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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

Laura Schmuff Director of Human Resources

Erika Schwarting Director of Operations


Jamie Wood Housing Program Manager

Blake Ream Street Outreach Manager

Jalei Hobson Rapid Rehousing Case Manager

LaGina Jones Admissions and Aftercare Case Manager

Monika Langner Housing Case Manager

Dylan Murphy Trafficking Advocacy Ambassador

Kris Tamayo Job Readiness Coordinator

Nettie Scaife Maternity Group Home (MGH) Lead

Riley Weise Street Outreach Specialist

Patty Smith Street Outreach Coordinator


Tracey Bendams Controller


Will Meinen Grants & Data Compliance Manager


Dulce Hernandez Administrative Assistant II

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