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Board & Staff


  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, University of Nebraska Omaha
    Bachelor’s Degree in Social Welfare, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    Licensed Mental Health Practitioner

    Penny has guided this agency as the Chief Executive Officer since August 1991. “Prior to coming to this organization, I had always worked with many kids and families who were part of the child welfare system,” she says. “I wanted to be in a position where we could focus on prevention services. The mission is why I am here.” She leads a talented and highly-educated team, many of whom have advanced degrees in counseling and program administration. “Their commitment to the children and families we serve is a primary reason our organization has become a model for building strong communities.”

Leadership Team

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Loyola University (IL)
    Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Creighton University

    Bill joined Completely KIDS in January 2011 as Shelter Program Coordinator before his promotion to Program Manager. He currently manages all the community-based sites, which includes the shelter, teen employment, All Saints, weekend food, and all headquarter services. An Omaha native, Bill received his undergraduate degree from Creighton University before moving to Boston with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps as a Child Advocate with a family homeless shelter. In 2010, he received a master’s degree from Loyola Chicago before returning home to Omaha. Bill is an avid runner and remains a diehard Creighton Bluejays basketball fan.

  • Master's Degree in Business Administration, St. Louis University (MO)
    Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Southeast Missouri State University
    Certified Public Accountant

    Margaret started with Completely KIDS in October 2019, bringing work experience from DuPage Children's Museum, Zonta International, both of Chicago, and Alkem Laboraties in St. Louis. Margaret says, "I'm inspired by the mission of Completely KIDS and can see the difference it makes in the community. I want to use my professional skills to help further the mission." Margaret is married to husband Chris and has sons. She's a St. Louis Cardinals fan and enjoys traveling, reading and theater.

  • Bachelor of Social Work, Missouri Western State University,
    Master of Social Work, University of Southern Mississippi
    Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

    Jeff has previous work experience at the University of Nebraska at Omaha as a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner and an instructor. Jeff says, "I wanted to be a part of that long history of serving and strengthening our community." Fun fact, Jeff played in a band in New Orleans and opened for Vanilla Ice. He is married with four kids, two Great Danes, one Papillon, and two cats. He enjoys being outside and loves to camp with his family.

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, University of Nebraska Omaha
    Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Creighton University

    Ann started with Completely KIDS under its former affiliation in May 2002. She served as a Community Outreach Worker and Program Coordinator at Jackson Elementary before moving into her role as a director. “I truly believe in what we do,” Ann says. “I have had the opportunity to see our kids have great successes in their lives, and that makes me proud!” Ann is married, has two sons, and a competitive spirit on the soccer field.

  • Master’s Degree in Forensic Science: Behavioral, Nebraska Wesleyan University
    Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Nebraska Wesleyan University

    Before joining the Completely KIDS staff as a Program Coordinator in September 2016, Lacey worked with juveniles on probation and says she “noticed a great need for positive role models before youth enter high school.” In her current role as Chief Development Officer, Lacey will share the stories of those we serve to increase human and financial support for Completely KIDS. Lacey enjoys relaxing at home with her husband Greg, daughter Halle, and dog Gilmore or in Lincoln with family.

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, University of Nebraska Omaha
    Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, University of Nebraska Omaha
    Certified Master Social Worker
    Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner

    Lulu is an alumnus of our teen program and served as a practicum student at Field Club before joining Completely KIDS full time as the Shelter Coordinator. In 2017, she transitioned to working with families in a mental health capacity. “Because I was in the program during high school, I know the impact this agency has on kids,” she says. Lulu is married to Teddy and enjoys spending time with her family and two Pugs.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Grace University
    Associate Degree in Business Administration, Kaplan University

    Rosa worked for almost 10 years in the credit card banking industry before finding her passion for human services as a part-time Volunteer Coordinator at CASA for Douglas County. In 2012, she accepted a full-time role working with families at Completely KIDS. She helps adults reach their goals in the areas of education, personal growth and health/wellness. Rosa says many Completely KIDS families have one or both parents who were not given any educational opportunities in their home country. Born in Mexico, Rosa believes, “had my Dad not been one of the skilled farm laborers working in the United States during that time, I would be one of these people, through no fault of my own, who is not educated or able to provide the opportunity of a bright future to my three children.” Rosa is married to husband Ray.

