Staff & Leadership


Bryan Venable

Executive Director

Previously serving as the Business Resources and Social Enterprise Fund Manager since 2016, Bryan Venable now serves as the Executive Director of PADD after a promotion in September 2020. Bryan holds a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Upon completion of his education Bryan spent many years working in the Building Materials industry including five years as manager of Century Lumber in Scottsbluff. Bryan also worked with the PALS program serving disadvantaged youth in the Panhandle.

In his free time Bryan enjoys spending time with his family, including his wife, Crystal, and five children. Bryan’s hobbies include photography, cooking, and traveling.

David Welanko

Grant Writing Specialist

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David Welanko is settling into the Panhandle Area after living his previous 15 years in Alaska.  David has a Communications Degree from Adams State University, 10 years’ experience in the Oil & Gas industry, previously a Social Worker for DHHS, teaching experience and spent 2 years in Guyana as a Peace Corps Volunteer.  

David enjoys family time, coaching youth sports, cooking and travelling. David is excited to look, listen, and learn to lead projects that help better Panhandle.

Amy Sapp

Community Planner

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(308) 633-3741

Previously serving as the Economic and Community Development Director for the City of Kimball in 2016 – 2020 and as the Marketing Specialist for Twin Cities Development, Amy now serves as the Community Planner of PADD. Amy spent 14 years working in the Printing and Publishing industry before becoming the Business Manager for an Oil and Gas company in Colorado. Amy served on the PADD Board from 2016-2019.

In her free time Amy enjoys spending time with her children and grandson. Amy’s hobbies include riding her motorcycle, cooking, traveling, and concerts.

Upcoming Meetings

PADD board meetings take place in person the second Thursday of the month at noon. The meetings are open to the public and are located at Cirrus House in Scottsbluff.

Thursday, October 13, 2022 at 12:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 12:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 8, 2022 at 12:00 p.m.

Board Officers

Jeni Mattern

President, City Clerk at City of Terrytown

Pat Comfort

Treasurer, Nebraska Department of Labor