We are Civic Nebraska

We build young leaders; connect and empower Nebraskans to strengthen democracy; cultivate active members of society in our schools, neighborhoods, and communities; and protect your voting rights.

Leadership and Administration

Adam Morfeld, JD
Executive Director and Founder

Adam Morfeld founded Civic Nebraska in 2008 with a group of politically diverse Nebraskans to create a more modern and robust democracy in the Cornhusker State. Since then, Civic Nebraska has grown to more than 100 full- and part-time staff who build youth civic leadership skills, fortify civic life in our communities, and ensure nonpartisan and modern elections. 
Adam graduated from the University of Nebraska with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in economics. He graduated from U. Nebraska Law in 2012. In 2016, Adam became an alumnus of the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Education Senior Executives in State and Local Government course in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Adam was elected to the Nebraska Legislature in 2014 as the 46th Legislative District’s state senator. He was re-elected in 2018. He also is an adjunct faculty member at Doane University.
In his free time, Adam enjoys backcountry camping, traveling, running, working on his house near Nebraska U.’s East Campus, and watching Husker football.

Kyle Cartwright, CAP®
Director of Development

As director of development, Kyle leads the team responsible for Civic Nebraska’s revenue streams, which allow us to achieve our mission and maximize our impact across the state. He plans and organizes fundraising activities, stewards donors, manages Civic Nebraska’s development budget, and collaborates with partners around the state and nation to raise funds.
Kyle is a Lincoln native who has served in a variety of roles during his career, including with the Lincoln Community Foundation, the Lied Center for Performing Arts, and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. He also has founded two consulting businesses focused on corporate impact, nonprofit strategy, and effective philanthropy. A 2013 graduate of the University of Nebraska, Kyle’s nonprofit career began at the Lincoln Community Foundation, where he developed his love for fundraising, philanthropy, and community engagement. From 2018-22, Kyle was executive director of the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, a unique public-private partnership.
Kyle is a staff sergeant in the Nebraska Army National Guard and plays saxophone with the 43rd Army Band. He, his wife Koren, and son Porter live in Lincoln. When he’s not working, Kyle loves cycling, listening to good podcasts, playing board games, and volunteering. He is the past president of the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters Lincoln, having served for nine years as a “Big” of a local youth.
Education: University of Nebraska, music and music education

Responsibilities:

  • Maintaining long-term relationships with existing major donors
  • Building relationships with new and prospective donors 
  • Communicating fundraising goals throughout the organization and reporting on goal progress to senior management and the board of director
  • Supporting grant writing and reporting completion in partnership with program staff 
  • Monitoring and evaluating all fundraising activities to ensure fundraising goals are being achieved
  • Helping co-workers understand the difference between a sax’s beak, bell, bore, and bow

Nancy Petitto, MA
Senior Director of Programs

Nancy ensures our leadership has the support, training, and supervision so our work aligns with the needs of the communities we serve, our strategic plan, our values, and our mission.
She previously served Civic Nebraska as director of civic health programs. Before that, Nancy served the University of Nebraska in academic, administrative, and research departments. Since 2022, she has served on the board of directors and is currently the board president for the Belmont Community Center. Nancy lives in Lincoln with her husband Scott, and their dogs, Frankie and Murphy.
Education: University of Nebraska, news-editorial journalism; M.A., educational administration-higher education administration 
Responsibilities:
  • Supervises program directors 
  • Ensures current programs have resources and support
  • Evaluates the impact of programs according to Civic Nebraska’s Strategic plan and mission, using data to inform decisions and practices
  • Creates and ensures timely execution of program and project implementation plans
  • Keeps programs meeting the needs of Nebraskans, our mission, values, and strategic plan, and curates new program opportunities
  • Gourmet coffee-maker for Civic Nebraska HQ staff
402.904.5191 office
402.202.3807 cell
nancy.petitto@civicnebraska.org