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, University of Nebraska Omaha
    Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, University of Nebraska Omaha
    Transformational Nonprofit Leadership Certificate, University of Notre Dame (IN)
    National Afterschool Matters Fellow – 2017-2019

    Carla has seen the ins and outs of Completely KIDS since starting here in October 1998. She served as a volunteer, Program Support Staff, Program Coordinator (Highland, Liberty AM, Washington, Marrs, Norris, Bryan, Teen and Transition programs), Program Specialist and Program Manager prior to her current role. “As I started working at the program, I immediately fell in love with the kids and families, and saw the serious barriers they were challenged with,” Carla says. “My heart has always stayed with the kids and families, and I believe in this organization. I am who I am because of what I have learned while working at Completely KIDS.” Family is the most important thing to Carla. She is married to her high school sweetheart and has four sons.

  • Master's Degree in Management, Bellevue University
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education: Early Childhood Education, University of Nebraska Omaha
    DDI Certified Trainer
    DDI Target Selection Interview Certificate
    ATD Training Certificate
    ATD Project Management for Learning Professionals Certificate
    TWI Job Instruction Training Certificate

    Matt joined Completely KIDS as Human Resources Manager in May 2018, combining his years of HR experience from Gordmans and Nebraska Furniture Mart with his love for helping others. "I had been looking for the right opportunity to start working with children and families again," Matt says. "The mission and vision of Completely KIDS spoke to me right away. I knew I had to be part of an organization that focuses their efforts on the success of children and their families." Matt's family includes his wife Caitlin, sons William and Patrick, two dogs and foster dogs. In addition to his work for Completely KIDS and service of foster dogs, Matt, a Type 1 Diabetic, advocates for diabetes research and funding in hopes of finding a cure.

Program Staff

  • Associate Degree in Human Services, Metropolitan Community College

    Sheila is one of the agency’s long-time employees. Since starting in January 1996, she has served at the Niños, Wintergreen, Shelter and CK Highland sites, and now oversees our CK Walnut Hill location. Sheila is married with two daughters and seven grandkids, and you can count on her to cook a fancy feast during the holidays.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science, Bellevue University
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Metropolitan Community College

    Kayla started working at Completely KIDS in July 2020. Prior to working at Completely KIDS, she worked as a Foster Care Specialist, a Youth Director, and a Crisis Counselor. She says, "The moment I visited the CK building for an event, I fell in love with the program. My passion stems from supporting youth and families to be successful." Her hobbies include being around her family and working on crafts. She also knows American Sign Language.

  • Bachelor's Degree in Public Health, University of Nebraska Omaha

    Nancy participated in Completely KIDS (then Camp Fire) as a middle school student and was later hired as Program Support Staff at CK Highland. There, she became the assistant and then joined Completely KIDS full time as a Family Specialist. Nancy briefly left Completely KIDS before returning to complete an internship in the curriculum department and then being hired on full time in 2020 as the Program Coordinator for CK Norris.

    Growing up, Nancy spent her summers in her parent's hometown in Guerrero, Mexico. She said this experience was very humbling and has fueled her desire to receive a higher education and work with the Latino community.

  • Bellevue University

    Diana has been with Completely KIDS since 2004, first as a Program Support Staff, then a Lead, and then an Assistant. Completely KIDS has given her multiple opportunities since she was a youth to now, allowing her to continue enjoying the kids and families Completely KIDS serves. She loves helping people and feels the fullest when working with kids. She loves to learn different languages and hopes to learn how to read and write Arabic. Diana is a single mother raising her teenage son, Miguel.

  • Bachelor's Degree in Sociology, University of Nebraska Omaha

    Yahaira brings a special understanding of Completely KIDS to her work each day. She is an alumni of the program and worked part time as a program support staff and program assistant at Liberty. She briefly left Completely KIDS for a full-time position at another local agency and returned in March 2019 as a Family Specialist. She says, "I am very proud of how much Completely KIDS has grown. Every day, I am inspired by the children and families we serve and their continuous dedication to succeed." Yahaira enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her parents and two younger sisters. She also likes to read and catch up on the latest flicks.

  • Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, University of Nebraska Omaha

    Jennifer is one a Completely KIDS Alumni and has been working at Completely KIDS since 2016. Her past positions include: Junior Support Staff at Liberty Elementary, Program Support Staff at Liberty Elementary, and Alumni Intern. She said, "I learned at a young age the value of serving others and striving to be an asset to to the community. Over the years, I have valued and worked to fulfill the mission and vision of Completely KIDS." On her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, play volleyball, traveling, and creating art.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, University of Nebraska Omaha

    Katie joined Completely KIDS as the Program Coordinator at Field Club Elementary, bringing with her work experience from the YMCA of Greater Omaha and Omaha Public Schools. In college, the impact Completely KIDS has on our community left a mark on Katie when a classmate presented about the agency. “I was amazed at the generosity provided by this agency,” she says. “It truly fits with my beliefs and mindset. I believe that no child or family should miss out on experiences due to financial means or any other disadvantage.” Katie adds to a community of dog lovers at Completely KIDS with her pooch named Beau. On another note, she’s never traveled outside of the United States.

