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Troy Kash-Brown

Lincoln, Nebraska 

Troy wrote to reflect on Doane since he is nearing his retirement:

"After 32 years in the career of a firefighter, I have 14 months left to retirement. Sue Kash, who was the first Foreign Student adviser at Doane's "new" ESL institute, and I have been married 33 years with 2 daughters. After graduating from Doane in 1984, I was enticed to travel to New England where Susan was studying for her masters. We moved to Burlington, Vermont where Susan worked as a Forgien Student Adviser. I worked in several jobs: cheese maker, lifeguard, and Maine summer camp trip director. In the end, I became a firefighter in the Burlington Vermont Fire Department. Ironically, the mayor was Bernie Sanders. We moved back to the Lincoln area to farm with my grandparents and be close to family as our children were born. Two months after ending my firefighter job in Burlington; I started working for the Lincoln Fire Department, farming with my grandparents and building a new home on our farm right on the highway that 10 years prior, I had driven to Doane on from Fremont. Eventually, I became a Certified Organic farmer, full-time firefighter and father. Susan coordinates the ESL program at Southeast Community College and is a great mom. 

It has been a wild ride since I started attending Doane College in 1979 during the Phil Heckman era, who once told us that Doane was like a protective uncle letting you experience new things in life but only to a point. My experience during that time at Doane allowed me to learn many things academically, extra curricularly, and about myself. The world has changed a great deal since Reggie Gomendo and I, who was from Rhodesia and then Zimbabwe, moved into Frees Hall. My hope is Doane, now Univserity will continue to improve the world for us all."

Diane L. Rink

Diane L. Rink '92

Bennet, Nebraska

September 29, 2018



Alan D. Emshoff

Exeter, Nebraska 

Alan was elected as chairman-elect of the Nebraska Bankers Association during the association's Annual Convention in May 2018. 

Ginger Grimm Schieffer

Fordyce, Nebraska

Ginger recieved her Master's in Curriculum & Instruction from Mount Marty College in May of 2017. In September, she was honored as one of the Educators of the Year by the Archdiocese of Omaha.  

Geri Martin Simpson

Omaha, Nebraska

Geri currently serves as Director PLM of ConAgra Brands in Omaha. 

Jong Ho Park

Seoul, South Korea

Jong is a contract manager for Ericsson. 

Stacey Jacob-Benning

Omaha, Nebraska

Stacey married Marcus Benning in Lincoln, Nebraska on February 3, 2018. They reside in Omaha, Nebraska. 

Matt Franzen

Crete, Nebraska

Matt was selected to serve as the university's next Director of Athletics. Matt has served as the Head Football Coach at Doane since 2006. 


Donald L. Coleman Sr.

Donald L. Coleman, Sr. ’95L

Lincoln, Nebraska

April 12, 2018



Chris Bessler

Crete, Nebraska 

Chris was selected to be the Head Football Coach at Doane, taking over the position from Matt Franzen '94 who was recently named Doane Athletic Director. Bessler was previously the Defensive Coordinator under Coach Franzen for the past eleven years.