Ranelle Maltas is from Lincoln, Nebraska and began her marching band experience on the flagline of her Aurora, Nebraska high school, where her instructor (a UNL flagline alumnae) encouraged her to audition at the university. She was on the UNL Cornhusker Marching Band flagline from 1987-91 and served in the band leadership during that time. She graduated with a degree from the College of Business in the summer of 1992.
Returning to participate in every reunion held since her graduation, Ranelle soon became involved with the leadership of the UNL Band Alumni Association. She is currently an elected board member after serving previous terms as Vice-President and General Manager. Ranelle has been served on various boards for other non-profit organizations, such as the Lincoln Chapter of the Association for Talent Development and the University Association for Administrative Development.
Ranelle works at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the Office of Human Resources where she develops and provides employee training. She has been providing computer training and support for the faculty and staff at UNL since August 2000. Ranelle is also an adjunct professor teaching Microsoft applications for Southeast Community College Continuing Education Center.
“My first and favorite memory of being a part of the Cornhusker Marching Band was standing on the field at attention after the first day of my first band camp and realizing the people around me cared as much about marching band as I did. I found my “family.” They are still some of my best friends today.”
During her time in band, Ranelle met and married her best friend, Bill Maltas, an alto sax player. Together, they own The Waffleman™ providing fundraising opportunities for organizations. They have two adult sons active in music. Their oldest joined the Cornhusker Marching Band in 2018 as a trombone player and will be one of the Drum Majors in 2021.
“I serve on the Board of UNL BAA because I believe we are continuing to build life-long memories and friendships for the current band and our alumni. I have made many friends and have gotten to know many other alumni from different eras that are now a part of my extended band family. On the board of the NAoAB, I want to help others do the same for their bands and alumni.”