  • Bachelor's Degree in English, University of Nebraska Omaha

    Cheamera has previously worked as an Assistant Teacher at UNO Child Care Center and a Teaching Assistant at Purpose Driven Advocacy Center. She says, "I am passionate about serving my community and helping others in any way that I can. Completely KIDS gives me the opportunity to do something I enjoy -- connecting with people and providing resources to aid in the holistic success of youth and their families." Her hobbies are painting, game nights with friends and family, and watching superhero movies.

  • Associate's Degree in Human Services Transfer, Metropolitan Community College

    Shady has worked at Completely KIDS since 2018. She was a Program Support Staff at three of our sites. She loves the mission of our organization because we serve the family as a whole by providing programs for students and parents. Outside of Completely KIDS she owns her own apparel business, called ShadyFitz. During her free time she plays in a soccer league.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Developmental Psychology, University of Nebraska Omaha

    Before piloting our program at All Saints School in the fall of 2016, Diran worked at CK Highland as a Program Support Staff and Lead Staff, as well as for our curriculum manager. “Completely KIDS has given me the opportunities to work with kids and help them develop educational and social/emotional skills,” Diran says. Personally, Diran comes from a large family, where he’s the third oldest of eight, and the oldest and youngest are only 10 years apart. He’s an avid disc golfer, not to be confused with Frisbee golf or frolf, enjoys playing soccer and volunteers as a basketball coach at All Saints.

  • Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, University of Nebraska Omaha

    Mike has been a faithful employee of Completely KIDS since August 2011. His part-time roles have included program support and lead staff at CK Gomez. As the Teen/Alumni Specialist, Mike oversees the Teen Employment Program and will continue to engage CK alumni after they have graduated. Mike is an avid Nebraska football fan and plays a trading card game called "Magic: the Gathering" semi-competitively. He also describes himself as a crazy cat dad of Zak, Thalia and Maru.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies, Destiny Bible College (FL)
    Teacher Certification, Without Walls International Church (FL)
    Positive Action Center Facilitator, Gomez Heritage Elementary School

    Before joining Completely KIDS as a Program Coordinator in 2018, she worked as a Program Support Staff for CK Gomez for nine years. Anna’s professional experience includes time served in the U.S. Army, PAC Facilitator for Omaha Public Schools, children’s ministry and working sales for Xerox. Soon after starting at OPS, she also began her work with Completely KIDS and says, “I found that burning desire to help kids take root again, and I have never looked back. I want to do what I can to bring light into their sometimes-bleak worlds.” Because Anna is approachable and personable, some might be surprised to know she is a true introvert. On her list of to-dos? Travel to all 50 states.

  • Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, Expected 2022

    Before working for Completely KIDS, Delayne has worked with children at Genesis Health Club and had two jobs involving helping older adults. She said the reason she was interested in working for Completely KIDS because has a family member who is enrolled in our afterschool program and loves it. "I wanted to work at a job that gives back to the community and knows how to make a positive impact on individuals." Fun facts about Delayne are she is a Marvel fan, has 4 dogs, and loves to travel.

  • Bachelor's Degree in Marketing and Management, University of Nebraska Omaha

    Cristina has worked at Completely KIDS as a Program Support Staff, Lead Support Staff, and Assistant Program Coordinator. She said, "I joined Completely KIDS because I wanted to be a mentor to the students. I wanted to be someone for the youth to rely on in all capacities as well as be a person for them that I did not have growing up." During her free time she enjoys painting and spending time with friends and family.

  • Bachelor of Science in Social Work, University of Nebraska at Omaha

    Ellie has been working at Completely KIDS as a Program Support Staff since 2018. She loves working with kids at the shelter program and getting to know the families. She said, "I greatly appreciate the connectedness among staff at CK." During her free time she enjoys running, spending time outdoors, and visiting friends and family.

