Adam S. Morfeld, JD

Executive Director and Founder – | Phone: 402.904.5191
Adam 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 (Downtown, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus, and Northeast Lincoln) of the Nebraska Legislature and serves on the Education and Judiciary Committees. Elected at the age of 29, he is the third youngest member of the Unicameral Legislature.

Kent Day, MA

Director of Civic Engagement Programs | 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.

Kent supervises our after school site directors, after school program club providers, during the day school programs, and develops our service learning curriculum and standards.


Kelsey Arends

Director of Operations and Special Programs | 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.

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.

Kelsey manages our Rural Civic Action Program with the University of Nebraska – Lincoln & Kearney, our Civic Health Initiative, and supervises administrative operations at NCR.


Bri McLarty, JD

Director of Voting Rights – | 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.

She is licensed to practice law in the State of Nebraska.

Julie Smith, MA

ONE Omaha Director – | 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.

Liz Potter

Assistant Director of Operations | Lincoln Office: 402.904.9151

Liz Potter

Liz is a recent graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. There she studied Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication and first discovered Nebraskans for Civic Reform through a senior class project that involved working with the rural community of Weeping Water, Nebraska. She has a passion for developing relationships with others and learning how to best maximize existing programs.

Liz’s professional interests include helping foster leadership in youth and working on discovering their strengths. She has been a mentor to high school students in the Lincoln community and hopes to continue to influence youth through Nebraskans for Civic Reform. Liz manages the NCR headquarters office and works on special projects with NCR’s senior leadership.

Myeisha Essex

Site Coordinator, Dawes Middle School Community Learning Center | Lincoln Office: 402.904.5191


Myeisha Essex, the Dawes Middle School Community Learning Center Coordinator, is a graduate from Howard University in Washington D.C. Myeisha’s college experience focused on collaboration with non-profit organizations to nurture neighborhood, cultivating students strengths as a mentor and working with visually impaired students to help gain applicable skills for the job market. Myeisha is excited to expose the Dawes students to leadership, service learning, and career engagement opportunities. She has previously worked as a step team coach and has taught multiple step clinics throughout Lincoln. She is excited to work with parents and students in the Dawes area as she seeks to strengthen the community.


Rebecca Nichol, M.A.

Site Director, Sherman Elementary Community Learning Center| Omaha Office: 402.457.6711

IMG_1047Rebecca Nichol is a graduate of the University of Iowa and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She taught multiple grade levels in the Omaha Public School system. She served as the Assistant Director of a National Science Foundation Grant awarded to Omaha Public Schools, called The Banneker Partnership. The purpose of the grant was to increase the access and success rates of African-American students in STEM classes, so they were prepared for college coursework and future careers in the sciences.

Rebecca served as the principal of Lothrop Science, Spanish and Technology Magnet School. She presented at National Science Foundation and Magnet School of America Conferences. She is committed to providing opportunities for students to use their day-to-day learning to positively impact their community.

Anna Grossman

AmeriCorps Lincoln Civic Engagement Program Manager – | Lincoln Office: 402.904.9151

Screenshot_2015-08-12-13-24-10Anna Grossman is a recent graduate from University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Food Science and Technology. She is excited to spend a year working with NCR as an AmeriCorps member and working with teens before heading back to school. Anna has previously worked at UNL’s health center, Health Promotion and Outreach department and as an intern at Nebraska Appleseed.
Though Anna’s background is in STEM, her interests lie in creating a more educated and well rounded youth through: science education, civic engagement and facilitating leadership. Aside from working at NCR, Anna also is a volunteer staff member for a teen-led youth group in Omaha and spend all of her excess time looking at dogs on the internet.


Elena Cornwell

Dawes Middle School Academy Leader

Alex Droge

Dawes Middle School Academy Leader

Ron Kellogg

Dawes Middle School Academy Instructor

Hannah Ninegar

Dawes Middle School Academy Instructor

Enoch Pugh

Dawes Middle School Academy Instructor

Cherisa Danielson

Sherman Elementary School Academy Leader

Emilio Gomez

Sherman Elementary School Academy Leader

Wesley Green

Sherman Elementary School Academy Leader 

Toni Kuhn

Sherman Elementary School Academy Instructor

Becky Nichol

Assistant Director at Sherman

Simone Smith

Part Time Provider at Sherman

Veronica Alsidez

Street Team

Lacey Callaway

Street Team

Sandy Day

Street Team

Besmir Gjoka

Street Team

Pamela Hinson

Street Team

Catherine Walsh

Street Team

Michael Van Sants

ONE Omaha

Kareen Nellist

Veteran Leader Corps Member