Michael S. Dunlap , Executive Chairman of the Board

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Born 1964

Michael S. Dunlap, Executive Chairman of the Board, established the company that would become Nelnet with Stephen Butterfield in 1996. Mr. Dunlap previously served as Chairman and CEO of the company (co-CEO with former Vice Chairman Butterfield 2003-2007) from its inception.

Mr. Dunlap attained his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 1986, and his Juris Doctor from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 1988. He is a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association.

Mr. Dunlap serves in different leadership capacities for many organizations, including Union Bank & Trust, Raikes School Board, and Capital Casualty Company, among others.

In addition to his role as Executive Chairman of the Board, Mr. Dunlap also serves as Executive Committee Chair.

Chair of the Executive Committee

James P. Abel , Director

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Born 1950

James P. Abel has been a member of Nelnet's Board of Directors since August 2003. Mr. Abel had previously served as a Director of NHELP-I, Inc., a Nelnet subsidiary, for three years until August 2003.

Mr. Abel received a B.S. degree from Arizona State University in 1973. Since 1983, Mr. Abel has served as Chief Executive Officer of NEBCO, Inc., a Lincoln, Nebraska-based company with interests in the manufacturing of building materials, construction, insurance, mining, railroading, farming, and real estate.

Mr. Abel serves on the Board of Directors of Ameritas Life Insurance Corp., and also serves as Chairman of the Nebraska Game & Parks Foundation.

A committed board member, Mr. Abel serves on the People Development and Compensation committee, as well as the Nominating and Corporate Governance committee.

Member of the People Development and Compensation Committee

Member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee

Preeta D. Bansal , Director

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Preeta D. Bansal has served as a member of Nelnet’s Board of Directors since November 2018.

Ms. Bansal has extensive experience in law, banking, financial services, regulation, government, and U.S. diplomacy. Her experience has included serving as general counsel and senior policy advisor for the president of the United States in the federal Office of Management and Budget, which oversees and coordinates all of the budgetary, regulatory, and management activities and initiatives of the departments and agencies of the federal government on behalf of the president; as global general counsel for litigation and regulatory affairs for HSBC Holdings in London; as partner and practice chair of the international law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York City; as Solicitor General of the State of New York, where she helped lead 600 attorneys in the New York Attorney General’s Office; and as Chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, a federal government human rights commission focused on promoting U.S. foreign policy interests in religious freedom and interfaith cooperation around the globe.

Ms. Bansal is a magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard-Radcliffe College, and a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, where she was supervising editor of the Harvard Law Review. She served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. She received the National Organization of Women’s “Woman of Power and Influence Award” in 2006 and was named one of the “50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America” by the National Law Journal in 2008.

Ms. Bansal has been a lecturer, senior advisor, and visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

A native of Lincoln, Nebraska, she is on the Advisory Board of the Johnny Carson Center for the Emerging Media Arts at the University of Nebraska, on the Community Advisory Committee of the Superintendent of Lincoln Public Schools, an Honorary Board member of the Interfaith Center of New York, and on the Advisory Committee of the Pluralism Project at Harvard University. She has lectured on ethics and policy with respect to emerging technologies at MIT and at Singularity University in Silicon Valley. From 2015–2016, she served by appointment of the president of the United States as a member and committee chair of the President’s Advisory Committee on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, focusing on poverty and inequality in America.

Ms. Bansal serves on the Compliance Committee, and is a member of both the People Development and Compensation Committee, and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.

Member of the People Development and Compensation Committee

Chair of the Compliance Committee

Member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee

William R. Cintani , Director

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Born 1953

William R. Cintani has been a member of Nelnet's Board of Directors since May 2012, and is currently the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mapes Industries.

Mr. Cintani graduated with a Bachelor’s of Mechanical Engineering in 1974 from Lehigh University. He served for 10 years as a member of the Board of Directors for the company's asset-backed securities special purpose corporations.

Mr. Cintani's position on numerous civic, philanthropic, and service boards have provided him with a wide array of experience in both corporate governance and operations. His practical knowledge and board experience provides the company with a resource for all aspects of finance, operations, IT, and strategic planning. Mr. Cintani currently serves as Vice Chairman on the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce board of directors, and also serves on the boards of directors for the Lincoln Community Foundation and Bryan Health.

Mr. Cintani is a member of the Audit, Compliance, and Risk and Finance committees.

Member of the Audit Committee

Member of the Compliance Committee

Member of the Risk and Finance Committee

Kathleen A. Farrell , Director

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Born 1964

Kathleen A. Farrell has served as a member of Nelnet’s Board of Directors since October 2007. Possessing admirable expertise in corporate finance, executive turnover, and executive compensation, Dr. Farrell is a Professor of Finance and Interim Dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Dr. Farrell also serves on the Board of Directors of Assurity, Inc., a mutual insurance company headquartered in Lincoln, NE.

Dr. Farrell joined the finance faculty at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in the fall of 1993. Dr. Farrell received her Ph.D in finance from the University of Georgia, and a BBA in finance and accounting from Kent State University. Dr. Farrell's publications have appeared in several academic journals.

