Staff

Adam S. Morfeld, JD

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

Amanda Barker

Deputy Executive Director and Director of Civic Health Programs amanda.barker@nereform.org | Lincoln Office: 402.904.5191

Growing up on a farm near Nebraska City, Amanda learned firsthand the value of being an active member of the community. She attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and studied political science, economics, and English.  Amanda serves on several boards in the Lincoln community, including the NonProfit Hub Board of Directors, Clinic with a Heart Board of Directors, and the Engagement Committee at First Plymouth Church.

Outside of the office, she can most likely be found reading, attempting house renovation projects, and playing or watching tennis. Amanda has a background in non-profit work, having previously been at the Arbor Day Foundation and the Nebraska Human Resources Institute, as well as MindMixer and Nebraska Tourism.  She has a passion for civic engagement, community development, and the great state of Nebraska. She was one of the founding members of Nebraskans for Civic Reform, and served on the board of directors for many years.

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.

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.

Bri McLarty, JD

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.

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

Julie Smith, MA

ONE Omaha Director – 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.

Liz Potter

Director of Communications and Development  liz.potter@nereform.org |
Lincoln Office: 402.904.5191

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.

Kelsey Liddy, MPA

Human Resources and Finance Manager – kelsey.liddy@nereform.org|
Lincoln Office: 402.904.5191

Born and raised in Lincoln, Kelsey is in charge of NCR’s Human Resources and Finance needs. She has a background in non-profit work, having previously been an organizer, grant writer, advocate, and accountant.Kelsey graduated from the University of Nebraska Lincoln with BAs in Political Science and International Studies, with minors in Human Resources and Human Diversity andWomen’s and Gender Studies. She also received her MPA focused in nonprofit and government accounting and finance from New York University Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

After living in various countries, returning to Nebraska has developed Kelsey’s enthusiasm to improve the community and civic health of Nebraska. When she is not wrangling excel spreadsheets, Kelsey can most likely be found cross stitching, playing MMOs, or camping when the weather is nice.

Myeisha Essex

Site Coordinator, Dawes Middle School Community Learning Center messex@lps.org |
Lincoln Office: 402.904.5191

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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

Site Coordinator, Sherman Elementary School Community Learning Center becky.nichol@nereform.org 
Omaha Office: 402.940.5191

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.

Shannon Casey

Voting Rights Community Organizer- shannon.casey@nereform.org |
Lincoln Office: 402.4904.5191
unnamedShannon was born and raised in Omaha. She has been involved in the world of nonprofits and political advocacy since childhood. Shannon credits her amazing family for teaching her, at a very young age, that it only takes one person to make a difference. It was no surprise that Shannon found her way to political and policy organizing as an adult, working on campaigns and various nonprofits focused on engaging returning citizens in Nebraska. Shannon has a passion for criminal justice reform, as well as civic engagement. When the opportunity arose to combine the two and become a re-entry voting rights organizer with NCR, she jumped at the chance to make a positive impact in disenfranchised communities across the state.

When Shannon isn’t advocating for policy reform, she can typically be found with her family. They take every possible opportunity to go camping, fishing, swimming or enjoy as many outdoor activities together as possible.

Emily Koopmann

School Community Coordinator- Campbell Elementary Community Learning Center:  emily.koopmann@lps.org Campbell Office Phone Number: 402.436.1129

During her senior year in college Emily discovered her passion for youth engagement programs through volunteer work at the Lancaster County Youth Detention Center.  She graduated in 2012 with a degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska Lincoln, where she studied Marketing and Economics.

After graduation, Emily moved to Chicago, IL to further her education and pursue a career in youth development programs.  Emily continues to take classes towards her Masters in Intercultural and Urban Studies through Moody Theological Seminary and has been serving students and families in after school programs for the past five years – 3 years in Chicago and 2 years as a CLC School Community Coordinator at Riley Elementary.

Emily shows strong loyalty and favoritism towards her son Maximilian, summer reading programs, Asian cuisine, and the zip codes 68504 and 60621.

