Personnel

CYFS Faculty


Susan Sheridan

Susan Sheridan

Director

160A WHIT
402-472-6941
ssheridan2@unl.edu

Biography
Lisa Knoche

Lisa Knoche

Co-Director

238 TEAC
lknoche2@unl.edu

Biography
James Bovaird

James Bovaird

Director, Nebraska Academy for Methodology, Analytics and Psychometrics

36 TEAC
jbovaird2@unl.edu

Biography
Katie Edwards

Katie Edwards

Associate Professor

160 WHIT
katie.edwards@unl.edu

Biography
Natalie Koziol

Natalie Koziol

Research Assistant Professor

273 LPH
nkoziol@unl.edu

Biography
Kejin Lee

Kejin Lee

Research Assistant Professor

262 LPH
klee33@unl.edu

Biography
Gwen Nugent

Gwen Nugent

Research Professor

201B LPH
gnugent1@unl.edu

Biography
Raymond Reichenberg

Raymond Reichenberg

Research Assistant Professor

269 LPH
rreichenberg@unl.edu

Biography
Lorey Wheeler

Lorey Wheeler

Research Associate Professor

160D WHIT
lorey@unl.edu

Biography
Amanda Witte

Amanda Witte

Research Assistant Professor

162H WHIT
402-472-2490
awitte2@unl.edu

Biography
HyeonJin Yoon

HyeonJin Yoon

Research Assistant Professor

267 LPH
hyoon5@unl.edu

Biography

Postdoctoral Scholars


Courtney Boise

Courtney Boise

Postdoctoral Research Associate

162G TEAC
cboise2@unl.edu

Biography

Courtney Boise


Courtney Boise is a postdoctoral research associate at CYFS, primarily working with the Early Learning Network. Boise uses both qualitative and quantitative methods to address research questions pertaining to child outcomes embedded in multiple overlapping systems in family and school contexts. She earned her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research interests include exploring how factors, such as home visiting, promote positive parent-teacher partnerships in early childhood; the interplay between dyadic relationships (i.e., parent-child, teacher-child, teacher-parent), executive function and the development of children’s social-emotional skills; and early intervention to close the achievement gap.

Victoria Mauer

Victoria Mauer

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Interpersonal Violence Research Laboratory

162F WHIT
victoria.mauer@unl.edu

Biography

Victoria Mauer


Victoria Mauer is a postdoctoral research associate at CYFS providing leadership and analytical support to the Interpersonal Violence Research Laboratory. Her work broadly focuses on prevention and intervention programming that seeks to prevent sexual and partner violence and promote positive youth development. Mauer uses both quantitative and qualitative methodologies to examine a various research topics, including support for survivors of sexual and partner violence, campus communities’ attitudes toward sexual and partner violence prevention programming, and the role significant figures in youths’ lives (e.g., non-parental adults, peers) play in fostering prevention efforts. Mauer earned her doctorate in community psychology and prevention science from the University of Virginia.

Laura Stiller

Laura Siller

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Interpersonal Violence Research Laboratory

160 WHIT
laura.siller@unl.edu

Biography

Laura Siller


Laura Siller is a postdoctoral research associate at CYFS providing leadership and analytic support to the Interpersonal Violence Research Laboratory. Her work broadly focuses on the prevention, intervention and criminal justice system response to gender-based violence, with an emphasis on historically marginalized and underserved populations. Siller uses both quantitative and qualitative methodologies to examine a variety of research topics, including the risk and protective factors associated with sexual and partner violence, the recovery process of sexual and partner violence survivors, and how to improve the criminal justice system’s response to sexual and partner violence survivors. Siller holds a doctorate in criminology and justice policy, with a specialization in sexual and partner violence, from Northeastern University.

