Our Staff

Emily Freudenburg, Rural Rehabilitation Specialist
efreudenburg@ne.easterseals.com
800-471-6425 x  111 (office) / 402-718-1914 (cell)

Emily is from Rural North Eastern Nebraska.  She grew up in an agricultural setting helping her family farm and operate a cattle herd.  Emily attended the College of Saint Mary and earned her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy.   The knowledge Emily has of rehabilitation and agriculture help when completing the farm and ranch assessments. 

Rod Peterson, Rural Rehabilitation Specialist
rpeterson@ne.easterseals.com
800-471-6425 x 109 (office) / 402-984-3819 (cell)

Rod Peterson is a native of Harlan County Nebraska.  Rod graduated from UNL and was a teacher and coach before spending 26 years farming and ranching on the family farm.  Rod moved to rural Hall County in 2002 with his wife Susan and has been with the Nebraska AgrAbility Project since that time.  Rod enjoys spending time with his grandkids and traveling Nebraska doing farm and ranch assessments for AgrAbility. 

Angie Howell, Vice President of Easter Seals Nebraska
ahowell@ne.easterseals.com
800-471-6425 x 101 (office) / 402-960-6945 (cell)

Angie Howell is a native of rural southeast Nebraska.  Her family works in the agriculture and irrigation industries, farms and raises cattle.  She graduated from Bellevue University with Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Sociology, with specialization in Business Administration and Women’s Studies.  She puts her planning and financial skills to work managing the AgrAbility and Easter Seals operations and seeks opportunities for program growth to serve more farmers and ranchers and disabilities.  

Shelbi Barnes, Rural Rehabilitation Specialist
sbarnes@ne.easterseals.com
800-471-6425 x  114 (office) / 402 490-6630 (cell)

Nancy Frecks, Extension Educator
nfrecks1@unl.edu
308-334-5666

Susan Harris-Broomfield, Extension Educator
susan.harris@unl.edu
308-832-0645