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Media Experts

These are just a few of the faculty resources at Doane. If you are an expert on a topic of interest and would like to be available to the media and/or the public, please contact OCM.

Doane contact information:

Jacque Pomajzl
Associate Vice President of Marketing & Public Relations

Rebecca Svec
Director of Media Relations & Communications


Barb Clement, Associate Professor of BiologyBarbara J. Clement, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology

Expertise: Microbiology; Immunology; environmental microbiology; infectious diseases, including pandemic influenza; electron microscopy. 

Contact information: 402.826.8643 or


Lyn Forester, Professor of EducationLyn Forester, Ed.D.
Professor of Education, Chair of Education Division; Dean of the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction Program

Expertise: Teacher education, Nebraska Department of Education, No Child Left Behind, State Board of Education

Contact information: 402.826-8631 or


Kay Hegler, Professor of Special EducationKay Loomis Hegler, Ph.D.
Professor of special education

Expertise: Teacher Education national accreditation (NCATE), Assessment, Diversity, First-Year Seminars, Scuba Diving (PADI AI 163249)

Contact information: 402.826-8208 or


English / Literature

Evelyn Haller, Professor of English, chair of the English DepartmentEvelyn Haller, Ph.D.
Professor of English, chair of the English Department

Expertise: Willa Cather, Virginia Woolf, Ezra Pound, Modernist literature, Louise Pound

Contact information: work - 402.826.8231

Dave Swartzlander, Assistant Professor of JournalismDavid Swartzlander, M.A.
Assistant Professor of Journalism

Expertise: Journalism (news writing, editing and design) First Amendment Issues, the journalistic career of Williams Jennings Bryan, college newspaper issues.

Contact information: 402.826.8269 or


Kurt Runestad, Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Choral ActivitiesKurt Runestad, D.M.A.
Assistant Professor of Music, Director of choral activities

Expertise: Choral and vocal music, music education, conducting, vocal jazz

Contact information: 402.826.8279 or


Robin McKercher, Assistant Professor of TheatreRobin McKercher, M.A.
Assistant Professor of Theatre, Director of Theatre, Director and Scenic Designer

Expertise: Theatre direction in musicals and plays, scenic design, scenic artistry, multi-media presentation and artistic collaboration in multi-disciplines

Contact information: 402.826.8280 or