Our Consultants

Dan Bird spent 35 years in education as a teacher, coach and school administrator, including 21 years as Superintendent at Burwell Public Schools,  a long-time NRCSA member.  Dan has devoted his career to making a difference in his student’s lives.

Dr. Curtis Cogswell spent 36 years in education as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal and superintendent.  The last 19 years he served as superintendent of McCool Junction Public Schools.  Curt had the honor of serving as NRCSA President and serve on the NRCSA Legislative Committee.  He is currently an Assistant Professor at Wayne State College working in the Education Leadership Department.   

Dr. Jon Habben is in his 48th year of service to Nebraska public schools.  His experience includes teaching, coaching, activities director, principal, superintendent, Executive Director of NRCSA, and current President of the NREA.  He was selected for two statewide teaching honors, inducted into the state wrestling coaches association (NSWCA) Hall of Fame, honored by the state coaches association (NCA) for ongoing contributions to Nebraska wrestling, and honored as Outstanding Superintendent by NRCSA.

Rob Hanger began his career in Sutton where for 19 years he taught social studies and coached. Rob then served as the Principal and Superintendent of schools in Chambers for five years and has served the past 10 years as Superintendent of Schools in Palmyra-Bennet. As a long time NRCSA member Rob has championed the cause of rural schools with a focus on student achievement.

Jim Havelka spent 27 years as a Superintendent in NRCSA schools, including Rising City, Howells, Dodge, and North Bend. He’s a past president of NRCSA and its 2009 Superintendent of the Year.

Fred Helmink spent 36 years as a teacher, coach, and administrator in a number of Nebraska schools including Norris, Geneva, Polk, Gothenburg, Beatrice, and his final 13 as the Fairbury superintendent.  He is a past president of the NRCSA organization and was also served as chair of the NRCSA legislative committee.

Cynthia Huff spent 30 years as a teacher, coach, Principal and Superintendent in Nebraska rural schools, including Trenton, Culbertson, Stratton, and Wood River.  She is a past Executive Board member of NRCSA and received the 2013 University of Nebraska at Kearney Leaders in Education and Service Award.

Mark Norvell Mark Norvell’s 42-year education career took him to Walthill, Maywood, and Blue Hill as a teacher and coach, and ultimately  19 years as a Superintendent, first at Twin Valley/Southwest and subsequently at  Fillmore Central.  His service to Nebraska’s schools  also included 11 years on the Nebraska Schools Activities Association's  Board of Directors, and a term as President of NRCSA.

Robin Stevens spent 40 years in education as a teacher, coach, and administrator, including 13 years as Superintendent of Schuyler Community Schools, a long-time NRCSA member.  His experiences not only focus on rural schools, but also on cultural diversity.

Caroline Winchester Dr. Caroline Winchester served 24 years as a Superintendent, retiring as the leader of Chadron Public Schools.  Among her career highlights are being named Nebraska Superintendent of Year by NASA and receiving the 2019 Nebraska Excellence in Education Award from Cognia.  She has been a member of the Commissioner of Education’s Advisory Council, the Network Nebraska Advisory Board, and the NRCSA Executive Committee.