“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 Manager 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.
Arc Program Director
Becky Cano first connected with Ollie Webb Center, Inc. through volunteer opportunities within The Arc program. With a career history spanning two decades in the human services and higher education fields, Becky strives to establish partnerships with individuals, families, and support/community systems by emphasizing strengths, autonomy, and inclusion. Becky holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and Human Sciences, a Master of Science degree in Educational Psychology, and has served in professional roles within youth and family programming, residential treatment, therapeutic education, academic advising, ADA coordination, and disability and accessibility services.
Becky enjoys kayaking with her husband, a hobby she first discovered through an OWCI event, and supporting her children as they explore their interests and passions.
Human Resources Specialist
Audry is the Human Resources Specialist for OWCI. She has Bachelor’s in Human Resources from the University of Nebraska Omaha. She is an experienced Human Resources professional with expertise in full life cycle recruitment, resume writing, and professional branding. Audry is an energetic and outgoing employee with the ability to communicate effectively at all levels and a passion for talent matching. She is skilled in relationship building, networking and company/candidate marketing. In her free time, she enjoys attending her children’s many activities, trying new restaurants, and volunteering at Urban Acres Horse Rescue.
Assistant Executive Director
Jill is the Assistant Executive Director for OWCI. Prior to this position, she was a civil litigation attorney for 16 years. Jill entered the nonprofit sector to make a greater community impact and is thrilled to advocate for OWCI and its mission.
She earned a Bachelor in Journalism from the University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO) and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Nebraska College of Law. She was an AV Preeminent Peer Rated attorney for Highest Level of Professional Excellence through Martindale-Hubbell.
Jill enjoys developing the potential in others and has taught as an adjunct professor for both UNO and Metropolitan Community College. She is an active volunteer in her local school community club and a troop leader for the Girl Scouts. She has chaired and assisted in several local fundraisers. In her free time, Jill likes to travel and garden, as well as cook and bake for her family.
Lisa 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 became OWCI’s Human Resource Manager. She is currently the Compliance Director.
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.
Mentoring Services Coordinator
Alexa first fell in love with Ollie Webb’s work as a volunteer, when she became a Best Buddy. She was named College Buddy of the Year in 2016 and was 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 graduated from Creighton with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy. She is currently working as a school-based occupational therapist in special education.
Employment Services Manager
David Green is the Employment Services Manager for Ollie Webb Center, Inc. David has been in the field of helping others achieve their wants, goals, and dreams for over 8 years. Prior to working at OWCI, David worked as a Day Services Coordinator and Residential Coordinator, as well as a DSP in Group homes and Day Services. David’s favorite part of his career is seeing an individual achieve something they never thought would be possible.
He is married and has two very outgoing sons. He enjoys spending time with family, spending time at the lake over the summer, running, hiking, and sports.
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 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.
In July 2009, Jenny 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 and acting in our fall production. Jenny also enjoys bowling, Next Chapter Book Club, and volunteering at our Toast to Ollie Webb gala ever year. She is proud to work for a great organization that has a wonderful, fun atmosphere and great co-workers.
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 in 1999 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 2016 with her husband and 3 children and began working for Ollie Webb Center Inc. Lisa currently heads our agency’s Excitement Committee & is a member of the OWCI Legislative Committee. She is a “RentWise” Instructor, a certified “Be Safe” Instructor, attends as a guest agency representative on the DD Council Planning Committee Meetings, OWCI Member of the MAPA Advising Committee, and attends the NCCD meetings.
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, gardening, & traveling.
Carrie 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 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 two children and three huskies. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering, reading, Netflix binge-watching, puzzles, photography and traveling. Jordan loves trying out new adventures and making people laugh.
Arc Program Manager
Kayla has worked as a Program Supervisor over group homes and individual supported living homes, developed and ran a program as a Program Coordinator of personal assistant services, been a Service Coordinator, and worked with foster children and families as a Foster Care Case Manager. She has a bachelor’s degree in Criminology from Missouri State University. Kayla has close family members with disabilities and disorders, which inspired interest in her career.
Kayla enjoys spending her free time outdoors hiking or kayaking, or spending time at home crafting or puzzling. Kayla also loves to travel and experience new foods and cultures.