Personnel

CYFS Faculty


Susan Sheridan

Susan Sheridan

Director

64 CPEH
402-472-6941
ssheridan2@unl.edu

Biography
Lisa Knoche

Lisa Knoche

Co-Director

66 CPEH
lknoche2@unl.edu

Biography
Natalie Koziol

Natalie Koziol

Research Associate Professor

75 CPEH
nkoziol@unl.edu

Biography
W. Alex Mason

W. Alex Mason

Professor

36 CPEH
amason19@unl.edu

Biography
Gwen Nugent

Gwen Nugent

Research Professor

41 CPEH
gnugent1@unl.edu

Biography
Lorey Wheeler

Lorey Wheeler

Director, MAP Academy
Research Associate Professor

71 CPEH
lorey@unl.edu

Biography
Amanda Witte

Amanda Witte

Research Associate Professor

57 CPEH
402-472-2490
awitte2@unl.edu

Biography
HyeonJin Yoon

HyeonJin Yoon

Research Assistant Professor

61 CPEH
hyoon5@unl.edu

Biography

Project Personnel


Nicole Adams

Nicole Adams

Project Coordinator, INSIGHTS in Nebraska

33 CPEH
nadams4@unl.edu

Biography

Nicole Adams


Nicole Adams is a project coordinator for INSIGHTS in Nebraska. She provides day-to-day assistance to the project manager in coordinating all aspects of the project and assists with all necessary activities of data collection, cleaning and coding, liaison with school districts and intervention implementation. Adams earned her master's degree in educational psychology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Marianne Andersen

Marianne Andersen

Research Coordination Specialist, TAPP Online

60 CPEH
mandersen3@unl.edu

Biography

Marianne Andersen


Marianne Andersen is a research coordination specialist for TAPP Online, part of the Teachers and Parents as Partners (TAPP) research program. In this role, she supports school-based specialists as they work with parents and teachers to build partnerships between home and school to address social-behavioral concerns of students in preschool and elementary school. Andersen has more than 16 years of experience working with children and families. She holds a master’s degree in developmental psychology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Emily Arkfeld

Emily Arkfeld

Social-Emotional and Behavioral Learning Specialist, NeMTSS Implementation Support Team

emily.arkfeld@unl.edu

Biography

Emily Arkfeld


Emily Arkfeld is a Social-Emotional and Behavioral Learning (SEBL) Specialist with Nebraska's Multi-Tiered System of Support (NeMTSS) project. She provides professional development, technical assistance and coaching to educators regarding the social-emotional and behavioral learning needs of educators and students across the state. Arkfeld has spent nearly a decade as a school social worker and training new Child and Family Services Specialists for the State of Nebraska. She is a licensed clinical social worker and licensed mental health professional, and earned a master's degree in social work at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Jenny Benson

Jenny Benson

Early Childhood Coach, Getting Ready 0-3

jbenson28@unl.edu

Biography

Jenny Benson


Jenny Benson supports early childhood educators in the Getting Ready approach through training and ongoing coaching that helps them build strong partnerships with families. Along with many years of statewide systems-level work, she brings more than 10 years of work directly with children to her role as a coach. Benson earned her Ph.D. in Education & Human Sciences from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and is both a Registered COS-P Educator and COS-P Classroom Facilitator.

Emma Brunke

Emma Brunke

Family-School Partnership Coach, TAPP Online

49 CPEH
emma.brunke@unl.edu

Biography

Emma Brunke


Emma Brunke is a family-school partnership coach with the TAPP Online project. In this role, she implements the Teachers and Parents as Partners (TAPP) coaching framework to support school-based specialists as they work with parents and teachers to build partnerships between home and school to address social-behavioral concerns of students in elementary school. She previously worked at CEDARS Youth Services as an associate director, where she supported the Early Childhood Development Center, Community Learning Centers and Prevention Services. Brunke holds a master’s degree in education from Loyola University-Maryland and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Daniela-Cubas

Daniela Cubas

Data Collector, TAPP Online

60 CPEH
dcubas2@unl.edu

Biography

Daniela Cubas


Daniela Cubas is a data collector/coder for TAPP Online, part of the Teachers and Parents as Partners (TAPP) research program. She is responsible for on-site coding and phone and digital data collection. She works with schools and communicates broadly using bilingual skills to capture diverse data from research participants. Cubas holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Peru State College.

