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. We do this because YOU are democracy. YOU ARE CIVIC NEBRASKA.

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 nearly 100 full- and part-time staff who build youth civic leadership skills, increase 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 and serves on the Education and Judiciary committees. He also is an adjunct faculty member at Doane University.

In his free time, Adam enjoys spending time with his fiancée Rachel, backcountry camping, traveling, running, working on his house near NU’s East Campus, and watching Husker football.

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To schedule a meeting with Adam:
Julie Ward, julie.ward@civicnebraska.org 

Amanda Barker
Deputy Executive Director,
Director of Civic Health Programs

Amanda’s work focuses on helping communities of all sizes create a vibrant civic infrastructure through social connectedness and community engagement. Growing up on a farm near Nebraska City, Amanda learned firsthand the value of being an active community member. She has developed a background in nonprofit work and community development through her time at MindMixer, the Nebraska Tourism Commission, and the Arbor Day Foundation. Amanda serves on a handful of boards in Lincoln, including The Foundry and Clinic with a Heart, and is a Leadership Lincoln Fellows XXXIII alum. Outside the office, she can most likely be found reading, attempting house renovation projects with her husband Scott, or enjoying time with her newborn, Laney. 
Education: University of Nebraska, political science, English, economics
Responsibilities and expertise:
  • Civic Health Index, data, indicators
  • Service learning
  • Asset-based community development
  • Community asset mapping
  • Government systems literacy
  • Civil discourse and media literacy
  • Keeper of candy and other snacks
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Julie Ward
Assistant to the 
Executive Director

Jules is the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director of Civic Nebraska. You can contact her if you need to make an appointment with Adam Morfeld or need information about Civic Nebraska in general. Jules moved to Nebraska from Texas in 2009 after working for major corporations for 10 years. She then worked for the State of Nebraska for a decade, giving her an education on what it’s like to work in the private sector as well as being a public servant. She brought that dedication to Civic Nebraska in 2018, where she’s passionate about the mission and honored to help with all aspects of the organization. Jules likes to practice yoga, and she and her husband share their home with Lucy and Banjo, their terriers. 

 Education: University of Illinois, English literature
  • Coordinating Executive Director’s calendar
  • Civic Nebraska Board of Directors liaison
  • Special projects like coordinating staff training, tracking strategic goals, creating internal newsletter content, and coordinating the Internal Leadership Academy
  • Lunchtime recaps of real-crime TV documentaries 
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Liz Potter
Director of

Liz manages our grant portfolio, plans fundraising events and cultivates relationships with donors. She loves building communities that foster meaningful relationships. A native of Lincoln, Liz thrives when she can build authentic connections and share the personal impact that Civic Nebraska has on those we serve. In her free time, Liz enjoys volunteering with middle-school girls at Grace Chapel, riding her road bike, and baking pies. She also is responsible for many of the memes posted around the Lincoln office.
Education: University of Nebraska, Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication
  • Grant writing 
  • Individual donor relations
  • Event planning
  • Progress reports
  • Office memes and morale

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Westin Miller, MA
Director of Public Policy

Westin is our main point of contact with policymakers at the local, state, and federal level. Also, he conducts research, oversees our coordinated legislative strategy, and monitors Civic Nebraska’s compliance with nonprofit lobbying rules and reporting compliance. He assists senators and their staff with research and strategy, and is our go-to guy in the lobby. He gets excited about politics and good coffee, and joined Civic Nebraska in 2017 after three years of sales and management in the coffee industry. Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Westin now lives in the Benson neighborhood in Omaha, where he and his partner Alex host a weekly Thursday night dinner, and you’re invited. 
Education: Creighton University, MA in rhetoric & composition and BA in communication studies
  • Government relations
  • Policy research
  • Policy messaging
  • Connecting Nebraskans with their senators 
  • Arbiter of pocket-square do’s and don’ts
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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 communications specialist at the University of Nebraska and, before that, 15 years as a journalist. His passion for American history — especially the era of the Revolution and the Framing — has prepared him well for writing about our modern democracy-building efforts. Steve is a published author, an alumnus of Leadership Lincoln Fellows XXXII, a mentor of a local teen through Big Brothers Big Sisters Lincoln, and a (very) amateur cyclist. He is a native of Rosalie, Nebraska, and lives in Lincoln with his wife, Kathy, and their very laid-back cats, Frankie and Ellie.

