Director of Housing Services
Nicole received a BA in English and Sociology from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and a Master’s in Sociology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She spends her free time serving on the Community Council through Junior League of Omaha. Nicole also enjoys spending time with her son Charlie, parents Mary Ann and Tony, her husband, Ian and her dogs Bea and Lucy.
President and CEO
Kara was hired to start Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance in June of 2006. Kara holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago. Her primary experiences have been with start-up nonprofit organizations focusing on social and health issues. She has worked as the Director of Rainbow House, a domestic violence shelter in Chicago, helped start Extra Hands for ALS, a national, student-based volunteer program assisting patients with Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and was the Director of Friendship Shelter, a shelter and transitional housing program for homeless adults in Laguna Beach. Kara and her husband Scott (a professor of History at Creighton University) have a 14 year old daughter Sabina, a student of the world, and 3 cats. In her free time, Kara writes, cooks, practices yoga, reads and travels. Kara is a board member of the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands and a publicly elected member of the Board of Governors of Metropolitan Community College.
Prior to becoming the Chief Operating Officer at OHKA, Dan worked with educators and students around the world to design, execute, and evaluate innovative learning activities. At the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Dan launched and supported innovative and strategic collaborations among students, faculty, and staff. Dan has taught multiple courses at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education and has facilitated strategic planning sessions and led workshops on creativity, innovation, and design thinking for non-profit and learning organizations of all sizes. Beyond work, Dan enjoys running, reading fiction, serving on the board of Temple Israel of Omaha, and relaxing with his wife Sarah and children Micah and Noemi. He holds a Master’s Degree in Learning, Design and Technology from Stanford University.
Olivia was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology at The Ohio State University. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Health with a specialization in Health Policy and Ethics at Creighton University. She is actively involved in the community through volunteering and mentoring with The Simple Foundation and Girls Inc. and also serves as an usher at her church. On her spare time she enjoys exercising, traveling, reading, shopping, and spending time with friends, family and her toy poodle Harley.
Training and Outreach Manager
Saul J Lopez is originally from Oaxaca, Mexico and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Oaxaca’s Institute of Technology. His primary experience is working with non-profit organizations addressing the needs of marginalized and under-served communities. Saul’s personal interests include the study of people’s believes, attitudes and values to explain organizational culture; adult learning, planning and implementing educational programs as well as leadership development in diverse and immigrant communities. Saul enjoys traveling and sampling cuisines from different countries.
Director of Health Programs
Shannon, born and raised in Denver, CO, received her BS in Exercise Science from Creighton University. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Health (Community Health Education) at UNMC. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and she enjoys working for and with her community. In her free time, Shannon loves to travel, shop, cook, and spend time with family and friends.
Ian was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He has a degree in Psychology from Iowa State University. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing a variety of strategy games, and exploring new hobbies. He also spends some time reading and editing articles for a magazine for his alma mater. Ian is responsible for illustrating and demonstrating all the good that OHKA does with the help of its donors.
Health Communication Specialist
Halie is originally from Albion, a small town in Northeast Nebraska. She received undergraduate degrees in Biology and Spanish from Doane College in Crete, Nebraska and was fortunate to spend a semester abroad studying in
Family Advocacy Manager
Kat was born and raised on a cattle ranch in the Nebraska Sandhills. She received her bachelor’s degree in sociology at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Her previous experiences have been in public health working for the Douglas County Health Department, where she worked in HIV/STD prevention, and in the Lead Poisoning Prevention program as a lead poisoning investigator. Kat’s passion is in social justice and advocacy for underserved populations, and has volunteered at the Nebraska Aids Project, and served as a Co-chair for the Omaha metro area prostitution taskforce. Kat also helped start a community garden in her neighborhood, and loves plants and gardening. In her spare time Kat is an avid reader and enjoys working on her 1910 Craftsman Bungalow, gardening and hanging out with her English mastiff, Mingus.