Shane Pekny joined VGA as a grant writer in January 2020, primarily serving the Latino Center of the Midlands and YMCA of Greater Omaha. A native of Norfolk, Nebraska, he has lived and worked in the Omaha area since 2003. His past employers include Boys Town, the University of Nebraska Omaha, Goodwill Industries, and Habitat for Humanity of Omaha. While most of his professional experience is in grant writing, he has also managed volunteers, taught English composition, led cultural immersion tours around Nebraska, and trained high school dropouts in construction. In his spare time, he coaches youth soccer and serves on the Bennington City Council.
Shane has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master’s degree in English from the University of Nebraska Omaha. His creative nonfiction has appeared in Nebraska Life magazine, Vox, and planetary.org.
FUN FACTS ABOUT SHANE
What’s the #1 thing on your Bucket List? Visit Lhasa, Tibet (with my family, if I can persuade them to join)
What is your favorite quote that you live by? “We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.”
If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Instant recall of every password I ever created
Do you have any skills or talents that people don’t know about? I built a 14-foot cedar-strip kayak (which mostly just hangs in my garage)
Name 3 words that describe you: Helpful. Resourceful. Full of Dad Jokes.
What is the coolest or most important trend you see today? The persistence of basic human kindness