Education: University of Nebraska, news-editorial journalism


  • Media and public relations
  • Storytelling
  • Branding and marketing
  • Media training
  • Social media
  • Stories about how information traveled before the Internet

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Mary Boland Steier, JD
Director of Finance

Mary works among Civic Nebraska’s senior administrative team and plays a key role in conducting financial analysis for the organization. She maintains Civic Nebraska’s financial processes and forecasts financial statuses, builds and updates program budgets, leads the creation of the annual budget, and is in charge of all other financial matters. An attorney, business manager, mother of five, and community advocate, Mary enjoys reading, walking, traveling, and watching Creighton Bluejays baseball, for whom her son is a pitcher.

  • All financial operations and matters
  • Annual budget development and maintenance
  • Quarterly board reports
  • Financial systems, processes, strategic planning, and execution

Sarah Cohen, MA
Grants Associate

Sarah, a May 2019 University of Nebraska graduate, strengthens our fundraising efforts and expands our grants portfolio. Crafting persuasive funding requests for our program areas present an exciting writing challenge for Sarah, who studied political science and English. Before joining Civic Nebraska, Sarah spent the last 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
  • Grant writing and management
  • Event planning support
  • Fundraising support
  • Researching and identifying fundraising avenues
  • Laying the long-term groundwork to open a “Civic Madrid” branch office during her travels to Spain
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Cell: 402.802.7671

Jan Benitez
Evaluation & Program Development Manager

Jan creates evaluation systems and metrics in partnership with our program directors. He monitors effective data collection, analytics, and reporting, and coordinates training and staff development. A native of Honduras who immigrated to the United States at 9, Jan has worked and with several organizations, including Catholic Charities, OneWorld Community Health Centers, Completely KIDS and the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Greater Omaha. n his spare time, Jan enjoys playing and watching soccer and trying new restaurants with his girlfriend, his friends, and his family. Jan lives in Omaha with his yorkie poodle, Reptar.

Education: University of Nebraska at Omaha, social work


  • Managing outcomes reporting
  • Program compliance for grants and contracts
  • Implementing procedures for ensuring customer satisfaction
  • Data collection management
  • Creating and coordinating professional development
  •  Randomly singing “Tottenham, Tottenham” around the office

Nicholette Seigfreid
Human Resources Manager

Nicholette works closely among all members of Civic Nebraska’s administrative team and plays a key role in ensuring a positive and successful work environment for our staff. She assists with hiring, onboarding, employee benefits administration, employee relations, and annual reviews. Nicholette also contributes to professional development planning. In addition to her work with us, Nicholette is an administrator at the Lincoln Jewish Community School and is vice president of the South Street Temple. She is also a certified diversity and inclusion trainer with Inclusive Communities. She lives in Lincoln with her family and her three cats.

Education: University of Arkansas, anthropology and Middle Eastern studies


  • Hiring and onboarding new employees
  • Administering employee benefits
  • Professional development planning
  • Managing internship program
  • Managing volunteer database
  • Creating and coordinating professional development
  • Being at ease with her Siamese

Christa Lemmer
Staff Accountant

Christa has a knack for numbers and organization, and enjoys using these skills to provide accounting support to Civic Nebraska. A native Nebraskan with a professional background in human services, she is driven to see improvements within her community. Christa is passionate about continuous growth and learning. In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time outdoors, playing cards, and cuddling her pups.

