Women’s Ball Committee

Women's ball committee

The Aksarben Ball has a mission of promoting, recognizing and celebrating volunteerism, philanthropy and community pride. It serves as a fundraising vehicle for the Aksarben Scholars program and awards over 200 scholarships each year to deserving students in Nebraska and western Iowa.

The original Aksarben Ball was established in 1895 to recognize individuals in the region for their civic endeavors. Each year since then, families have been recognized as outstanding leaders from the Heartland. Princesses, Escorts, and Pages represent their families who are being honored for their contributions to the region. The Court of Honor Recognition Award is also distributed at the Ball. Recipients throughout the region are recognized for one of the following eight categories: agriculture, arts, business and industry, education, philanthropy, professions, public service, and sports.

All aspects of the event are directed by volunteers who serve on the Aksarben Ball Committee and the Women’s Ball Committee.


Christie Oberto Chairman, CBC Finance & Investment Committee

Karen Nelsen, Advisor CBC

Anne Jetter, Princess Chairman

Kim Burkhalter, Heartland Princess Chairman

Julie Liakos, Escort Chairman FRIENDS Liaison

Sheri Shonka, Heartland Escort Chairman

Judy Pritza, Court of Honor Chairman Royal Court and Regale Chairman

Beth Wilson, Page Chairman

Sam Wahl, Production Chairman

Jen Alloway, Treasurer Publicity & Social Media Royal Court Luncheon Chairman

Jessica Covi, Site and Social Chairman Files and Lists

Sheila Nelson, Royal Court Brunch Chairman Gifts/Courtesy/Tribute Card Chairman Regale Assistant

Sarah McGowan, Royal Court Supper Chairman Scholarship and Photography Chairman

Ellie Grace, Reservations Chair Royal Court Brunch Assistant Historian/Class Social Chair

Libby Stiles, Page Assistant Standard Bearer Chairman Page Luncheon Assistant

Sam Hohman, Page Luncheon Chairman Production Assistant Yearbook Chairman

Emily Jung, Invitations Historian Assistant WBC Concierge

Lisa Krumwiede, Supper Assistant Program Chairman Community Support/Endowment