Start Early. Start well.

Strategic Planning Commission

Founding Executive Director Samuel J. Meisels and the Buffett Institute’s Strategic Planning Commission created a comprehensive strategic master plan in 2013 to set forth the guiding principles and key strategies for our work. The plan also details the long-term outcomes that focus our efforts. View the plan

Tonia Durden
Assistant Professor, Department of Child, Youth, and Family Studies, UNL

Nancy Edick
Dean, College of Education, UNO

Lori Byrne
Senior Vice President, Development, University of Nebraska Foundation

Carolyn Edwards
Professor, Department of Psychology, UNL

Sarah Edwards
Professor and Chair, Department of Teacher Education, UNO

Gladys Haynes
Director, Nebraska Early Learning Initiatives, Buffett Early Childhood Fund

Melody Hobson
Administrator, Office of Early Childhood, Nebraska Department of Education

Barb Jackson
Associate Professor, Department of Education and Child Development, Munroe-Meyer Institute, UNMC

ReNae Kehrberg
Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and Learning, Omaha Public Schools

Marjorie Kostelnik
Dean, College of Education and Human Sciences, UNL

Sarah Ann Kotchian
Director of Early Childhood Policy and Public Relations, Holland Children’s Movement

Lillie Larsen
Member, Nebraska State Board of Education

Michael Leibowitz
Director, Munroe-Meyer Institute, UNMC

Chris Marvin
Professor, Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, UNL

Max McFarland
Professor, Department of Counseling and School Psychology, UNK

Gay McTate
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Family Enrichment, Ltd.

Dawn Mollenkopf
Associate Professor, Department of Teacher Education, UNK

Sue Obermiller
Vice President, Nebraska Head Start Association; Early Childhood Programs Director, Central Nebraska Community Services

Helen Raikes
Professor, Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies, UNL

Jessie Rasmussen
President, Buffett Early Childhood Fund

Susan Sheridan   
Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, and Director, Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families, and Schools, UNL

Eleanor Shirley
Director, Step Up to Quality, Nebraska Department of Education

John Sparks
Stokes-Shackleford Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics, UNMC

Jane Stavem
Associate Superintendent for Instruction, Lincoln Public Schools

Fawn Taylor
Executive Director, Early Childhood Services, Omaha

Becky Veak  
Director, First Five Nebraska

Debora Wisneski 
Associate Professor, Department of Teacher Education, UNO