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.

Jeff Kelley

Project Manager

Jeff Kelley recently stepped into his new role as PADD’s project manager after serving as Executive Director of PADD and Panhandle R C & D since 2015. Prior to that he served as a Grant Administrator and Housing Specialist. Jeff will remain with PADD in a part time capacity at least through the end of 2020 and possibly into 2021 to assist with pending grant projects. 

In his newly found free time, Jeff will enjoy traveling, visiting grandchildren in Colorado, cheering on the Huskers, Rockies and Broncos, and spending time on local golf courses.

Julia Hertaus

Community Planner

Contact JULIA

(308) 633-6829

Julia Hertaus joined the PADD team shortly after completing her bachelor’s degree in Community and Regional Planning and Leadership Studies certificate from Iowa State University in May 2020. During her collegiate career she served on the APA Iowa Board, fulfilled various executive roles for academic clubs, and worked as an outreach intern for her program. Julia hopes this experience as well as her love of small communities will make her a great asset to PADD and the Panhandle.

While Julia will miss Minnesota, she is excited to spend time traveling the area and making Nebraska her new home.

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 via teleconference the second Thursday of the month at noon. The meetings are open to the public.

Board Officers

Janine Schmidt

President, Village Clerk at Village of Morrill & Village of Henry

Jeni Mattern

Vice President, City Clerk at City of Terrytown

Pat Comfort

Treasurer, Nebraska Department of Labor