Rachel Reis, MSW
Executive Director – EMAIL
Rachel has been engaged in social work and community organizing for 13 years. She joined Hunger Free Heartland in 2014 as Program Manager and was named Executive Director shortly thereafter. Rachel also holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Prior to HFH, Rachel worked with different nonprofits across the community and state around building healthy and safe communities for all. In her spare time, she can be found her with family, participating in outdoor activities, or reading a good book on her deck.
Program Coordinator and Nebraska No Kid Hungry Campaign Lead – EMAIL
Sarah joined Hunger Free Heartland in August of 2016 after relocating from Des Moines, IA where she was working as a health coach with Profile by Sanford. She has a passion for working with food insecurity and improving the lives of others. She graduated from Iowa State University in May of 2015 with a BS in Dietetics. In her free time, she loves cooking, gardening, and spending time with her friends and family.
Administrative Associate – EMAIL
Ellen King started with Hunger Free Heartland in November as the Administrative Associate after moving from Kansas City with her husband and son. In Kansas City, she worked as the Volunteer Coordinator for a non-profit helping families in low-income housing. Before that, she lived in Virginia and worked with children and youth at an Episcopal church. She is passionate about helping all children and families improve their lives. At HFH, she works with donors, volunteers, and assists in planning fundraising events. Ellen is a graduate of St. Olaf College, loves historical fiction novels, and likes all things crafting.
Intern – EMAIL
Brittany Herrington is the newest intern at Hunger Free Heartland. She moved to Omaha from Fargo, North Dakota in 2015 to pursue her Master of Public Administration and Social Work at the University of Nebraska – Omaha. One of Brittany’s biggest projects this semester (which is her MPA capstone project) is a comprehensive environmental scan of summer meal sites in Douglas county which will include a data overlay with information on poverty, vehicle access, food desert areas, etc. This will result in recommendations of high priority summer meal site areas. After graduating in May, Brittany will be staying in the Omaha area and hopes to work for a local nonprofit. In her free time she enjoys reading, yoga, and watching live music performances.
Lysette Garcia Pena
No Kid Hungry Youth Ambassador – EMAIL
Lysette Garcia Pena is the No Kid Hungry Youth Ambassador focusing on advocacy and summer meal programs. Lysette has lived in Omaha for the past 9 years after moving from California. She is majoring in Political Science and minoring in Economics and Local Policy at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She is passionate about her community and local issues but hopes to work up to national and international advocacy as well. Her biggest dream is to improve the UN and push the U.S to be a leader in sustainability and social equality.
Will Cummings, Board President, First Priority Insurance
Jason Schmit, Vice President, HomeServices of Nebraska
Quinn Texmo, JEO Consulting Group, Inc.
Blake Warneke, Treasurer, Woodmen Life
Lisa Steele, My Connections: United Health Care
Tina Piatek, Koley Jessen Attorneys
Rachel Reis, Secretary & Executive Director, Hunger Free Heartland