Holt County Young Professionals
Monthly Newsletter and Schedule
The Holt County Young Professionals was formed in 2010 as a chance for young professionals in Holt County to meet and network with others who share the same interests.

HYP's mission is to
cultivate the future leaders and entrepreneurs of Holt County in a fun, relaxed and exciting environment.
Young Professional Spotlight


Amber (Kunc) Shane grew up on a small farm near Wilber, NE and graduated from Wilber-Clatonia High School in 2000, where she was active in 4-H and FFA.  In 2002, she graduated from Southeast Community College with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Diversified Ag & Crops.  In 2004, she broke her back in a farming accident and rushed to graduate from UNL with a Bachelor's degree in Ag Business & Ag Economics.  Upon graduation she moved to Atkinson with fianc´┐Ż Perry Shane and began working at the Tri-County Bank in Stuart & Atkinson until the birth of her third child in 2009.  Holt County was not new to Amber when she moved here.  Growing up she would visit cousins that lived in Stuart.


Amber has owned and operated Silver Star Photography since 2008, 2 years later she moved her home studio to a one room school house located on the family farm.   Photography is a lifelong passion of Amber's that has given her the flexibility to enjoy her growing family, help on the family farm, continue her education and share her love of photography and agriculture with others.  She grows her business through word of mouth referrals and the support of our local communities.  Amber is an active member of The Professional Photographers of America, The Professional Photographers of Nebraska and is the Area Coordinator for Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep- a non-profit organization that offers infant remembrance photography to families with a baby incompatible with life.  She has worked with Avera St Anthony's Hospital in bereavement training for nurses and staff.  Amber has also attended the Creative Academy of Midwest Professional Photography, Mid-America Institute of Professional Photography and Kansas Professional Photographers School.


Amber and Perry married in 2005.   They have 4 boys, Oliver (6), Ian (4), Case (3) and Holt (10 months).   They live North of Atkinson on the farm where Perry works with his parents & uncles-raising corn, soybeans, dairy-quality alfalfa, cattle, hogs & horses.  The family enjoys Mack, a 2 year old Border collie and a brand new Bernese mountain puppy, snowmobiling, tractor pulling & rebuilding antique tractors.  Amber also enjoys trap shooting, deer hunting and reading.  


Wellness: My Pyramid Plan

 The My Pyramid Plan is based on your age, gender, and how much exercise you get each day.  You can find out how many calories your should eat each day and the amount of the foods you should eat by going to My Pyramid Plan.  The example below is for a diet of 2000 calories per day.


Upcoming HYP Events
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This month's social event will be another Happy Hour Networking event on Wednesday, March 13th at 5 PM at Chesterfield West. 
Feel free to wear your green HYP t-shirt and maybe even help take part in the painting of the shamrock later that evening around 6 PM. 
Free Landscape Photography Class

Free Landscape Photography Workshop for Amateurs will be held Saturday, April 27th from 2-5pm with a maximum enrollment of 10 participants.  The class will be held at a Holt County farm north of Page.  Annette (Van Buren) Leu will demonstrate successful landscape photography.  In this class you will learn techniques that improve your landscapes.  Lighting topics include; front, back and side lighting, time of day, as well as seasons.  Composition will include framing subjects and depth of field.  Equipment, planning, and black and white fine  art will also be discussed.  A basic understanding of a cameras operation will be helpful.  Students should bring their cameras and laptop computers.


To enroll contact Annette at 402-380-1971 or email her.