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Leadership

SAMUEL J. MEISELS

Samuel J. Meisels, Ed.D.

Founding Executive Director

RENEE WESSELS

Renee Wessels

Associate Executive Director for Strategy and External Affairs

Kimberly Harper, associate executive director for operations

Kimberly Harper

Associate Executive Director for Operations

Kathleen Gallagher, Ph.D.

Director of Research and Evaluation

Amy Mart, director of Professional Learning

Amy Mart, Ph.D.

Director of Professional Learning

Erin Owen, director of communications and marketing

Erin Owen

Director of Communications and Marketing

Lisa Roy, Director of Program Development

Lisa Roy, Ed.D.

Director of Program Development

Susan Sarver, Director of Workforce Planning and Development

Susan Sarver, Ph.D.

Director of Workforce Planning and Development

Rose Edzie

Rosemary Edzie, Ph.D.

Director of Development, NU Foundation

Program Staff

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

Keeley Bibins

Keeley Bibins

Educational Facilitator

Amy Colwell

Amy Colwell

Educational Facilitator

Ellen Donahue

Ellen Donahue

Educational Facilitator

Mary Beth Pistillo

Mary Beth Pistillo

Educational Facilitator

Melissa Wolken

Melissa Wolken

Educational Facilitator Team Lead

Workforce Development Staff

Cathey Huddleston-Casas, Ph.D.

Associate Director of Workforce Planning and Development

Cama Charlet

Cama Charlet

Manager of Early Childhood Workforce Initiatives

Holly Hickson

Holly Hickson

Program Specialist

Sara Vetter, Project Manager

Sara Vetter

Project Manager

Research and Evaluation Staff

Greg Welch

Greg Welch, Ph.D.

Associate Director of Research and Evaluation

Alex Daro

Alexandra Daro, Ph.D.

Research Specialist

Kate Sutton

Kate Sutton

Research Specialist in Qualitative Methods

Elizabeth Svoboda, research specialist in quantitative methods

Elizabeth Svoboda

Research Specialist in Quantitative Methods

Melissa Boyer

Melissa Boyer

PDG Project Manager

Venessa Bryant, database specialist

Venessa Bryant

Database Specialist

Marie Geist, program evaluation coordinator

Marie Geist

Program Evaluation Coordinator

Professional Learning Staff

Amy Schmidtke

Amy Schmidtke, Ed.D.

Associate Director of Professional Learning 

Katie Lorenzen

Katie Lorenzen

Research Associate

Communications Staff

Kelly Jefferson

Kelly Jefferson

Associate Director of Communications and Marketing

Ashia Aubrey

Ashia Aubrey

Communications Specialist - Preschool Development Grant

Lisa Caudle, Events Manager

Lisa Caudle

Events Manager

Erin Duffy

Erin Duffy

Digital Communications Specialist

Chantel Asselin Dunn

Chantel Asselin Dunn

Marketing CRM System Manager

Rebecca Elder

Rebecca Elder

Creative and Brand Manager

Erica Nett

Erica Nett

Public Outreach Communications Specialist

Duane Retzlaff

Duane Retzlaff

Communications Associate

operations staff

Julie Gottula, Grants Financial Specialist

Julie Gottula

Grants Financial Specialist

Lee Manns, Grants Financial Specialist

Lee Manns

Grants Financial Specialist

Nicole McCoid, Business Operations Project Specialist

Nicole McCoid

Business Operations Project Specialist

Rebecca Pray

Rebecca Pray

Office Associate

Traci Roberts, Office Associate

Traci Roberts

Office Associate

Vera Valtier

Vera Valtier

Office Associate

Sue Walker, Budget and Accounting Manager

Sue Walker

Budget and Accounting Manager

Salina Wallace

Salina Wallace

Office Associate for Executive Leadership

ENDOWED COMMUNITY CHAIRS

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

Graduate SCHOLARS

The Buffett Early Childhood Institute Graduate Scholars program awards 1-year grants worth up to $25,000 to a maximum of four NU 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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