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 Executive Director 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

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communication: Journalism & Public Relations, McPherson College (KS)

    Adrielle has been with Completely KIDS℠ since March 2012. She enjoys using her journalism background and skills in written and verbal communications, design and photography to serve children and families at Completely KIDS. Though not a Nebraska native, she’s a Husker fan and loves visiting the Henry Doorly Zoo. Adrielle is married and has a son and a Chihuahua.

  • 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 a son, Eddie, and has a competitive spirit on the soccer field.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business/Accounting, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

    Nancy joined the Completely KIDS staff as Director of Finance in November 2014. “Completely KIDS has a reputation for being a very well-run and effective agency with a great staff,” she says. “I’m thrilled to be a part of it.” Nancy has been married to her husband Mark for 38-plus years. They have four children and three grandchildren. A unique fact about Nancy is that she has been running with the same friend, Kathy, for nearly 30 years.

  • 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 two sons.

Managers & Specialists

  • 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.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Nebraska Wesleyan University
    Master’s Degree in Forensic Science: Behavioral, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Expected 2019

    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 Volunteer and Donations Manager, Lacey will provide critical support in developing relationships with volunteers and requesting and distributing donations. Lacey enjoys relaxing at home with her husband Greg and dog Gilmore or in Lincoln with family.

  • Master’s Degree in Education: Language Teaching, University of Nebraska Omaha
    Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education, University of Nebraska at Kearney

    With 10 years of teaching experience, Joey joined the CK team in February 2017 to continue oversight of the development of Completely KIDS curriculum and staff training modules. As an Omaha native, Joey specifically enjoys “working with the South Omaha community that Completely KIDS focuses on” and feels “fortunate to serve the Omaha community as a whole.” On a side note, Joey spent time in Ecuador serving in the Peace Corps and enjoys coaching sports.

  • 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
    Master’s Degree in Public Administration, University of Nebraska Omaha
    Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Family Services, Iowa State University
    Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish, Iowa State University

    Prior to joining Completely KIDS as Program Manager in January 2015, Sam worked in the Twin Cities for a nonprofit that partners with low-income public schools to reduce bullying and increase opportunities for healthy living. She’s happy to combine her experience with her passion for children to work with kids and families at Completely KIDS. You can find her spending time with her husband and family, curled up with a good book or whipping up something delicious in the kitchen.

  • 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, son William, 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 and Shelter sites, and now oversees our CK Highland location. Sheila is married with two daughters and seven grandkids, and you can count on her to cook a fancy feast during the holidays.

  • Master's Degree in Education: Secondary Education/Bilingual Education, University of Nebraska Omaha
    Bachelor's Degree in Education, University of Nebraska Lincoln

    Heidi first joined Completely KIDS in August 2018 as a curriculum assistant, where she used her education experience to create clubs and centers for the kids the agency serves. As a coordinator, she's able to make a direct impact and says, "I love working with kids. I love using my abilities to help make other people's lives just a little bit better." Heidi's previous experience includes working in Omaha Public Schools, Learning Community Center and in Spain. She's quite a hands-on person and has made an electric guitar and earrings. Heidi also grows fruit trees, and enjoys reading and singing.

  • Master’s Degree in College Counseling and Student Development, Azusa Pacific University (CA)
    Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education: Psychology, Azusa Pacific University (CA)

    Alyssa moved to Omaha from Southern, California, several years ago and brings experiences to Completely KIDS from her former position at Abide Omaha. As the CK Marrs Program Coordinator, Alyssa hopes to “empower students and families to reach their full potential.” Alyssa is married to husband Mark.

  • 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 Psychology, Wayne State College
    Bachelor's Degree in Sociology, Wayne State College
    Master's Degree in Psychology, University of Nebraska Omaha, expected May 2020
    Master's Degree in Social Work, University of Nebraska Omaha, expected May 2020

    Eva brings years of working in the nonprofit sector to her role as the AM Program Coordinator at CK Field Club. Prior to joining the CK team in August 2018, she worked for the Salvation Army, Lincoln Public Schools and American Cancer Society. She says, "I have always been drawn to working with kids and their families. I also believe that education is the key to resilience for kids, and I like that Completely KIDS emphasizes a holistic approach to teaching families different skills." Eva has two beloved cats and enjoys traveling. Her adventures have included skydiving.

  • 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 Social Work, Creighton University
    Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish, Creighton University

    Before being hired as the Shelter Coordinator, Meg’s history with Completely KIDS includes working as a practicum student and a Program Support Staff for All Saints School and the family program. Quite simply, Meg works for Completely KIDS because of her passion for the kids. “I love interacting with the kids, watching them grow and being a positive role model for them,” she says. Meg completed her capstone project with Completely KIDS at All Saints, which “allowed (her) to get to know the families better and set up a solid foundation for changes in communication and connection to resources for families, All Saints and Completely KIDS.” On a personal note, Meg is an avid Husker football and Creighton basketball fan. If supporting local sports isn’t enough, she also loves to patronize local businesses.