Project Personnel


Marianne Andersen

Marianne Andersen

Research Coordination Specialist, Learning Frontiers

162H WHIT
402-472-2018
mandersen3@unl.edu

Biography

Marianne Andersen


Marianne Andersen is a research coordination specialist for the Learning Frontiers: Pre-K to Grade 3 project, part of the national Early Learning Network. She assists with parent and teacher recruitment and retention, data collection in rural and urban Nebraska, and data collector training and scheduling. Andersen has more than 13 years of experience working with children and families. She earned a master’s degree in developmental psychology from the University of Nebraska Omaha.

Jentry Barrett

Jentry Barrett

Project Manager, INSIGHTS in Nebraska

215B LPH
402-472-4299
jbarrett3@unl.edu

Biography

Jentry Barrett


Jentry Barrett is the project manager for INSIGHTS in Nebraska, a comprehensive social-emotional learning intervention for kindergarten and first-grade students in rural schools that includes parent, teacher and classroom components. She manages recruitment, data collection, data management and team personnel. Barrett’s research interests include teacher professional development and understanding how professional development can create long-term changes in teaching practices. Barrett is currently a doctoral candidate in Child, Youth and Family Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Kristen Derr

Kristen Derr

Project Manager, TAPP Para Familias Latinas

160B WHIT
402-472-4875
kderr3@unl.edu

Biography

Kristen Derr


Kristen Derr is project manager for TAPP Para Familias Latinas. In this role, she manages collaborative teams of consultants, parents and teachers; maintains partnerships with school personnel; and develops working relationships with new schools and communities. Derr joined the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 2012 as a key team member on an IES-funded study and has assisted with several projects involving the Teacher and Parents as Partners (TAPP) model. She received her master’s degree in counseling psychology from Doane College.

Laura Escobedo

Laura Escobedo

Research Coordination Specialist, Learning Frontiers

162H WHIT
402-472-2018
lescobedo2@unl.edu

Biography

Laura Escobedo


Laura Escobedo is a research coordination specialist for the Learning Frontiers: Pre-K to Grade 3 project, part of the national Early Learning Network. She schedules and tracks data collection activities, conducts trainings and assists with family and teacher recruitment and retention. Escobedo earned an master’s degree in bilingual education from Texas A&M-San Antonio and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Texas A&M University.

Jungwon Eum

Jungwon Eum

Data Management & Analyst, INSIGHTS in Nebraska

215C LPH
jeum@unl.edu

Biography

Jungwon Eum


Jungwon Eum is research coordination specialist for the Learning Frontiers: Pre-K to Grade 3 project. She trains data collectors, conducts observations, monitors data collection and manages observation data. She earned a doctoral degree in child, youth and family studies with a specialization in child development/early childhood education from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She received her master’s degree in child and family studies from the Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea.

Sommer Fousek

Sommer Fousek

Project Coordinator, Early Learning Network Lead

239 TEAC
402-472-3743
sfousek2@unl.edu

Biography

Sommer Fousek


Sommer Fousek is the project coordinator for the Early Learning Network Lead project. She develops and maintains cooperative relationships with Network research and assessment teams across the country. She also provides support for collaborative and supplemental activities. Fousek promotes Network research findings to researchers, practitioners and policymakers, and facilitates technical support for preschool development grantees and other early childhood practitioners. Fousek received her master’s degree in public administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Lindsee Fryatt

Lindsee Fryatt

Regional Lead, NeMTSS Implementation Support Team

160 WHIT
lfryatt2@unl.edu

Biography

Lindsee Fryatt


Lindsee Fryatt is a regional lead for Nebraska’s Multi-Tiered System of Support program. She provides professional development, technical assistance and coaching to educators in the region. Fryatt is passionate about a whole-child approach to education and ensuring that students across the state receive high-quality education and intervention to support their overall well-being, both academically and behaviorally. She is a licensed clinical social worker and a licensed mental health practitioner. She holds a master’s degrees in both social work and public administration.