Sarah Walker, MA
Director of Operations

Sarah, a 2019 University of Nebraska graduate, works across Civic Nebraska’s programs to support our staff and growth and achieve administrative excellence. Sarah is well-versed in Civic Nebraska’s systems to manage finance, HR, and organizational processes and is a key resource for staff. Before joining Civic Nebraska, Sarah spent two years in public relations departments and community organizing roles at various Nebraska nonprofits. She loves teaching, was an instructor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and continues to teach English coursework at Doane University.
In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, watching soccer, spending time with friends and family, and being outdoors.
Education: University of Nebraska at Omaha, Masters in English
Office: 402.904.5191
Cell: 402.802.7671
sarah.walker@civicnebraska.org

Heidi Uhing, MA
Director of Public Policy

Heidi helps determine the public policy agenda for Civic Nebraska and lobbies for voting rights and fair election laws in the Nebraska Legislature. Previously, she was director of the Legislature’s Unicameral Information Office for 10 years. There she edited the Unicameral Update, which is free to the public and reports on bills as they move through the legislative process. She also directed the Legislature’s civic education programs and is proud to have received Civic Nebraska’s Outstanding Youth Engagement Program Award in 2016. Heidi has served as the ACLU of Nebraska’s director of communications and supported research communications at the University of Nebraska. She’s active in Lincoln’s Woods Park neighborhood, where she lives with music librarian Scott Scholz and their backyard chickens, who are named after U.S. presidents’ daughters. You may find her reading on her porch when she’s not at the Capitol.
Education:
University of Nebraska, journalism and public relations; University of Iowa, English
Responsibilities:
  • Public policy
  • Lobbying
  • Media relations
  • Talking about Nebraska’s unique nonpartisan unicameral
 
402.770.5756 cell
402.904.5191 office
heidi.uhing@civicnebraska.org

Steve Smith
Director of Communications

Steve identifies, develops, and shares Civic Nebraska’s stories with the world. He joined Civic Nebraska in 2018 after a decade as a chief communications officer at the University of Nebraska and, before that, 15 years as a journalist in Iowa, California, and Nevada. His interest in American history – especially the era of the Revolution and the Framing – has prepared him well for writing about our democracy-building efforts. Steve is a published author (1, 2), an alumnus of Leadership Lincoln Fellows XXXII, a mentor of a local teen through Big Brothers Big Sisters Lincoln, a Civic Saturday Fellow, and a (very) amateur cyclist. A native of Rosalie, Nebraska, Steve lives in Lincoln with his wife Kathy and their very laid-back cats, Frankie and Ellie.
 
Education: University of Nebraska, news-editorial journalism
Responsibilities:
  • Media and public relations
  • Storytelling
  • Branding and marketing
  • Media training
  • Social media
  • Stories about how information traveled before the Internet
402.419.4349 cell
402.904.5191 office
steve.smith@civicnebraska.org

Alyssa Hogue, MS
People and Culture Specialist

Alyssa ensures a positive and successful work environment for Civic Nebraska staff, with an emphasis on school-based, part-time employees.  A native of Wisconsin, she earned her undergraduate degree at Nebraska U. and a master’s from Texas A&M, where she managed a staff of nearly 100 part-time game-day staff to ensure Aggie ticket-holders had a great time at the stadium. She and her husband Reese live in Ashland, where Reese is a teacher and a coach. In her spare time, Alyssa loves joining the Bluejay faithful at Ashland-Greenwood athletic events and cheering students on. She also enjoys being outside, making music playlists for every mood, and staying active. 
Education: University of Nebraska, hospitality, restaurant, and tourism management; MS, Texas A&M, sports management
Responsibilities:
  • Assists with hiring and onboarding
  • Maintains personnel files
  • Coordinates annual reviews for part-time staff
  • Reviews policies and procedures with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Civic Nebraska’s No. 1 Taylor Swift fan

