Meet Our Speakers

Keynotes

Dr. David W. Ballard, PsyD, MBA

Independent Consultant, UK | U.S. | Global

Dr. David Ballard is an organizational consultant with more than 15 years of experience as a non-profit executive. His emphasis is on promoting employee well-being and organizational performance through the integration of psychology and business. Dr. Ballard’s work focuses on organizational effectiveness, occupational health promotion, program design and evaluation, and systems-level workplace interventions. He has provided research, consultation, and training services to government agencies, industry groups, corporations, and universities.

During his time at the American Psychological Association, Dr. Ballard led APA’s Office of Applied Psychology, Center for Organizational Excellence, and Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program. His most recent work has focused on the effects of the pandemic and how employers can support workers during the current crisis and beyond.

Dr. Ballard serves on the boards of directors for the C. Everett Koop National Health Awards and Sound Mind, chairs the Society for Occupational Health Psychology’s Practitioner Committee, co-chairs the international Work, Stress, and Health conference, and is a member of NIOSH’s Cross-Sector Council on Healthy Work Design and Well-being. Dr. Ballard is the co-editor of the book, The Psychologically Healthy Workplace: Building a Win-Win Environment for Organizations and Employees (2016). He received his doctorate in psychology and his MBA in health services administration from Widener University.

Tiffany Jenkins

Tiffany Jenkins is a recovering addict, blogger, speaker, and podcaster who speaks about topics like addiction, motherhood, marriage, and mental health. Tiffany is also the creator of Juggling the Jenkins, a popular blog with a huge social media following.

On her blog, Jenkins writes honestly about motherhood, her experience with opioid addiction, recovery, marriage, and life. She has completed a 40 city-wide speaking tour where she speaks about addiction, recovery, and her struggles with depression and anxiety. She has spoken in jails, at high schools, recovery events, and more, and her YouTube channel and Facebook page have almost four million followers combined.

Jenkins uses her platform to help and inspire others who are struggling with motherhood, mental health, addiction, and those who just need a good laugh. Her new memoir, High Achiever: The Incredible True Story of One Addict’s Double Life, details Jenkins’ experience with the devastating effects of opioid addiction, as well as her subsequent recovery and journey to sobriety.


CHNA* Panel – Breakouts 1 & 2

*Community Health Needs Assessment – A Regional Plan for Mental Wellbeing

Matthew Wyant

Director of Pottawattamie County Planning and Development
Pottawattamie County Health Department

Matt Wyant has held the position of Director of Pottawattamie County Planning and Development since 2016. He has a passion for rural County growth and development, while enhancing the quality of life through administration of County ordinances, civic engagement and educational outreach. Matt balances the direction of rural development with the needs of the public, recognizing and advocating for the impact on individuals and communities. He aligns the Department with the goals of the County through services offered by the Zoning and Land Use Division, Building Division, and Public Health Division.

Matt is a Veteran of the United States Army and is a rural Pottawattamie County resident. He volunteers through a variety of organizations including Advance Southwest Iowa.  He believes in the County’s mission and services and best practices that enhance the life of Pottawattamie County residents.


Kerry Kernen, MPA, MSN, RN

Division Chief, Community Health, Nutrition and Clinical Services
Douglas County Health Department

Sarah Schram, MS, RD

Health Director
Sarpy/Cass County Health Department

Bruce Lockwood

Senior Vice President
Community Health PRC

Bruce joined PRC in 1990 and began developing PRC’s community health products in 1994, at a time when “community health needs assessment” and “population health” were little-known concepts among most healthcare organizations. Under his direction, PRC has evolved into a nationally recognized leader in community health research, with more experience than any other national research provider.

Over the course of his career, Bruce has advised hospitals, health systems, public health departments, foundations, and community-based groups in hundreds of communities across the United States, and their work has impacted millions of lives. He continues to work with clients to identify and define the specific health needs of their populations so that clients can conduct real-time and customizable research into individuals’ health status, risk, behaviors, and experiences to improve community health. Bruce is committed to making client research more meaningful and actionable. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Nebraska—Omaha with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and Public Relations.