Education: Doane University, professional studies in business


  • Accounts payable/receivable
  • Budget management
  • Personnel record organization
  •  Making Chipotle Mac & Cheese

Youth Civic Leadership

Building the next generation of Nebraska’s civic leaders.

Kent Day, MA
Director of Youth Civic
Leadership Programs

Kent is an award-winning veteran public school teacher, having taught English, Gifted and Talented, and international studies. Beyond his 34 years in Nebraska public schools, he has trained and consulted in hundreds of U.S. schools and many abroad. This passion for education is now directed toward out-of-school-time programs, where he has found an outlet for creative energy and idealism. Kent lives in the Omaha area with his wife, Sandy, with whom he raised five children, and several dogs, birds, rodents, and reptiles.

Education: Dana College; University of Nebraska at Omaha, MA, English


  • Out-of-school-time program development and supervision
  • Program assessment and evaluation
  • Partnership development
  • Community engagement
  • Youth civic leadership development
  • Drone pilot

Shari Kimble
Youth Leadership Programs Manager

Shari oversees day-to-day operations at Civic Nebraska’s Omaha after-school programs as well as its youth outreach programs. Shari has spent over 10 years guiding youth and adults at nonprofit organizations in the Omaha area. As a leader and trainer who is dedicated to program quality, Shari helps ensure that the youth of Civic Nebraska’s programs are best equipped to be tomorrow’s leaders. A lover of travel, Shari is always interested in trying a new food, meeting new people, and navigating new places. When Shari isn’t working or traveling, she’s spending time with her husband Charles, their son Isaac, and dog Sasha.


  • After-school programs
  • Program quality
  • DHHS compliance
  • Staff development
  • Food taster / explainer / recommender 

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Charity Iromuanya, MA
Youth Leadership Programs Manager

Charity ensures that Civic Nebraska’s Lincoln Community Learning Centers, or CLCs, are performing at a high level and are in line with all licensing and accrediting standards, regulations, policy, and procedures. She also works with parents, teachers, administrators, and community partners to maintain and add to the Centers’ high-quality and meaningful programming. A graduate of Lincoln Northeast, Charity most recently was school community coordinator at Everett Elementary School. A former standout high school and college athlete, Charity also is the head girls basketball coach at Lincoln Northeast. Go Rockets! 

Education: State University of New York, sociology; University of Nebraska, Child Youth and Family Studies


  • After-school programs
  • Program quality
  • DHHS compliance
  • Staff development
  • Bootcamp workout crusher

Rebecca Nichol, MA
Site Director, Sherman Elementary School Community Learning Center

Rebecca provides daily after-school programming for over 115 Sherman Elementary students. Students are provided a meal, homework help and engaging, high-interest learning activities. She has worked in education for over 40 years as a teacher, principal, assistant director of a National Science Foundation/OPS grant and in her current position. She is wife to Greg Caddy, mother of Salome and Joshua and grandmother to Dylan and Wyatt. Rebecca loves to travel and hike with Greg through America’s national parks.

Education: University of Iowa, education; University of Nebraska Omaha, education administration and supervision


  • Recruitment and communication
  • Plan program, field trips and family nights
  • Staff hiring, professional development
  • Data collection and reporting
  • Develop community partnership
  • Sherman swag ambassador 

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Equasha Smith
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 two-year-old daughter, who is her motivation to continue her education: Equasha will earn her associates degree in early childhood education, on which she has been working on since November 2016. 


  • Recruitment and communication
  • Plan program, field trips and family nights
  • Staff hiring, professional development
  • Candle connoisseur

Tracy White
Site Director, Lewis & Clark Middle School 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 the past 10 years. In her spare time, Tracy loves to travel — and relax. 

