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The Executive Board and Governing Committee members represent a cross-section of the Nebraska NP community.  Each member has a strong commitment and passion for our organization and those we serve. The members work hard to ensure long-term sustainability of the organization and oversee that the funds raised promote the mission and vision of the organization.

President, Tara Whitmire, DNP, APRN-NP, CHFN

Tara Whitmire was recently elected as President Elect and will take over as President in April 2018.  She previously served on the Nominations Committee for Nebraska Nurse Practitioners and is a past Legislative Chair. She is the Vice President of the STTI Tau Tau Chapter at Nebraska Methodist College. She earned her Master’s from Creighton University and her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Iowa. She is board certified by AANP as a family nurse practitioner. She is a certified heart failure nurse by the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses. She is currently the Director of the BSN-DNP programs at Nebraska Methodist College in Omaha and works part-time as a cardiothoracic nurse practitioner at Methodist Hospital in Omaha.

You may contact Tara at or at (402) 681-6187.

Secretary, Julie Brauer, APRN-NP

Julie Brauer is an advanced practice registered nurse at Platte Valley Medical Clinic in Kearney working with the Electrophysiology Specialist for the past 2 ½ years. Prior to moving to the Kearney area she worked 8 years as a family practice provider at a small rural health clinic. She graduated in 1980 from the Nebraska Methodist School of Nursing in Omaha and returned to her home town of Cozad and worked for 12 years as a registered nurse at the Cozad Community Hospital and 16 years in the ICU at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1992 at Clarkson Bishop College of Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing in 2007 at the University Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Community interests over the years include CPR instructor from 1987 – 2007 with Central Community College in Lexington, director for adult and children’s church choir and church organist. On March 20, 2018 she and husband Greg celebrated 31 years of marriage. Their family includes two girls, age 25 and age 21, a son-in-law, granddaughter and grandson. In her spare time she enjoys walks with the family dogs, Taffy and Buddy, reading, family oriented activities and crocheting.

You may contact Julie at


Treasurer: Jodi Yank, APRN-NP

Jodi Yank has been a nurse practitioner for 5 years. She works full-time as a nurse practitioner with MinuteClinic within CVS Pharmacy.  MinuteClinic is a convenient care clinic that sees patients aged 18 months and over.  She provides acute care, wellness, screening and now chronic care services to our clients in a convenient walk-in setting.  Her second part-time practice is with Family Health Services, Inc.  which is a reproductive health care clinic providing services to women and men on a sliding scale fee structure supplemented by Title X funding and other outside funding sources. She also has previous experience working with a surgeon at Bryan Bariatric.  She is also proud to say she  has been a nurse for 23 years!

Jodi  volunteered at Clinic with a Heart in Lincoln Nebraska as a student provider.  While at Bryan Health, she was part of the Advanced Practice Nursing council that was just forming and a part of the Student Nurses Association during her BSN program at UNMC.

You may contact Jodi at


Finance Chair, Kelli Lewandowski, APRN-BC

Bylaws Chair, Joel Ruiz, APRN-NP

Joel has been a Nurse Practitioner for 3 years. He works on the nocturnal team of Inpatient Physician Associates. It is my responsibility to ensure the health of patients throughout the night. He also maintains the social media accounts of Facebook and Twitter for the Nebraska Nurse Practitioners. He has been a volunteer nurse practitioner with Clinic With a Heart in Lincoln, NE. I enjoy this volunteer experience because I am able to put my education and skill set to use to help those without health insurance get a diagnosis and treatment.


Nominations Committee Chair-Elect, Jillian Negri DNP, APRN-NP, ACNP-BC

Jillian has been a nurse practitioner for 9 years. She is currently employed as a Vascular Surgery Nurse Practitioner at Nebraska Medicine. She has been employed with Creighton University as an adjunct faculty in the Acute Care program for the past 8 years. 

She has volunteered as a member of the Nebraska Medicine Ambulatory Council as a part of shared governance. She is a member of the Nebraska Medicine Advanced Practice Provider Council and a member of the organization committee for the Nebraska Medicine Advance Practice Provider Regional Conference that first took place in July of 2018.

Nominations Committee, Hilary Applequist, DNP, APRN-NP, ACHPN
Hilary is an  Assistant Professor in the BSN-DNP program at Nebraska Methodist College and also a nurse practitioner for inpatient palliative care at Methodist Hospital. She has been a nurse practitioner for 5 years. She currently serves as Secretary of the local Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association chapter.