Staff

Janet Sanders, Affiliate Director
Email:  info@keeploupbasinbeautiful.org

Janet has an extensive background in agriculture.  Growing up on a Hereford Ranch and Irrigated farm half way between Burwell and Ericson, Nebraska.  She lives on a farm/ranch northeast of Burwell raising Boer goats and Angus cross cattle.

Kathy Mann, Project Coordinator
Email:  kathy@keeploupbasinbeautiful.org

Kathy was born and raised in the Calamus Valley on the edge of the beautiful sandhills near Burwell, Nebraska.  She has lived all her life in the sandhills except for 13 years when she and her husband lived in Orchard, Nebraska, where they both taught school.  They moved back to Burwell in 1980 where her husband operates a farm/ranch and Kathy taught school at Burwell Jr.-Sr. High School for 32 years.  They have three married children and who all live nearby.  Kathy is the proud grandma of eight grandchildren and stays busy following them in all of their events.  Kathy is greatly involved in church and Bible studies.  She loves to landscape, plant flowers, garden, crochet, quilt, patch, accompany her husband to check cattle, and “kid/baby” sit.  Kathy’s newest focus is becoming involved in reducing, reusing, and recycling and doing her part to Keep Loup Basin Beautiful.

Amy Hughes, Project Coordinator
Email: amy@keeploupbasinbeautiful.org

Hi my name is Amy Hughes. I am a 2004 graduate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with my Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife.  Following graduation I worked for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for six months where I assisted in wildlife education in Lincoln and surrounding communities, authored a Eastern Spotted Skunk article for a kids magazine, and educated hunters during deer season at check in locations.  In 2005, I was hired by the University of Nebraska Extension in Garfield, Loup and Wheeler Counties as the Office Manager. As Office Manager I was involved in the planning and implementation and teaching of youth clinics, workshops, and activities.  I also assisted and educated the public on wildlife and insect issues.  In 2011, I graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with my Master of Science in Entomology.  Since 2011 I have worked with local youth and community members on holding an annual butterfly count in July which is reported at the national level to the North American Butterfly Association.  I have also presented at the local Prairie Chicken Festival, and women’s groups on the butterfly count and the amazing effect they have as pollinators and at Environmental Festivals for youth on insect identification and the importance they have on the environment.  I have also been involved with the Loup River Scenic By-way Pollination = Preservation Project teaching local community members along with communities along and surrounding the by-way about successful butterfly gardening.  To-date I have certified 18 butterfly gardens from Bartlett, NE to Comstock, NE to Dannebrog, NE and Loup City, NE and communities in between.  I have also taught classes promoting butterfly gardening, how to plan gardens, and butterfly identification and had 15 people in attendance.  In 2015, my husband Ben and I became a first time parents to a beautiful baby girl named Breon.  Life since that moment has been a blur filled full of many amazing events!!

KayLee Rasmussen, Project Coordinator

I graduated for Burwell Jr.-Sr. High School and started working as a project coordinator the day after I graduated. I plan to attend Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis, Nebraska majoring in Animal Management and Agribusiness. I plan to work with the RC&D Keep Loup Basin Beautiful as a project coordinator.

Shealynn Rasmussen, Youth Spokesperson

Hi my name is Shealynn Rasmussen and I’m going to tell you a little about myself! I volunteer at the Loup Basin RC&D Council and Keep Loup Basin Beautiful! Well, it all started two years ago.  My Mom introduced me to Janet Sanders (who is part of the RC&D and KLBB).  I started to go with Janet and help with cans, cardboard and more! I like to do things like spend time with family, work with goats and round up cows etc.  Other than at RC&D and KLBB I am involved in 4-H.  In 4-H I do goats, horses, cattle, and inside categories! On Wednesday’s I go to Methodist Kids Club and Awana.