Monday, December 1, 2014


Saturday, December 13th, 2014
College of Graduate Studies
Concordia University - CGS
570 Fallbrook Blvd., Suite 203
Lincoln, NE 68521

8:30 A.M. - 12:45 P.M.


-          Intro to Floodplain Management, the NFIP, and Elevation Certificates for Compliance
-          Flood Data Resources
-          Flood Insurance Reform
-          BW-12 and HFIAA
-          Working with Map Changes

John P. Callen, P.E., CFM
State NFIP Coordinator
Nebraska Department of Natural Resources – Floodplain Section

John has been with the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources (NDNR) since 2012.  Since joining the department, John has worked with various floodplain management and floodplain mapping programs and projects and has a wide range of experience in floodplain management.   John recently took over the duties of State National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Coordinator for Nebraska. 

Prior to joining NDNR, John worked as the local floodplain manager for the City of Lincoln before transitioning into project management and floodplain mapping work for the Watershed Management Division of Public Works and Utilities.  John then did consulting work for several years, focusing on water resources projects including floodplain management and flood risk reduction activities.

John received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a major in Biological Systems Engineering and an emphasis in water and environment.  John is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Nebraska and a Certified Floodplain Manager by the Association of State Floodplain Managers.

SHANDI TELTSCHIK, P.E., CFM                                                                                                         
Natural Hazards Program Specialist
Floodplain Management and Insurance Branch – Mitigation Division

Shandi Teltschik has been with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) since 2006, primarily working with flood hazard mapping and National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).  Currently, Shandi serves as a the FEMA Region VII NFIP specialist for the state of Nebraska and works full time from the Omaha area. Prior to moving to FEMA Region 7, Shandi served as the Branch Chief of the Floodplain Management and Insurance Branch in FEMA Region 8 in Denver. 

Before joining FEMA, Shandi served as the North Dakota Flood Map Modernization Program Coordinator, as well as a Water Resource Engineer, for the North Dakota State Water Commission. 

Shandi received a Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University with a major in Agricultural Engineering, emphasis in water resources.  She also completed her graduate studies at Texas A&M earning a Master of Engineering in Biological and Agricultural Engineering.  As a result of her graduate project work, she was named a co-inventor for a U.S. patent for design of “A System and Method to Dissolve Gases Into Liquids.”  Shandi is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of North Dakota and a Certified Floodplain Manager by the Association of State Floodplain Managers.


Monday, September 29, 2014

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Embassy Suites
Conference Center
12520 Westport Pkwy
La Vista, Nebraska
8:30 A.M. - 12:45 P.M.

Speaker Biography
Ralph Lassiter
Touchstone Strategic Consultants, LLC
2409 N, 161st Street
Omaha, NE 68116

Since 2012, Ralph Lassiter has served as president and managing principal of TouchStone Strategic Consultants LLC, a talent management and organizational development consultancy providing a full range of leadership development, strategic planning, change management, project management and succession planning services.

A visionary, trusted adviser to senior and executive leaders and nationally recognized facilitator, Lassiter has designed and delivered a variety of leadership programs to a range of clients in the private and public sectors across the United States. He has led strategic planning efforts for non-profits, public utilities, corporations and faith-based organizations in several states including Iowa, California, Nebraska, Washington, North Carolina and Massachusetts.

His unique and insightful approach to managing group dynamics allows him to skillfully facilitate complex scenarios including design-build projects, public-private coalitions, and contentious groups.


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Saturday, June 21, 2014
Mahoney State Park
Main Lodge
28500 W. Park Hwy
Ashland, Nebraska

8:30 A.M. - 12:45 P.M.
Speaker Biography

Ron is the Acting CFedS Program Chairperson responsible for the day to day administration of the Program.   After graduating from Oregon Technical Institute in 1973 he began his career with BLM’s Western Field Office moving to the Oregon State Office in 1983, the Alaska State Office in 2003, BLM’s National Training Center in 2005 and completing his career back in the Oregon State Office where he retired in 2011.  He served as the original CFedS Program Manager, working with Dennis Mouland on the development and design of the CFedS training material, and with the CFedS Certification Panel developing the administrative guidelines for the program. Ron has instructed several subjects in BLM’s Advanced Cadastral Survey and Foundation for Land Tenure courses, and is a frequent speaker at local, state and national survey conferences.
37 IBLA 135

The course will provide an in depth review of an Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA) decision. IBLA is an appellate review body that exercises the delegated authority of the Secretary of the Interior to issue final decisions for the Department of the Interior including Bureau of Land Management (BLM) cadastral surveys.  There will be a breakout session to discuss the most difficult issues, a careful examination of BLM’s actions and final opinion, and finally a discussion of IBLA’s decision. The position of the ¼ section corner of section 5 and 8 and the ¼ section corner of section 8 and 17 as determined in the 1972 BLM dependent resurvey was challenged by Mr. and Mrs. Tussio, owners of the east half of section 8. The challenge was based on calls to a road and lava bed contained in the original field notes. BLM could not reconcile the topographic calls with the location of the recovered original corners at the NE and SE corners of section 8 and chose to reestablish the corners by single proportionate measurement. This method placed the ¼ section corner of section 5 and 8 east of the present location of the road whereas the original survey established it west of the road.