Scott Schrage, MS
Grant Manager

Scott, who joined Civic Nebraska in 2024, coordinates all grant activities, researches and evaluates potential funding sources, and ensures follow-through on Civic Nebraska’s funded projects. He works also across the organization to ensure alignment on grants-related matters.
Before joining Civic Nebraska, Scott was a communicator at the University of Nebraska for 13 years.  His first focus was on the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families, and Schools, and from 2014-24 he was NU’s chief science writer. A native of Sloan, Iowa, Scott earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Iowa State University.
Scott enjoys a range of sports and movies. Or, as he puts it: “dragging friends to the Ross to see the latest independent and international films, and spending an unhealthy amount of time following the National Basketball Association.”
Education: Journalism  and advertising, Iowa State University; MS, journalism, Iowa State University 
Responsibilities:
  • Researches prospective local and national grantmaking sources
  • Builds and facilitates relationships between development, finance, and program staff to generate grant proposals
  • Writes all narrative components of grant proposals, case statements, funding requests, executive summaries, and grant reporting materials
  • Maintains grant database and project management tool to ensure fidelity to the grant process
  • Supports cultivation and maintenance of relationships with grantors, foundations, and donors
  • Getting mistaken around Lincoln for fellow ISU alum Fred Hoiberg

Emily Priefert
Finance Specialist

Emily joined Civic Nebraska as finance and operations coordinator in 2021. Emily, of Valparaiso, works across Civic Nebraska’s programs to support our staff and growth and to coordinate accounting and human resources. She also is the office and vendor coordinator. Emily is currently completing her associate of business degree from Southeast Community College, and she enjoys spending her free time with family, friends, and her dog, Roxy. She’s also recently discovered the fun of upcycling furniture.

Tanner Cano
Executive Assistant

Tanner, a Nebraska native, manages the executive director’s schedule and travel; assists in staffing our boards; tracks, assists, and prioritizes the executive director’s tasks; and coordinates with Civic Nebraska staff for organization-wide initiatives. 
Tanner grew up in Gretna and graduated from the University of Nebraska in December 2022 with a degree in advertising and public relations. Before joining Civic Nebraska, he was a communications coordinator with Lincoln Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird’s 2023 re-election campaign. The experience on the campaign reaffirmed Tanner’s desire to help his community and gave him a better understanding and love for the city and Nebraska as a whole.
In his spare time, Tanner enjoys spending time with friends and family, rock climbing, board and card games, fencing, and trying new hobbies.

Youth Civic Leadership

Building the next generation of Nebraska’s civic leaders.
youth@civicnebraska.org

Lena Wimes, MA
Interim Director of Youth Civic Leadership Programs

Lena directs and coordinates programs for four of our Community Learning Center before- and after-school programs, including three DHHS-licensed sites. She directly supervises school community coordinators and site leaders, facilitates coordination between programs, and partners with the Director of Youth Civic Leadership to develop and evaluate school-based programs.

Equasha Smith
Senior Site Director, Lothrop Magnet School Community Learning Center

As the Site Director of Civic Nebraska at Lothrop Magnet in Omaha since 2017, Equasha has guided 14 trained and qualified staff and 150 students during program time to ensure all participants are safe and learning lifelong skills to become positive citizens. She has been working in after-school programming since 2004. Equasha has a passion for serving others and enjoys working for students and their families. She has a young daughter, who is her motivation to continue her education. 
Responsibilities:
  • Recruitment and communication
  • Plan program, field trips and family nights
  • Staff hiring, professional development
  • Candle connoisseur
Lothrop: 531-299-1780
402.212.8897
equasha.smith@civicnebraska.org 

 

Tracy White
Senior Site Director, Lewis & Clark MS Community Learning Center

Making a difference in the lives of youth is Tracy’s No. 1 goal. She joined Civic Nebraska in 2017 as site director after serving five years as assistant site director at Lewis & Clark. Tracy has worked in several youth programs, including Belvedere Elementary, Hope Center for Kids and others for 15-plus years after transitioning from the business world. A native of St. Louis, Tracy loves a good strong cup of coffee to get her going. She enjoys creating digital designs and also has an Omaha baking and sweet-treats business with her daughters. She has instilled success principles in her daughters Kelli, Jessica, and Bre. Tracy also has been public relations director for the Nebraska First Jurisdiction Church of God in Christ for 10+ years. In her spare time, Tracy loves to travel — and relax. 
Education: University of Nebraska, business administration-marketing/industrial engineering
Responsibilities:
  • After-school Programs
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Classroom management
  • Youth quality work methods
  • Staff sweet-treat maven
Afterschool Academy: 531-299-2405
tracy.white@civicnebraska.org

