Brad Lubben, Director               lubben

Phone: 402-472-1742

Brad is an Extension Assistant Professor, Policy Specialist, and Director of the
North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center in the Department of
Agricultural Economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has more than
21 years experience as an Extension agricultural economist, serving in Illinois
and Kansas before returning in 2005 to Nebraska, where he grew up on a grain
and livestock farm near Burr, southeast of Lincoln.

Brad holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in agricultural economics from the University
of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Ph.D. from Kansas State University. He is involved in
teaching, research and extension activities, focusing on agricultural and public
policy issues ranging from federal farm programs and risk management to
conservation programs to food, trade, energy, and environmental policy.

Brad joined the North Central Center in July 2011.


Christine Lockert, Grants Coordinator           christine1

Phone: 402-472-2039

Christine received her BS and MS in Natural Resources from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  She worked as coordinator of the Great Plains Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit in the School of Natural Resources for 10 years before joining the Center in the fall of 2010.  Christine coordinates all aspects of the grant process for the Center, including the application process, invoicing and reporting.  She also coordinates meetings and training sessions for the Center.

Christine and her husband Eric, a high school math teacher and coach, live in Lincoln with their two children.  Life is busy going to the kids’ activities such as sporting events and dance.  In her spare time, Christine enjoys reading, running, music, and spending time with family and friends.

Cheryl Griffith, Public Relations and Communications Specialist  Griffith

Phone: 402-472-0079

Cheryl received her BS from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Advertising and Public Relations and her MS in Leadership Education. A Lincoln native, she spent the better part of 25 years living and working in rural southwest Nebraska, learning about agriculture firsthand. Before returning to Lincoln she was the Information and Education Coordinator for the Middle Republican Natural Resources District in Curtis, NE. Cheryl came to the North Central ERME Center in 2005 and also worked until 2017 as the Nebraska Extension Women in Agriculture Coordinator. She is now primarily responsible for the promotion and publicity of the Center as well as needs assessment and focus groups.

In her spare time Cheryl teaches and competes in dog agility and enjoys Jazzercising, reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. Cheryl and her husband Dave, a retired NRCS Conservationist, live near Bennet, NE, have a grown daughter, Alison and agility shelties.

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