Start Early. Start well.

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

Director of Research and Evaluation

Maria Malnack

Maria Malnack

Director of Finance

CHRISTINE MAXWELL

Christine Maxwell, Ph.D.

Director of Program Development

Erin Owen, director of communications and marketing

Erin Owen

Director of Communications and Marketing

SUSAN SARVER

Susan Sarver, Ph.D.

Director of Workforce Planning and Development

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

Janette Merkel, program specialist, preschool to third grade

Janette Merkel

Program Specialist, Preschool to Third Grade

Amy Schmidtke

Amy Schmidtke

Program Specialist, Resource and Program Development 

Keeley Bibins

Keeley Bibins

Educational Facilitator

Erica Kenoyer

Erica Kenoyer

Educational Facilitator

Mary Beth Pistillo

Mary Beth Pistillo

Educational Facilitator

Barb Stratman

Barb Stratman

Educational Facilitator

Melissa Wolken

Melissa Wolken

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

Amanda Garrett

Amanda Garrett, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor

Malena Rousseau, Research and Evaluation Coordinator

Malena Rousseau, Ph.D.

Research and Evaluation Coordinator

Elizabeth Svoboda

Elizabeth Svoboda

Research Specialist in Quantitative Methods

Communications Staff

Machaela Cavanaugh

Machaela Cavanaugh

Conferences and Special Projects Manager

Rebecca Elder

Rebecca Elder

Designer and Marketing Specialist

Duane Retzlaff

Duane Retzlaff

Communications Associate

administrative staff

Melissa Boyer

Melissa Boyer

Office Associate

Stella Chow, finance and administration associate

Stella Chow

Finance and Administration Associate

Shannon Gelbman

Shannon Gelbman

Office Associate

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Lori Kuker

Office Associate

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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