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Brian Svik

Brian has two decades of experience in the training field (half in the private sector and half in the public sector).  He first came to Nebraska state government in 2007.  In March of  2018 he left for an opportunity in the private sector, but returned to state government in March of 2020.   What has driven him throughout his career is a desire to help people succeed and he is appreciative to work with a team which shares that passion.

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Katie Ackerman

Before coming to the State, I was in the world of education. I taught middle school Science and Social Studies. I’ve also been a substitute teacher, which has given me the opportunity to teach almost any subject you can think of: everything from French to Welding to Special Education! While my audience has changed, my love of learning has not. I’m excited that now I get to direct that passion toward helping the citizens of Nebraska. In my free time, I love reading, crafting, being outdoors, playing guitar and ukulele, and spending time with my adorable 7 year-old daughter.

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Renae Prieto

Renae has built a career around inspiring teammates at all levels to grow their skills and careers. Before joining the State of Nebraska in 2013, she served as a high school English teacher in Omaha Public Schools and then a corporate trainer for Whole Foods Market. In her current role, Renae’s main focus is curriculum and program design & instructor-led and leadership training.

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Tracy Poppe

I have over 20 years working in the human services field. Working with adolescents and children and families involved in the child welfare system, as well as the supervising the foster care unit and a team of child abuse/neglect investigators, has provided me with priceless learning opportunities and growth. In 2008, I became a trainer and trained several areas within The DHHS. My greatest success is the relationships I’ve built and helping many grow their skills. My husband Daryl is a 7th grade World History teacher and we have one, athletic, kind hearted daughter, Lexi.

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