Staff

Adam S. Morfeld, J.D.

Executive Director and Founder – adam.morfeld@nereform.org | Phone: 402.904.5191

0194Adam Morfeld founded Nebraskans for Civic Reform in 2008 to protect voting rights, create more accessible elections and strengthen K-12 civic education. His goal is to create a modern, informed and accountable democracy that all Nebraskans can be proud of. Since then Nebraskans for Civic Reform has become the only public interest organization in Nebraska dedicated to creating uniquely Nebraskan civic education programs and conducting Nebraska specific election administration policy research.

Adam graduated from the University of Nebraska Lincoln with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Economics. He graduated from the Nebraska College of Law and was a member of the Nebraska Law Review, Robert Van Pelt Inn of Court, and the American Constitution Society. His scholarly research focuses on state legislatures and Nebraska election administration.

In 2014 Adam was elected to serve as a state senator for the 46th Legislative District of the Nebraska Legislature.

Kent Day, MA

Director of Civic Engagement Programs - kent.day@nereform.org | University of Nebraska Omaha Barbara Weitz Civic Engagement Center: 402.990.8489

 

1175602_719027981451326_5359073907959989656_nKent Day is a life-long Nebraska educator.  He has taught all secondary levels and specialized in service learning.  This service work has included schools across Nebraska and in several foreign countries.  His work has been recognized at the local, state, and national levels and he has developed curriculum and service models for schools across Nebraska.

Kent’s education includes a BA in English from Dana College and an MA from UNO.  He has presented for the College Board, National Council for Teaching about Asia, and the Nebraska State Council of Social Studies.   Recognitions include the Alice Buffett Award, Jimmie and Rosalyn Carter Service Learning Award, and NCGE Distinguished Teaching Award.

 

Kelsey Arends

Director of Operations and Special Programs - kelsey.arends@nereform.org | Lincoln Office: 402.904.9151

Kelsey ArendsKelsey Arends is a graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University. Through diverse local, national, and international service learning experiences as well as an undergraduate degree in political science and Spanish, she has developed and explored passions for justice and action. Her work aims to document and innovatively enhance Nebraskan civic health as well as develop service learning opportunities in rural communities. In addition, Kelsey administers of all of NCR’s day to day operations.

Kelsey has interned and worked with Nebraska Appleseed, the Tahirih Justice Center, and the Service Learning Department at Nebraska Wesleyan University. She believes in the power of Nebraskan voices and is excited about working to continue to improve civic health in our communities.

 

Bri McLarty

Director of Voting Rights – bri.mclarty@nereform.org | Phone: 402.904.5191

Bri is in charge of NCR’s voting rights policy portfolio at the Nebraska Legislature and in our counties, managing our litigation, election policy research, and our non-partisan election protection and observation programs across the state.

Prior to attending University of Nebraska College of Law, Bri graduated from University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Political Science. Her work experience prior to attending law school includes time as a state senator’s staff member in the Nebraska Unicameral, organizer and political fundraiser with another local non-profit organization, and involvement with various campaigns. No stranger to Nebraskans for Civic Reform, Bri worked as a law clerk for NCR in the 2014 spring legislative session and partnered with NCR while working at the Legislature.

Karen Bell-Dancy, MBA

Site Director, Dawes Middle School Community Learning Center - kbdancy@nereform.org | Lincoln Office: 402.904.9151

IMG_5758-e1404241152989-1Karen Bell-Dancy is an accomplished professional educator with over twenty-five years of experience at all levels of education, ranging from elementary to postsecondary with both public and private institutions. She currently directs the Community Learning Center at Dawes Middle School for Lincoln Public Schools in Lincoln, Nebraska. Previous positions include; Director of Distance Education Programs for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Director of the Office of Diversity and Internship Initiatives at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Assistant Director for Upward Bound at UMKC. She enjoys working and impacting the lives of youth with helping their transition into accountable and responsible citizens within their community.

Ms. Bell-Dancy holds a Bachelors of Psychology from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia and earned an Executive MBA from the UMKC’s Bloch School of Management.  Karen has passion for working with youth and community programs. She is a youth leader at her church, facilitates ACT and SAT workshops for local high school students, conducts workshops to assist parents in preparing for their child’s college education and is a court-appointed CASA for Lancaster County in Nebraska.

Amanda Parker

Site Director, Sherman Elementary Community Learning Center - amanda.parker@nereform.org | Omaha Office: 402.707.6524

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESAmanda Parker has had a life-long love for children and helping them to reach their fullest potential!  She is in her second year as a full time Site Director of the after school program at Sherman Elementary in Omaha, NE.  Before that she was a part-time Site Director while she worked full time with Omaha Public Schools as a Para-Professional.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, with a K-12 ESL Endorsement from Grace University.

During her free time, Amanda enjoys spending time relaxing in front of a good movie with great friends.  Her passion, aside from teaching children, is Husker football – win or lose, she is a fan.

Edwin Rodriguez

Veteran Leader Corps Job Development Manager – edwin.rodriguez@nereform.org | Lincoln Office: 402.904.9151 | Bellevue University Veterans Center: 402.557.7826

Edwin_Rodriguiz-5Edwin Rodriguez has a encouraging attitude and a passion for individuals who are in a season of transition. He is a dedicated, hardworking and a valuable resource for anyone who desires job readiness skills or career development.

