We Are

Acting Executive Director

Karen Abrams, MPH

Karen is a consultant experienced in facilitating collaborative teams through strategic planning processes and cultivating sustainable systems change.


Karen Abrams, MPH – Acting Executive Director & Chair

Ayanna Boykins, MS – Member at Large

Ayanna is Education Project Director at Anti-Defamation League—Plains State Region. She is an experienced convener of resources, manager of programming, professional development and service.

A’Jamal Byndon – Vice Chair

A’Jamal is Community Consultant, Nebraska Families Collaborative. Experienced in diversity, outreach and cultural relevancy/humility. Founder and former director, Omaha Table Talk.

Jasmine L. Harris, MPH, CHES – Member at Large

Jasmine is Co-Founder and CEO of WayMaker, LLC as well as a local writer, speaker and young professional who is passionate about public health and women’s rights. She is a change agent for improving the Omaha community through advocacy and engagement.

Fanying Kong, PhD – Treasurer

Fanying is a sociologist with long-time academic experience teaching sociology and psychology at the college level.

Donna Polk, PhD, LMHP – Member at Large

Chief Executive Officer, Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition.

Board of Advisors

Scharol Bronson, Community advocate

Jack Dunn, MSSW, PRI Founding Director, Researcher Emeritus and community advocate

Donald Frey, MD, Creighton University School of Medicine

Kieran McCarney, Nebraska State AFL-CIO

Kathy Jo Peterson, UNO Grace Abbott School of Social Work

R.K. Piper, MS, UNO Center for Public Affairs Research

Hendrik van den Berg, PhD, UNL Department of Economics

Melanie Williams-Smotherman, Family Advocacy Movement