Haroon Al Hayder
Senior School Community Coordinator, Lincoln High Community Learning Center

Haroon’s role as the head of Lincoln High’s CLC means he advocates for Link students, families, and neighborhood residents; works with the Link community to create effective programs for teens participating in the CLC; and plans, schedules and directs daily CLC activities. A native of Iraq who came to the United States in 2016, Haroon has a passion for building strong relationships with students and community partners in his work building the next generation of civic leaders. Haroon lives in Lincoln with his wife Sipan. Haroon also has family in Germany and Sweden.
Education: Minnesota State University, communications studies and business innovation
Responsibilities
  • Recruitment and communication
  • Planning programs, field trips, and community engagement
  • Staff hiring and professional development
  • Data collection and reporting
  • Developing community partnerships
  • Making dinner on his new air fryer

Nicole Crumbley
Site Director, Sherman Elementary Community Learning Center

Nicole advocates for youth, families, and residents of Sherman’s northeast Omaha neighborhood. She oversees all aspects of our after-school experience for Sherman students and staff – including directing daily routines, activities, and educational enrichment. She also oversees direct-service programs related to after-school community programs that serve Sherman youth and families.
Nicole earned a bachelor’s degree from Langston University in Langston, Oklahoma, and the University of Nebraska Omaha. She has served in numerous public-school roles since 2007, including middle-school reading facilitator in the Read Right Program in Omaha; early childhood teacher in Kansas City; and lead Head Start teacher at Kennedy Elementary in Omaha. Nicole also was a teaching assistant with the National Youth Sports Program in 2005.
When she’s not helping raise the next generation of young civic leaders, Nicole enjoys spending time in her community. One of her favorite activities is picking apples from the apple tree in her dad’s backyard with her niece, Tulip. She also is a dedicated trivia buff and word person and enjoys playing along with contestants on Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune.
Responsibilities
  • Recruitment and communication
  • Planning programs, field trips, and community engagement
  • Staff hiring and professional development
  • Data collection and reporting
  • Developing community partnerships
  • Answering in the form of a question

Kwame Gyamfi
School Community Coordinator,
Lincoln Northeast High Community Learning Center

As Northeast’s school community coordinator, Kwame creates effective and durable programs for the teens in the Rocket CLC, one of six community learning centers run by Civic Nebraska. He partners with Civic Nebraska’s programs manager and director of Youth Civic Leadership Programs to plan, schedule, and direct daily routines, activities, and operations at Northeast.
Kwame also maintains relationships and partnerships with community-based organizations, Lincoln Public Schools staff, and neighborhood residents who support the goals of the CLC.
Kwame, a Virginia native, has served in many roles in his two decades in Nebraska, which includes 16 years in public education. He’s an award-winning writer; a historian; a facilitator for equity, inclusion, and diversity; an artist; and a business owner. Kwame has worked with Lincoln Public Schools since 2008, including as an equity, inclusion, and diversity facilitator and student advocate at Northeast. He also has nearly two decades of experience coaching football at the youth through college levels. Kwame has published articles about coaching on Coachup.com. Kwame also specializes in African history and culture; his short fiction “Black Violas” was honored with the Grand Prize for Prose by Illuminations magazine in 2014. Kwame is working toward a degree in educational leadership and administration from Doane University.
Kwame lives in Lincoln with his wife, Melissa, and their six children. In his spare time, he likes to draw, read, and, as a self-described foodie, eat. 
Responsibilities
  • Recruitment and communication
  • Planning programs and community engagement
  • Staff hiring and professional development
  • Data collection and reporting
  • Developing community partnerships
  • Calling the best plays to convert on fourth-and-1

Logan Niedzielski
School Community Coordinator,
Campbell Elementary Community Learning Center

