Project Staff

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Jennie Cole-Mossman, LIMHP

Co-Director

Jennie Cole-Mossman is Co-Director of the Nebraska Resource Project for Vulnerable Young Children. She was the Coordinator of the Nebraska Infant and Toddler Court Improvement Project, which was part of the Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative, where she provided technical assistance and training to overcome system barriers for infants and toddlers in the child welfare system. Prior to that time, she was the Young Child Services Coordinator of Project Safe Start Nebraska, a SAMHSA-funded project providing technical assistance and Child-Parent Psychotherapy to Family Drug Courts in Omaha and Lincoln. She is a licensed independent mental health practitioner with extensive training and experience in early childhood trauma, Child Parent Psychotherapy, and Parent Child Relationship Assessments. She is currently one of only four trainers for Child Parent Psychotherapy in Nebraska. She is also trained in Reflective Practice. In her current role, she provides system and case level consultation on issues related to early childhood trauma and the infusion of early childhood well being into court systems, provides reflective consultation to various groups, and trains on a number of early childhood topics.

(402) 472-9807
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Kelli Hauptman, JD

Co-Director

Kelli Hauptman is Co-Director of the Nebraska Resource Project for Vulnerable Young Children. She was Staff Attorney of the Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative/Nebraska Court Improvement Project from 2006 to 2015 where she co-created the collaborative court project, provided training and technical assistance to the 25 local multidisciplinary court teams, and addressed systemic barriers to local court improvement efforts. She is a member of the Nebraska Bar and is a guardian ad litem in Douglas County.

(402) 472-3927
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Cassie Roberts

Project Coordinator

Cassie Roberts is the Project Coordinator for Nebraska Resource Project for Vulnerable Young Children. Prior to this position, she was the Office/Project and Accounting Associate at UNL-Center on Children, Families and the Law from 2014-2016. Since 2007, Cassie has worked primarily in the non-profit sector. She has also worked with diverse populations, including the homeless, victims of domestic violence, people dealing with mental health issues and/or recovering from substance abuse, families living in poverty, and children with special needs. She received her B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

(402) 472-0201
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Jamie Bahm

Project Manager

Jamie Bahm is a Project Manager with the Nebraska Resource Project for Vulnerable Young Children with the University of Nebraska’s Center for Children Families and the Law. Prior to this, she was the Supervisor for the Lancaster County Family Treatment Drug Court program with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. Jamie began her work in child welfare and juvenile justice in 2010, specializing in casework with delinquent and status offense adjudicated youth with high behavioral health needs. Jamie has a B.S. in Criminal Justice and an M.S. in Criminology and Criminal Justice, both received from the University of Nebraska. She has a career focus in working with children and families who are affected by parental substance use, enhancing the availability of trauma-informed evidence based services and building capacity and reflection within the human services work force.

(402) 472-3315
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Katherine Hazen

Project Evaluator

Katherine Hazen is a Project Evaluator for the Nebraska Resource Project for Vulnerable Young Children and the Children’s Justice Clinic. Prior to this, Katherine was a Graduate Research Assistant for the Nebraska Resource Project for Vulnerable Young Children (2015-2018) and the Court Improvement Project (2014-2015) at the UNL Center for Children, Families, and the Law. She has also had experience working in diverse areas of the criminal justice system, including the public defender, victim/witness advocacy, wrongful conviction, and corrections. She received her Juris Doctorate in May of 2018 and her Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Criminal Justice from Endicott College in 2012. Katherine is a student in the Law-Psychology Program and Social Cognitive Program at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln pursing a Doctorate of Philosophy in Social and Cognitive Psychology (expected 2020). Katherine is also the 2018-2019 Chair for the American Psychology and Law Society Student Committee. 

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Madeline DeVeney

Training and Interactive Media Specialist

Madeline DeVeney is a Training and Interactive Media Specialist with the Nebraska Resource Project for Vulnerable Young Children at the University of Nebraska’s Center for Children, Families, and the Law.  Prior to this, she was the Event Coordinator and Social Media Manager for Indigo Bridge Books and Café in the Haymarket. She has worked in the non-profit sector since 2013, primarily focusing on advocacy and support for marginalized groups in the US.  She received her B.S. in Plant Biology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

(402) 472-8881
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Matthew W. Carlson, PhD

Research Assistant Professor

Matthew W. Carlson earned his MS in Family Sciences at the University of Kentucky in 2013 and received his PhD in Human Development and Family Science in August 2018 at the University of Georgia. He has been practicing marriage and family therapy since 2012 and is a licensed associate marriage and family therapist in the state of Georgia. Matthew’s research focuses on child sexual abuse, sexual revictimization, family/community contexts, and the role of biological processes in the development of resilience. He is currently serving as a program evaluator for the Nebraska Resource Project for Vulnerable Young Children.

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Samantha Byrns

Outreach and Training Specialist

Samantha Byrns is the Outreach and Training Specialist for the Nebraska Resource Project for Vulnerable Young Children.  She is a board certified, licensed mental health practitioner providing outpatient individual and family therapy with specialized training in trauma and early childhood.  She is trained in Trauma-Informed Care (Trainer), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Circle of Security Parenting (Facilitator), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Reflective Practice/Consultation, Early Coach Training, Pyramid Model Training, Psychological First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid.  She received her Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) Master of Science in Education Degree from the University of Nebraska Kearney.  She is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), Nebraska Counseling Association (NCA) and the Nebraska Association for Infant Mental Health (NAIMH).