His volunteer experiences have been in conjunction with Omaha Career Network, which is a talent acquisition group of professionals looking to enhance their job readiness skills. Currently he serves at the Bellevue University Military Veterans Services Center, as the Veterans in Business Forum Marketing Manager. In this role, he has been responsible for creating networking opportunities for veteran business owners and employers looking to hire veterans. He has organized events that allow companies to showcase their services and opportunities that are available to our nation’s heroes. Moving Vets Forward is another service initiative Edwin has made contributions to; by assisting veterans with housing challenges, acquiring suitable shelter and furnishings.

Edwin holds a B.S. in Business Management from Bellevue University. In his spare time, Edwin enjoys bike riding, chess and facilitating in leader discussion groups.

Macy McKendree

Veteran Leaders Corps Community Engagement Manager – macy.mckendree@nereform.org | Lincoln Office: 402.904.9151

UntitledMacy McKendree is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. At UNL, she majored in Anthropology and Political Science and minored in Humanitarian Affairs and Human Rights. Various internships with non-profits instilled a desire to promote health care access and encourage community engagement through service projects and events. She is excited to continue to work to involve members of the community in projects to help create a strong network of civic engagement for veterans living in Nebraska.

Kim Albracht

AmeriCorps Lincoln Civic Engagement Program Manager - kim.albracht@nereform.org | Lincoln Office: 402.904.9151

 

Kim photoKim brings to the Civic Engagement team over ten years of experience working with various non-formal and experiential education programs in the performing arts and language arts sectors. As an educator and mentor, Kim encourages awareness and appreciation for diversity, equity, and development. Her professional interest is in encouraging students to develop as active life-long learners and global citizens. After spending more than a decade out of state and abroad, Kim is pleased to be back in her home state to share her passion and knowledge about education and promoting learning for a sustainable future.

Kim holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Nebraska-Kearney, and a MS in International and Global Education from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.

Elisha Rodriguez

Veteran Leaders Corps  Job Readiness Manager – elisha.rodriguez@nereform.org | Bellevue University Veterans Center: 402.557.7826

Elisha is passionate about delivering valuable solutions to clients. She provides a unique background to our team having worked in both the nonprofit community and in corporate financial services in Omaha for over 10 years. She has received her Series 7 broker’s license and also in pursuit of her degree at Bellevue University for Project Management.

Elisha has also volunteered with several local organizations in Omaha, such as Omaha Urban AHEC, Boys and Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity, and Open Door Mission. Her drive for helping others move towards their purpose stems from her strong sense of devotion for the nonprofit sector was developed while she began working in an internship at Omaha Urban Area Health Education Center nearly 7 years ago. Her experience gave her a deep appreciation for how nonprofits seek to improve the quality of life for Omaha; one program at a time. She wants to target her focus to help advocate for Veterans and their families.

As a Job Development Manager, Elisha welcomes the genuine collaboration of others and is committed to contributing to her community. She offers a wide range of experiences in the financial services sector and also assisted with training and job development; from Dress for Success seminars, resume building, career coaching and everything in between.

Julie Smith

ONE Omaha Program Manager – julie.smith@oneomaha.org | University of Nebraska Omaha Barbara Weitz Civic Engagement Center:: 402.547.7473

IMG_0759 (1)Julie Smith is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a Master’s of Science in Urban Studies. Julie is naturally inclined to work in pursuit of a healthier democracy. Starting community organizing at 19, Julie emphasizes the importance of cultural richness to enhance civic engagement and has hosted numerous public events and established an annual music and arts gathering. While earning her graduate degree she worked with 100+ regional and metropolitan area nonprofit organizations as she coordinated UNO’s service events.

ONE Omaha’s mission is to actively facilitate the development of neighborhoods in the City of Omaha through advocacy, development, and education of Omaha’s neighborhood alliances and associations. This partnership is a perfect mission fit for NCR’s goal to create a more modern and robust democracy for all Nebraskans. Just as we work to engage youth in their communities through substantive service learning, building strong neighborhoods is just another piece of the puzzle.

Myeisha Essex

Dawes Middle School Academy Leader

Enoch Pugh

Dawes Middle School Academy Leader

Carnetta Griffin

Dawes Middle School Academy Instructor

Hannah Ninegar

Dawes Middle School Academy Instructor

Chelsey Wehrmann

Dawes Middle School Academy Instructor

Toni Kuhn

Sherman Elementary School Academy Leader

Marissa Alsidez

Sherman Elementary School Academy Leader

Veronica Alsidez

Sherman Elementary School Academy Leader 

Ann Brovold

Sherman Elementary School Academy Instructor

Kristalee Caldwell

Sherman Elementary School Academy Instructor 

Lacey Callaway

Sherman Elementary School Academy Instructor 

Wesley Green

Sherman Elementary School Academy Instructor 

Besmir Gjoka

After School Youth Engagement Program Provider

Pamela Hinson

After School Youth Engagement Program Provider

Amanda Kneifl

After School Youth Engagement Program Provider