Tamara Hechtner-Galvin

Tamara Hechtner-Galvin

Project Coordinator, Getting Ready 0-3

243 TEAC
402-472-5529
thechtner2@unl.edu

Biography

Tamara Hechtner-Galvin


Tamara Hechtner-Galvin is the project coordinator for Getting Ready 0-3. This study focuses on strengthening the relationships children have with adults, as well as strengthening the partnerships between parents and their childcare providers. Collaboratively, parents and teachers identify and build on a child’s strengths, establish developmental goals, and create home-center plans to support developmentally appropriate child goals. Hechtner-Galvin's research interests include family-school partnerships, early childhood education, assessment and early intervention. She earned her doctoral degree in human development and family studies with an emphasis in early childhood education from Iowa State University.

Angela Hinrichs

Angela Hinrichs

Facilitator, INSIGHTS in Nebraska

160 WHIT
402-472-2448 
s-ahinric2@unl.edu

Biography

Angela Hinrichs


Angela Hinrichs is the facilitator for INSIGHTS in Nebraska, a comprehensive social-emotional learning intervention for kindergarten and first-grade students in rural schools that includes parent, teacher and classroom components. She works directly with students, parents and teachers in rural communities to help them learn temperament-based strategies to solve common dilemmas. She has experience teaching in public schools.

Cynthia Kritenbrink

Cynthia Kritenbrink

Early Childhood Coach, Getting Ready 0-3

ckritenbrink2@unl.edu

Biography

Cynthia Kritenbrink


Cynthia Kritenbrink joined the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 2011 to serve as an early childhood coach on the Getting Ready 0-3 project. She trains early childhood educators in the Getting Ready approach, and supports them through ongoing coaching to build strong partnerships with the parents and families they serve. Kritenbrink received her master’s degree in human development and family studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Amanda Prokasky

Amanda Prokasky

Project Coordinator, OLOS in Nebraska, Learning Frontiers

162F WHIT
aprokasky@unl.edu

Biography

Amanda Prokasky


Amanda Prokasky is project coordinator for OLOS in Nebraska, a sub-study of the Early Learning Network. She is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Child, Youth & Family Studies with a specialization in child development/early childhood education, and a minor in statistics and measurement. Amanda has more than 10 years of experience working on and managing federally funded research studies. She earned her master’s degree in Child, Youth and Family Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Belle Scheef

Belle Scheef

Project Manager, Superintendents' Early Childhood Plan: Birth to Age 3 Evaluation

245 TEAC
bscheef@unl.edu

Biography

Belle Scheef


Belle Scheef is the project manager for the Buffet Early Childhood Institute, Superintendent’s Early Childhood Plan: Birth to Age 3 Evaluation. She is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Child, Youth & Family Studies. Scheef is currently conducting her dissertation, funded by a federal grant through the Administration for Children and Families and the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation. She received her master’s degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Sandra Scruggs

Sandra Scruggs

Early Childhood Research Technician, Getting Ready 0-3

243 TEAC
sscruggs2@unl.edu

Biography

Sandra Scruggs


Sandra Scruggs has assisted with research-related tasks across multiple early childhood projects since 2007 and currently provides support for the Getting Ready project. She received her master’s in nutrition, with an emphasis in public health, from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Katie Zabel

Katie Zabel

Early Childhood Coach, Getting Ready 0-3

kzabel3@unl.edu

Biography

Katie Zabel


Katie Zabel joined the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 2013 to serve as an early childhood coach on the Getting Ready 0-3 project. She trains early childhood educators in the Getting Ready approach, and supports them through ongoing coaching to build strong partnerships with the parents and families they serve. She earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education/human development from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, where she also received an elementary education endorsement.

CYFS Staff


Istiaque Ali

Istiaque Ali

Lead Database Developer & Analyst

277 LPH
iali@huskers.unl.edu

Biography

Istiaque Ali


Istiaque Ali develops, manages and maintains research databases. He coordinates and analyzes CYFS project data, and programs database-driven websites for the center’s projects. His role also includes the development of electronic mailing lists and dynamic programs to chart and summarize data.