Laura Escobedo

Laura Escobedo

Project Manager, TAPP Online

53 CPEH
402-472-2018
lescobedo2@unl.edu

Biography

Laura Escobedo


Laura Escobedo is a project manager for TAPP Online, part of the Teachers and Parents as Partners (TAPP) research program. She is responsible for managing on-site data collection scheduling and activities, maintaining communications with school personnel, providing point-person access to rural schools, service units, and other field staff in distant and remote areas assuring seamless study activities. Escobedo earned a master’s degree in bilingual education from Texas A&M-San Antonio and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Texas A&M University.

Chandra Essex

Chandra Essex

Social-Emotional and Behavioral Learning Specialist, NeMTSS Implementation Support Team

cessex3@unl.edu

Biography

Chandra Essex


Chandra Essex is a Social-Emotional and Behavioral Learning (SEBL) Specialist with Nebraska's Multi-Tiered System of Support (NeMTSS) project. She provides professional development, technical assistance and coaching to educators regarding the social-emotional and behavioral learning needs of educators and students across the state. Essex earned her bachelor's degree in organizational leadership from Fort Hays State University; her master's degree in counselor education, with an emphasis in higher education, from Emporia State University; and her specialist degree in school counseling from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She has worked 19 years in higher education, two years for a community social services organization and one year in K-12 education direction for the district's AWARE Grant.

Jungwon Eum

Jungwon Eum

Project Manager, INSIGHTS in Nebraska

37 CPEH
jeum@unl.edu

Biography

Jungwon Eum


Jungwon Eum is project manager for INSIGHTS in Nebraska. She provides leadership in research and implementation and manages large-scale projects and data. She earned a doctoral degree in child, youth and family studies with a specialization in child development/early childhood education from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Eum received her master’s degree in child and family studies from the Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea.

Sommer Fousek

Sommer Fousek

Project Manager, Coaching in Early Intervention

62 CPEH
sfousek2@unl.edu

Biography

Sommer Fousek


Sommer Fousek is the project manager for the Coaching in Early Intervention project, which aims to develop and refine an early childhood coaching model to increase the use of evidence-based practices among early intervention personnel and improve outcomes for infants and toddlers with disabilities. She serves as the project manager for the Nebraska Academy for Early Childhood Research (NAECR). NAECR provides resources and supports to early childhood researchers across the University of Nebraska system and encourages interdisciplinary collaboration. Fousek also supports the Early Learning Network Lead project. She earned her master’s degree in public administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Sara Gentry

Sara Gentry

Social-Emotional and Behavioral Learning Specialist, NeMTSS Implementation Support Team

sgentry2@unl.edu

Biography

Sara Gentry


Sara Gentry is a Social-Emotional and Behavioral Learning (SEBL) Specialist with Nebraska's Multi-Tiered System of Support (NeMTSS) project. She provides professional development, technical assistance and coaching to educators regarding the social-emotional and behavioral learning needs of educators and students across the state. Gentry earned her Bachelor of Social Work from Molloy College and her Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California. She is a licensed clinical social worker and a licensed mental health practitioner, and has worked the past 15 years with diverse populations in a variety of settings, including her most recent role in rural schools as a school social worker.

Jill Guenther

Jill Guenther

Social-Emotional and Behavioral Learning Specialist, NeMTSS Implementation Support Team

jguenther10@unl.edu

Biography

Jill Guenther


Jill Guenther is a Social-Emotional and Behavioral Learning (SEBL) Specialist with Nebraska’s Multi-Tiered System of Support (NeMTSS) project. She provides professional development and coaching focusing on social-emotional and behavioral learning needs to support educators and students across the state. Guenther earned a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of South Dakota and a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Nebraska Kearney. She has spent the last 15 years — first as speech-language pathologist, then in special education leadership — providing training, support and services to students and staff at the secondary level.

