Meet the Team

DAN NELSON, OWNER


What were you doing before this? Before starting the company I worked as a manager in an Applebee’s restaurant and also as a manager in a Plasma center. These two experiences have been instrumental in the success of Vahallan. Applebees taught me the need for keeping recipes and also being organized and the plasma center taught me the importance of quality control.
What time frame would you most like to visit in a time travel machine: Prehistoric time
Favorite invention of all time: Time travel Machine
Where did you grow up: Alliance NE. Home of Carhenge. www.carhenge.com
Favorite movie of all time: Shawshank Redemption.
What is something that someone wouldn’t know about you: I grew up on a cattle ranch.

MATT MONKS, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT


What is your favorite Vahallan pattern: Sidon
Most amazing thing you have ever seen: Dan and I once saw a tractor that had rolled over on the highway and caught fire. It was hauling candy and the road was covered in multi-colored candy bars. The black cloud could be seen and smelled for miles. It was both horrifying and delicious looking.
Favorite food: Coffee
Funniest clean joke: A pirate walks into a bar with a steering wheel in his pants. The bartender asks, “You know you have got a steering wheel in your pants?” the pirate replies, “Yarr, it be driving me nuts.”
Phobia: June bugs freak me out. One flew into my mouth while I was eating a PB&J when I was a kid. I still like PB&J though; I don’t blame it for the accident.

JARED, LEAD STUDIO ARTIST


Do you have a hobby: Yes.
Place you most want to visit: 911 Memorials in NYC.
Favorite 80’x band: VanHalen (David Lee Roth era none of that Sammy stuff)
Favorite Vahallan pattern: Sidon with a Black backing
Where did you grow up? Hordville, NE Population 144
If you were on a deserted island and you could only have one thing, what would it be? A boat, duh.

LYNNE, SHIPPING & SAMPLE ROOM MANAGER


Do you have a hobby? Yes, acrylic painting and gourd art. You can check out my work at http://lynnereineke.com/
Funniest clean joke: I only remember the not so clean jokes.
Place you most want to visit: Germany, Italy, Spain… I would love to visit all of these places
Favorite 80’s band: Queen
What is cool that someone wouldn’t know about you: I grew up showing horses and competing in rodeos.
Where did you grow up? St. Edward, NE on a farm

HARVEY, ARTIST


Do you have a hobby? I write a blog about music. You can view Harvey’s blog at M is for Music
Funniest clean joke: A horse walks into a bar and the bartender says, what’s with the long face?
Favorite 80’s band: I was inspired by The Smith’s in the 80’s.
Favorite snack: I love dried dates and almonds.
If you were on a deserted island and you could only have one thing, what would it be? A well-stocked Yacht.

DUSTIN, ARTIST


Do you have a hobby?I am also a basket weaver.
Favorite 80s band?The Talking Heads
What were you doing before this? I was and currently am the co-founder/executive director of a local, professional, non-profit performing arts company; Omniarts Nebraska. I also sing, act and dance.
Favorite Vahallan pattern:Burluxe/Erosion
Favorite movie of all time? Cool Hand Luke

TRENTON, ARTIST


Do you have a hobby? Disc Golf
Place you most want to visit.  New Zealand
What time frame would you visit in a time travel machine? The year 3030
Do you have a phobia? Spiders (Arachnophobia)
Favorite 80’s band? Beastie Boys

STACY, SAMPLE ROOM ASSISTANT


Favorite invention of all time – The mirror
Do you have a phobia? All of the above
Where did you grow up? Iowa
What is cool that someone wouldn’t know about you? I’ve climbed thousands of roofs
Favorite type of food? SUGAR. SUGAR. SUGAR.

SHAWNEE, SAMPLE ROOM ASSISTANT


Favorite Vahallan pattern? Abalone
Where did you grow up? Tecumseh, NE
Favorite movie of all time? Atonement
What time frame would you visit in a time travel machine? Victorian era so I could wear one of those dresses

FRED, LEAD NAP TAKER


Do you have a hobby? Walking on keyboards while people are typing.
Funniest clean joke you know? How do cats end a fight? They hiss and make up.
Favorite invention of all time? String.
What is cool that someone wouldn’t know about you?I fit in an office desk and I like it.
Favorite movie of all time? The Aristocats. Duchess is a babe.