Breakout 1 Sessions – 9:45-10:30am

Heidi Husk

Employee Wellbeing & Safety Manager
Nebraska Medicine

Heidi Husk has been the employee wellbeing and safety manager at Nebraska Medicine for over 4 years. Heidi’s career has been spent leading wellbeing and employee safety programming in various organizations across multiple industries. Heidi is passionate about creating opportunities to meet employees where they’re at to help them thrive. She’s not afraid to challenge the status quo and break programming norms to make an impact.


Linda Feiden

Wellness & Recognition Specialist | Human Resources
Drake University

Based in Des Moines, Linda has been with Drake for over five years and currently serves as the Wellness & Recognition Specialist.  Prior to Drake University, Linda was the Corporate Wellness & Fitness Administrator for CDS Global in Des Moines, IA and was selected as one of WELCOA’s Top 100 Health Promotion Professionals in 2015. 


Adriana Cisneros Basulto

Founder
Maxwell App

Adriana is the founder of Maxwell.app, a startup helping teams crush-it at work & home (including the HR teams), by making it easy for employers to support their teams with the benefits of the future. She is the co-founder of The Forward Collective, a group of start-up founders, corporations, and thought leaders committed to creating practical solutions for the new workplace, and an All Raise Visionary Voices speaker. 

In 2017, frustrated after reading the results of a study that showed that women were leaving the workforce because it was too hard to manage it all, Adriana asked herself: “What if we could do something as an employer? What if we had a way to make all of our employees lives easier at home?” She knew done correctly it could mean market differentiation, higher employee wellbeing engagement, and in the long run diversification of the leadership ranks. 

So in 2019 Adriana left her job leading the Inclusion & Diversity efforts for the largest private bank in the U.S., to work on a solution that was easy to implement, connected to traditional benefits, that gave power to the employees to choose how to be supported, and that prioritized wellbeing.  The vision, creating a world in which it is possible to excel at work and live a fulfilling life for all. 

When not running a startup, you can find Adriana serving on Omaha based non-profit boards, cooking, swinging her racquet, connecting with friends, and mostly enjoying time with her husband, kids and chocolate-lab.


Helen Eddy, RPh, MBA

Director of Public Health
Polk County Health Department

Helen Eddy has served as the Director of Public Health for Polk County, Iowa, since 2018.  She received her B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy and her MBA from Drake University.  Prior to joining the Polk County Health Department, Helen was an executive at Hy-Vee and enjoyed a 30-year career, leading pharmacy and health and wellness initiatives.

Troy Vincent

Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Navigate Wellbeing Solutions

Troy Vincent is founder and CEO of Navigate, an employee engagement technology company helping organizations create more health and happiness in the employees, clients, and communities they serve. Under Troy’s leadership, the Navigate team assists over 450 businesses, health systems, universities and communities across the United States by enhancing their efforts to change individual behaviors, build healthy environments, and create healthcare cost reductions.  Navigate partners with nine of the largest health systems across the U.S. and has upwards of 1 million users on it’s platform nation-wide.

Troy is a serial entrepreneur and has always let his mantra of “Doing Good Things” guide him and his companies. As a result of that passion, Navigate has earned the right to partner with clients such as Nebraska Medicine, Catholic Health Initiatives, MercyOne, Meredith Publishing, Kemin Enterprises, Hy-Vee Food Stores, City of Boston, and hundreds of other organizations across the U.S. In 2020 Troy was named an Entrepreneur of the Year Heartland finalist by Ernst & Young. Troy’s biggest priority is his family and he loves spending time with his wife Kayrin and their four-year-old daughter Caroline.


Lydia Caraveo, MS, CEBS, CHES

Wellness Program Manager
Grinnell Mutual

Lydia Caraveo is a 2011 graduate from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in Health and Sports Studies and a 2014 graduate from American University in Washington D.C. with a Master of Science in Health Promotion Management. Additionally, she has received certifications as a Certified Health Education Specialist under the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc and a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist under the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  

Lydia has been in her current role as the Wellness Program Manager for Grinnell Mutual since 2016. She manages the comprehensive, employee Well For Tomorrow initiative, impacting 850 employees. During her time at Grinnell Mutual she has implemented strategies to enhance the existing wellness culture. Through this, wellness is no longer considered a traditional program. It is the Grinnell Mutual Way.  


