“We are advocates, we are mentors, we are neighbors, we are friends, we are fellow co-workers.” Those are all roles Laurie feels are deeply important ones that Ollie Webb Center, Inc. fulfills for families. Her life journey has been tightly interwoven with the organization—two of her siblings benefitted from the programs offered and her parents were among the first “Pilot Parents.”
So it seemed destined that an organization that has meant so much to her family would be where she would land. She has served as the Executive Director since 2003, when she led the merger of The Arc of Omaha and Career Solutions, Inc. into what Ollie Webb Center, Inc. is today.
When she’s not championing the families she works with, she enjoys theater, movies, reading, traveling, and, most importantly, spending time with her family, which includes her son, David. Incidentally, she has a cat named Oliver (named after Ollie because he was a stray found at the center).
It started out as a contract to teach The Art of Imagination classes in 2012 and David never left. He now serves as the Education Coordinator for the Continuing Education department, but his title also includes resident filmmaker and videographer.
David graduated from University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and New Media as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. He has conducted workshops in theater and film, produced promotional shorts for nonprofits and worked in the fields of creative technology and broadcasting.
Aimee is a long-standing advocate of individuals with developmental disabilities, corresponding with more than 15 years of work providing services for vocational and residential programs.
Most recently, Aimee was the Project II Advisor for the Omaha Chapter of People First of Nebraska, Inc., which was honored as Chapter of the Year in 2018.
Today, she implements quality assurance activities, assists with fundraising, coordinates the STARS Basketball League and other health and wellness initiatives.
Cheri has served for several years on the boards of organizations supporting the needs of individuals and families experiencing a disability, including Ollie Webb Center, Inc., the Autism Center of Nebraska, and related Human Legal Rights Committees as well as the Douglas Federal Credit Union. Cheri earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and has professional experience spanning fiscal administration and accounting.
Cheri first became aware of the Ollie Webb Center when her second child was born with Down Syndrome and she reached out to OWCI for support. In her role as Family Services Coordinator, Cheri has the chance to share her experiences and assist in the delivery of quality family services to others, including the Parent to Parent program. Cheri is a fitness enthusiast and she and her husband have worked together to create health and workout opportunities in the community for individuals with disabilities.
Courtney’s unique background and positive outlook serve her well in her role as an HR Consultant with Zelle Human Resource Solutions. Courtney’s skills allow her to make meaningful cultural impact, develop others personally and professionally, and create lasting connections. As a consultant, Courtney focuses on employee engagement and retention, training and development, establishing organizational change, implementing marketing strategies, and facilitating recruitment processes.
Courtney graduated from Iowa State University focusing on business and entrepreneurship. She has also received her human resources certification from Cornell University. Courtney currently serves as the Recruitment and Marketing Advisor for her sorority and teaches Hebrew to students at her Synagogue.
Dave loves movies, listening to music, and exercising; and would love to attend the Tour De France one of these days and a World Series game. He loves baseball, overall, but has to have a World Series hot dog! Dave has been married to his lovely wife Mary since 2002 and they have a house in the Bemis Park section close to St. Cecilia’s parish. They have a cat, Magic and, of course, she is black.
Educated at the University of Nebraska -Lincoln in Special Education, Dave has worked in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities since January, 1974 when he started at the Lancaster Office of Mental Retardation (LOMR). He moved back to Omaha (his hometown)to work at ENCOR in 1984. Dave arrived at Ollie Webb Center, Inc. in 2009 to work in the residential department of Career Solutions, Inc.
“Working at Ollie Webb Center, Inc. is fun, hard, rewarding, challenging.” Dave is proud to be surrounded by staff who are dedicated to the persons they serve, leaders who like to lead, who plan for better opportunities for all of those individuals who want that opportunity. He enthuses about working with men and women who own their own vehicles, have steady and valuable jobs that they love and wouldn’t leave for anything, love to socialize, want to budget and cook, attend concerts and games, will converse endlessly about a movie, their weekend and/or their favorite person. Simply put, “They are amazing!”
In 2011 Lisa became the Human Resource Manager for Ollie Webb Center, Inc. However, she has been employed with OWCI since November 1999.
She began her affiliation with Ollie Webb Center, Inc. as a volunteer mentor with the Just Friends Program. Following her experience as a mentor, she was hired as the part-time Just Friends assistant for four years. After receiving a Bachelor Degree in Psychology from Creighton University in May 2004, Lisa took a full-time position as a case manager and assistant counselor at ABH (Addiction and Behavioral Health) Services, Inc. While at ABH, Lisa continued her part-time employment with OWCI.
In March of 2005, Lisa was hired as the full-time mentoring services director for The Arc of Omaha at the Ollie Webb Center. Then in 2011 she began her new duties as OWCI’s Human Resource Manager.
In addition to her work for OWCI, Lisa has worked with the Munroe- Meyer preschool program, Camp Munroe and as the Creighton University Best Buddies Chapter Director.
Alexa first fell in love with Ollie Webb’s work as a volunteer, when she became a Best Buddy. She was actually named College Buddy of the Year in 2016 and she is currently President of Creighton’s Best Buddies Program.
From there, she became a job coach for the Supported Employment program and a program assistant for adult events. Now, she is managing the Best Buddies and Just Friends programs for Ollie Webb Center, Inc.
