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Who We Are

Our People

The staff at YES is committed to breaking the cycle of 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:


Kalisha Reed Executive Director

Randy Cates Chief Financial Officer

Laura Schmuff Director of Human Resources

Erika Schwarting Director of Operations

Andy Saladino Director of Development


Jamie Wood Housing Program Manager

Danita Payton Rapid Rehousing Case Manager

Kris Tamayo Street Outreach Lead

Nettie Scaife Maternity Group Home (MGH) Lead

Heather Potts Admissions & Aftercare Case Manager

Pattie Smith Street Outreach Coordinator

Sarah Baker Trafficking Ambassador


Emily Speck Development Specialist

Christine Gochenour Marketing & Events Coordinator

Taylor Jackson Grants Manager

Patrick Kilcoyne Philanthropy Manager


Dulce Hernandez Administrative Assistant II

LaDawna Doolittle Administrative Assistant

Our Board of Directors:

President Kellie Harry Mutual of Omaha

Vice-President David Ortman First National Bank of Omaha

Treasurer Ashley Brooks Arbor Bank

Secretary Kelly Staup Lindsay Corporation


Josh Baumann Abrahams Kaslow & Cassman LLP 

Shane Beardslee First National Bank 

Megan Belcher Scoular

Katera Brown Youth Representative

Lynece Daiker Kent Circle Partners

Casey Dyer Union Pacific Railroad

Precious Lesley Loud Nerd 

Penny Majeski HDR, Inc 

Sherie Thomas Omaha Police Department

Andy Wilson Burnett Wilson Law, LLP 

Our Board of Trustees:

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