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Lora Sladovnik  |  MS, LIMHP
Director of Mental Health Services

Lora joined Child Saving Institute (CSI) in September, 2020 as a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner. In March of 2021, she transitioned into the Director of Mental Health Services role. Lora brings with her over 15 years of training and clinical experience working across a variety of settings including outpatient specialty clinics, crisis intervention, nonprofits and private practice. She earned her Master’s degree in Counseling from Bellevue University and an undergraduate degree in Human Resources and Family Science from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Prior to joining CSI, Lora worked as a therapist at Offutt Air Force Base, Children’s Hospital and Omni Inventive Care. Lora has experience treating a wide range of child, teen and young adult psychiatric disorders. She has training in Cognitive Behavioral Health, Reality Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Crisis Intervention. She specializes in anxiety, depression, eating disorders and trauma. Lora’s therapeutic approach emphasizes integrative, dynamic and whole person centered therapy.


Sandra Cervantes  
Bilingual Officer Manager (English - Spanish)

Sandra joined Child Saving Institute's (CSI) Mental Health Services team as the Office Manager in January 2022. She is bilingual, assisting families in both English and Spanish.

With more than five years of office administration and scheduling experience, Sandra has worked in a variety of healthcare settings including UNMC and OneWorld Community Health Centers.

Currently, Sandra is attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha and is a former graduate of Metro Community College.

Sandra enjoys interacting with families of various backgrounds and life experiences. As CSI’s Mental Health Services Office Manager, Sandra hopes to help guide families and reverse the stigma associated with seeking mental health services.


Alicia Theilen | APRN-NP
Nurse Practitioner

Alicia joined Child Saving Institute (CSI) in December 2020 as a nurse practitioner. She brings with her more than 16 years of training and clinical experience. Alicia is excited to join the CSI team and help the agency to realize its mission, Responding to the cry of a child. Using her passion and expertise, she will listen to children and families without judgement, help children and families develop attainable goals and work to decrease the stigma of mental health. Treatment begins with a psychiatric evaluation. This evaluation is the starting point to develop your treatment plan, which may involve medication management, health education and supportive and problem-focused psychotherapy, as needed. In addition, Alicia welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with other experts in the community, if the need arises, to best facilitate recovery.

Alicia started practicing as a registered nurse in 2004. The areas she practiced included pediatrics, pediatric home health care, neonatal intensive care, emergency medicine, post-partum, medical/surgical, and oncology. She is a dual-certified nurse practitioner. She received her master's degree as a pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) in 2015 and her Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) in 2020. Alicia worked with emergency medicine at Children’s Hospital and then adolescent/child psychiatry at Omaha Integrative Care. Alicia has been interested in psychiatric nursing ever since she completed a clinical rotation in psychiatry during her undergraduate nursing education. 

Her practice is located at 4545 Dodge Street in Omaha and appointments are scheduled by phone at 402.553.6000 or at CSIReferrals@childsaving.org


Andrew Powell  |  MSW, LICSW
Pediatric & Adolescent Therapy Supervisor

Andrew joined Child Saving Institute (CSI) in 2018 as a full-time therapist, providing individual and family therapy to children, adolescents and their families. He also works closely with the children in CSI’s Emergency Shelter. 

Andrew earned his master’s of social work from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Andrew is a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW). He has completed training in Sand Tray Therapy (a Play Therapy technique), Trauma- Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Processing (EMDR) and other trauma-informed therapy techniques.

Andrew also works as an on-call therapist for CHI Immanuel — primarily in the inpatient units where he also completed his graduate practicum. Before joining CSI, Andrew worked as a family permanency specialist for PromiseShip, a resident counselor at a long-term residential facility for children and as a care provider for children with developmental and mental health challenges. 

Andrew values creating constructive relationships with individuals and their families. His favorite part of serving as a therapist is being able to walk with, assist and empower individuals and families to achieve their goals. Andrew has a strong passion for continued growth to better help those he serves. He firmly believes, to quote the Dalai Lama, “that love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive”.


Evette Alvarez  |  PLMHP
Bilingual Therapist (English-Spanish)

Evette joined the Child Saving Institute (CSI) therapy team in January 2022 as a bilingual therapist providing services in Spanish and English. She earned a master's degree in counseling and possesses a bachelor's degree in child, youth and family studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Evette has always had a passion for working with both children and adults of all ages. She worked as an in-home family consultant through Boys Town where she worked with children and their families. Evette feels most fulfilled when working with individuals who struggle with substance abuse and seeing her clients grow and reach their goals.

Most recently, Evette worked as a bilingual victim advocate through the Women’s Center for Advancement (WCA) where she provided direct services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. 