Logan is the point person at Civic Nebraska’s Campbell CLC and works with families, students, and neighborhood residents in the school’s north-central Lincoln neighborhood. 
A Michigan native, Logan moved with his family to Humboldt when he was five. He has lived in Lincoln since 2017. Logan has worked with kids most of his life – his family ran an in-home daycare during his teenage years and he participated in a youth mentoring program during high school. He continues to work with children and mentors two little brothers through Big Brothers Big Sisters. Before joining Civic Nebraska, Logan directed a preschool and child care for three years and was the program coordinator of a before- and after-school program for 2 1/2 years. He is pursuing an education in psychology at Southeast Community College with plans to transfer to the University of Nebraska.

 

Responsibilities
  • Recruitment and communication
  • Planning programs and community engagement
  • Staff hiring and professional development
  • Data collection and reporting
  • Developing community partnerships
logan.niedzielski@civicnebraska.org
HQ: 402.904.5191
Campbell: 402.304.1165

Civic Health Programs

Strengthening our state’s civic, social, and political fabric.
civic@civicnebraska.org

Lily Sughroue
Director of Civic Health
Programs

A fifth-generation Lincolnite with deep experience in the nonprofit, government, and education worlds, Lily is responsible for directing and sustaining one of our three program areas at Civic Nebraska – Civic Health Programs. She is responsible for the success of the programs and projects within the program area, which include the rural civic health initiativecivil discourse and media literacy programming, Capitol Experience Days, and Collective Impact Lincoln.
Before joining Civic Nebraska in 2024, Lily spent 14 years working in various organizations in Lincoln, including Leadership Lincoln and the Center for People, History Nebraska, and Lincoln Public Schools. 
In her spare time, Lily is the director of artists and mentors for Lincoln Community Playhouse’s Penguin Project, advocates for disability rights and inclusion, and serves on the board of HopeSpoke. She also is a member of Sunrise Kiwanis and i2choir. Lily and her husband, John, live in Lincoln with their daughter, Greta, and Frank, their German shorthair pointer.
Education: Doane University, human relations

Responsibilities:
  • Member of senior directors team
  • Developing and growing existing and new civic health programs
  • Evaluation of program effectiveness and efficacy
  • Research, outreach, and working with development to increase resources for civic health initiatives
  • Emailing ABBA and encouraging them to sign off on ‘Mama Mia 3’

Daniel Bennett
Rural Civic Health 
Program Manager

Daniel supervises and builds civic health programs that affect Greater Nebraska, including the Civic Catalyst Communities Initiative and the Rural Civic Action Program. He also is a member of the team that updates the Nebraska Civic Health Index, hosts the Nebraska Civic Health Summit, and coordinates other special projects to help our towns and cities build civic health. A native of Omaha who spent five years in the Panhandle as a community planner for the Panhandle Area Development District, Daniel is based in Scottsbluff but travels regularly around the state. In his spare time, he enjoys percussion and vocal music, running, hiking, spending time with family, being involved in church, and volunteering.
Education: Iowa State University, Community and Regional Planning
Responsibilities:
  • Rural Civic Action Program
  • Civic Catalyst Communities Initiative
  • Developing and evaluating rural civic health programs
  • Research and outreach
  • Challenging the executive director in number of miles hiked and run per year

Allie Christianson
Senior Community Organizer
Collective Impact Lincoln

As Collective Impact Lincoln’s senior community organizer, Allie works with residents and stakeholders in the Near South and Everett neighborhoods to build strong and resilient communities. Allie, who previously worked with the South of Downtown CDO, is passionate about community building and uses an intersectional approach to positive social change. She elevates voices through grassroots organizing to empower communities to retake ownership of their unique futures. 
Education: University of Nebraska, global studies and political science
Responsibilities:
  • Asset-based community development
  • Community partnerships 
  • Grassroots initiatives
  • Housing affordability
  • Placemaking 
  • Volunteer leadership development
  • Supplying fellow HQ staff with homemade goodies

