Sheila Johnson
Public Information Officer, Nebraska Environmental Trust
Phone: (402) 471-5409
Fax: (402) 471-8233

Press Release: Gerry Lauritzen Named To Environmental Trust Board



Lincoln, NE – March 21, 2013 - The Nebraska Environmental Trust is pleased to announce that Gerry Lauritzen has been named to the board by Governor Dave Heineman in succession of Mr. John Campbell of Omaha.

Gerry Lauritzen was born in St. James, Minnesota, and moved back to Nebraska in 2006.  She currently resides in Omaha with her husband, Bruce. Gerry is the Co- Founder of the Fontenelle Forest Honorary Trustee Board and has served as a Director on the Forest Board since 2008.  Gerry has also recently been involved with the Omaha Zoo and the Nebraska Medical Center.

Bruce and Gerry Lauritzen were married August 13, 2011, four years after their spouses each died from cancer. Bruce has three children and Gerry has two. Together they enjoy 11 grandchildren.

Both Bruce and Gerry lead very active civic lives in Nebraska and enjoy hobbies, including, golf, skiing, hunting and travel. 

The Trust Board is comprised of 14 members representing the State of Nebraska and its citizens. Nine citizen representatives are appointed by the Governor to serve six year terms. Three representatives are chosen from each congressional district, serve without pay and represent a wide variety of natural resource interests. Five agency directors make up the remaining seats on the board to provide coordination with existing state resources. A staff of five handles the day-to-day activities of the organization.

Mark Brohman, Executive Director of the Trust said, “We are excited to have Ms Lauritzen join us and bring her broad interests and talents to the board.” 

The Trust was established in 1992 and has funded more than $195 million to 1,500 projects across the state. Anyone – citizens, organizations, communities, farmers and businesses – can apply for projects involving habitat, surface and ground water, waste management, air quality and soil management in Nebraska.  The Nebraska Environmental Trust works to preserve, protect and restore our natural resources for future generations.

For more information, you may contact Ms. Sheila Johnson at 402- 471-1714.