Board & Staff

Avenue Scholars is guided and supported by a dedicated Board of Directors:

Board of Directors

Susie Buffett


Jeff Schmid


Calvin Sisson


Katie Weitz, Ph.D.


Ken Bird, Ed.D.


Avenue Scholars staff are among the best youth-serving professionals in the country:

Staff Roster 
Organizational & Program Administration
Ken Bird, Ed.D.


Lindsay Decker

President & COO

Catie Dagle

Chief Program & People Officer

Rick Painter

Sr. Director of Career Services & Support

Michael Johnson

Director of Program Initiatives

Kristy Preuss

Executive Assistant & Administrative Services Manager

Sheree Haynie

Program & Administrative Services Coordinator

High School Team
Terrence Gillian

Team Lead
Omaha Northwest Career Coach

Marcus Manley

Team Lead
Millard North Career Coach

 Jose Almanza

Omaha Bryan Career Coach

Marquita Lambert

Millard South Career Coach

Beth Leach

Westside Career Coach

Tom Prescott

Ralston Career Coach

Canei Rodriquez

Omaha Benson Career Coach

Jordyn Smith

Blair Career Coach

Fred Starks

Omaha North Career Coach

Lauren Linton

High School Program Assistant

Career Services Team
Tonya Fairgood

Team Lead
Career Services Coach

Dan Corral

Career Services Coach

Steve Johnston

Career Services Coach

Tom Robertson

Career Services Coach

Anthony Tate

Career Services Coach

Business Outreach Team
Audrey Gustin

Team Lead
Business Relations Manager

Meagan Botello

Career Awareness & Exploration Coordinator

Community Resource Team
Ashley Knott

Team Lead
Community Resource Manager

Avenue Shared Services
Mike Alvano

Vice President & Treasurer
CFO of Avenue Scholars

Penny Darnell

Accounting Manager