Tracy White

Site Director – Lewis and Clark Middle School Community Learning Center:
tracy.white@nereform.org |Lewis and Clark Office: 531.299.2405

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Hailing from St. Louis, Missouri, and later moving to Omaha to attend high school. She attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha and graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration/Marketing. After working with youth, she discovered her ability to make a difference in their lives.
Working many years at the Hope Center for Kids, Belvedere Elementary and and as the Assistant Site Director for Lewis & Clark Middle School, Tracy knows the impact of positive adult role models can be influential in shaping our future leaders. She has worked in the Trailblazers Afterschool Program for 5 years as the Assistant Site Director and looks forward to continuing the spirit of excellence as the Site Director.  She loves a great cup of coffee, dark roast preferably, and serving her community.

Equasha Smith

Site Director – Lothrop Elementary School Community Learning Center: 
equasha.smith@nereform.org |Lothrop Office: 402.212.8897

IMG_5565 (1)Equasha is a born and raised Omaha Native who graduated from Omaha North High in 1998 the same year her team won the Class A State Championship in Varsity Girls Basketball. Equasha has worked for after-school programs since 2004 as Program Specialist, Support Staff, Site Assistant, and now currently the Site Director for NCR at Lothrop Magnet Center.

Equasha is a life longer learning currently enrolled at Metro Community College pursuing her Associates Degree in ECED and she will graduate in 2018. Equasha plans to attend Creighton’s accelerated program to receive her Bachelors Degree. Equasha’s passion is to work for and serve the youth by encouraging them to be the best they can be in all areas of life. Equasha is a born leader with the courage to lead the youth to greatness.

José Lemus

Collective Impact Lincoln-Community Organizer
Email: jose.lemus@nereform.org | Phone: 402.904.5191

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 José is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Global Studies. As the new community organizer for NCR, José will work with Nebraska Appleseed and the SDCDO to fulfill the objectives of the Collective Impact program. This new role combines José’s affinity for meeting new people, with his professional interest in researching the intersection of data and public policy.

José has a background in community organizing and data analytics, and enjoys food and traveling. When he isn’t out knocking on doors, you can find him at your favorite restaurant or airport.

Dominique Riggs

After School Program Manager
Email: dominique.riggs@nereform.org | Omaha Office: 402.261.5857

Dominique is a graduate from University of Nebraska Omaha with a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Health and Counseling. As her position of after School Program Manager, Dominique hopes to foster a holistic approach to develop success in students, develop informed future working citizens,  and influence the north Omaha community to return to the splendor that it once was. She knows she can make a difference through direct student outreach initiatives, that she supervises in our three after school programs in Omaha, as well as two programs in Lincoln.

When Dominique isn’t in the office she can be found helping other students she knows develop in a positive, holistic ways and being a super mom to an awesome little girl Zamya or Mya, for short.

Brad Christian-Sallis

Voting Rights Policy Organizer
Email: brad.christian.sallis@nereform.org | Lincoln Office: 402.904.5191

Born and raised in Omaha, Brad was inspired at a young age by his grandfather, a former civil rights lawyer, to become an informed and engaged citizen. He saw working for Nebraskans for Civic Reform as an opportunity to combine his passion for civic engagement and the lesson taught to him, at Creighton Prep, to be a man for others. As Policy Organizer Brad will work with advocates and community partners to educate and organize grassroots supporters of voting rights and related issues.

Brad has worked on various political campaigns in Nebraska and Iowa prior to joining Nebraskans for Civic Reform. When not working you will most likely find Brad reading books on historical leaders or spending time with his dog Lady Bug.

Liz Codina

 

Community Impact Lincoln Program Manager
Email: liz.codina@nereform.org | Phone: 402.904.5191

Liz Codina graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a B.S in Political Science and a concentration in Foreign and International Security Affairs. She completed a second major in Latin/Latino American studies. Liz is fluent in English and Spanish.

Liz has graduated from trainings in leadership excellence, management, and community organizing. Her professional roles have focused on community leadership, business operations, and nonprofit development. She has served as chair for various initiatives that have involved government relations, policy making and community outreach. She has a passion for working with traditionally disenfranchised communities and helping individuals become involved civically.

In her spare time Liz enjoys working with local grassroots organizations and community leaders in her role as a freelance writer. Liz’s bilingual articles focus on local, state, and national politics as well as general community issues. She also enjoys traveling abroad and spending time with her partner and pets.