In 1996, Dr. Farrell received the Distinguished Teaching Award and in 2004 she received the University Distinguished Teaching Award from the College of Business Administration. Dr. Farrell draws on her experience from KPMG Peat Marwick as a supervising senior where she was involved with audit engagements.

An active board member, Dr. Farrell serves on the People Development and Compensation, Executive, and Compliance committees, in addition to her leadership role as the Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.

Member of the People Development and Compensation Committee

Member of the Executive Committee

Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee

Member of the Compliance Committee

David S. Graff , Director

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Born 1983

David S. Graff has been a member of Nelnet’s Board of Directors since May 2014. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Agile Sports Technologies Inc., otherwise known as Hudl.

Mr. Graff graduated from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln with an undergraduate degree and MBA from the Jeffrey S. Raikes School in Computer Science and Management. In his current role, Mr. Graff is the CEO of Hudl, a Lincoln, Nebraska-based company that provides online video analysis and coaching tools software for professional, college, high school, club, and youth teams and athletes.

An Omaha, Nebraska native, Mr. Graff also serves on the Raikes School Advisory Board. In 2010, Mr. Graff and the other Hudl co-founders were featured on Inc. Magazine's 30 Under 30 list, and in 2016, Mr. Graff was named one of Fast Company's Most Creative People.

Mr. Graff serves as a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance, Audit, and Risk and Finance committees.

Member of the Risk and Finance Committee

Member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee

Member of the Audit Committee

Thomas E. Henning , Director

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Born 1953

Thomas E. Henning has served as a member of Nelnet’s Board of Directors since August 2003. He currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Assurity Group Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary, Assurity Life Insurance Company.

Mr. Henning is a 1975 graduate of the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, as well as Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University. He also has completed the Wharton School's Effective Management Program, as well as a comprehensive program of study by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and has been named an NACD fellow. Mr. Henning also holds the CLU and CFA designations.

Previously, Mr. Henning served concurrently as President and Chief Operating Officer of National Bank of Commerce of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Executive Vice President of First Commerce Bancshares between 1985 and 1990. Mr. Henning serves on the boards of directors of the Nebraska Innovation Campus, Great Western Bancorp, the advisory board of Lincoln Industries, and on the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Corporation.

Mr. Henning serves as Chair of the Audit committee, as well as a member of the Executive and Risk and Finance committees.

Chair of the Audit Committee

Member of the Executive Committee

Member of the Risk and Finance Committee

JoAnn M. Martin , Director

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Born 1954

JoAnn M. Martin has served as a member of Nelnet’s Board of Directors since March 2020. With extensive experience in management and business administration, Martin is the vice chair of the Ameritas Mutual Holding Company and Ameritas Life Insurance Corp.

Ms. Martin received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and Colorado State University, respectively. She joined Ameritas as a manager of the audit division in 1984 and held a number of senior roles within the Ameritas organization, including executive vice president, chief financial officer, and chief operating officer. JoAnn became chief executive officer of the Ameritas Mutual Holding Company in 2009 and retired in 2020. She also served as president of the holding company from 2009 to 2017 and chair of the Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. from 2008 to 2020.

As part of her commitment to community service, Ms. Martin has served on the board of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, the Lincoln Community Foundation, the St. Elizabeth Community Health Center, and many other charities and organizations. She is the second woman in the 113-year history of the American Council of Life Insurers to serve as chairperson. She has also been honored as Rotary Nebraskan of the Year, Inspire Awards Woman of the Year, an inductee to the Nebraska Business Hall of Fame, and more.

In addition to serving on the Audit and Compliance committees, Ms. Martin serves as Chair of the Risk and Finance committee.

Member of the Audit Committee

Member of the Compliance Committee

Chair of the Risk and Finance Committee

Kimberly K. Rath , Director

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Kimberly K. Rath has served as a member of Nelnet's Board of Directors since October 2007. Ms. Rath is the Co-Founder and Co-Chairperson of Talent Plus, Inc.®, a global human resources consulting firm with offices in Lincoln, NE; Houston, TX; and Singapore.

She is a recognized leader in the field of executive development and coaching and human resources focused on talent-based solutions. Ms. Rath has an MBA from Pepperdine University and an undergraduate degree from The University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

In addition to her board work with Nelnet, Ms. Rath currently serves on the board of directors for ProviderTrust Inc., on the 5,000 list of one of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S. and the fastest growing software company in Tennessee. Passionate about giving back to the community, Ms. Rath sits on two not for profit boards, Tabitha, Inc. and Artists for Trauma. She is a trustee for University of Nebraska and Lincoln Community Foundations. Ms. Rath has served on The Beryl Institute Resource Advisory Council and the Cornell Center for Hospitality Research Advisory Board in addition to speaking at a wide variety of conferences globally. She is a member of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO), as well as Chief Executives Organization (CEO). She has been the recipient of the Business Excellence Award from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the national Delta Gamma Shield Award. Ms. Rath and her company, Talent Plus, have been highlighted in nearly a dozen books, including Prescription for Excellence, The New Gold Standard, Close Like the Pros and Managing to Make a Difference: How to Engage, Retain, and Develop Talent for Maximum Performance and a new book to be released in 2021, Business Success Secrets.

Ms. Rath serves as the Chair of the People Development and Compensation committee as well as a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance committee.

Chair of the People Development and Compensation Committee

Member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee