Board & Staff

We are Thankful for Our Board Members, Advisory Board and Our Leadership Team.

Our board and staff have a strong commitment to enriching the lives of the KIDS and families we serve through after school programs, summer programs and family services.

Leadership Team

Penny Parker
Chief Executive Officer

Penny Parker

Margaret Ingram
Chief Financial Officer

Margaret Ingram

Ann Lawless
Chief Program Officer

Ann Lawless

Lacey Locklear
Chief Development Officer

Lacey Locklear

Carla Rizzo
Chief Operations Officer

Carla Rizzo

Lulu Rangel
Clinical Director, LICSW, LIMHP

Lulu Rangel

Matt Wellwood
Human Resources Manager

Matt Wellwood

Rosa Reyes
CK 26 Program Director

Rosa Reyes

Jeff Knapp
Director of School Based Programs

Jeff Knapp

Chief Executive Officer

Penny Parker

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, University of Nebraska Omaha
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Welfare, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Licensed Mental Health Practitioner

Penny has guided this agency as the Chief Executive Officer since August 1991. “Prior to coming to this organization, I had always worked with many kids and families who were part of the child welfare system,” she says. “I wanted to be in a position where we could focus on prevention services. The mission is why I am here.” She leads a talented and highly-educated team, many of whom have advanced degrees in counseling and program administration. “Their commitment to the children and families we serve is a primary reason our organization has become a model for building strong communities.”

Chief Financial Officer

Margaret Ingram

  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration, St. Louis University (MO)
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Southeast Missouri State University
  • Certified Public Accountant

Margaret started with Completely KIDS in October 2019, bringing work experience from DuPage Children’s Museum, Zonta International, both of Chicago, and Alkem Laboratories in St. Louis. Margaret says, “I’m inspired by the mission of Completely KIDS and can see the difference it makes in the community. I want to use my professional skills to help further the mission.” Margaret is married to husband Chris and has two sons, Michael and David, and a Goldendoodle named Bailey. She’s a St. Louis Cardinals fan and enjoys traveling, reading and theater.

Chief Program Officer

Ann Lawless

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, University of Nebraska Omaha
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Creighton University

Ann started with Completely KIDS under its former affiliation in May 2002. She served as a Community Outreach Worker and Program Coordinator at Jackson Elementary before moving into her role as a director. “I truly believe in what we do,” Ann says. “I have had the opportunity to see our kids have great successes in their lives, and that makes me proud!” Ann is married, has two sons and a competitive spirit on the soccer field.

Chief Development Officer

Lacey Locklear

  • Master’s Degree in Forensic Science: Behavioral, Nebraska Wesleyan University
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Nebraska Wesleyan University

Before joining the Completely KIDS staff as a Program Coordinator in September 2016, Lacey worked with juveniles on probation and says she “noticed a great need for positive role models before youth enter high school.” In her current role as Chief Development Officer, Lacey will share the stories of those we serve to increase human and financial support for Completely KIDS. Lacey enjoys relaxing at home with her husband Greg, daughter Halle and dog Gilmore or in Lincoln with family.

Chief Operations Officer

Carla Rizzo

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, University of Nebraska Omaha
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, University of Nebraska Omaha
  • Transformational Nonprofit Leadership Certificate, University of Notre Dame (IN)
  • National Afterschool Matters Fellow – 2017-2019

Carla has seen the ins and outs of Completely KIDS since starting here in October 1998. She served as a volunteer, Program Support Staff, Program Coordinator (Highland, Liberty AM, Washington, Marrs, Norris, Bryan, Teen and Transition programs), Program Specialist and Program Manager prior to her current role. “As I started working at the program, I immediately fell in love with the kids and families and saw the serious barriers they were challenged with,” Carla says. “My heart has always stayed with the kids and families and I believe in this organization. I am who I am because of what I have learned while working at Completely KIDS.” Family is the most important thing to Carla. She is married to her high school sweetheart and has four sons.

Clinical Director, LICSW, LIMHP

Lulu Rangel

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, University of Nebraska Omaha
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, University of Nebraska Omaha
  • Certified Master Social Worker
  • Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner

Lulu is an alumnus of our teen program and served as a practicum student at Field Club before joining Completely KIDS full time as the Shelter Coordinator. In 2017, she transitioned to working with families in a mental health capacity. “Because I was in the program during high school, I know the impact this agency has on kids,” she says. Lulu enjoys spending her weekends playing with her son, two pugs, and relaxing with her husband Teddy.