Maureen Halpenny

Maureen Halpenny

Training Resources & Communication Coordinator, NeMTSS

62 CPEH
maureen.halpenny@unl.edu

Biography

Maureen Halpenny


Maureen Halpenny is training resources and communication coordinator for Nebraska MTSS (NeMTSS). She provides logistical, technical, organization and communications support to the NeMTSS Implementation Support Team while it works to empower educators to support and prepare all students for success by systematically delivering a range of high-quality instruction. Originally from Omaha, Halpenny earned bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics education from Boston University.

Tamara Hechtner-Galvin

Tamara Hechtner-Galvin

Project Coordinator, Getting Ready 0-3

21 CPEH
402-472-5529
thechtner2@unl.edu

Biography

Tamara Hechtner-Galvin


Tamara Hechtner-Galvin is the project coordinator for Getting Ready 0-3. This study focuses on strengthening the relationships children have with adults, as well as strengthening the partnerships between parents and their childcare providers. Collaboratively, parents and teachers identify and build on a child’s strengths, establish developmental goals, and create home-center plans to support developmentally appropriate child goals. Hechtner-Galvin's research interests include family-school partnerships, early childhood education, assessment and early intervention. She earned her doctoral degree in human development and family studies with an emphasis in early childhood education from Iowa State University.

Angela Hinrichs

Angela Hinrichs

Facilitator, INSIGHTS in Nebraska

33 CPEH
402-472-2448 
s-ahinric2@unl.edu

Biography

Angela Hinrichs


Angela Hinrichs is the facilitator for INSIGHTS in Nebraska, a comprehensive social-emotional learning intervention for kindergarten and first-grade students in rural schools that includes parent, teacher and classroom components. She works directly with students, parents and teachers in rural communities to help them learn temperament-based strategies to solve common dilemmas. She has experience teaching in public schools.

Robin Mills

Robin Mills

Family-School Partnership Coach, TAPP Online

65 CPEH
rmills8@unl.edu

Biography

Robin Mills


Robin Mills is a family-school partnership coach with the Teachers and Parents as Partners (TAPP) Online project. Her work focuses on bringing parents, teachers and school specialists together to develop constructive relationships and support positive outcomes for children with behavioral needs. Mills has 13 years of experience in public school administration and special education services. She earned a bachelor's degree in theatre performance from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, a master's degree in communication from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a master's degree in educational leadership from Doane University.

Mackenzie Riedel

Mackenzie Riedel

Social-Emotional and Behavioral Learning Specialist, NeMTSS Implementation Support Team

mriedel2@unl.edu

Biography

Mackenzie Riedel


Mackenzie Riedel is a Social-Emotional and Behavioral Learning (SEBL) Specialist with Nebraska’s Multi-Tiered System of Support (NeMTSS). She provides professional development, technical assistance and coaching to educators regarding the social-emotional and behavioral learning needs of educators and students across the state. Riedel earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a master’s and specialist degree in school psychology from Appalachian State University. Originally from Lincoln, she returned to Nebraska and worked as a school psychologist prior to joining the CYFS team.

Sandra Scruggs

Sandra Scruggs

Early Childhood Research Technician, Getting Ready 0-3

45 CPEH
sscruggs2@unl.edu

Biography

Sandra Scruggs


Sandra Scruggs has assisted with research-related tasks across multiple early childhood projects since 2007 and currently provides support for the Getting Ready project. She earned her master’s in nutrition, with an emphasis in public health, from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Hana Sindi

Hana Sindi

Project Coordinator, RESPECT Across Nebraska

hana@unl.edu

Biography

Hana Sindi


Hana Sindi is a project coordinator for RESPECT Across Nebraska.

