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Leadership Lincoln Distinguished Alumni honors for 2018 will be awarded to Liz Koop, president and CEO of EducationQuest, and a project team from the Leadership Lincoln Fellows class of 2017 that conceived and helped develop the MyLNK smart phone application.

The recognition will be part of the annual State of the City event scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Graduate Hotel in downtown Lincoln.

Koop is a graduate of the Leadership Lincoln Fellows Class of 2004. She has served on a number of Leadership Lincoln committees and chaired the board during a critical transition period. As president and CEO of the EducationQuest Foundation, she seeks to improve access to higher education in Nebraska.

Koop is also a trustee of the University of Nebraska Foundation, a past member of the Chancellor’s advisory board at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, a past member of the Pius X High School Foundation Board, a past president of Lincoln Rotary Club #14 and a member of the Club’s Foundation board.

The project team from the Fellows class of 2018 came up with the idea for the MyLNK smart phone application and worked with Don’t Panic Labs, the Center for People in Need and the Department of Health and Human Services to develop the app that is already serving thousands of Lancaster County residents. Members of the team included Bryan Seck, Katherine Kock, Ryan Hier, Amanda Crume, Mike Hodge, Jamie Harder, Jim Bopp, Matt Prokop and Corrine Sturdy.

“These folks were selected from among a number of nominations we received,” noted Mick Hale, executive director of Leadership Lincoln. “When our board members reviewed the nominations, they decided to recognize both Liz Koop and the team that developed the application for smart phones. And, what’s even more incredible about the MyLNK app is the way so many people from around Lincoln pitched in to make it happen.”

The State of the City event is an annual joint effort of the City of Lincoln and Leadership Lincoln. It serves as a time for the citizens of Lincoln to gather and celebrate the past year and to look forward with anticipation to the coming year. Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler will address the gathering, sharing items from the past year worthy of celebrating and looking ahead to what the future holds as Lincoln continues to grow and thrive.

Leadership Lincoln will recognize the Distinguished Alumni and their contribution to our community and introduce the more than 140 participants taking part in programs this year.

The public is invited to participate in the event, which will be at the Graduate Hotel, 141 N. Ninth St. Tickets for the breakfast, which begins at 7:15 a.m., are available at leadershiplincoln.org. A few seats will be set aside for those who don’t want the breakfast but would like to participate in the program beginning at 7:45 a.m.

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