Education: University of Nebraska, business administration-marketing/industrial engineering


  • After-school Programs
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Classroom management
  • Youth quality work methods
  • Staff sweet-treat maven

Emily Koopmann
School Community Coordinator, Campbell Elementary School Community Learning Center

Emily takes her title as School Community Coordinator to heart as she connects the dots between the walls of Campbell Elementary and its Lincoln neighborhood. The Campbell Elementary Community Learning Center strives to make the school a hub for students, families, and area residents. Emily has worked in public schools for seven years — three in Chicago Public Schools and she is now in her fourth at LPS. Emily is especially fond of her toddler son Maximilian, audiobooks, Jazzercise, and ZIP codes (specifically 68504 and 60621).

Education: University of Nebraska, marketing and economics; Moody Theological Seminary, intercultural and urban studies


  • Expanded learning opportunities for grades K-5
  • Family and community engagement
  • Hiring and volunteer placement
  • Staff Jazzercise coordinator
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Chandler Dulin
School Community Coordinator, Randolph Elementary School Community Learning Center

Chandler advocates for Randolph’s youth, families and neighborhood residents; works with the Randolph community to create robust programs for kids; manages partnerships, projects, and relationships to benefit the CLC; and plans, schedules and directs daily routines, activities, and operations of the Randolph after-school program. She also is the point person for neighborhood, community, and other projects among the Randolph CLC and its community. A native of North Platte, Chandler lives in Lincoln with her dog, Dude; her cat, Nags; and Rosie the hamster. In her spare time, she enjoys painting, drawing, and reading. 

Education: University of Nebraska, psychology


  • CLC recruitment and communication
  • Planning program, field trips and family nights
  • Staff hiring and professional development
  • Data collection and reporting
  • Developing community partnerships
  • Artist-in-chief

Erin Voichoski
School Community Coordinator, Northeast High School Community Learning Center

Erin leads Civic Nebraska’s Community Learning Center at Lincoln Northeast High School, working with the Rocket community to create effective programs for the teens participating in the CLC. Erin also directs daily CLC activities and builds neighborhood partnerships. She previously was an AmeriCorps member at College Possible, which aims to eliminate America’s “degree divide” by advocating for low-income students on their journeys to and through college. Erin enjoys traveling, whether it’s a quick road trip across Nebraska or an international endeavor. She also is a big fan of puzzles and is always expanding her collection. She, her roommates and her cat, Kitty Kelly, live in Lincoln’s Woods Park neighborhood.

Education: University of Nebraska, psychology and sociology


  • CLC recruitment and communication
  • Planning CLC programs, field trips and family nights
  • Staff hiring and professional development
  • Data collection and reporting
  • Developing community partnerships
  • Backyard landscaping and gardening tips

Chelsea Egenberger, CMSW
School Community Coordinator, Lincoln High Community Learning Center

Chelsea leads our Lincoln High CLC by advocating for students, families, and neighborhood residents. A Lincoln native, she believes that by strengthening our connections, we can shape the world around us. Chelsea helps create a holistic learning environment that includes everyone – something, she says, that is a crucial element to community sustainability. Before coming to Civic Nebraska, Chelsea worked with a variety of human service organizations. She also has collaborated with Lincolnites around the issue of housing affordability, economic justice, and community advocacy. An alumna of Lincoln High, Chelsea is proud to return to her roots as a Link.

Education: University of Nebraska at Omaha, social work; University of Minnesota, social work


  • CLC recruitment and communication
  • Planning and coordinating all Lincoln High CLC programs
  • Staff hiring and professional development
  • Data collection and reporting
  • Developing community partnerships
  • Setting the eyewear standard for staffers
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Community Learning Centers: 402.436.1969

Chris McCurdy
Think Make Create Mobile Labs

Chris is the coordinator of our Think Make Create mobile labs. She oversees all aspects of our fleet of on-the-go STEAM makerspaces, which are designed for children of all ages and skill sets. Chris is a natural for spearheading coordination of the mobile labs, having taught elementary art in Lincoln Public Schools prior to joining Civic Nebraska. A Chicagoland native, Chris lived in Illinois and Wisconsin before coming to Lincoln. She graduated from the University of Nebraska in 2011. She finds joy in faith, family, friends, and foster parenting, and also likes reading, ceramics, gardening, drawing and, of course, teaching art. She and husband Martin have four grown children and four grandchildren. They live in Lincoln with their canine family members, Scooby and Strider.

