Staff

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.

Jo Giles is OpenSky’s outreach director. Before joining OpenSky, Jo worked for Emspace Group, a communications strategy firm in Omaha. Prior to that, Jo was an award-winning media relations professional and journalist who worked in the public relations department at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and as a television reporter/anchor for Omaha’s KPTM Fox 42 News. Jo is a current UNMC public health student. She also has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and African-American studies from Washington University in St. Louis.

John Stavick is OpenSky’s fiscal analyst. Prior to joining OpenSky, John worked as an economist at the Nebraska Department of Revenue for 7 years. John has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Georgia State University in Atlanta.

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.

Micaela LaRose is OpenSky’s Senior  Fellow and provides support to our research efforts. Micaela is a graduate of Carleton College in Northfield, Minn. While at Carelton, Micaela held internships at a community engagement consulting firm in Minneapolis and at a non-profit community health clinic near Carleton.

Christian Kreznar is OpenSky’s Weitz Fellow and provides support to our research efforts. He recently graduated from Carleton College, where he studied Political Science. Christian has held internships in community development finance and alcohol policy research. 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.