Vikings of Distinction

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2017 Vikings of Distinction Honorees


Randy Boldt – Class of 1963     Omaha, Nebraska

Retired Senior Vice President of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska, Randy has served on numerous insurance boards and task forces often in the role of president or chairman.  Extremely active in community activities, he has worked with and served on the boards of such organizations as Madonna School for Special Needs Children, State of Nebraska Judicial Nominating Commission, Boy Scouts, The Nebraskaland Foundation, and the Nebraska Emergency Medical Services among many others.


Richard L. Briley --  Former Faculty 1966-1988     Omaha, Nebraska

Having taught biology, chemistry, and physiology and anatomy in North High’s science department for 22 years, Mr. Briley says his greatest honor came from his students who not only gave him their graduation pictures but also commended him for being their teacher.  Beloved by his students and respected by his peers, he has maintained contact with former faculty and continues to support Omaha North.  An Army veteran of World War II, his teaching career began in 1951; he moved to OPS in 1957.


Sid C. and Hazel Dillon, Sr. – Friend of North High School     Fremont, Nebraska

The Dillon car dealerships are located in seven towns, have 14 buildings, 24 franchises, and some 500 employees.  One of the Dillon radio commercials ends, “You are what drives us.”  The Dillons have always been driven to give back to their community through such organizations as Lutheran Family Services and Habitat for Humanity.  This outreach has made them benefactors for North by providing cars for homecoming parades, supporting the Haddix Center from its initial stages, and much, much more.


Carolyn Nelson-Becker, Ed.D., CNM – Class of 1969     Galveston, Texas

Retired Division Chief and Administrative Director of the University of Texas Medical Branch’s Regional Maternal and Child Health Program, Carolyn has served in many clinical, educational, and administrative roles as a women’s health care professional.  With advanced degrees in nursing and nurse midwifery, her compassion and administrative skills were invaluable following Hurricane Ike in 2008 in reestablishing and maintaining programs at the School of Medicine in Galveston.


Tim R. Riley, Ph.D. – Class of 1972     Elkhorn, Nebraska

A clinical psychologist, Tim continues his work in the Behavioral Pediatric and Family Therapy Program in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Previously a consulting psychologist for the Omaha Home for Boys and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Monroe-Meyer Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, he has given over 31 presentations and addresses throughout the state on such interesting topics as “First the Broccoli, Then the Ice Cream” and “All that Wiggles Is Not ADHD.”


Stanley W. Standifer – Class of 1966     Omaha, Nebraska

A tremendous role model in the Omaha community, Stan chose a life profession as an educator with the Omaha Public Schools.  He has achieved his goal of teaching, mentoring, coaching, and uplifting young people.  Even while continuing his work as a teacher and coach, he became an entrepreneur as the owner of Standifer’s Commercial Cleaning SVC, Inc.  The recipient of many honors and awards, today he is also a member of the Nebraska Black Sports Hall of Fame.


Ellen Weissinger, Ph.D. – Class of 1975     Lincoln, Nebraska

Professor of Educational Administration and Emeritus Senior Vice Chancellor at UNL, Ellen served as the university’s Chief Academic Officer—the number two position in the school’s organizational chart.  She managed the university’s $1 billion academic budget and oversaw 1,000 faculty, 3,500 employees, and 24,000 students.  She has published 40 research articles, received recognition as a Distinguished Teacher and was a recipient of the Contribution to Students Award, while being active in her community.

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