Education: University of Nebraska, art education


  • Scheduling, maintenance, coordination, and deployment of all Think Make Create mobile labs
  • Developing and sustaining new and existing STEAM activities 
  • Marketing and promoting Think Make Create mobile labs
  • Building community partnerships 
  • Keeping co-workers engaged with cool new activities and games

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Civic Health Programs

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

Bridget Claborn
Civic Health
Program Manager

Bridget coordinates Civic Nebraska’s engagement programs in Lancaster County, including Capitol Experience Days and the Nebraska Civic Health Summit. She also has key responsibilities in implementing civil discourse and media literacy programs, among other civic health programs. A native of Omaha, Bridget recently returned to Nebraska after working at nonprofits in Nashville and Washington, D.C. She lives in Omaha’s Gifford Park neighborhood and is a proud graduate of Central High School. Bridget enjoys reading, knitting, antiquing, and sharing meals with family and friends. Bridget is a longtime member of the League of Women Voters Greater Omaha.

Education: Vanderbilt University, community leadership and development


  • Capitol Experience Days coordination
  • Nebraska Civic Health Summit organization
  • Developing and evaluating civic health programs
  • Research and outreach
  • Showing Mrs. Maisel how to put together an outfit

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 Lincoln 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


  • 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
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Nancy Petitto, MA
Program Manager
Collective Impact Lincoln

Nancy Petitto is the coordinator of all Collective Impact Lincoln program staff, initiatives, and workflow. Prior to joining Civic Nebraska in 2018, Nancy worked at the University of Nebraska in academic, administrative, and research departments. Since 2017, she has served on the board of directors for GIRLPowR Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to empowering girls in Lincoln and Nicaragua through educational and leadership programs, and is currently the board president. Nancy lives in Lincoln with her husband Scott, and their dogs, Frankie and Murphy. 

Education: University of Nebraska, news-editorial journalism; MA, educational administration-higher education administration 


  • Coordinate Collective Impact Lincoln staff
  • Support resident-led neighborhood revitalization 
  • Build and maintain strong community partnerships 
  • Coordinate deep canvassing activities 
  • Development and implementation of Community Builder Workshops
  • Gourmet coffee maker

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José Lemus
Community Organizer
Collective Impact Lincoln

As the Collective Impact Lincoln community organizer, José works with residents and stakeholders in the Hartley and University Place neighborhoods to build strong and resilient communities. When it’s not snowing, you can find José and his volunteers knocking on doors or partnering on placemaking events that activate underrepresented populations in northeast Lincoln. He is a graduate of Lincoln High and the University of Nebraska and loves partnering with his friends and neighbors on grassroots tactics that elevate individual voices and democratize local decision-making processes. José lives in Lincoln, where he would be hard-pressed to turn down a soccer game or a new restaurant recommendation.
Education: University of Nebraska, economics and global studies
  • Asset-based community development
  • Community partnerships 
  • Grassroots initiatives
  • Housing affordability
  • Placemaking 
  • Volunteer leadership development
  • Staff Super Smash Bros tournament coordinator
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Alexis Bromley
ONE Omaha

Alexis is responsible for overseeing ONE Omaha’s  support of the development of strong, connected communities through training, engagement, and place-based initiatives. She builds and maintains relationships and collaborates with key stakeholders including community partners, neighborhood alliance leaders, and neighborhood association members; oversees ONE Omaha programming staff; and is a liaison between the city’s existing neighborhood structure and the City of Omaha and other government officials. Alexis also oversees data collection from the city’s existing neighborhood associations and alliances (elections, capacity, city directory information) and generates the annual Omaha Neighborhood Report; researches policy issues on specific neighborhood concerns; and coordinates with Civic Nebraska directors on administrative matters.

