Thousand Oaks Alumni Excellence Award Recipients

Thousand Oaks Alumni Excellence




Four outstanding alumni were honored on April, 4, 2019, for their professional achievements, service to community and support for Peru State College. The 2019 recipients (in alpha are Paul Fell ('67), Lori Broady ('90, '03), Marilyn Schlake ('10) and Jeff Greenwald ('71). Scroll down for bios on each award recipient.

Paul Fell

School of Arts and Sciences Recipient: Paul Fell ('67)

Paul Fell started drawing editorial cartoons as a freelancer while teaching high school art in Auburn, NE. At one point before joining the former Lincoln (NE) Journal as editorial cartoonist, he was creating five cartoons a week for four different newspapers. During his years with the Journal, he self-syndicated his editorial cartoons to newspapers in the state of Nebraska, almost exclusively.

Fell began as a high school art teacher and coach, spent several years as an art professor at Peru (NE) State College, and was editorial cartoonist for the Lincoln (NE) Journal from 1984-92. Since then he has operated his own freelance cartoon business in Lincoln where he creates humorous illustrations for a wide variety of clients.

Fell's editorial cartoons have won a number of awards and appear regularly in several national publications. He is in demand as a speaker and draws caricatures at conventions, trade shows and receptions. His editorial cartoons are syndicated throughout North America by Artizans Syndicate and worldwide by CartoonStock. He also creates a weekly cartoon for the Nebraska Press Association, which is distributed statewide. Paul Fell has also produced a number of cartoon books over the years ranging from collections about Nebraska's weather, communities, and people, to a collection of his editorial cartoons titled "Bipartisan Efforts and Other Mutations".

Fell also served  as a lecturer in Art at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, at Peru State College and Southeast Community College in Lincoln. Fell regularly gives back to his alma mater. Paul and his wife, Arlene Fell, have served as the co-chairs of the National Alumni Association Board of Directors since its inception.  They have both volunteered on campus in a variety of capacities including welcoming students and parents during Welcome Week/Moving Day, participating in events and more.  Paul served as the guest Artist in Residence for the School of Arts and Sciences in 2017.
Lori Broady Education Recipient

School of Education Recipient: Lori Broady ('90, '03)

Lori Broady joined ESU4 Teaching and Learning Team in 2018. Broady has been involved in education for over 25 years in a variety of capacities including over 23 years as a Social Studies instructor at Johnson-Brock. Lori earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees at Peru State College.

During her time at Johnson-Brock, Broady received many awards including the 2016 Nebraska State History Teacher of the Year, 2015 National History Day Patricia Behring Affiliate Winner and was the 2013 recipient of the James C. Olson Memorial Award by the Nebraska State Historical Society for epitomizing the best Nebraska educators have to offer in engaging, inspiring, and guiding their students.  She was also a finalist for the 2015 National History Day Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award and in 2012 worked on the Nebraska State Board of Education Social Science Committee that developed the state’s first social science standards. Broady currently serves as part of the standards revision committee convened to revise the original standards in 2018.

As a member of the ESU4 Teaching & Learning Team, Lori believes that education in the twenty-first century offers many challenges and opportunities. As the Teaching & Learning specialist, she supports teachers as they inspire, assess and facilitate opportunities for all learners to reach their full potential. Her commitment to Peru  and her community include being active in the Johnson United Methodist Church, working with People First a self-advocacy group for disabled individuals, being appointed to the Nebraska Advisory Committee on Developmental Disabilities, serving on the Board of the Nemaha County Museum and volunteering on the Charter Day committee for the Peru State Sesquicentennial.
Marilyn Schlake

Graduate Programs Recipient: Marilyn Schlake ('10)

Marilyn Schlake serves as a Community Vitality Initiative Extension Educator within the University of Nebraska—Lincoln Department of Agricultural Economics. She focuses on business, community, and economic development. Schlake served as a Gallup Entrepreneur Acceleration System (EAS) coach and is currently certified as a Gallup Employee Engagement coach and Strategic Leadership coach. She is also a Stronger Economies Together Coach, working with leadership in five Southeast Nebraska counties to develop economic plans. She currently serves as Chairman-elect for NETForce and Summit planning team. She also serves in numerous positions for local community and service organizations.

Through her role as an Extension Educator within the Nebraska Extension’s Community Vitality Initiative, Schlake focused her work around economic and community development, including adult and youth entrepreneurship, community engagement, non-profit strategic planning and facilitation. She has worked with numerous individuals, business and community organizations across Nebraska and has served on boards focused on business and community development. She has co-wrote and edited numerous education curricula, including the EntrepreneurShip Investigation an internationally used youth business curriculum.

Schlake has also served as a past board member and program partner with Community Development Resources of Lincoln, NE. This partnership included the creation of a web-based business informational service,

In 2017, she was named the Outstanding Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year by the Nebraska Entrepreneurial Task Force. Schlake contributes to Peru State and the community of Peru offering her expertise as the College and City partner to foster economic growth, development and area partnerships.
Greenwald Professional Studies

School of Professional Studies: Jeff Greenwald ('71)

Jeff Greenwald currently holds the position of Chairman Emeritus at INSPRO, Inc. and also is a member of the INSPRO Council Committee. He served as President of INSPRO, Inc. from 1996-2015 and Chairman from 2015 to 2018. INSPRO, Inc. is a leading independent risk-management and benefits agency with locations in Fremont, Lincoln, Omaha, Wahoo and West Point, Nebraska as well as Des Moines, Iowa.

Greenwald's early insurance career included working with Union Insurance Company in the claims department, then moving to the marketing division. His agency experience began with three years in a small agency before joining INSPRO in 1980, opening its first branch office in Wahoo.

A Lincoln native, he has served as a past board member of the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development. He is a past member of the University of Nebraska President’s Advisory Council, Columbia Mutual Insurance Company Board of Directors and is a member of First Plymouth Church in Lincoln, NE.

In 2017, Greenwald was honored with the Nebraska Phi Beta Lambda Businessperson of the Year Award, which recognizes outstanding businesspersons from the private business sector throughout Nebraska who have contributed to the success of Phi Beta Lambda at the local level. Greenwald with fellow colleagues, gave several informative presentations on business topics to students on the Peru State College campus.