Advisory Group

Amy Bunnell

Co-Director, Early Development Network


Barb Jessing

Mental Health Professional, Consulting for NRPVYC

Omaha, NE

Barbara Jessing was the Clinical Director at Project Harmony, a private non-profit Child Advocacy Center which focuses on prevention and intervention for child maltreatment. She has specialized in child and family therapy over a career of thirty years, and has a particular interest in issues of young children and families. She is a trainer for the Nebraska Child Parent Psychotherapy Learning Collaborative, and is a founding member and chairperson of the Coalition for Children's Mental Health in Eastern Nebraska. She teaches part time at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master's Degree in Counseling from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. In addition, she completed the Family Therapy Training Program of the Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry and Mental Health Sciences.

Betty Medinger

Vice President of Systems Integration, Nebraska Children and Families Foundation


Carla Heathershaw-Risko

Attorney, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services


Deb VanDyke-Ries

Director, Nebraska Court Improvement Project


Doug Kreifels

Southeast Service Area Administrator, NE DHHS - Division of Children and Family Services


Dr. Vicky Weisz

Former Nebraska CIP Director

Washington, DC

Jen Goettemoeller

Early Childhood Consultant


Jennie Auman

State Lead, Nebraska - Material, Infant, Early Childhood Home Visiting (N-MIECHV)


Judge Elizabeth Crnkovich

Judge of the Separate Juvenile Court

Douglas County

Judge Kris Mickey

Judge of the County Court, 12th Judicial District

Scotts Bluff County

Judge Larry Gendler

Judge of the Separate Juvenile Court

Sarpy County

Judge Linda Porter

Judge of the Separate Juvenile Court

Lancaster County

Karin Walton



Samantha Faron

Licensed Clinical Social Worker


Tana Fye