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York Public Schools | October 20, 2021

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Members


Mr. Brien Alley,
Board Member
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Brien was born and raised in York graduating from York High School in 2000. After high school he attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and York College, graduating in 2005 from York College with a bachelor’s in business administration with minors in both finance and communications. After college, he worked as an Admissions Counselor at York College and moved on to work at Epworth Village working with the youth and also as the Director of Development. In 2008 he returned to York College to serve as the Director of Financial Aid, a position he still holds.

In the community, Brien coaches York Knights Baseball and York Parks and Rec T-ball. He is a member of the York Sertoma Club, Eagles Club, York Young Professionals, and an active member of the East Hill Church of Christ.

Brien has two children, Dawson and Lauren who are students at York Public Schools.


Ms. Alison Graham
, Board Vice-President
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Alison Graham was born and raised in York, graduating from York High School in 1989. Alison and her fiance Tony North have 7 children: Kami and her husband Shawn, Kendall, Kaleb, Harrison, Kaden, and Maya, and 2 granddaughters, Londyn Mae, and Sienna Lynn.

Alison is very active in her community. She is Vice President of York Public Schools Board of Education; Secretary of Blue River Area Board of REALTORS; she serves as a York Chamber Ambassador for York; she is a 2016 Leadership York graduate, and also serves on the Leadership York board. She is involved on the LOSS Team and a volunteer for CASA of York County. She is a past member of the Rotary of York and past member of the Chamber Board; Alison is a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in York.

Alison enjoys spending time with her family and granddaughters and rooting on the Husker Football and Volleyball teams!


Mr. Matt Holthe
, Board Member
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Matt was born in Columbus and moved to York after his 4th-grade year.  He graduated from York High School in 2000 and from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.  He then worked in various network engineering roles within Sprint Nextel in Overland Park, Kansas.  In January of 2011, he and his family moved to York where he began work as a telecommunications engineer at the Nebraska Public Power District.  Matt went on to receive his Masters of Engineering in Engineering Management in August of 2014.

Matt and his wife, Sarah, have been married since 2005.  They are the parents of three children: Luke, Rachel, and Megan.

Matt serves on the Church Council at First Evangelical Lutheran Church and is a member of the United Way of York Board of Directors.  Professionally, he is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Nebraska and serves as Treasurer of the Mid-Central Region of the Utilities Telecommunications Council.  In his free time, he enjoys golfing, reading, and spending time with his family and friends.


Mrs. Amie L Kopcho, Board Member
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Amie was born in Anchorage, Alaska, and attended school in York, Anchorage, and Los Angeles, finally settling in York again in March of 1992. After graduating from York High School in 1993, she continued her education at Lincoln School of Commerce in order to pursue a career as a paralegal. On her return to York, Amie worked at Angle, Murphy, & Campbell, Attorneys at Law.

At the present time, Amie is a registered abstractor and title insurance agent and is an owner and manager of Community Title Company.

In 1996, Amie married Thomas Kopcho. They have two children, Allison, and Jacob, who are students at York High School.

Amie has been a Chamber of Commerce Ambassador since 2009 and is an Executive Board Member of the York County Development Corporation.  She is a member of York Rotary and the York Public Schools Foundation Board and has been involved with a wide variety of community organizations and committees. Amie and her family are members of Emmanuel Lutheran Church.


Mr. Pepper L Papineau, 
Board Member
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Pepper was born in Elm Creek, NE, and lived on a farm until his family moved to Grand Island where he attended school until graduating from Grand Island Senior High in 1999. After high school Pepper moved to Lincoln where he attended UNL to study music and ultimately getting degrees from SCC (AAS – Business Management) and Doane College (BA – Business/Marketing Emphasis). While in Lincoln his work career spanned managing a bike shop to broadcast radio both behind the mic and production.

Pepper married his wife Liz in 2010 and they moved to York in 2011 when Liz had the opportunity to purchase York Family Dentistry.

In 2012, Pepper joined Cornerstone Bank and has primarily been involved with the Trust Department for his entire career at the bank. He has since obtained his Certified Trust & Financial Advisor (CTFA) designation.

Pepper is currently a member of York Young Professionals (past-chair), York Chamber Executive Committee, York Chamber Ambassador, and Sertoma. He has also been able to stay involved with YPS in various activities over the past years.


Mr
s. Barb Skaden, Board President
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Barb is a native of York and a graduate of York High School. She attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. She also attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and received an endorsement in Gifted Education. She taught Family and Consumer Science and Social Studies at Hampton Public School for 35 years and has remained an employee there as a School Improvement consultant.

She and her husband, Ron, have three children and four grandchildren. They have owned and operated Ronco Plumbing and Heating since 1982.

Barb is a member of St. Joseph Church where she has served two terms on the St. Joseph School board, served two terms on the AdvancED State Council for accreditation, served on numerous visitation committees for school accreditation, taught Sunday school, and hosted high school youth group for many years in her home. She is a member of the York Planning Commission and is in her second term on the York Board of Education.