Office Staff

  • Metropolitan Community College

    Ismael has been a part of our team since 2017 as a Program Support Staff. His experience working at Happy Hollow has allowed him to be a great communicator to our wonderful volunteers. He said, "What Completely KIDS does for the families is amazing. I consider myself a good role model for the kids and getting them in the right path to success has become a goal of mine." During his free time he likes to work out and play golf with his friends. Someday his goal is to own multiple rental properties and become a donor for Completely KIDS.

  • Metro Community College

    Laura worked at Omaha Public Schools for 22 years before working at Completely KIDS. Laura wanted to stay in the South Omaha area and happened to see an opportunity with Completely KIDS. She said, "I knew right away, this was a sign that I should try being a part of this wonderful program/organization. I am so thankful and happy to be here at CK!" She is married to a tattoo artist. During her free time she likes to write poems.

  • Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media Communication, University of Nebraska Omaha
    Facebook Digital Marketing Certificate

    Emma joined Completely KIDS as a part-time Social Media Intern since January 2019. Her current position is to serve as an online voice across the agency's social networking sites. Emma was excited to gain hands-on experience while being "a good change in our community in so many different ways." Emma is half Japanese and is bilingual in English and Japanese. She has two dogs and loves trying new restaurants with friends.

  • John brings 30 years of experience in office and home maintenance to his role as Facilities Manager at Completely KIDS. For years, he heard about the work Completely KIDS does to help people and says, “I felt I had the ability to help support the organization.” In his spare time, John enjoys growing a variety of trees and plants in his yard, raises a few chickens and likes to complete woodworking projects.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services: Social Work, Expected 2020

    Kim came from Omaha Public Schools in November 2017, bringing with her secretarial and administrative skills. As a Program Aide for Completely KIDS, Kim handles all records related to releases of information, Title XX, childcare licensure, incident reports, staff training and curriculum, and applicable audits. Kim says, “I love what Completely KIDS does for the community. I love what they offer not only to children but to the entire family.” Kim is married, has two kids and enjoys settling in for the latest documentary.

  • Iowa Western Community College

    Sara served for eight years as the Completely KIDS receptionist before moving strictly to development in 2019. She says, “I love what the agency does for the kids around the community and seeing people help out every way they can.” Sara likes riding horses, boating, camping and taking Champ, her Pit Bull, on walks. But after a long day in the outdoors, she settles in for a good read.

  • Bachelor of Science in Business, Bellevue University

    Madeline's love for planning events makes her the right fit for our Development Associate. She has experience through her previous position as an Event Operations Manager at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. She joined our team because Completely KIDS' mission spoke to her. She said, "I’m so excited to be a part of an organization that is deep-rooted in the community and offers these opportunities." She is married to Jonathan and has one son. She enjoys taking walks with their dog, Diego.

  • Metropolitan Community College

    Odett was interested working with Completely KIDS because she wanted to work for an organization that changes the community and peoples lives. Her goal is to become a criminal defense attorney and immigration attorney. She has three kids: Oaklyn(8), Memphis(6) and Evelynn(2). During her free time she likes to use her creativity through painting.

2021 Officers and Board of Directors

Name Company
Chairman Jill McClure American National Bank
Chairman-Elect Patrick Groves Valmont
Treasurer Jenny Mickeliunas Deloitte
Secretary Kacey Lempka Community Volunteer
At Large Dan Gomez Great Western Bank

Cindy Gonzalez Omaha World-Herald

Dan Weidner Koley Jessen
Past Chairman Erin Murnan Bank of the West
Guild President Brandi Ballan West Gate Bank


Board Members

Name Company
Pam Bourne Woods & Aitken, LLP
Scott Damrow First National Bank
Amy Deardorff Community Volunteer
Nicole Evans Veteran Affairs
Laura Fender Ameritas Life
BJ Hansen McCarthy Capital
Dan Hanus Physicians Mutual
Molly Huyck PayPal
Danielle Johnson First National Bank
Teddi Kennedy Community Volunteer
Kevin Lewis TEAM Software
Mark Martinez Community Volunteer
Brandy Moyer The Gallup Organization
Marcie Peterson Children's Hospital & Medical Center
Max Rocha CSG International
David Schettler Community Volunteer
Lina Stover University of Nebraska Omaha
Wendy Whalen Union Pacific
Tim Waggoner Mutual of Omaha
Rosie Zweiback UNMC


Advisory Board

Cindy Bay Lynne Boyer N.P. Dodge, Jr. Linda B. Ford, M.D.
Mary Kay Greenberg Carl Mammel Tom McGowan Sandy Parker
Ann Stinson L.B. "Red" Thomas Lyn Wallin Ziegenbein