Julie Johnson


I moved to Nebraska in 1993. I spent a few years working in various jobs, nurse aid, housekeeper and dishwasher before deciding to pursue a college degree. I attended McCook Community College, graduating in 1997 with an Associate of Art degree in Sociology. I then attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney, where I graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology.

James (Jim) R. Jirak

Jim JirakBio

My name is Jim Jirak.  I was born early spring in the early hours of the morning.

Having been born with both cataracts and glaucoma, I was mainstreamed in the public school system and provided the necessary equipment to successfully complete my high school education.

Dorothy Westin-Yockey


Senator Jim Jensen
Chair, Health and Human Services Committee
Room 1402
State Capitol
Lincoln, NE 68509


Dear Senator Jensen:

I submit this letter to you and the Health and Human Services Committee on behalf of Dorothy Westin-Yockey. Governor Mike Johanns has appointed Mrs. Westin-Yockey as Commissioner for the Commission on the Blind. I have met Mrs. Westin-Yockey on several occasions, and it is with great pleasure that I submit this letter in support of her confirmation.

Darrell Walla

Darrell WallaBio

I would like to take this time to introduce myself as the newest commissioner to the Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired board. My name is Darrell Walla.

Nancy Oltman

Nancy OltmanBio

Nancy previously worked as a Medical Transcriptionist for various employers, including at Mary Lanning Hospital, Medical Park Diagnostic Center, and for Dr. Ichtertz. She was honored as Employee of the Month at Mary Lanning Hospital, and was a final nominee for their Caring and Kind award.

Carol Jenkins

Carol JenkinsBio

I would like to take the time to introduce myself. My name is Carol Jenkins, and I am the newest board member serving on the NCBVI Board of Commissioners as well as being the National Federation of the Blind of Nebraska’s designee.