Staff & Leadership


Jeff Kelley

Executive Director

Jeff Kelley has served as a Grant Administrator and Housing Specialist for PADD since February 1998 and Executive Director of PADD and Resource Conservation and Development since November 2015.

Jeff received a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Kearney State College.

Jeff is certified as a CDBG administrator. Mr. Kelley performs a majority of PADD’s grant writing and administration services.

Bryan Venable

Business Resources/Social Enterprise Manager

Bryan Venable serves as the Business Resources and Social Enterprise Fund Manager. 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. Most recently Bryan has worked with the PALS program serving disadvantaged youth in the panhandle.

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

Megan Koppenhafer

Community Planner

(308) 633-6829

Megan Koppenhafer received a bachelor’s degree in Community and Regional Planning and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Iowa State University. Prior to joining the PADD team, she served as an AmeriCorps service member in Ames, IA teaching kids about soil and water conservation. She is a former farm kid who is excited to be serving rural Nebraska in her new role! 

Joyce Mick

Administrative Assistant

Joyce serves as the administrative assistant and book keeper for PADD and Panhandle Resource Conservation and Development. Joyce has years of accounting and administrative experience through her time as the Bayard City Clerk and her service to numerous agencies and irrigation districts throughout the Panhandle.

Upcoming Meetings

PADD board meetings take place at Cirrus Conference Center (1506 1st Ave) in Scottsbluff the second Thursday of the month at noon. Lunch is served and the meetings are open to the public.

Board Officers

Janine Schmidt

President, Village Clerk at Village of Morrill

Deb Cottier

Vice President, Executive Director Northwest Nebraska Development Corporation

Pat Comfort

Treasurer, Nebraska Department of Labor