Kimmel Orchard Staff & Board

Welcome to the Kimmel Orchard Staff & Board page. Please scroll down to find out more information about each of our talented staff members and to see a list of our current board members and their board role.

Kimmel Orchard Staff

Vaughn Hammond
Orchard Operations & Education Team Leader

Vaughn graduated from the University of Nebraska with a bachelor’s degree in horticulture and a master’s degree in entomology. He originally came to work with us in 2001 as a member of the Orchard Operations Team. As time progressed, he ultimately became a University of Nebraska Extension Educator focusing on specialty crops and local foods housed at the Kimmel Education and Research Center located on-site. In 2014, he left to help with the development of Union Orchard. We are all happy to say that he has returned to Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard to lead us through our next series of exciting projects. Welcome back Vaughn!

Tyler Vock
Orchard Operations & Business Team Leader

Born and raised here in Nebraska City, Tyler has worked at Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard as a grower for more than seven years. He’s a classic farm kid, so agriculture has always been an important part of his life. Some of his favorite things about working here are seeing repeat guests find new and interesting ways to engage with the orchard each visit, learning and implementing new advancements in the fruit crop industry and providing knowledge to guests regarding where their fruit comes from. His hobbies include golfing and spending time at his family farm as well as with his wife, Erin, and pup, Willow. Really, anything outdoors is up his alley.

Carol Heinke
Payroll & Accounting Manager

Carol works part-time in our business office and she helps in the Apple Barn during festival weekends. This is Carol’s second season at Kimmel. Originally from Blair, Nebraska, she attended the University of Nebraska–Lincoln after high school. She remained in Lincoln until five years ago, when she married a Nebraska City farmer, David, and made the big move to the country. After being a “city” gal all her life, she was a bit apprehensive about the change in lifestyle (apparently, she’s watched one too many episodes of Green Acres!), but she absolutely loves the country life and the small-town feel of Nebraska City. In her free time, Carol enjoys gardening, doing yardwork, helping her husband with farm work and spending time with the newest addition to the farm—11 kittens!

Shayna Murrell
Business & Marketing Developer

Shayna just recently joined the Kimmel Orchard team in February. Shayna is in charge of managing social media, our web site, advertising, tour planning, event promoting and grant writing. She grew up not too far away at an acreage in Syracuse and then graduated from Syracuse High School in 2010. She then went to SCC in Lincoln and graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Office Professional. She is now married to her husband Ryan of 5 years and in her spare time she enjoys playing sports, hunting, fishing and being out in the elements.