Evan Coleman

Evan Coleman

Computer Technology & Web Support Associate

270 LPH
402-318-7894
ecoleman3@unl.edu

Biography

Evan Coleman


Evan Coleman manages CYFS technology needs, including the maintenance of computer networks, hardware and software for faculty and staff. He assists in the development and maintenance of center websites and provides support for Web-based distance communications technology.

Austin Druse

Austin Druse

Communications & Media Associate

201 LPH
adruse2@unl.edu

Biography

Austin Druse


Austin is a visual storyteller that uses video and other forms of multimedia to support the mission of CYFS. Austin also assists in day-to-day operations for the Center. He graduated from Hastings College in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting and Journalism.

Julie Gillmor

Julie Gillmor

Proposal Development Coordinator

215A LPH
julie.gillmor@unl.edu

Biography

Julie Gillmor


Julie Gillmor works with faculty, staff and graduate students to help prepare grant proposals submitted to external sponsors. She identifies funding opportunities, ensures comprehensive grant development support, organizes and coordinates proposal development and submission, and reviews and refines grant applications. Originally from Old Fort, Ohio, Julie earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the College of Wooster in Ohio. She also has master’s degrees in health administration and public administration from Ohio State University.

Chuck Green

Chuck Green

Communications Associate

262 LPH
cgreen11@unl.edu

Biography

Chuck Green


Chuck Green collaborates with research faculty to gather information about grant-funded projects, then shares that information through articles, annual reports, promotional material and press releases across print and digital platforms. He also photographs research activities and events, assists with email marketing and social media, creates and updates website content, and manages the contact database. Originally from Lincoln, Chuck earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Tina Horan

Tina Horan

Assistant Director for Research Operations

160 WHIT
tina.horan@unl.edu

Biography

Tina Horan


Tina Horan leads the research business/organizational operations of CYFS. She provides leadership and oversight for the center's fiscal operation, including budget monitoring, analysis and forecasting, and helps develop and implement business plans, policies and procedures. Tina is from Nebraska City and earned her bachelor's degree in finance/business administration from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Matilda Kond

Matilda Kond

Database Developer & Analyst

275 LPH
mkond2@unl.edu

Biography

Matilda Kond


Matilda Kond designs, develops and manages research databases. Her role also includes developing web interfaces and providing consultation with research staff to maintain the quality of CYFS data management systems. Originally from Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea, Matilda attended Nebraska's Concordia University on a soccer scholarship, where she earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration. She also holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from Union College in Lincoln.

Braxton Lindhorst

Braxton Lindhorst

Grant Specialist

160 WHIT
braxton.lindhorst@unl.edu

Biography

Braxton Lindhorst


Braxton Lindhorst analyzes grant budgets and expenditures, initiates grant budget reports and reconciles monthly budgets. He also assists in the development of proposal budgets, grant extensions and budget modification.

Dana Ludvik

Dana Ludvik

Communications & Media Specialist

201 LPH
dludvik2@unl.edu

Biography

Dana Ludvik


Dana Ludvik works closely with CFYS staff and affiliated faculty to develop and implement strategic communications that share the center’s research and help extend its impact. She engages internal and external audiences in the center’s vision and activities through social media, articles, annual reports and promotional materials. Dana is from Lincoln and earned an interdisciplinary master’s degree in marketing, communications and advertising, and a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting, from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Marj McKinty

Marj McKinty

Office Supervisor

160 WHIT
402-472-2448
mmckinty2@unl.edu

Biography

Marj McKinty


Marj McKinty supports the internal operations of CYFS through the organization and preparation of proposal submissions, information dissemination and the organization and scheduling of meetings.