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Human Resources Manager

Matt Wellwood

  • Master’s Degree in Management, Bellevue University
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education: Early Childhood Education, University of Nebraska Omaha
  • DDI Certified Trainer
  • DDI Target Selection Interview Certificate
  • ATD Training Certificate
  • ATD Project Management for Learning Professionals Certificate

Matt joined Completely KIDS as Human Resources Manager in May 2018, combining his years of HR experience from Gordmans and Nebraska Furniture Mart with his love for helping others. “I had been looking for the right opportunity to start working with children and families again,” Matt says. “The mission and vision of Completely KIDS spoke to me right away. I knew I had to be part of an organization that focuses their efforts on the success of children and their families.” Matt’s family includes his wife Caitlin, sons William and Patrick, one dog and one cat. In addition to his work for Completely KIDS, Matt, a Type 1 Diabetic, advocates for diabetes research and funding in hopes of finding a cure.

CK 26 Program Director

Rosa Reyes

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Grace University
  • Associate Degree in Business Administration, Kaplan University

Rosa worked for almost 10 years in the credit card banking industry before finding her passion for human services as a part-time Volunteer Coordinator at CASA for Douglas County. In 2012, she accepted a full-time role working with families at Completely KIDS. She helps adults reach their goals in the areas of education, personal growth and health/wellness. Rosa says many Completely KIDS families have one or both parents who were not given any educational opportunities in their home country. Born in Mexico, Rosa believes, “had my Dad not been one of the skilled farm laborers working in the United States during that time, I would be one of these people, through no fault of my own, who is not educated or able to provide the opportunity of a bright future to my three children.” Rosa is married to husband Ray.

Director of School Based Programs

Jeff Knapp

  • Bachelor of Social Work, Missouri Western State University,
  • Master of Social Work, University of Southern Mississippi
  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Jeff has previous work experience at the University of Nebraska at Omaha as a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner and an instructor. Jeff says, “I wanted to be a part of that long history of serving and strengthening our community.” Fun fact, Jeff played in a band in New Orleans and opened for Vanilla Ice. He is married with four kids, two Great Danes, one Papillon and two cats. He enjoys being outside and loves to camp with his family.

Program Staff

Sheila Avant
Program Coordinator – CK Walnut Hill

Sheila Avant

Kayla Baker
Program Coordinator – CK 26

Kayla Baker

Miguel Estevez
Mental Health Therapist, PLADC, PLMHP

Miguel Estevez

Nancy Estrada
Program Coordinator – CK Norris

Nancy Estrada

Diana Fernandez
Program Coordinator – CK Highland

Diana Fernandez

Jennifer Jimenez
Community Connector

Jennifer Jimenez

Katie Krause
Program Coordinator – CK Field Club

Katie Krause

Cheamera Gaines-Liwaru
Program Coordinator – CK Gifford Park

Cheamera Gaines Liwaru

Shady Martinez-Castillo
Program Coordinator – CK Marrs

Shady Martinez Castillo

Diran Missak
Program Coordinator – CK All Saints

Diran Missak

Mike Modica
Program Coordinator – CK Saint Cecilia Cathedral

Mike Modica

Anna Pitt
Program Coordinator – CK Gomez

Anna Pitt

Delayne Wolfe
Program Coordinator – CK Liberty

Delayne Wolfe

Cristina-Salazar
Program Coordinator – CK Jackson

Cristina Salazar

Ellie Shaffer
Shelter Program Coordinator

Ellie Shaffer

Maggie Vazquez
Teen Program Coordinator

Maggie Vazquez

Program Coordinator – CK Walnut Hill

Sheila Avant

  • Associate Degree in Human Services, Metropolitan Community College

Sheila is one of the agency’s long-time employees. Since starting in January 1996, she has served at the Niños, Wintergreen, Shelter and CK Highland sites and now oversees our CK Walnut Hill location. Sheila is married with two daughters and seven grandkids and you can count on her to cook a fancy feast during the holidays.

Program Coordinator – CK 26

Kayla Baker

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science, Bellevue University
  • Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Metropolitan Community College

Kayla started working at Completely KIDS in July 2020. Prior to working at Completely KIDS, she worked as a Foster Care Specialist, a Youth Director and a Crisis Counselor. She says, “The moment I visited the CK building for an event, I fell in love with the program. My passion stems from supporting youth and families to be successful.” Her hobbies include being around her family and working on crafts. She also knows American Sign Language.