Alexandria (Ally) Burchart  |  PLMHP, PCMSW
Therapist

Ally joined Child Saving Institute (CSI) in July 2021 as a provisionally licensed clinical social worker. She received her bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2019, and her masters of social work in 2021. Prior to joining CSI, Ally worked as a family permanency specialist at PromiseShip as well as a family consultant at The Salvation Army's Early Head Start program. She completed her graduate practicum at counseling and psychological services on UNO’s campus where she began her journey as a therapist.

Ally is passionate about working with children and families within the community, and she utilizes a strengths-based approach to help individuals reach their personal goals. She believes all humans have a sense of resiliency and strength to persevere through challenging times. Her favorite part of therapy is watching individuals reach their goals and being able to walk alongside clients as they take this journey.


Adriana Fegenbush  |  LIMHP, LMHC
Bilingual Therapist (English-Spanish)

Adriana joined the Child Saving Institute (CSI) therapy team in 2017. She is bilingual, providing therapy services in Spanish and English. In her role as a therapist, Adriana provides individual and family therapy to children, adolescents and their families. Adriana graduated from Bellevue University with her master’s degree in clinical counseling. She is currently a licensed independent mental health practitioner (LMHP) in the state of Nebraska and a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Iowa.

Adriana has 10 years of experience working with underserved populations, doing in-home services, behavioral health intervention services and therapy for individuals and families. She is trained in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Play Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).


Cameron Koenig-Barker  |  PLMHP, PCMSW
Therapist

Cameron joined Child Saving Institute (CSI) in July 2021. He received his bachelor’s degree in sociology and public policy from Gettysburg College in 2013 and then went on to obtain his master’s degree in social work and public administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2020. Prior to joining the team at CSI, Cameron worked as a social worker at the Sarpy County Public Defender’s Office and did research with the Midlands Sexual Health Research Collaborative. Cameron also has significant experience working with individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty due to previous positions at Heartland Family Service and Together.

At the heart of Cameron’s work is recognizing everyone’s intrinsic dignity and worth, specifically affirming individuals’ identities and experiences as sources of strength and value and helping individuals to recognize this strength and value in themselves. He is particularly interested in working with LGBTQ+ children and families and is trained in Trauma Focus Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy.


Itzeni Nayeli Lopez  |  PLMHP, PCMSW
Bilingual Therapist (English-Spanish)

Nayeli joined Child Saving Institute (CSI) in June of 2022 as a bilingual provisional licensed mental health practitioner (PLMHP), providing individual and family therapy to children, adolescents and their families. She obtained her master's degree in social work and public administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2021 prior to joining the CSI team.

Nayeli also works at OneWorld Community Health Center as Family Learning Manager at the Learning Community of South Omaha.

In her new role at CSI, Nayeli is excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with both children and their parents to help them identify the skills needed to reach their goals. Assisting families in need is a humbling experience and Nayeli is looking forward to being of service to the Spanish-speaking community to support their growth, knowledge and confidence.


Taylar Mason  |  PLMHP, PCMSW
Therapist

Taylar joined Child Saving Institute (CSI) in April, 2020 as a provisionally licensed clinical social worker. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and her master’s degree in social work from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Taylar has a passion to work with children of all ages, families and their communities. She spent the last year working for NOVA Treatment Community as a therapist in the Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility. During her time at NOVA Treatment Community, Taylar worked primarily with dually diagnosed adolescents and their families. Taylar has received training for both Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT).

Prior to becoming a provisionally licensed clinical social worker, Taylar worked at Friendship Home of Lincoln, a domestic violence emergency shelter and transitional housing, over a span of six years. She has also been involved in research at the Center for Children and Families at Florida Internal University in Miami, FL, where she worked primarily with adolescents diagnosed with Neurodevelopment Disorders and Disruptive, Impulse-Control and Conduct Disorders.


Jessica Womach  |  MSW, PLMHP
Therapist

Jessica joined Child Saving Institute (CSI) in April of 2022 as a provisionally licensed mental health practitioner (PLMHP), providing individual and family therapy to children, adolescents and their families. In her role, she also provides therapeutic services to the children within CSI’s Emergency Shelter. Jessica obtained her master’s degree in social work from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2021. Prior to joining the CSI team, Jessica worked as a Child and Family Services Specialist with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Jessica considers self-awareness as the driving force to manage reactions during times of adversity. She believes implementing a client-centered approach to therapy validates and empowers clients' thoughts, feelings and beliefs while enhancing personal growth and change. Jessica is most gratified by supporting and being a witness to her clients achieving their greatest quality of life.

 

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