Mike McGuire
Leadership Development Coordinator
ONE Omaha

Mike oversees ONE Omaha‘s Lead programs and the Neighborhood Leadership Academy. Through the unique opportunity of learning from the experienced leaders of one of Omaha’s highest capacity neighborhood associations, he has gained real-world experience in nearly all of the focus areas of our leadership development programs. Mike has worked on neighborhood revitalization initiatives, Spanish and youth outreach initiatives, housing improvement programs, neighborhood planning, and developing nonprofit partnerships; and has instituted an array of neighborhood-based projects and programs. Mike’s continued work as president of the Deer Park Neighborhood Association; and vice-president and president of the South Omaha Neighborhood Alliance provides him with relevant knowledge and experience to bring to ONE Omaha’s programs.

Voting Rights Initiatives

Protecting every Nebraskan’s right to vote.

John Cartier, JD
Director of Voting Rights

John is an attorney and graduate of U. Nebraska Law. Prior to coming to Civic Nebraska, John worked on several elections, including his own for Lincoln Public Schools board of education. Originally from Las Vegas, John moved to Nebraska in 2010 to attend Concordia University on a track and field scholarship and to study marketing and journalism. John has worked tirelessly to ensure that elections across the state are nonpartisan, accessible and modern. When not working, John enjoys spending time with his wife, son and cat. Occasionally, he can be found jogging along Lincoln’s beautiful MoPac Trail. Spare moments are spent chipping away at his personal goal to read a biography on every U.S. president.

Education: Concordia University, Nebraska, marketing and journalism; University of Nebraska College of Law, concentration in constitutional law


  • Expanding voting rights for all Nebraskans
  • Leading the state’s largest nonpartisan election protection program
  • Researching and publishing reports areas related to election law and administration
  • Defeating all challengers at Laser Tag

Brad Christian-Sallis
Voting Rights Field Director

Brad works daily with our volunteer Voting Rights Advocates and a range of community partners to educate and organize grassroots supporters of voting rights and related issues. He was inspired at a young age by his grandfather, a former civil rights lawyer, to become an informed and engaged citizen. Working for Civic Nebraska provides him an opportunity to combine his passion for civic engagement and the lessons he learned at Creighton Prep High School to be a man for others. Brad worked on various political campaigns in Nebraska and Iowa prior to joining Civic Nebraska.


  • Advocate outreach and communication
  • Election Protection Program training
  • Statewide voting rights education initiatives
  • Coordinating voting rights events to engage lawmakers and elected officials
  • Keeping the 14th & O Jimmy Johns staff busy

Mike Forsythe
Voting Rights Field Organizer

Mike is a coordinator for our policy initiatives and organizes campaigns for policy-related issues. He also is a key member of our get-out-the-vote campaigns and the Election Protection Program. Mike organizes advocates for voting rights throughout the state, with a special emphasis on the Lincoln and Omaha areas. He 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 Mike says 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.


  • 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

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Margaret Marsh
Voting Rights Field Organizer

Margaret is our voting rights champion in Greater Nebraska, building policy initiatives, organizing campaigns, and building the Election Protection Program across the state. An organizer with a background in education, advocacy, and community engagement, Margaret believes that voting is essential to the civic health of a place. Margaret was an adjunct English, theater, and costuming professor at Central Community College-Hastings and Hastings College and is the creator of Shakespeare with Noodles, a youth theater group featuring props and costumes made with swimming noodles that provides free theater in local parks. Margaret is the mother of two grown daughters and the adopted mother to three cats and one three-legged dog. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening and dancing.


  • 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
  • Developing false confidence in her ability to fix anything by watching YouTube tutorials


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    1111 Lincoln Mall Suite 350, Lincoln NE 68508
  • Omaha Office
    6400 University Dr., N CEC 117.12, Omaha NE 68182-0708
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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 Elementary School

    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

  • Randolph Elementary School

    1024 S. 37th St.
    Lincoln, NE 68510