Start Early. Start well.

Leadership

SAMUEL J. MEISELS

Samuel J. Meisels, Ed.D.

Founding Executive Director

RENEE WESSELS

Renee Wessels

Associate Executive Director

Maria Malnack

Maria Malnack

Director of Finance and Administration

CHRISTINE MAXWELL

Christine Maxwell, Ph.D.

Director of Program Development

SUSAN SARVER

Susan Sarver, Ph.D.

Director of Workforce Planning and Development

SHANNON SHERMAN

Shannon Sherman

Director of Communications

Rose Edzie

Rosemary Edzie, Ph.D.

Director of Development, NU Foundation

Program Staff

Kim Bodensteiner

Kim Bodensteiner

Associate Director of Program Development

Cris Lopez Anderson

Cris Lopez Anderson

Program Administrator

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Molly Colling

Program Specialist, Birth to Age 3

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Dalhia Lloyd

Program Specialist, Family and Community

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Janette Merkel

Program specialist, Preschool to Third Grade

Darcy Heath

Darcy Heath

Educational Facilitator

Mary Beth Pistillo

Mary Beth Pistillo

Educational Facilitator

Amy Schmidtke

Amy Schmidtke

Educational Facilitator

Brooke Studt

Brooke Studt

Educational Facilitator

Workforce Development Staff

Cathey Huddleston-Casas, Ph.D.

Associate Director of Workforce Planning and Development

Cama Charlet

Cama Charlet

Program Specialist

Alex Daro

Alexandra Daro

Graduate Assistant

Research and Evaluation Staff

Greg Welch

Greg Welch, Ph.D.

Associate Director of Research and Evaluation

Amy Roberts

Amy Roberts, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor

Communications Staff

Machaela Cavanaugh

Machaela Cavanaugh

Conferences and Special Projects Manager

Duane Retzlaff

Duane Retzlaff

Communications Associate

administrative staff

Stella Chow

Stella Chow

Finance and Administrative Associate

Michele Graham

Michele Graham

Executive Assistant

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Lori Kuker

Office Associate

ENDOWED COMMUNITY CHAIRS

The Buffett Early Childhood Institute is establishing four endowed community professorships on the University of Nebraska campuses. MORE

buffett SCHOLARS

The Buffett Early Childhood Institute Graduate Scholars program awards 1- and 2-year grants—each worth up to $25,000 annually—to a maximum of four doctoral students every year. MORE

NATIONAL BOARD OF ADVISORS

Our work is supported by a distinguished panel of highly respected educators who form the Buffett Institute’s National Board of Advisors. MORE

STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMISSION

A statewide strategic planning commission guided the Buffett Institute’s formation. MORE

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