  • 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.

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, University of Nebraska Omaha
    Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, University of Nebraska Omaha
    Provisional Licensed 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 Journalism, University of Texas El Paso
    Associate Degree in Arts, Barton County Community College (KS)

    Angela returned to Completely KIDS in October 2018 as the Program Coordinator at CK Liberty. She had previously worked for Completely KIDS under its former affiliation at Norris Middle School prior to working for Bethesda Urban Community Development and Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands. Angela brings extensive experience in working with youth to Completely KIDS. "I feel that the organization supports a community that is dealing with some deep-rooted cultural challenges/issues that I haven't seen other organizations in this community support," she says. Though Angela calls Omaha home, she is a native of Denver. She's been married to her husband for more than 20 years, loves to fish and can play a tune on the violin. Angela has also experienced many firsts in her life, including first person in her family to get a college degree and first assistant women's basketball coach at Iowa Western Community College.

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

    Leslie joined Completely KIDS in May 2018 as a practicum student before accepting the position of Case Manager in September 2018. Prior to coming to Completely KIDS, Leslie worked for four years at a daycare where she cared for children of all ages. Working with children initially drew Leslie to Completely KIDS, but she soon learned of the impact made by the agency on families as a whole. She now appreciates the opportunity to connect families to community agencies and services. Leslie enjoys the great outdoors and spending time with her family.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and African American Studies, Northwestern University (IL)

    Before coming on as a full-time Program Coordinator at CK Norris in August 2016, Veronica worked at our CK Marrs location as a Program Support Staff. She has a great sense of humor, which is a win with the kids and says, “I need to stay current with the coolest stuff and so hanging around middle school students is a sure way to do that.” She is passionate about the work she does at Completely KIDS. Veronica is skilled in a variety of areas: she loves to hula-hoop, was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to Zambia after college and has a goal of becoming a bike commuter in Omaha.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, University of Nebraska Omaha
    Law Enforcement Certification, Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center

    Clayton started with Completely KIDS under its former affiliation in 2007. He excelled as a Program Support Staff at CK Gomez before joining full time as the Program Coordinator at CK Jackson from 2008 to 2011. Clayton protected and served the citizens of Hastings, Nebraska, as a police officer and served as a Narcotics Detective with the Central Nebraska Drug and Safe Streets Task Force. He returned to Completely KIDS in February 2018 as the Program Coordinator at CK Liberty. Clayton says, “I have a passion for community and Completely KIDS provides me with the opportunity to mentor children and build relationships with them and their families through daily positive interactions.” Clayton enjoys spending time with his wife Rachael and their two Boxer dogs. Clayton is a Husker sports fan and enjoys working on house renovation projects.

Office Staff

  • Elkhorn High School
    Bachelor's Degree in Communications Studies, University of Nebraska Omaha, expected December 2019

    Emma joined Completely KIDS part time in January 2019 to serve as the 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.

  • 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’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.

  • Maria brings 12 years of experience working for Omaha Public Schools to Completely KIDS. She first became engaged with the agency through her children who attend Completely KIDS. She says, "I love children and helping others. It is very rewarding to work for such a great organization that helps children and their families." Maria is originally from Mexico but grew up in California and Utah before moving to Omaha. She enjoys traveling, art and being creative. Maria is married with four children and a dog.

  • Metropolitan Community College

    Before starting full time as the Resource Development Assistant in April 2019, Faith worked part time as program support and lead staff at CK Highland and in the weekend food room. "I wanted to give back to my community," Faith says. "I wanted to make a difference with children who did not have the advantages that I did growing up." Faith is originally from Portland, Oregon. After moving to the Omaha area, she learned to ice skate and began skating competitively. She now calls Bellevue home and lives with her two cats - Hana and Kepler - whom she calls spoiled.

2019 Officers and Board of Directors

Name Company
Chairman Erin Murnan Bank of the West
Chairman-Elect Jill McClure American National Bank
Treasurer Jenny Mickeliunas Deloitte
Secretary Nancy Edick University of Nebraska Omaha
At Large Patrick Groves Valmont Industries

Dan Weidner Koley Jessen
Past Chairman Chase Meyer McCarthy Capital Corporation
Legal Advisor
Koley Jessen Attorneys
Guild President Desri Gocken Community Volunteer


Board Members

Name Company
Pam Bourne Woods & Aitken, LLP
Scott Damrow First National Bank
Amy Deardorff Community Volunteer
Kathy English Children's Hospital & Medical Center
Laura Fender Mutual of Omaha
Cindy Gonzalez Omaha World-Herald
Dan Hanus Physicians Mutual
Molly Huyck PayPal
Teddi Kennedy Community Volunteer
Kacey Lempka Community Volunteer
Kevin Lewis Gavilon
Mark Martinez Community Volunteer
Brandy Moyer The Gallup Organization
David Schettler Tenaska
Randy Tripp TD Ameritrade
Wendy Whalen Union Pacific


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