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July 22, 2015 

Tessa Terry

Gov. Ricketts Names Appointments to Nebraska Library Commission

Gov. Pete Ricketts recently appointed Susan Warneke, of Norfolk, and Debby Whitehill Bloom, of Omaha, to three-year terms on the Nebraska Library Commission. Gov. Ricketts also reappointed Mary A. (Molly) Fisher, of Lincoln, to a second three-year term on the Nebraska Library Commission.

Susan Warneke is the Music Director at Christ Lutheran Church in Norfolk. She received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Concordia College in St. Paul, MN. Susan taught in Lutheran schools in Michigan and Norfolk, NE for twenty-five years. She has been involved with libraries for many years, working as a page while in high school and serving as the student coordinator in the library children’s department in college. She formerly served on the Norfolk Public Library Board of Trustees and is currently a member of the Norfolk Library Foundation Board. Warneke recently chaired the successful Vote Yes for the Library ballot issue for expansion of the Norfolk Public Library.

Debby Whitehill Bloom is an entrepreneur with an MBA in finance and management from the University of Nebraska Omaha. She is the owner of Whitehill Bloom Consulting, LLC, which provides recruiting services for national insurance institutions. Debby holds a Nebraska Life and Health insurance license. She worked in marketing and accounting for Enron/Northern Natural Gas for eighteen years. She volunteers with King of Kings Church, Republican Party of Nebraska, Alpha Xi Delta, and Omaha Liberty Ladies. Debby Whitehill Bloom is the author of two books: Wisdom, Whimsy and Drivel, an inspirational poetry book and Fall Textures, a children’s picture book. She is also working on other children’s books.

Molly Fisher served as deputy director of the Nebraska Humanities Council until her retirement in 2000. She is a founding member of the Nebraska Center for the Book and is currently an ex-officio board member. She also serves on the board of the Nebraska Literary Heritage Association. She received the Mildred Bennett award, Lincoln Arts Council award for literary contributions, and a Nebraska Arts Council Award. Molly and her husband volunteered with state parks across the country, with a special interest in volunteering at lighthouses.

As the state library agency, the Nebraska Library Commission is an advocate for the library and information needs of all Nebraskans. The mission of the Library Commission is statewide promotion, development, and coordination of library and information services, “bringing together people and information.”                                                                                            


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