Audrey Nance
Capitol Experience Day
Program Specialist

A native of Lincoln and a Lincoln High and Nebraska U. alumna, Audrey oversees one of Civic Nebraska’s flagship programs – Capitol Experience Day. Audrey is a resource for teachers and community partners across Nebraska to enhance civics education opportunities for students and constituents. Audrey comes to Civic Nebraska from Friendship Home, where she focused on child advocacy and was the lead children’s advocate at the organization. 
Outside of work, Audrey takes nature walks with her partner and her big sweet dog, Jayne; visits the lake with friends; gardens and cares for her houseplants; watches science fiction and fantasy; and enjoys arts and crafts.
Education: University of Nebraska, journalism and history
  • Coordinates and facilitates Capitol Experience Day field trips
  • Builds and maintains relationships with teachers, school districts, and other community partners.  
  • Promotes Capitol Experience Day and the usage of Civic Nebraska’s educational resources
  • Leverages relationships with school administrators, teachers, students, and organizational leaders to provide additional cross-programmatic opportunities to student and adult learners
  • Debates which is the better prequel series: Obi-Wan Kenobi or House of Dragons

Sam Meier-Bates
Community Organizer
Collective Impact Lincoln

As a Collective Impact Lincoln community organizer, Sam engages with residents and stakeholders in the Hartley and University Place neighborhoods to build strong, resilient communities. A self-described human services employee, Sam is dedicated to advocacy and activism and bettering his community and its people.
Most recently, he was the community outreach housing specialist with The Hub Central Access Point for Young Adults in Lincoln. In that role, he provided case management and wraparound services to unhoused and at-risk young adults, and he helped clients with applying for rent and utility assistance.
Sam studied at Southeast Community College and is an alumnus of Lincoln Southeast High School. In his personal life, he enjoys spending time with his friends and family, longboarding, hiking, going to local events, and watching documentaries. He and his partner, Chloe, an English teacher at Lincoln High, have three cats and are new homeowners in the Near South neighborhood.
Education: Southeast Community College, human services
Responsibilities:
  • Asset-based community development
  • Community partnerships 
  • Grassroots initiatives
  • Housing affordability
  • Placemaking 
  • Volunteer leadership development

Voting Rights Initiatives

Protecting every Nebraskan’s right to vote.
elections@civicnebraska.org

Heather Engdahl
Director of Voting Rights

Heather supervises and plans programs to expand and protect voting rights across the state of Nebraska, including our nonpartisan get-out-the-vote and election protection programs; Civic Nebraska’s voting rights investigation and litigation efforts; policy advocacy; and specialized initiatives, such as the felony voting rights restoration program. Heather guides the voting rights team to advocate and protect the right to vote on behalf of Nebraska voters. Additionally, Heather manages grant development for team programming and represents the organization with partners nationally.  
Heather enjoys traveling, spending time with family, reading, and enjoying good food. 
Responsibilities:
›› Ensure all eligible Nebraskans can register and vote 
›› Identify opportunities for advocacy related to our elections  
›› Direct Civic Nebraska’s election protection and observation program in coordination with state and national partners
›› Develop meaningful [voting rights] initiatives aligned with the values of community, learning, power, innovation, and optimism.
›› Supervise promotional and educational projects 
›› Lead and manage the voting rights team 

Mike Forsythe
Voting Rights Program Manager

Mike supervises of our full-time field organizers and is responsible for the overall management of the organizing team’s initiatives. He also coordinates and oversees our policy and voter education initiative focused on the re-enfranchisement of returning citizens following a felony conviction. He also is a key member of our get-out-the-vote campaigns and the Election Protection Program. Mike retired in 2018 from Omaha Box Co. after 39 years of service, 25 of them as a production supervisor and also was a 2018 candidate for the Nebraska Public Service Commission – an experience that reaffirmed his faith in civic engagement, civic health, and civil discourse. Mike and his wife Margo live in Omaha and have three grown children. He enjoys spending time with family, playing golf, birdwatching, listening to music, and long walks.
Responsibilities:
  • Advocate outreach and communication
  • Policy initiatives and volunteer support
  • Election Protection Program recruitment and training
  • Statewide voting rights initiatives
  • Coordinating voting rights events to engage lawmakers and elected officials
  • Jamming to live music and cheering on his favorite athletes
402.904.5191 office
402.490.4831 mobile
mike.forsythe@civicnebraska.org