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Mental Health Therapist, PLADC, PLMHP

Miguel Estevez

  • Master’s of Science Degree in Clinical Mental Health, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Biology, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Miguel fell in love with Completely KIDS’ holistic approach to help the entire family break the cycle of poverty. He is excited to be a part of our expanding Mental Health Program. Miguel believes his background as a first generation U.S. born citizen and growing up with parents from Guatemala and El Salvador helps him understand the Latine community in a very unique way. A fun fact is his favorite meals are pupusas and a big plate of carne asada with homemade tortillas.

Program Coordinator – CK Norris

Nancy Estrada

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health, University of Nebraska Omaha

Nancy participated in Completely KIDS (then Camp Fire) as a middle school student and was later hired as Program Support Staff at CK Highland. There, she became the assistant and then joined Completely KIDS full time as a Family Specialist. Nancy briefly left Completely KIDS before returning to complete an internship in the curriculum department and then being hired on full time in 2020 as the Program Coordinator for CK Norris.

Growing up, Nancy spent her summers in her parent’s hometown in Guerrero, Mexico. She said this experience was very humbling and has fueled her desire to receive a higher education and work with the Latino community.

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Program Coordinator – CK Highland

Diana Fernandez

  • Bellevue University

Diana has been with Completely KIDS since 2004, first as a Program Support Staff, then a Lead and then an Assistant. Completely KIDS has given her multiple opportunities since she was a youth to now, allowing her to continue enjoying the kids and families Completely KIDS serves. She loves helping people and feels the fullest when working with kids. She loves to learn different languages and hopes to learn how to read and write Arabic. Diana loves spending time with her family.

Community Connector

Jennifer Jimenez

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, University of Nebraska Omaha

Jennifer is one a Completely KIDS Alumni and has been working at Completely KIDS since 2016. Her past positions include: Junior Support Staff at Liberty Elementary, Program Support Staff at Liberty Elementary and Alumni Intern. She said, “I learned at a young age the value of serving others and striving to be an asset to the community. Over the years, I have valued and worked to fulfill the mission and vision of Completely KIDS.” In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, play volleyball, traveling and creating art.

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Program Coordinator – CK Field Club

Katie Krause

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, University of Nebraska Omaha

Katie joined Completely KIDS as the Program Coordinator at Field Club Elementary, bringing with her work experience from the YMCA of Greater Omaha and Omaha Public Schools. In college, the impact Completely KIDS has on our community left a mark on Katie when a classmate presented about the agency. “I was amazed at the generosity provided by this agency,” she says. “It truly fits with my beliefs and mindset. I believe that no child or family should miss out on experiences due to financial means or any other disadvantage.” Katie adds to a community of dog lovers at Completely KIDS with her pooch named Beau. On another note, she’s never traveled outside of the United States.

Program Coordinator – CK Gifford Park

Cheamera Gaines Liwaru

Bachelor’s Degree in English, University of Nebraska Omaha

Cheamera has previously worked as an Assistant Teacher at UNO Child Care Center and a Teaching Assistant at Purpose Driven Advocacy Center. She says, “I am passionate about serving my community and helping others in any way that I can. Completely KIDS gives me the opportunity to do something I enjoy — connecting with people and providing resources to aid in the holistic success of youth and their families.” Her hobbies are painting, game nights with friends and family and watching superhero movies.

Program Coordinator – CK Marrs

Shady Martinez Castillo

  • Associate’s Degree in Human Services Transfer, Metropolitan Community College

Shady has worked at Completely KIDS since 2018. She was a Program Support Staff at three of our sites. She loves the mission of our organization because we serve the family as a whole by providing programs for students and parents. Outside of Completely KIDS, she owns her own apparel business, called ShadyFitz. During her free time she plays in a soccer league.

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Program Coordinator – CK All Saints

Diran Missak

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Developmental Psychology, University of Nebraska Omaha

Before piloting our program at All Saints School in the fall of 2016, Diran worked at CK Highland as a Program Support Staff and Lead Staff, as well as for our curriculum manager. “Completely KIDS has given me the opportunities to work with kids and help them develop educational and social/emotional skills,” Diran says. Personally, Diran comes from a large family, where he’s the third oldest of eight and the oldest and youngest are only 10 years apart. He’s an avid disc golfer, not to be confused with Frisbee golf or frolf, enjoys playing soccer and volunteers as a basketball coach at All Saints.

