NSCTA Board Members

I started my teaching career at my alma mater, Crete High, in the fall of 1994. In eight years there, I taught 8th grade Language Arts, was the technical director for theatre, and coached speech. I came to my Lincoln Southeast in 2002 to teach, coach speech, and work in the theatre. In my time at LSE I’ve had numerous district, state, and national finalists, but more importantly, I’ve been able to work with many wonderful students and colleagues. I’ve been a member of the NSCTA my entire career, and look forward to what the future holds for us!

I am in my 12th year of coaching and teaching. I am married Brian Stahr, a mechanical engineer at Cyclonaire Cooperation. We have two sons, Gage (8) and Graham (6). I also have multiple cats! In my spare time, I love to travel. Usually, these trips are to my parent's farm/ranch in Hershey, Nebraska. I also enjoy watching television, reading, working on my house, and going on adventures with my kids. In future news, perusing my Master's Degree in Theatre through Regent University will consume my life for the next two years. My passion is working with students through speech and theatre. I love devoting my life to this profession!

AJ Johnson, President Elect

Hartington Newcastle

AJ Johnson Bio Here

Carolyn Enevoldsen's bio here.

Jeff Nelson's bio here.

Teaching and coaching for 25 years. Proud member of a Silver Hawk family with wife, Toni, and son, Kameron. Founding member of NIETOC.

A Panhandle native, Tyler Thompson has spent his entire teaching career working with students at Gering High School. Now entering his 12th year teaching and coaching, he enjoys the challenge of working with students in ELA, Speech, and Theater.  As a speech coach, he has helped his students to compete at the highest levels and, in the process, earn numerous conference, district, and state titles. An active member of NSCTA--and now the 2020 convention vice president--he appreciates the networking and sharing of expertise, not to mention close friendships, NSCTA affords. He looks forward to hosting you in Gering next fall for what promises to be another exciting, enriching convention experience

Becca Hier's bio here.

Jennifer Jerome is currently coaching at Millard West High School in Omaha, Nebraska. She has been teaching, coaching and a member of the NSCTA since 1989. She was the NSCTA Convention VP in 2004 and 2005. She will repeat that role as  Co-Convention VP with Becca Hier in 2021. She is a member of the NSDA Board of Directors. She has served on the Nebraska District Committee since 2002, serving as chair multiple times. In 2010, she was the local director for the NCFL Grand National Tournament held in Omaha and has served at the Archdiocese of Omaha League Director since 2006. Jennifer was awarded the James Thurber Distinguished Teacher award by the Nebraska Speech Communication and Theater Association in 2010. She also sits on the Board of Directors for Guided by Kids, a non-profit in Omaha, NE that gets students involved with their community by teaching critical thinking skills through speech and debate. She was the NSDA Nebraska State Educator of the Year in 2018. She has been awarded the NSDA Nebraska District Coach of the Year in 2015 and 2018. Along with numerous state champions and state finalists, Jennifer has coached students to out rounds, including finals, at all levels of national competition. Her first national champion was at the 2018 NIETOC in Expository Speaking. In 2019, Jennifer was the coach of the NSDA Student of the Year. Jennifer is a four-diamond coach. 

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President - Tommy Bender

Membership VP - Carolyn Enevoldsen

Recording Secretary - Jeff Nelson

Executive Secretary/Treasure - Matt Heimes

Webmaster - Brian Gibson

September 17-19

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Gering, NE

(308) 436-1950


The Nebraska Speech, Communications, and Theatre Association shall encourage high standards in speech, debate, and theatre instruction throughout Nebraska elementary and secondary schools, colleges, and universities. The Association shall promote mutual helpfulness among its members, work to enlarge their professional stature, and endeavor to advance their teaching, research, and scholarship.