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

Lisa Sterba, Ed.D.

Sr. Director of Programs

Kris Valentin

Sr. Director of Human Resources & Administrative Services

Catie Dagle

Director of Information & Enrollment

Michael Johnson

Assistant Director of Programs

Sheree Haynie

Office & Staff Assistant

Kristy Preuss

Office & Staff Assistant

High School Team
 Jose Almanza

Omaha South Career Coach

Vanessa Ballard

Omaha Northwest Career Coach

Terrence Gillian

Omaha Benson Career Coach

Kamina Lemons

Omaha Bryan Career Coach

Marquita Lambert

Millard South Career Coach

Beth Leach

Westside Career Coach

Lauren Linton

Papillion La Vista Career Coach

Marcus Manley

Millard North Career Coach

Tom Prescott

Ralston Career Coach

Jordyn Smith

Blair Career Coach

Fred Starks

Omaha North Career Coach

Postsecondary/Career Team
Tonya Fairgood

Department Head
Postsecondary Career Coach

Dan Corral

Postsecondary Career Coach

Steve Johnston

Postsecondary Career Coach

Tom Robertson

Postsecondary Career Coach

Canei Rodriquez

Postsecondary Career Coach

Anthony Tate

Postsecondary Career Coach

Business Outreach Team
Audrey Gustin

Department Head
Business Relations Manager

Meagan Botello

Career Awareness & Exploration Coordinator

Student Support Staff
Ashley Knott

Student Support Manager

Guadalupe Perez-Aguilar

Student Support Assistant

Avenue Shared Services
Mike Alvano

Vice President & Treasurer
CFO of Avenue Scholars

Penny Darnell

Accounting Manager