Our People

Our Staff

The staff at YES is committed to ending youth homelessness in Omaha. We do everything in our power to assist youth in crisis. We work as a team to make our services bigger and better, hoping that one day we can reach all the youth who need us.

The YES board of directors represents a cross-section of our community and has a passion for our organization and those we serve. Our board members work hard to ensure long-term sustainability of the organization and oversee that the funds raised directly affect those in need.

Our Staff:

Mary Fraser Meints
Executive Director

Cindy Goodin
Director of Program Services

Mary Talen
Director of Development

Allison Brown-Corson
Director of Donor and Community Relations

Ashley Flater
Communications Coordinator

Shawn Miller
Transitional Living Coordinator

Maryann Slack
Street Outreach Coordinator

Lori Lines
Shelter Coordinator

Angela Heim
Coordinator of Volunteers and Human Resources

Our Board of Directors:

Rob Schartz

Bryan Peterson

Jeff Ziemba

Sarah Sinovic

Jenny Barnett
Reggie Croom
J. Incontro
Jeff Myers
David Ortman
Jane Phillips
Vicki Trujillo
Janis Winterhof
Tiffani Wolf

Our Board of Trustees:

Rex Beck
Steve Beckwith
Angel Carl
Cindy Hadsell
Marlene Hansen-Kaplan
Vic Kensler
Robert Michelic
William Ricketts
Rick Tiwald
Mark Treinen
William Wakefield


In the News

  • For years, you have been providing the support needed to keep the Youth Emergency Services’ shelter open as a safe place for homeless and at-risk youth. Today, the security homeless youth feel while staying at the shelter is in jeopardy without your help. With no other options, last year 75 youth sought alternative, unsafe housing […]

  • Anger flows thru my blood Depression lives in my thoughts Pain resigns in my heart Covered in scars from head to toe Vision blurred by trauma Hesitation and second guessing Trust has been broken The feeling of abandoned and used has become normal Have made footprints in the sand but have also been forgotten Made […]

  • What is Safe Place? Safe Place is a national youth outreach and prevention program for young people in need of immediate help and safety. As a community-based program, Safe Place designates businesses and organizations as Safe Place locations, making help readily available to youth in communities across the country. Locations include: libraries, YMCA’s fire stations, […]

  • The nights I spent homeless left me feeling helpless and alone. I never imagined my life would be where it is now. Because of you, I have the security of knowing those dark days are behind me. Unfortunately, there are still hundreds of youth in our community facing homelessness every day. Youth Emergency Services never […]