Adam S. Morfeld, JD

Executive Director and Founder – | 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 (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.


Karen Bell-Dancy, MBA

Site Director, Dawes Middle School Community Learning Center | 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 | 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.



Julie Smith, MA

ONE Omaha Program Manager – | 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

Office Administrator – | 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.

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

Myeisha Essex

Dawes Middle School Academy Instructor

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