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.

Mark Schultz, Deputy Commissioner
Vocational Rehabilitation

Mark Schultz has 34 years of experience in providing and developing disability-related services. For the last six years, he has been the Director of Nebraska VR focusing on training and employment for individuals with disabilities. He was the Assistive Technology Partnership Director for twenty years prior to his current role.

Mark has worked to benefit Nebraskans with disabilities by fostering partnerships with public and private organizations, securing grants, developing innovative and creative services and programs to advance the mission of the agency.

Mark received his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Updated July 22, 2019 1:26pm