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