As a strong advocate for those with special needs in education for the last 18 years and with an interest in serving her community, Michelle Nekuda decided to seek the District 5 seat on the Metropolitan Community College Board of Governors. Elected in 2012, Nekuda's term runs to 2016.
"I believe that everyone, no matter their background, deserves a well-rounded and complete education which should include a post-secondary educational career. Many times, those with challenges in grade school and high school do not see an opportunity in higher education and that should never be the case. We must do more to increase success of all students no matter their abilities," Nekuda stated.
Nekuda has worked in human resources for more than 20 years and has served as an adjunct professor for the last three years at Columbia Southern University. She works for Parker Hannifin Corporation and oversees the HR department for their Red Oak Iowa facility. She often consults with other Parker-Hannifin divisional plants throughout the Midwest.
Nekuda belongs to many community-based organizations such as Altrusa International of Bellevue and Christian Business Women's Connection of the Midwest, and she has served on the Good Luck Suburban Fire District board in Sarpy County. Nekuda and her husband Jim have two sons and a daughter in-law, Evan and Holly and Andrew.
In her free time, Nekuda enjoys reading, spending time at their Missouri lake house and volunteering for numerous community organizations.