Matriculate:  Bachelor of Arts in English and teaching degree in English with Reading Endorsement). Taught English for the following schools:  Westside Community Schools in Omaha; Kapaun Mount Carmel in Wichita Kansas; and Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte.

Served as President of Nebraska Medical Association Alliance; President of North Platte Public Schools Board of Education; Vice President of Lincoln County Friends of the Library; and Advocacy Chairman of Lincoln County Relay for Life. Served on the North Platte Public Schools Foundation and the Nebraska Council on Teacher Education. 

Presently serving as Board member and Treasurer on the Nebraska Foundation for the Humanities; member on the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) Government Affairs Committee; and a member on the Membership/Marketing Committee for the American Medical Association Alliance.

Matthew L. Blomstedt, Ph.D. - Commissioner of Education

Nebraska Department of Education
P.O. Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509-4987

(402) 471-5020

Dr. Blomstedt began serving as Nebraska Commissioner of Education on January 2, 2014

Matthew L. Blomstedt

Dr. Blomstedt previously served as the Executive Director of the Nebraska Educational Service Unit Coordinating Council. He previously served as the first full-time Executive Director of the Nebraska Rural Community Schools Association, a research analyst for the Education Committee of the Nebraska Legislature and has worked in a variety of policy research roles over the past 16 years. During this time, Dr. Blomstedt worked closely with policy makers, school district officials, and numerous educational stakeholders across Nebraska. In 2001, he was appointed to the Nebraska School Finance Review Committee as a school finance expert and served in a number of other educational advisory capacities in state government and higher education. He also has experience and interest in state and local tax policy as well as state and local economic development.

Dr. Blomstedt is a native Nebraskan whose career has focused on local, regional and statewide education issues. Blomstedt’s experience includes education finance and organization, assessment and accountability, professional development, and the development of systems to enhance blended and distance learning opportunities across the state. He continues to lead efforts to build and maintain collaborative ventures among educational entities including school districts, educational service units, the Nebraska Department of Education, higher education, and other agencies.

Dr. Blomstedt earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Higher Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as well as a Master’s Degree in Community and Regional Planning and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science also from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.