Staff

Staff

Dwain Curtis

Conservation Technician
308-883-1302

Dwain retired from the USGS in 2014 and began working for the URNRD in June, 2016, on a part-time basis.  Dwain has helped with chemigation checks, reading flow meters, measuring groundwater levels and has experience with continuous recorders, water quality sampling, webpage maintenance, database management, remote sensing and streamgaging.

Jasper Fanning

General Manager
(308) 882-5173

Fanning has been general manager of the URNRD since 2004. He holds a bachelor of science in animal science and agricultural economics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; a master of science degree in agricultural economics from Oklahoma State University; and a PhD from Kansas State University.

Originally from Benkelman, Fanning understands the value of natural resources in the URNRD and the relationship between regulations and the economy of the region. Fanning led development of the NCORPE and Rock Creek augmentation projects in Lincoln and Dundy Counties, respectively, that have allowed the State of Nebraska to maintain compliance with the three-state Republican River Compact without ceasing irrigation on thousands of cropland acres in the Republican Basin. 

Nate Jenkins

Assistant Manager
308-882-5173

Jenkins has been with the URNRD since 2010 and holds a bachelors degree from Kansas State University. He helps develop and implement District projects, manage external District communication efforts, and oversee grant requests and programs. He lives in Imperial.

Bruce Curtis

Assistant Manager
308-882-5173

Dr. Curtis has been with the URNRD since August 2016 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Illinois and a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  He has extensive experience throughout the United States in hydrogeology, hydrology, hydraulics (river, pipelines, and other hydraulic structures), sediment transport and geomorphology, water rights, water quality, and environmental restoration.  He assists in the management of the quantity and quality of the District’s ground water resources.  

Deb Hayes

Office Manager/Administrative Assistant
308-882-5173

Hayes has been with the District since 1994. She is responsible for the keeping of financial, personnel, policy and meeting records for the NRD. She lives in Imperial.

Mike Nesbitt

Conservation Programs Coordinator
308-882-5173

Nesbitt has worked for the District since 1980. He oversees the District's tree and water-quality programs, and is responsible for irrigation and chemigation related work in Perkins County. He lives in Imperial.

Julia Franck

Water Program Specialist
308-882-5173

Franck began working at the URNRD in July of 2016 after graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering with an emphasis in soil and water resources.  She is a Water Program Specialist and her duties include working with variance and transfer requests. 

Becca Monteith

Water Quality Specialist
308-882-5173

Monteith joined the URNRD in July, 2016. She is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science. She is responsible for analyzing and evaluating any known contaminants in the groundwater and for implementing the Water Quality Program. Monteith lives in Holyoke.

Danielle Franck

Information and Education Specialist
308-882-5173

Franck began as an intern for the URNRD in August of 2016 and now she works full time as the I&E Specialist. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in December 2016, with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communication. She lives in Imperial. 

Todd Burrell

Conservation Technician
308-882-5173

Burrell has been with the District since 2003. He is responsible for irrigation and chemigation related work in Chase County. He lives in rural Dundy County.

John Lemon

Conservation Technician
308-882-5173

Lemon has been with the District since 2001. He is responsible for irrigation and chemigation related work in Dundy County. He also oversees the buffer strip program, equipment maintenance and equipment rental for the District. He lives in rural Dundy County.

Cooper Bollman

Conservation Technician
(308) 883-0415

Cooper started working at the URNRD in July, 2016. He has a bachelor’s degree in Biology Comprehensive from the University of Kearney. He is responsible for irrigation and chemigation related work in Chase County. He lives in Grant.

Wilma Zimbelman

Receptionist
308-882-5173

Zimbelman has been with the District since 1979. She provides secretarial support in the main District office. She lives in Benkelman.

Rebecca Spady

Imperial Field Office Secretary
308-882-4263

Spady has been with the District since 1994. She provides secretarial support for District & United States Department of Agriculture NRCS programs in the Imperial NRCS office. Her duties include coordinating URNRD and NRCS communications. She lives in rural Chase County.

Patricia Clough

Grant Field Office Secretary
308-352-4724

Clough has been with the District since 2001. She provides secretarial support for URNRD & United States Department of Agriculture NRCS programs in the Grant NRCS office. Her duties include coordinating URNRD and NRCS program communications. She lives in rural Perkins County.