Kyleigh Skaggs

Kyleigh Skaggs

Visual Communications Designer

201 LPH
kskaggs3@unl.edu

Biography

Kyleigh Skaggs


Kyleigh designs and executes visual concepts for CYFS. She approaches each design with a clear set of goals for how best to elevate the brand and effectively reach its intended audience. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Art in visual communication and design from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Seth Teager

Seth Teager

Communications & Media Manager

201 LPH
402-499-7974
steager2@unl.edu

Biography

Seth Teager


Seth creates purpose-driven visual communications that elevate, enhance and clearly define the brand and mission of CYFS. With an emphasis on user interface and user experience, he designs and develops websites for the center and center-based projects. He also designs print materials and provides videography for promotional and educational purposes.

Rebecca Voigtlander

Rebecca Voigtlander

Grant Specialist (Post-Award)

160 WHIT
rvoigtlander2@unl.edu

Biography

Rebecca Voigtlander


Rebecca Voigtlander analyzes grant budgets and expenditures, initiates grant budget reports and reconciles monthly budgets. She maintains updated hours for each staff member and creates categorized reports for hours logged per project.

Students


Name College Department Specialization Campus
Madison Atwater CEHS Educational Psychology School Psychology UNL
Kirstie Bash CEHS Educational Psychology Quantitative, Qualitative, & Psychometric Methods UNL
Austin Bolton CEHS Educational Psychology School Psychology UNL
Karalynn Brown CEHS Educational Psychology School Psychology UNL
Rae Bullinger CEHS Educational Psychology School Psychology UNL
Anna Burton CEHS Child Development/Early Childhood Education Child, Youth & Family Studies UNL
Emily Camp CEHS Educational Psychology Counseling Psychology UNL
Bailey Cerveny CEHS Educational Psychology School Psychology UNL
Donna Chen CEHS Educational Psychology Quantitative, Qualitative and Psychometric Methods UNL
Keting Chen CEHS Child Development/Early Childhood Education Child, Youth & Family Studies UNL
Dongho (Tom) Choi CEHS Educational Psychology Quantitative, Qualitative and Psychometric Methods UNL
Miriam Crinion CEHS Educational Psychology School Psychology UNL
Kailee Groshans CEHS Educational Psychology School Psychology UNL
Bailey Hinrichs CEHS Educational Psychology School Psychology UNL
Rebekah Hutchinson CEHS Special Education & Communication Disorders Speech-Language Pathology UNL
Catie Jones CEHS Educational Psychology School Psychology UNL
Samantha Kesselring CEHS Educational Psychology School Psychology UNL
Hannah Kerby CEHS Educational Psychology School Psychology UNL
Madison Lawler CAS Psychology Developmental Psychology UNL
Amelia Miramonti CEHS Educational Psychology School Psychology UNL
Jayden Nord CEHS Educational Psychology Quantitative, Qualitative, & Psychometric Methods UNL
Rebecca Overfield CEHS Educational Psychology School Psychology UNL
Susan Pense CEHS Educational Psychology Quantitative, Qualitative, & Psychometric Methods UNL
Cody Perrien CEHS Child, Youth & Family Studies Marriage & Family Therapy UNL
Barbara Racine CEHS Educational Psychology School Psychology UNL
Abril Rangel-Pacheco CEHS Educational Psychology School Psychology UNL
Rachel Schumacher CEHS Educational Psychology School Psychology UNL
Cody Solesbee CEHS Educational Psychology School Psychology UNL
Cassidy Spradlin CEHS Educational Psychology School Psychology UNL
Jared Stevens CEHS Educational Psychology Quantitative, Qualitative, & Psychometric Methods UNL
Fabianne Tavares Gondim CEHS Child, Youth & Family Studies Human Development and Family Science UNL
Jeffrey Tlamka CEHS Educational Psychology School Psychology UNL
Renata Trefiglio Mendes Gomes CEHS Child, Youth & Family Studies Early Learning Network UNL
Brittany Tvrdy CEHS Educational Psychology School Psychology UNL
Yao Yao CEHS Child Youth & Family Studies Human Development and Family Science UNL