Deputy Commissioners

Deborah A. Frison, Deputy Commissioner
School Improvement and Support

Dr. Frison started with the Nebraska Department of Education in 2015 as Deputy Commissioner of Education for School Improvement and Support. She is a veteran Nebraska educator with 38 years of teaching and administrative experience within the Omaha Public Schools (OPS). 

Dr. Frison formerly served seven years as Principal of Burke High School (OPS).  Prior to Burke she served as Principal of King Science and Technology Magnet, a 5th through 8th grade magnet school, from 2000-2008, and Morton Middle School from 1997-2000.  She received her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln/Omaha in 2000.  She holds a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Brian Halstead, Deputy Commissioner/Chief of Staff

Brian has served as an Assistant Commissioner since June 2008, and has been employed by the Department since August 1990 handling numerous areas related to the development, implementation and application of the law, education policy, and legislative liaison activities at the federal , state, and local levels.  Brian is a native Nebraskan having lived in York, Ogallala, Fremont, and Lincoln.

Brian received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1982, and a Doctorate of Law from the University of Nebraska Law School in 1985.

Steve Milliken, Interim Deputy Commissioner Student and Client Success and Services

Steve started with the Nebraska Department of Education in September of 2015 as the Administrator of Special Education. In July of 2019, he also began serving as Interim Deputy Commissioner working with the Division of Student and Client Success and Services.

Steve formerly served 21 years as the Director of Special Services for Westside Community Schools in Omaha . Prior to Westside, he served 6 years as Director of Student Services with Norfolk Public Schools in Norfolk, Nebraska. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of Nebraska in Kearney, as well as his Education Specialist degree.

Updated December 5, 2019 2:05pm