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Renee Fry is the founding executive director of OpenSky Policy Institute.  Before joining OpenSky, Renee was the founding director of government relations for the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), and subsequently the director of public relations for UNMC.  Renee also spent several years working for the Nebraska Legislature in a variety of roles, including Legal Counsel to Speaker Doug Kristensen, Legal Counsel to the Judiciary Committee under Senator Kermit Brashear, and Legislative Aide to Senator Joel Johnson.  Renee received her BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her J.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Tiffany Seibert Joekel is OpenSky’s policy director. Before joining OpenSky, Tiffany worked as an aide in the Nebraska Legislature and as a policy coordinator and researcher in the non-profit sector. Tiffany has a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in International Relations from Creighton University in Omaha.

Chuck Brown is OpenSky’s communications director. Prior to coming to OpenSky, Chuck worked in the University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Public Relations for six years and oversaw internal communications for the med center campus. Before he worked at UNMC, Chuck was a journalist with The Associated Press in Omaha. Chuck is a native of Omaha and a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Toni Roberts is OpenSky’s operations manager. Before joining OpenSky, Toni worked in leadership roles with Huntington Learning Center, Tabitha Health Care Services, Sylvan Learning Center and the Great Plains Girl Scout Council. Toni also was a teacher in the Mead and Yutan Public School systems. Toni holds bachelor’s degrees in education and public health from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Elizabeth Gleason is OpenSky’s fiscal policy analyst. Prior to joining OpenSky, Elizabeth worked as a research analyst at the University of Maryland. Elizabeth is a Nebraska native who has a master’s degree in public policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Lillie Cox is OpenSky’s Weitz Fellow. Lillie is a recent graduate of Carleton College in Northfield, Minn. Prior to her graduation, Lillie served as an education fellow at Carleton’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement and as a tutor in the Northfield Reads and Counts program. She also was an intern for a U.S. Congressman and a U.S. Senate campaign. The Weitz Fellowship Program is supported by the Weitz Family Foundation of Omaha and places recent Carleton College graduates in positions with non-profits in Lincoln and Omaha.