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Program Coordinator – CK Saint Cecilia Cathedral

Mike Modica

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, University of Nebraska Omaha

Mike has been a faithful employee of Completely KIDS since August 2011. His part-time roles have included program support and lead staff at Gomez Elementary School. Today, he serves as the Program Coordinator for our new program at St. Cecilia’s Cathedral Elementary School. Mike is an avid Nebraska football fan and plays a trading card game called “Magic: The Gathering” semi-competitively.

Program Coordinator – CK Gomez

Anna Pitt

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies, Destiny Bible College (FL)
  • Teacher Certification, Without Walls International Church (FL)
  • Positive Action Center Facilitator, Gomez Heritage Elementary School

Before joining Completely KIDS as a Program Coordinator in 2018, she worked as a Program Support Staff for CK Gomez for nine years. Anna’s professional experience includes time served in the U.S. Army, PAC Facilitator for Omaha Public Schools, children’s ministry and working sales for Xerox. Soon after starting at OPS, she also began her work with Completely KIDS and says, “I found that burning desire to help kids take root again and I have never looked back. I want to do what I can to bring light into their sometimes-bleak worlds.” Because Anna is approachable and personable, some might be surprised to know she is a true introvert. On her list of to-dos? Travel to all 50 states.

Program Coordinator – CK Liberty

Delayne Wolfe

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Expected 2022

Before working for Completely KIDS, Delayne worked with children at Genesis Health Club and had two jobs involving helping older adults. She said the reason she was interested in working for Completely KIDS was because she has a family member who is enrolled in our afterschool program and loves it. “I wanted to work at a job that gives back to the community and knows how to make a positive impact on individuals.” Fun facts about Delayne are that she is a Marvel fan, has 4 dogs and loves to travel.

Program Coordinator – CK Jackson

Cristina Salazar

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Management, University of Nebraska Omaha

Cristina has worked at Completely KIDS as a Program Support Staff, Lead Support Staff and Assistant Program Coordinator. She said, “I joined Completely KIDS because I wanted to be a mentor to the students. I wanted to be someone for the youth to rely on in all capacities as well as be a person for them that I did not have growing up.” During her free time she enjoys painting and spending time with friends and family.

Shelter Program Coordinator

Ellie Shaffer

  • Bachelor of Science in Social Work, University of Nebraska Omaha

Ellie has been working at Completely KIDS as a Program Support Staff since 2018. She loves working with kids at the shelter program and getting to know the families. She said, “I greatly appreciate the connectedness among staff at CK.” During her free time she enjoys running, spending time outdoors and visiting friends and family.

Teen Program Coordinator

Maggie Vazquez

  • Bachelors in Education and Human Sciences, University of Nebraska Lincoln

Maggie has experience working with youth which makes her a perfect fit for our Teen Program Coordinator position. She has a passion for working with kids and believes all youth should be given educational and achievement opportunities. Maggie said, “Completely KIDS’ outreach programs reach a variety of youth across Omaha to empower them with unique opportunities to learn more about themselves and others.” She values community building because she believes it’s the foundation to success. During her free time she likes to play golf, hammock and bake. She also has a twin sister, Annmarie.

Office Staff

Ismael Alvarez-De-Castillo
Development Coordinator

Ismael Alvarez Del Castillo

Laura Armas
Resource Coordinator

Laura Armas

Emma Costello
Digital Media Coordinator

Emma Costello

John Ems
Facilities Manager

John Ems

Kim Hill
Administrative Specialist

Kim Hill

Sara Parson
Executive Development Assistant

Sara Parson

Madeline Renner-Navarrette
Development Associate

Madeline Renner-Navarrette

Odett Pochop
Bilingual Front Desk Receptionist

Odett Pochop

Development Coordinator

Ismael Alvarez Del Castillo

  • Metropolitan Community College

Ismael has been a part of our team since 2017 as a Program Support Staff. His experience working at Happy Hollow has allowed him to be a great communicator to our wonderful volunteers. He said, “What Completely KIDS does for the families is amazing. I consider myself a good role model for the kids and getting them on the right path to success has become a goal of mine.” During his free time he likes to work out and play golf with his friends. Someday his goal is to own multiple rental properties and become a donor for Completely KIDS.

Resource Coordinator

Laura Armas

  • Metropolitan Community College

Laura worked at Omaha Public Schools for 22 years before working at Completely KIDS. Laura wanted to stay in the South Omaha area and happened to see an opportunity with Completely KIDS. She said, “I knew right away, this was a sign that I should try being a part of this wonderful program/organization. I am so thankful and happy to be here at CK!” She is married to a tattoo artist. During her free time she likes to write poems.

