Ronicka Schottel grew up in Washington, Kansas, a small farm community in North-Central Kansas. She graduated from Kanas State University with an MPA in 2007. After completing this degree, she moved to Omaha, Nebraska to continue her education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She graduated in 2009 with a M.S. in Criminal Justice.
While in Omaha, Ronicka worked at The Phoenix House, a domestic violence and sexual assault shelter and program. After running the shelter for over a year, she decided to move to Lincoln and become an Adult Probation Officer for Lancaster County.
In addition to teaching at Peru State College, Ronicka serves as President Elect on the Board of Directors for the Northeast Family Center in Lincoln, NE. She also is an outreach volunteer for Girl Scouts of Nebraska and an HIV tester and counselor for Nebraska Aids Project.
Ronicka has dedicated her spare time to traveling. A few of her most memorable trips have been: an expedition to Antarctica, driving the entire coast around Ireland, scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef off Australia, trekking through Tierra del Fuego National Park in Argentina, and kayaking with humpback whales in Alaska.