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Meet the Independence Coordinators

Brenda 
 
 
 
 
Brenda
 
I am very excited to help Nebraska’s young adults successfully transition to adulthood so they can get where they want to go while assisting them to become more resourceful. During my 18 years at DHHS, I have handled a specialized caseload as an independent living worker. I grew up in Iowa and hold a human services degree from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa.
Chris 
 
 
 
Chris
 
 
 
I am very excited to be a part of the Bridge to Independence program and to assist young adults during this important time in their lives. My hope is to bring my career and life experiences to help guide, mentor, coach, and work with young adults to achieve their personal goals. As an 18+ year employee with the Department, I worked at the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center-Kearney for eight years and have case managed for 10 years. I attended the University of Nebraska-Kearney and majored in criminal justice.
 
Dawn 

 

Dawn

 

 

 

In the past, I’ve really enjoyed working with teenagers who age out of the system and preparing live on their own. I found it rewarding to help them look for jobs and apply for college scholarships. I am very excited about working with young adults and helping them achieve their goals and become independent. I have been with DHHS for nine years. I grew up on a farm but have lived in Omaha for about nine years. For fun I love playing volleyball and I am a fan of pool time and horrible reality TV. I have a cat that I consider to be my child and you may be forced to look at pictures of him. I graduated from Midland College in 2004 with a sociology degree.
 
Bruno 
 
 
Dave
 
 
 
As an Independence Coordinator in the Bridge to Independence Program, I am excited to help young adults live their dreams. As a Nebraska educator for more than 14 years, I have worked with youth as young as pre-school through seniors in high school. I have also worked extensively with adults as an Initial Assessment Investigator and Case Manager. I am also excited to assist youth in developing their self-confidence, knowledge, experience, and to create independence in their life.
 
 
Jesse 
 
 
Jesse
 
I’m extremely blessed to be a part of a program dedicated to helping young adults during a very important time in their lives when they transition into adulthood. I hope to help young adults navigate in the best direction possible so they achieve their life goals and reach self-sufficiency. I’ve been with the department for just over two years after spending a little over a year working with young adults at the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center in Kearney and eight months as a case manager. I enjoy exercising, reading, and spending time with my buds.  I graduated from Midland University in 2013 with a criminal justice degree and a coaching endorsement while also playing football.
 
 
 
 
Mindy
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Empowering, motivating and inspiring young adults to achieve their goals is my passion, and I am excited to be a part of this program. I have worked with DHHS for 6 years, and hold a degree in psychology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. I’ve been married for 27 years and have three children, the youngest is 18. They have taught me a great deal over the years and I find that helping young adults learn life skills and become independent is very fulfilling and rewarding work. In my spare time I love to read, garden, travel, and spend time outdoors. My outlook on life is summed up by my favorite quote from Walt Disney, “If you can dream it, you can do it!”
 
 
 
Natalie 
 
 
Natalie
 
 
I love helping people and have had a passion for working with youth as long as I remember. I consider myself blessed to have the opportunity to work with young adults and will be there as a support during one of the most exciting and scary times in their lives. It is important not only for me to help lead and support them in the next steps of their lives, but also to believe in them and go the extra step to make sure they succeed. I graduated from UNK and majored in criminal justice and social work. I have worked for the State for two and one-half years. I like spending time with my family and staying busy.
 
  
 
Tony 
 
 
Tony
 
 
I hope to connect with young adults as a b2i Independence Coordinator. I thoroughly enjoy working with younger adults in trying to help them transition into adulthood as I have had experience in helping adolescents in this aspect. I am very easy to get along with and am very laid back. I have worked as a juvenile service officer for the State of Nebraska for a year and a half, as well as worked for Boys Town as a summer youth supervisor. I graduated from Peru State College where I majored in criminal justice with a minor in history and also played football.
 
 
Val 
 
 
Val
 
I am very excited to be joining the team and working with young adults in transition. This is my opportunity to help youth achieve their life goals and be successful. I have worked for Health and Human Services in various capacities for 22 years, including economic assistance, adult protective services, and child protective services. I’ve been fortunate to travel a lot in my life, and I find that I am drawn to the water. In fact, my favorite place in the world is the end of the dock at my family’s cabin. I graduated from University of Nebraska at Kearney with a major in criminal justice. Spending time with my two daughters and two granddaughters and watching them grow is my greatest joy.  
 

 

 

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