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Meet Our Leadership Team

 

Peg Harriott  |  President & CEO

Peg Harriott serves as President and CEO and oversees the agency’s administration, programming and services, financing, and fundraising. Harriott, who served in leadership positions at Uta Halee from 1978 to 1999 and as the Executive Director of Omaha’s YWCA from 1999-2008, brings a wealth of experience working with children, youth and families in crisis as well as nonprofit management.

Ms. Harriott has a master's in business administration and a master's of social work from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She received the UNO College of Business Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award in 2005. An Omaha Benson High School Graduate, she was inducted into the Benson Hall of Fame in April 2008.

pharriott@childsaving.org | 402-553-6000

 


 

Lisa Blunt  |  Chief Operating Officer

Lisa Blunt joined CSI in 1998 and has served in a variety of positions including Therapy and Support Director and Director of Child Welfare Services. She was promoted to the position of Chief Operating Officer in October 2010. The COO oversees the agency’s programs and services.

Lisa is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a master’s of science in community counseling. Prior to joining CSI, she worked in private practice, specializing in the treatment of children and families with a focus on early childhood and attachment issues. She also served for six years on the staff of Uta Halee/Cooper Village.

Asked her goals for her position, Lisa noted, “I want CSI to continue to be known as a leader in the child welfare community, and that means our services have to continue to grow and change with emerging research and community needs.”

lblunt@childsaving.org | 402.504.3609

 


 

Susan Baumert  |  Chief Financial Officer

Sue Baumert began working as Chief Financial Officer for CSI in July 2005. She grew up in Lincoln and North Platte and attended the University of Nebraska where she obtained a bachelor of science in accounting and a master's of professional accountancy. Sue began her professional career at Kennedy and Coe, CPA's in Goodland, Kansas. After four years she moved to Omaha and worked at the University of Nebraska Omaha for 14 years, the first six in internal audit and the last eight as the Director of Business for Athletics. Sue is a CPA and a member of the American Institute of Public Accountants, the Nebraska Society of Public Accountants, and the American Society of Women Accountants.

sbaumert@childsaving.org | 402-504-3603

 


 

Andrea L. Richardson  |  Chief Development Officer

Andrea L. Richardson serves as the Chief Development Officer and oversees the agency’s fundraising and marketing activities. Andrea most recently served as the Chief Foundation and Strategy Officer for Shenandoah Medical Center (Iowa) and before that worked for Angkor Hospital for Children in Siem Reap, Cambodia, and did freelance fundraising for non-profit organizations in Moshi, Tanzania. With 20 years of progressive fundraising experience, she has raised funding for community mental health, higher education, healthcare and the arts. An Omaha native, Ms. Richardson is a graduate of Central High School. 

arichardson@childsaving.org | 402-504-3660

 


 

Jana Habrock  |   Director of Prevention Services

Jana joined Child Saving Institute in 1993 and has served in various roles in the Early Childhood Education Program. Jana served as the Coordinator of Early Childhood Education for seven years prior to being promoted in February of 2012 to her current position, Director of Early Childhood Mental Health Services.

Jana graduated with a bachelor's degree in family studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and obtained her masters certificate in infant toddler mental health from Portland State University. She served on the Omaha Association for the Education of Young Children’s Board of Directors from 2006-2010. Jana is passionately committed to helping our community’s children develop their social/emotional skills to their fullest potential in order to prepare them for all that school—and life—has to offer.

jhabrock@childsaving.org | 402-553-6000, ext. 135

 


 

Kris Adams  |  Director of Human Resources

Kris Adams joined Child Saving Institute in 2017 as Director of Human Resources. She brings more than 30 years of human resources management experience in the service industry to the position, including positions with Oriental Trading Co., Bag N’ Save Grocery Stores and, most recently, Walmart Neighborhood Markets. 

Kris earned her bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She is certified as both a Senior Professional in Human Resource  (SPHR) and Society for Human Resource Management-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).   

She is a member of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Human Resource Association of the Midlands (HRAM) Organizations and brings immense experience and knowledge to CSI in the area of human resource management.  

 kadams@childsaving.org | 402-504-3617 

 


 

Lana Verbrigghe  |  Director of Child Welfare Services

Lana Verbrigghe joined Child Saving Institute in 2011 and serves as the Director of Child Welfare Services. Prior to her position at CSI, Lana worked for eight years for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services under the division of Children and Family Services. Lana brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in the area of child welfare.

