Staff

Sriyani Tidball, editor and publisher, balances the production of Lincoln Today with various other projects for Tidball Productions. The UNL graduate holds a degree in architecture and a master’s degree in journalism. After 10 years on the UNL faculty teaching advertising, PR and human rights, this energetic mother of four and grandmother of five splits her time between the U.S. and her native Sri Lanka, where she and her family have devoted themselves to projects that assist the poor and combat human trafficking worldwide. She is a published researcher on social justice and human rights issues, while enjoying her work with the Lincoln Today magazine.

Art director and assistant editor Rayna Collins has been a part of the Lincoln Today team since its first issue 27 years ago. After eight years in corporate graphic design in New York City, she runs her own diverse graphic design business in Lincoln, serving both local and international clients. She devotes herself to her children, cats, dogs and the pursuit of happiness and art. You can see her work at raynacollinsdesign.com, at etsy.com/shop/lonelycards and at Indigo Bridge Bookstore.

Tom Tidball, Lincoln Today’s chief photographer, has shot wonderful photographs for numerous international, national and local publications, including five coffee table books of his own photo studies. The Lincoln native also published his tribute to Nebraska football fans with his book, A Day in the Life: the Fans of Memorial Stadium. Tom’s Pow Wow Plainsphotography exhibition was the main exhibit at the Great Plains Gallery from August to December 2002 and has toured the state for many years including the College of Journalism’s Jatch Club in 2013. He displayed over 160 art prints and Native narrative in the exhibit, which brought rave reviews and shared Nebraska’s Native heritage with thousands. His most recent coffee table book, People Sri Lanka, published in 2009, showcases his compelling images of a cross-cultural nation. Tom also applies his exciting photographic perspective to video production, teaching and online work with his regular blog at tomtidball.blogspot.com and his social media sites.

Michelle O’Dea, copy editor of Lincoln Today, works as an email marketing specialist for Nelnet by day and directs a nonprofit that provides therapy and service dogs for persons with disabilities in her spare time. She has been involved with Lincoln Today for over 18 years, working in editorial and management functions.

A graduate of UNL’s College of Law, Neva Winkle is a Tenant Support Specialist at Community Action of Lancaster and Saunders Counties.

When not tending to his duties as a professional writer and editor, Matthew Anderson often can be found on the soccer field, footgolf course, or at Captain Jack’s, cheering for the U.S. national soccer teams.

Jim Ballard, wine maker, co-owner of a local winery, author and radio personality, is also interested in politics. A regular contributor to Lincoln Today, Jim spends his time running James Arthur Vineyards and the From Nebraska Gift shop with his wife Barb. Jim and Barb live just outside Lincoln, love to travel, and enjoy their three grown children.

Charlyne Berens is professor emeritus of the UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communications where she taught courses in writing, reporting and editing as well as honors courses on the First Amendment. She has published two books about the Nebraska Unicameral and the political biography of Chuck Hagel, former U.S. Senator and U.S. Secretary of Defense.

Matthew Boring is the Associate Director of Marketing and Patron Development at The Lied Center for Performing Arts.

Donna Joy Brakenhoff has lived in Nebraska most of her life. Donna is employed at the Department of Health and Human Services. Her passion is writing and reading.

Clover Frederick is a fundraising and marketing consultant specializing in nonprofits in the Lincoln, Nebraska area.

Mary Friesen is a long time Lincoln resident and the owner and publisher of Family Values Magazine. She devotes the rest of her time to her three amazing children and handsome husband.

Diane Gonzolas has lived in Lincoln since 1987 and manages City Communications, a division of the Mayor’s Office. She previously worked at KOLN-KGIN-TV and the Governor’s Office. She is on the boards of the Lincoln Arts Council and Angels Theatre Company.

Jamie Granquist is BikeLNK’s city manager.

Riley Herman studied advertising and public relations at the College of Journalism at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. She works at Nebraska Sports Council in their creative and design efforts.

Julie Hagemeier has been General Manager of the University Theatre and the Nebraska Repertory Theatre at UNL since 1995. She is a board member of The Angels Theatre Company and is on the planning committee for the Lincoln Arts Council’s annual Lincoln Arts Festival.

Heather Loughman is the Communications and Development Director of the Community Action Partnership of Lancaster and Saunders Counties.

After selling ice cream and managing an independent bookstore, Lincoln native Aja Martini s now a first year law student at UNL’s College of Law and the president of NOVA, Business and Professional Women’s Club.

Julie Nichols is a freelance writer and social activist who lives in Lincoln with her very musical son.

When not working as an IT Project Manager, Cynthia Peterson is a freelance writer, passionate advocate and board member for Fresh Start, jazz-lover, great friend, reader, genealogist and a whole lot more.

Erin Poor,a Lincoln native, works at the Lied Center for Performing Arts as the Director of Education and Community Engagement. She formerly worked as the Assistant Curator of Education at the Sheldon Museum of Art in Lincoln.

Brian Rosenthal is a writer and creative contest specialist for Huskers.com in the Nebraska Athletics Department. A native Nebraskan, Brian has covered Nebraska football since 2001, when he wrote for the Lincoln Journal Star. He began his current role at UNL in 2016.

Judy Shutts is a freelance writer and personal historian whose passion is helping others save life’s stories via audio recordings. She enjoys all Lincoln has to offer: Husker football, volleyball, theater, music and volunteering.

Jesse Starita works at UNL’s Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute as the Education/Outreach Coordinator. Prior to this appointment he was the program director at KZUM. Jesse graduated from the College of Journalism at UNL and loves writing. One of the highlights of his life was the semester he spent in Brazil working as a Fulbright Scholar.

Meghan Stratman is the graphic designer and communications specialist at the Ross Media Arts Center. A Lincoln resident and graduate of the University of Nebraska, Meghan has a BFA in studio art, with an emphasis in graphic design, and a minor in film studies.

Rama Tidball was born in Nebraska, grew up in Sri Lanka and now lives in Indonesia. A former public health consultant, and a lecturer for an international business management program in one of Indonesia’s top private universities, is taking some time off to travel and do some creative writing.

Tyler A. Thomas works for UNL as their social media guru. He considers himself an online enthusiast with a passion for digital communication, content strategy and relationship building. Experienced in creating and managing brand experiences of all sizes via web and social media, Tyler loves to visit Lincoln’s restaurants and blog about it. Tyler and his wife Mandy co-founded nebraskafoodie.com.

Michele Tilley lives in Lincoln and works as the Communications Manager at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.

Frank E. Uhlarik, loves Lincoln and is very committed to recycling and keeping the city green. He works in the Mayor of Lincoln’s office as the city’s Sustainability and Compliance Administrator.