Rex Nelson, Extension Educator, Unit Leader
Rex Nelson is an Extension Educator and Unit Leader for Nebraska Extension in Nebraska City. As part of the Community Vitality Initiative team at UNL his work seeks to build stronger rural communities in two primary areas: Working in business development in regional food systems and agri-tourism, he supports growth of the local food industry. His work also includes community strategic planning and development, with a goal of creating and supporting strong rural communities through effective planning and leadership, entrepreneurship, recruiting new residents and engaging youth and young adults.
Nelson grew up on a diversified crop and livestock farm near Curtis Nebraska, and operated the farm upon receiving his B.S. in Agronomy from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. He has served as adjunct faculty of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis Nebraska. He served as Executive Director of McCook Economic Development, in the rural community of McCook Nebraska, practicing business and community development and entrepreneurship support.
He holds the Master of Agri-Business designation from Kansas State University. His thesis research entitled “Causes of Retail Trade in Nebraska”, a collaborative project with Dr. Bruce Johnson of UNL and Dr. David Darling at KSU, was subsequently published by Great Plains Research.
Dr. Deb Weitzenkamp, Ph.D., Extension Educator
"I create experiential learning opportunities for youth in STEM that help them develop life skills to become who they want to be and live where they want to live!" –Deb Weitzenkamp
Dr. Deb Weitzenkamp is an extension educator and leads our Child and Youth Development programs in the fields of Career Development and in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Deb has integrated technology along with resources, tools and her skills to deliver quality 4-H programming intended to recruit and retain youth in STEM careers.
Deb has a strong presence throughout southeast Nebraska where she teaches youth and offers various STEM programs, such as Robotics, Code Camp, 3D Modeling and Junk Drawer Robotics. Her programming enriches science and math education in a fun and exciting environment. Deb serves as a coach to the area robotics youth teams, some which have advanced to regional and state levels in FIRST® Lego League competitions.
Previously, Deb was the extension educator at Pawnee County, Pawnee City, NE and she was an instructor of Educational Technology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and at Peru State College. She also served as PT3 Grant Coordinator and as Director of Field Experiences at Peru State College.
Dr. Deb holds a doctorate in Education Administration, a Master of Science degree in Textile Design and a Bachelor of Science degree in Consumer Science and Education.
Her honors include the North Central Region Educational Technology Award – Team, National Association of Community of Development Extension Professionals; Communicator Award – Team, Periodical Publication Division, Nebraska Association of Extension 4-H Agents; and Communicator Award – Team, Periodical Publication Division, North Central Region, National Association of Extension 4-H Agents. She has been published in several publications and has also given presentations on many occasions.
Kim Wellsandt, Program and Marketing Associate
Kim is the program associate for Nebraska Extension's Co-Parenting for Successful Kids courses. In addition to Nebraska, she provides online support to course participants in Oklahoma, Indiana and other states enrolled in Nebraska Extension online programs.
Through innovative ideas and creative design of special projects, Kim provides marketing & communication support to staff and faculty at Nebraska Extension. Brochures, flyers, posters and logos are some of her favorite projects. She also assists with customer service, technology, social media and various office assignments.
Kim earned her Journalism degree, with emphasis in design, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her career experience in communication design, printing, publishing and marketing for small business owners in southeast Nebraska, brings a unique set of skills to this team. Kim and her husband Kurt reside on a farm near Talmage, Nebraska.