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Welcome, New Board Members!

Welcome, New Board Members!

Katherine Endacott
Sarah Baker Hansen
Amy Springer
Friday, December 11, 2015

We at the Willa Cather Foundation are proud to work with a board that supports the organization’s mission as effectively as ours does. It’s in this spirit of gratitude that we welcome three new members to our board of governors.

Katherine Endacott is a former educator and executive in education publishing, and is currently the President-Elect and Treasurer of the Nebraska State Historical Society. She lives in the beautiful countryside near Pleasant Dale, Nebraska, with husband Richard. They have four children and four grandchildren. Katherine was the President and CEO of Class.com, Inc., a digital publisher and Vice President of ACT Aspire, an online assessment company jointly owned by Pearson and ACT. She was the Vice President of the Nebraska State Board of Education and a member of the Southeast Community College Board of Governors. She was also president of the Nebraska Literary Heritage Association, a support group for the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of the Lincoln Public Libraries, and president and board member of the Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center. Her hobbies are reading, history, photography, cooking and traveling the backroads.

Sarah Baker Hansen is the restaurant critic and food reporter for the Omaha World-Herald. She writes weekly restaurant reviews along with stories on food trend, cooking, and the local foods movement. She created and writes the “Food Prowl” series where she creates teams of tasters that travel the city finding the best foods in different categories. She also maintains a food blog, omavore.omaha.com. Baker Hansen, an Omaha native, graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor’s degree in news editorial journalism with a focus on criticism. She loves eating, cooking, travel, fashion and reading. In addition to her role on the Willa Cather Foundation board of governors, she sits on the steering committee for the Omaha Public Library Foundation’s 1877 Society.

Amy Springer, originally from New Orleans, attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and later received her medical degree from the LSU Medical Center in New Orleans. After completing a Family Practice Residency Program in Asheville, North Carolina, she ventured to Red Cloud where she has practiced as a family physician intermittently since that time. She spent two years studying architectural glass at Swansea Institute of Higher Education in Swansea, Wales, and returned to Red Cloud permanently in 2005 where she is an active artist, community member, and provides primary care at the Webster County Community Hospital.