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Who We Are

Our People

The staff at YES is committed to ending youth homelessness in Omaha. We do everything in our power to assist youth in crisis.

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:

Leadership Team

Kalisha Reed
Executive Director

Randy Cates
Chief Financial Officer

Barb Farho
Director of Development

Laura Schmuff
Director of Human Resources

Erika Schwarting
Director of Operations


Curtisa Brye
Program Manager

Blake Ream
Street Outreach Manager

Nettie Scaife
MGH Lead

Jalei Hobson
Rapid Rehousing Case Manager

LaGina Jones
Admissions and Aftercare Case Manager

Dylan Murphy
Trafficking Advocacy Ambassador

Shavon Carr
Job Readiness Coordinator


Tracey Bendams


Will Meinen
Quality Improvement Manager


Maren Larsen
Grants Compliance Manager

Michael Watkins
Marketing and Communications Manager

Jenna Wilson
Community Engagement and Event Coordinator


LaDawna Doolittle
Administrative Assistant

Our Board of Directors:

Kellie Harry
Mutual of Omaha

David Ortman
First National Bank of Omaha

Ashley Brooks
Arbor Bank

Kelly Staup
Lindsay Corporation

Past President
Jeff Ziemba
D.A. Davidson


Megan Belcher

Katera Brown
Youth Representative

Lynece Daiker
Kent Circle Partners

Casey Dyer
Union Pacific Railroad

Precious Lesley
Loud Nerd

Sherie Thomas
Omaha Police Department

Andy Wilson
Burnett Wilson Law, LLP

Our Board of Trustees:

Rex Beck
Steve Beckwith
Angel Carl
Cindy Hadsell
Marlene Hansen-Kaplan
Victor Kensler
Robert Michelic
Bryan Peterson
William Ricketts
William Wakefield