Carrie Sublette

Carrie Sublette

Reading Teacher Coach Specialist, Nebraska WORDS Project

csublette2@unl.edu

Biography

Carrie Sublette


Carrie Sublette is a reading teacher coach specialist with the WORDS Project. She works collaboratively with K-3 teachers in rural Nebraska to increase student achievement in literacy. She provides high-quality professional development, observational data and personalized coaching sessions. Sublette earned her Bachelor of Science in elementary education and Master of Science in educational administration degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has more than 30 years of experience as an elementary teacher, instructional coach and administrator.

Sara Wing

Sara Wing

Reading Teacher Coach Specialist-Lead, WORDS Project

swing2@unl.edu

Biography

Sara Wing


Sara Wing is the lead reading teacher coach for the Nebraska WORDS Project. She works closely with teachers doing classroom observations and personalized coaching sessions. Wing earned her teaching degree from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska. She earned master's degrees in literacy education with a reading specialist dndorsement, and in curriculum and instruction. She also holds a doctorate in teacher leadership. Wing has also completed introductory Wilson training, LETRS training and serves on the board of the Nebraska State Literacy Association. She is passionate about reading and the need to bring quality professional development to the rural areas in Nebraska.

Katie Zabel

Katie Zabel

Early Childhood Coach, Getting Ready 0-3

kzabel3@unl.edu

Biography

Katie Zabel


Katie Zabel joined the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 2013 to serve as an early childhood coach on the Getting Ready 0-3 project. She trains early childhood educators in the Getting Ready approach, and supports them through ongoing coaching to build strong partnerships with the parents and families they serve. Zabel earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education/human development from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, where she also received an elementary education endorsement.

Business / Administration

Tina Horan

Tina Horan

Assistant Director for Research Operations

162C WHIT
tina.horan@unl.edu

Biography

Tina Horan


Tina Horan leads the research business/organizational operations of CYFS. She provides leadership and oversight for the center's fiscal operation, including budget monitoring, analysis and forecasting, and helps develop and implement business plans, policies and procedures. Tina is from Nebraska City and earned her bachelor's degree in finance/business administration from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Julie Erickson

Julie Erickson

Administrative Coordinator

160 WHIT
julie.erickson@unl.edu

Biography

Julie Erickson


Julie Erickson provides administrative support to the director and oversees office management. She works collaboratively with grant support personnel to achieve a high-level of efficiency and productivity in the pre-award process. A native Nebraskan, Julie earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Research and Grant Support

Julie Gillmor

Julie Gillmor

Proposal Development Coordinator

162E WHIT
julie.gillmor@unl.edu

Biography

Julie Gillmor


Julie Gillmor works with faculty, staff and graduate students to help prepare grant proposals submitted to external sponsors. She identifies funding opportunities, ensures comprehensive grant development support, organizes and coordinates proposal development and submission, and reviews and refines grant applications. Originally from Old Fort, Ohio, Julie earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the College of Wooster in Ohio. She also has master’s degrees in health administration and public administration from Ohio State University.

Matilda Kond

Matilda Kond

Grant Specialist

162F WHIT
mkond2@unl.edu

Biography

Matilda Kond


Matilda Kond conducts data-driven analysis of grant budgets and expenditures; generates budget reports and reconciles monthly budgets with integrated finance systems. Her role also includes providing data support for reporting and data visualization. Originally from Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea, Matilda attended Nebraska's Concordia University on a soccer scholarship, where she earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration. She also holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from Union College in Lincoln.

Braxton Lindhorst

Braxton Lindhorst

Grant Specialist

162G WHIT
braxton.lindhorst@unl.edu

Biography

Braxton Lindhorst


Braxton Lindhorst analyzes grant budgets and expenditures, initiates grant budget reports and reconciles monthly budgets. He also assists in the development of proposal budgets, grant extensions and budget modification.

