Clayburn Closes 30-Year Career; Jablonski, Raphael Promoted

Retirement Results in Management Shuffle; Dubas Accepts OS Post

The retirement of long-time NSEA Associate Executive Director Neal Clayburn has resulted in promotions for two at NSEA, and the hiring of Fullerton High School mathematics teacher Jen Dubas.

Clayburn closed his teaching and association career on Aug. 31, ending 30 years of Association field work and leadership. Clayburn taught at Gering and Grand Island, and was a UniServ director — equivalent to today’s NSEA organizational specialist — in the Nebraska panhandle from 1989 to 1992. He was executive director of the Lincoln Education Association from 1992 until he joined NSEA in January 2007.

Clayburn managed NSEA’s staff of 18 organizational specialists. He also managed the NSEA building, and steered the $4.6 million remodel of the 45-year-old NSEA Headquarters building that began in 2008.

“Neal’s record of service to students, teachers and public education in Nebraska is stellar. We are grateful for his leadership,” said NSEA Executive Director Maddie Fennell.

Clayburn’s retirement plans include mentoring high ability students for the Lincoln Public Schools, and his campaign as a candidate for election to the Nebraska Legislature from District 29, or south Lincoln.

Clayburn’s duties will be split between Comptroller Sheri Jablonski, who will become the associate executive director/comptroller, and organizational specialist Michelle Raphael, who will become field and special projects manager.

Jablonski has been NSEA comptroller since September 1992. A CPA, she initiated the NSEA Children’s Fund and led computerization of the Association’s membership database and accounting procedures.

Raphael joined NSEA in 2015, and served 44 local associations in central Nebraska. She has previous management experience in the state treasurer’s office and with the Lancaster County treasurer, and is past president of the Nebraska Association of Financial Professionals. She has taught finance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Dubas taught math at Fullerton for 21 years. She was head  negotiator for the Fullerton Education Association for the past 15 years and served as FEA president for the last three years. A native of Palmer, she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

She will follow Raphael as organizational specialist for the 44 local associations in central and south central Nebraska.