Jann Rouzee
Voting Rights Organizing Coordinator

Jann, who lives in Scottsbluff, is Civic Nebraska’s voting rights field organizer for Greater Nebraska. The Broken Bow native and University of Nebraska, Kearney alumna helps coordinate Civic Nebraska’s voting rights initiatives and campaigns, with a specific focus on areas of the state outside of Lincoln and Omaha.
Jann also contributes to local and state get-out-the-vote campaigns and election protection activities in Greater Nebraska. In addition to building new networks in Nebraska communities, Jann leads direct outreach to all voters and residents.
Previously, Jann was executive director for the American Red Cross of Western Nebraska, Tech Prep Program, and Area Health Education. She was director of regional services for Regional West Medical Center and of the Primary Care Clinic for Community Action Partnership of Western Nebraska. She was a regional manager for a mobility-as-a-service startup and taught mathematics at Western Nebraska Community College. In 2021, she began a home-based business, Cocoa Stones, to craft all-natural, artisanal solid-lotion bars.
In addition to being a mathematician, Jann is an artist, a die-hard Ancient Aliens fan, and the quintessential DIYer. Jann aspires to be considered a polymath easily adhering to the five-hour rule. If you can’t find her, look outside, especially if it’s sunny out, hanging with her dog, Jupiter.
 

Creighton Hoefer
Advocacy Manager

Creighton travels throughout Nebraska to educate voters and identify Nebraskans who can support the passage of a nonpartisan ballot initiative regarding Open Primaries. Building a strong and politically diverse grassroots infrastructure is key to Creighton’s role, which is building networks in communities around our state. Creighton seeks out politically diverse supporters and volunteers in 40 counties across Nebraska; educates and organizes Nebraskans on the benefits of the Open Primary system; recruits volunteers and signature collectors; assists with events; and elevates the voices of Nebraskans.
 

Noah Rhoades
Voting Rights Restoration Coordinator

Noah coordinates grassroots advocacy and activation on voting rights restoration, including recruiting and training volunteers to engage with senators and the legislative process. 
As voting rights restoration coordinator, Noah is a key Voting Rights Initiatives team member. He educates Nebraskans about the history of felon disenfranchisement in Nebraska, eligibility requirements following a felony conviction and sentence, and resources for eligible voters. He also leads voter engagement campaigns for formerly incarcerated Nebraskans, works with re-entry partners, and participates in registration efforts for formerly incarcerated voters eligible to vote.
Born and raised in South Omaha, Noah has a decade of experience in canvassing and organizing political campaigns, ballot initiatives, and workers’ rights drives. Before joining Civic Nebraska, he was a patient attendant at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, where he ensured the safety of patients with a high risk for self-harm.
Noah is an alumnus of Civic Nebraska’s Trailblazer Afterschool Academy at Lewis & Clark Middle School, which he credits for kickstarting his passion for connecting with people around common causes and shared challenges. He graduated from Omaha Central High School and earned degrees from the University of Nebraska Omaha. In his spare time, Noah enjoys reading. He also writes nonfiction and short fiction and plays a half-dozen musical instruments.
Education: University of Nebraska Omaha, medical humanities and psychology

Locations

After School Programs

  • Sherman Elementary School

    5618 N 14th Ave.
    Omaha, NE 68110

  • Lewis and Clark Middle School

    6901 Burt St.
    Omaha, NE 68132

  • Lothrop Magnet Elementary

    3300 N. 22nd St.
    Omaha, NE 68110

  • Campbell Elementary School

    2200 Dodge St.
    Lincoln, NE 68521

  • Lincoln High School

    2229 J St.
    Lincoln, NE 68510

  • Lincoln Northeast High School

    2635 N. 63rd St.
    Lincoln, NE 68507