Amanda Prokasky

Amanda Prokasky

Senior Research Specialist

67 CPEH
aprokasky3@unl.edu

Biography

Amanda Prokasky


Amanda Prokasky provides analytical, methodological and data management support for a variety of projects in the MAP Academy. She has expertise in quantitative methods, project management and program evaluation. Her research interests include family economics and poverty, early childhood and family policy, childcare quality, access and affordability, and child sleep and temperament.

Rebecca Voigtlander

Rebecca Voigtlander

Grant Specialist (Post-Award)

160E WHIT
rvoigtlander2@unl.edu

Biography

Rebecca Voigtlander


Rebecca Voigtlander analyzes grant budgets and expenditures, initiates grant budget reports and reconciles monthly budgets. She maintains updated hours for each staff member and creates categorized reports for hours logged per project.


Communications, Media and Technology Support

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Seth Teager

Seth Teager

Communications & Media Manager

160D WHIT
402-499-7974
steager2@unl.edu

Biography

Seth Teager


Seth creates purpose-driven visual communications that elevate, enhance and clearly define the brand and mission of CYFS. With an emphasis on user interface and user experience, he designs and develops websites for the center and center-based projects. He also designs print materials and provides videography for promotional and educational purposes.

Istiaque Ali

Istiaque Ali

Lead Database Developer & Analyst

iali@huskers.unl.edu

Biography

Istiaque Ali


Istiaque Ali develops, manages and maintains research databases. He coordinates and analyzes CYFS project data, and programs database-driven websites for the center’s projects. His role also includes the development of electronic mailing lists and dynamic programs to chart and summarize data.

James Fleege

James Fleege

Video & Multimedia Specialist

162J WHIT
fleege@unl.edu

Biography

James Fleege


James Fleege is a visual storyteller who uses video and other forms of multimedia to support the mission of CYFS.

Chuck Green

Chuck Green

Communications Associate

162J WHIT
cgreen11@unl.edu

Biography

Chuck Green


Chuck Green collaborates with research faculty to gather information about grant-funded projects, then shares that information through articles, annual reports, promotional material and press releases across print and digital platforms. He also photographs research activities and events, assists with email marketing and social media, creates and updates website content, and manages the contact database. Originally from Lincoln, Chuck earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Dana Ludvik

Dana Ludvik

Communications & Media Specialist

162H WHIT
dludvik2@unl.edu

Biography

Dana Ludvik


Dana Ludvik works closely with CYFS staff and affiliated faculty to develop and implement strategic communications that share the center’s research and help extend its impact. She engages internal and external audiences in the center’s vision and activities through social media, articles, annual reports and promotional materials. Dana is from Lincoln and earned an interdisciplinary master’s degree in marketing, communications and advertising, and a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting, from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Kyleigh Skaggs

Kyleigh Skaggs

Visual Communications Designer

162H WHIT
kskaggs3@unl.edu

Biography

Kyleigh Skaggs


Kyleigh designs and executes visual concepts for CYFS. She approaches each design with a clear set of goals for how best to elevate the brand and effectively reach its intended audience. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in visual communication and design from the University of Nebraska Kearney.

Students


Name College Department Specialization Campus
Odera Achingale CEHS Educational Psychology School Psychology UNL
Libby Brower CEHS Educational Psychology School Psychology UNL
Alexis Chavez CEHS Educational Psychology Quantitative, Qualitative & Psychometric Methods UNL
Genevieve Dashiell CEHS Educational Psychology Counseling Psychology UNL
Farya Haider CEHS Educational Psychology School Psychology UNL
Annica Jonson CEHS Educational Psychology Counseling Psychology UNL
Kaitlyn Kugler CEHS Educational Psychology School Psychology UNL
Abril Rangel-Pacheco CEHS Educational Psychology School Psychology UNL
Emelia Rejman CEHS Educational Psychology School Psychology UNL
Libby Valerio-Boster CEHS Child, Youth & Family Studies Global Family Health & Well-being UNL
Weiman Xu CEHS Child, Youth & Family Studies Global Family Health & Well-being UNL