Alexa recently graduated from Creighton with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and she’s working toward a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy at Creighton.
Megan has been supporting day-to-day financial activities of organizations for almost two decades. She works in the language of billing, cash management, reconciliations, accounts payable and receivable, not to mention helping with payroll, financial statements and QuickBooks. Besides a love of numbers, she is an avid sports fan and loves spending time with her family.
Jim Hoggatt is the Artistic Director of the Art of Imagination, the arts program of Ollie Webb Center, Inc. Among his most recent projects with The Art of Imagination are Loud Mouths, Omaha’s only annual playwriting festival by people with developmental disabilities, and The Amazing Invincible Super Comic Book Project funded by the Developmental Disability Council of Nebraska. Prior to Ollie Webb, he spent 4 and half years as an educator, actor, playwright, and Director of Youth Productions at The Rose Theater (AKA Omaha Theater Company for Young People.) Jim began his career in theater as a college intern at the Emmy Gifford Children’s Theater in 1987. He has also worked for The Coterie Theater in Kansas City, Educational Theater Programs in Oakland, California and the New Conservatory Theater Center in San Francisco, among others. Jim earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas and his Master of Arts degree from San Francisco State University.
Since 2015, Craig has focused his efforts in the area of Supported Employment and Residential services for individuals with brain injury and developmental disabilities in the Omaha area. He has a record of success in supporting individuals in integrated community-based employment and training staff in both residential and vocational settings. Craig completed his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Education and Human Services and is actively participating in ongoing professional development and training in order to best serve his clients.
In July 2009, Jenny Koley began her employment at Ollie Webb Center, Inc. as the agency receptionist. She also happens to be involved in many programs offered at Ollie Webb Center, Inc. One of her favorites is The Art of Imagination; she really loves the acting classes. Jenny also enjoys bowling, Next Chapter Book Club, and volunteering at Ollie’s Dream Gala ever year. She is proud to work for a great organization that has a wonderful, fun atmosphere and great co-workers.
Robin has spent her career devoted to serving people with developmental disabilities. She began her career more than 20 years ago as a social worker for The ARC of Palm Beach County, Florida. Since then, she has lived in several parts of the United States and has had the opportunity to support individuals of all ages, from infants through adults in a variety of settings. Robin is passionate about promoting independence and quality of life for all individuals with developmental disabilities in order to help them achieve their maximum potential.
Educated in both Canada and the United States, Robin holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and a Master of Social Work degree in Non-Profit Administration from Rutgers University in New Jersey. She has served as a Board Member, Executive Director, Program Director and School Social Worker, all in the arena of improving the lives of those with intellectual disabilities. When not working, Robin enjoys spending time with her children and husband, reading, hiking and traveling.
Lisa is passionate about promoting independence and quality of life for all individuals with developmental disabilities in order to help them achieve their maximum potential. She has spent her entire career supporting individuals of all ages, from infants through adults in a variety of settings. She started 17 years ago as a Service Coordinator with adults receiving behavioral health services in Pennsylvania. Her work led her to the Early Intervention and Adult IDD Service Coordination Programs in Pennsylvania as a supervisor, program coordinator /QA specialist, and finally the Director of the IDD Programs at the county level. Lisa moved to Nebraska in February 2016 with her husband and 3 children.
Lisa holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania with a minor in Psychology. When not working, Lisa enjoys spending time with her children and husband, cooking new and interesting foods, & traveling.
Carrie Nath has a wealth of experience and expertise in arts education having worked as an artist, administrator and arts educator for over 30 years. She is a firm believer in the collaborative approach to creating, whether in the board room, the classroom or on the stage. Carrie has served as the Executive Director of The Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts; Director of Education at The Kentucky Arts Council; the Associate Director of Education for the Seattle Opera; and Education Consultant for the Ford’s Theater in D.C. A choreographer and director as well, her credits include Manhattan School of Music; Cornish College of the Arts; and in education departments at Actor’s Theater of Louisville; the Washington National Opera; the Shakespeare Theater in D.C.; and Seattle Repertory Theatre. Carrie has also served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nebraska Arts Council.
Jordan=Passion. Her good nature and selflessness passes to other people around her. This can be seen through her philanthropic efforts with Partnership 4 Kids, Habitat for Humanity, Executive Women International and Taysia Blue Rescue. Jordan loves helping people and being supportive. That is why she loves working at Ollie Webb Center, Incorporated!
Jordan and her husband, Ted, are the proud parents of three huskies. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering, reading, Netflix binge-watching, puzzles, photography and traveling. She is addicted to sushi, Instagram and huskies. Jordan loves trying out new adventures and making people laugh.
Tara is taking more than 17 years of experience in educational leadership, program management, volunteer coordination, literacy and crisis intervention to help Ollie Webb Center, Inc.’s clients succeed and reach their potential. She coordinates Next Chapter Book Club and Ultimate Life programs.
She has served on several committees with Creighton University, Catholic Charities and the Nebraska Department of Education. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Creighton University, a Master’s degree in Education Administration from University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is working on an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at the College of Saint Mary.
Tara has been a member of The American Association of University Women (AAUW), the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE), and the Council of College and Military Educators (CCME).