Lana is a graduate of Iowa State University with a bachelor of science degree in children and family Services; she earned her master’s of social work from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Lana serves as an officer in her neighborhood association and keeps involved in community events.

lverbrigghe@childsaving.org | 402-504-3630

 


 


Joanna Halbur  |  Director of Mental Health Services

Joanna Halbur joined Child Saving Institute in 2011 as the Clinical Supervisor for the therapy program. She received a promotion to Director of Mental Health Services in 2018. Before serving clients at CSI, Joanna supervised home based mental health services at an agency in Minnesota for five years and provided outpatient mental health therapy for children, families, and adults.

Joanna graduated from Creighton University with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology. She earned her master of arts degree in marriage and family therapy from The Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Eagan, Minnesota. Joanna is a Licensed Independent Marriage and Family Therapist (LIMFT) in Nebraska and a Registered Play Therapist (RPT). She is a member of the Impact from Infancy Treatment Team through Project Harmony. In 2016, Joanna received Project Harmony’s Kids First Award during its annual Speaking of Children conference and luncheon.

jhalbur@childsaving.org | 402-504-3627

 


 

Mary Finney-Afrank  |  Director of Early Childhood Education

Mary Finney-Afrank joined Child Saving Institute in 2015 and serves as the Director of Early Childhood Education . Mary’s experience in early childhood education includes her most recent work of providing training and technical assistance to Early Head Start and Head Start programs across Nebraska. She held this position for more than six-and-a-half years. She also operated Early Head Start and Head Start programs for 11 years. She has experience with child care licensing and child care subsidy. Early in her career, Mary worked with at risk youth.

Her education includes a master of science in education with a specialization in early childhood education. She earned her bachelor's degree in psychology with minors in education and sociology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Mary also has taken early childhood special education courses and served on the Nebraska Interagency Coordinating Council.

mfinneyafrank@childsaving.org | 402-504-3615 ext. 165

 


 

Teffany Murphy  |  Director of Residential Services

Teffany joined Child Saving Institute in 2017 as the Director of Residential Services. Teffany started her career in law enforcement, including stints as a county officer, as a supervisor at the Douglas County Youth Center and six years with the Sarpy County Juvenile Justice Center. There she discovered her passion for interacting with the youth in a more therapeutic environment. From there, she joined Heartland Family Services, becoming assistant vice president for child welfare and juvenile justice. She is a graduate of Bellevue University with both bachelor's and master's degrees in crime management.   

tmurphy@childsaving.org | 402-504-3641

 


 

Cathy Tibbels  |  Director of Marketing

Cathy joined Child Saving Institute in April 2016. She spent most of the last 20 years working in education as public relations director at the collegiate and secondary levels, which included supporting the development teams. Cathy served as public relations and marketing director at Brownell-Talbot School in Omaha for 10.5 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism with an emphasis in public relations from Creighton University and has completed advanced training in marketing and public relations.

ctibbels@childsaving.org   |  402-504-3663

 


 

Tammy Grossman  |  Executive Administrative Assistant & Facilities Supervisor

Tammy is the Executive Administrative Assistant and Facilities Supervisor. She has been with CSI since 2000 as the Executive Administrative Assistant to the President and CEO and has over 25 years of experience in an administrative assistant role. In 2008 she assumed the additional responsibility for all of CSI’s facilities, properties and vehicles as the Facilities Supervisor. Tammy strives to maintain CSI’s assets in the best condition possible while still being cost efficient.

tgrossman@childsaving.org | 402-504-3601

 


 

Amy R. Rudolph  |  Continual Quality Improvement Coordinator & Client Database Administrator

Amy joined Child Saving Institute in June 2009 as a Client Database Assistant before being promoted to Continual Quality Improvement Coordinator and Client Database Administrator in January 2010. Prior to CSI, Amy worked as a project manager for a financial services company for 13 years, where she planned and executed information technology projects and developed methodologies to improve the quality of project results. Amy is a graduate of Iowa State University with a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering.

arudolph@childsaving.org | 402-504-3618

 


 

David Stein  |  Accounting Manager/Computer Help Desk Manager

David began joined Child Saving Institute in 2004. He manages the accounting staff, oversees the Computer Help Desk, and ensures computer software and infrastructure updates are successfully completed. Before joining CSI, he worked for more than 11 years for food manufacturing and food retail companies. He began as a raw ingredient and inventory accountant at ConAgra and progressed to assistant controller at the parent company of Baker’s Supermarkets. In 2000, David changed industries when he was hired as the Accounting Manager for the non-profit Immanuel Health Systems (retirement communities and health services for adults 55 and over). David earned his bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. 

dstein@childsaving.org | 402-504-3604

 

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