Digital Media Coordinator

Emma Costello

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Communication, University of Nebraska Omaha
  • Facebook Digital Marketing Certificate

Emma joined Completely KIDS as a part-time Social Media Intern in January 2019. Her current position is to serve as an online voice across the agency’s social networking sites. Emma was excited to gain hands-on experience while being “a good change in our community in so many different ways.” Emma is half Japanese and is bilingual in English and Japanese. She has two dogs and loves trying new restaurants with friends.

Facilities Manager

John Ems

John brings 30 years of experience in office and home maintenance to his role as Facilities Manager at Completely KIDS. For years, he heard about the work Completely KIDS does to help people and says, “I felt I had the ability to help support the organization.” In his spare time, John enjoys growing a variety of trees and plants in his yard, raises a few chickens and likes to complete woodworking projects.

Administrative Specialist

Kim Hill

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services: Social Work, Expected 2020

Kim came from Omaha Public Schools in November 2017, bringing with her secretarial and administrative skills. As a Program Aide for Completely KIDS, Kim handles all records related to releases of information, Title XX, childcare licensure, incident reports, staff training and curriculum and applicable audits. Kim says, “I love what Completely KIDS does for the community. I love what they offer not only to children but to the entire family.” Kim is married, has two kids and enjoys settling in for the latest documentary.

Executive Development Assistant

Sara Parson

  • Iowa Western Community College

Sara has been with Completely KIDS for over 10 years. She says, “I love what the agency does for the kids around the community and seeing people help out every way they can.” Sara enjoys relaxing at home with her family.

Development Associate

Madeline Renner-Navarrette

  • Bachelor of Science in Business, Bellevue University

Madeline’s love for planning events makes her the right fit for our Development Associate. She has experience through her previous position as an Event Operations Manager at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. She joined our team because Completely KIDS’ mission spoke to her. She said, “I’m so excited to be a part of an organization that is deep-rooted in the community and offers these opportunities.” She is married to Jonathan and has one son. She enjoys taking walks with their dog, Diego.

Bilingual Front Desk Receptionist

Odett Pochop

  • Metropolitan Community College

Odett was interested in working with Completely KIDS because she wanted to work for an organization that changes the community and people’s lives. Her goal is to become a criminal defense attorney and immigration attorney. She has three kids: Oaklyn(8), Memphis(6) and Evelynn(2). During her free time, she likes to use her creativity through painting.

  • Chairman – Jill McClure
    American National Bank
  • Chairman-Elect – Patrick Groves
    Valmont
  • Treasurer – Jenny Mickeliunas
    Deloitte
  • Secretary – Kacey Lempka
    Community Volunteer
  • At Large – Dan Gomez
    Great Western Bank
  • At Large – Cindy Gonzalez
    Omaha World-Herald
  • At Large – Dan Weidner
    Koley Jessen
  • Past Chairman – Erin Murnan
    Bank of the West
  • Guild President – Brandi Ballan
    West Gate Bank
  • Pam Bourne
    Woods & Aitken, LLP
  • Scott Damrow
    First National Bank
  • Amy Deardorff
    Community Volunteer
  • Nicole Evans
    Veteran Affairs
  • Laura Fender
    Ameritas Life
  • BJ Hansen
    McCarthy Capital
  • Dan Hanus
    Physicians Mutual
  • Molly Huyck
    PayPal
  • Danielle Johnson
    First National Bank
  • Teddi Kennedy
    Community Volunteer
  • Kevin Lewis
    TEAM Software
  • Mark Martinez
    Community Volunteer
  • Brandy Moyer
    The Gallup Organization
  • Marcie Peterson
    Children’s Hospital & Medical Center
  • Max Rocha
    CSG International
  • David Schettler
    Community Volunteer
  • Lina Stover
    University of Nebraska Omaha
  • Rosie Zweiback
    UNMC
  • Wendy Whalen
    Union Pacific
  • Tim Waggoner
    Mutual of Omaha
  • Cindy Bay
  • Lynne Boyer
  • N.P. Dodge, Jr.
  • Linda B. Ford, M.D.
  • Mary Kay Greenberg
  • Carl Mammel
  • Tom McGowan
  • Sandy Parker
  • Ann Stinson
  • L.B. “Red” Thomas
  • Lyn Wallin Ziegenbein

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