Chad Mares

Director of Workforce Services, GrOW
Omaha Chamber of Commerce

Chad Mares comes to us from the Greater Omaha Chamber. A former Human Resources Director with Coca-Cola, he took his experiences and created the GrOW Program. The GrOW program aims to bridge the gap for employers that want to better the lives of their employees. With a focus on whole-employee wellness, the GrOW Program stations their Navigators on site to empower employees of all ranks to make the best decisions for themselves and their families.


Breakout 2 Sessions – 10:45-11:30am

Candi Jones

HR Consultant in Diversity and Inclusion
Mutual of Omaha

Candi is a Certified Professional Corporate Coach, Specialist in Organizational Development, Human Resource Consultant in Diversity and Inclusion, entrepreneur, and inspirational speaker.

Her powerful intuition and ability to meet people where they are, has served her well in her profession and she created and implemented a Career Coaching Program for a Fortune 500 company that is changing the way corporations view talent development, specific to retaining and developing diverse talent as well as how organizations retain and engage internal talent and as well as increase community connections.

Candi is extremely active in her community, recently earning the award of 2020 Greater Omaha Chamber Changemaker for her work in the community and activism. She also recently earned a 2021 Young, Black and Influential Award for her commitment to creating equitable systems and processes within non-profits and corporate spaces. She also supported and heavily advocated for LB1060 (the Crown Act) to ban natural hair discrimination in the workplace. She sits on several boards and chairs several committees, including Survivors Rising, Urban League of Nebraska, Women on a Mission and Methodist Hospital Foundation.

Her passion to help people live authentic, purpose driven lives extends beyond corporate spaces and non-profits. She owns a career/life coaching business (Coaching with Candi) further amplifying her work as a coach and speaker. Based on her own experiences, trauma and journey, she is dedicated to helping others feel empowered and accountable for gaining clarity in their lives.  The cornerstone of her work is how to turn challenges into lifechanging transformations, and she does that by intentionally connecting people through the power of communication, relatable story-telling and what she calls the heart(hard) work involved in using her experiences to elevate the voices of underrepresented populations and communities.


Jennifer Sparrock

Manager, Psychiatric Emergency Services
Nebraska Medicine

Jennifer Sparrock is the Manager of Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) at Nebraska Medicine.  After spending 25 years working in the mental health field in both hospital and community-based settings, Jennifer joined Nebraska Medicine in 2017 as the Manager of the system wide Social Work department.  In January 2020 Jennifer accepted her current role and was actively involved in the development of the newly opened PES. Having a deep commitment to often underserved and vulnerable populations, she remains committed to developing positive working relationships with health and community-based systems.

Jennifer has served on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Nebraska, most recently as Vice President and is currently the President for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Nebraska chapter.

Jennifer holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner.


Christine Lembo

Employee Wellbeing
First National Bank of Omaha

Christine manages employee wellbeing programming at all levels. She works closely with peers to ensure diversity and inclusion efforts are reflected, as well as gather employee feedback to deliver a superior employee experience in benefit offerings. She has rolled out several materials to support managers in their quest to provide mental health support and empathy to their staff in onsite and remote locations. She has been with First National Bank for 16 years, has a bachelor’s degree in Education and Human Science from UNO and has served as a volunteer at the UCSD Center for Mindfulness.

She focuses on how to instill a culture of wellbeing at a local level, so employees feel confident to manage their holistic health and be engaged and thrive at work. She currently manages benefits and programs that promote physical, emotional, financial health and work/life balance. She believes that finding the connection between these areas all contribute and intertwine with each other. Originally seeking personal wellbeing and self-awareness on a personal level, she now works within the corporate setting to empower employees do the same.

Erin Kinney

Housing Coordinator Team Lead &
Corporate Wellness Director
Fusion Medical Staffing

When Erin started with Fusion in 2014, her job was to locate and assist in housing temporary traveling medical professionals, coast to coast (including Alaska, Hawaii, and the Virgin Islands). She joined the wellness committee as an outlet to feed her creative and social side. Today, she is the  Team Lead of Housing, as well as the lead of Fusion Medical Staffing’s Wellness Committee, which they call the BeWell Committee.

She is driven by the desire to help others. Fusion’s mission is to “improve the lives of everyone that we touch”: all the way from their headquarters in Omaha, NE to their medical travelers, their patients, the partners they work with and the community.

She is a graduate of Iowa State University. These days she loves to stay active, especially lap swimming due to her love of the water but has taken to running, hiking and camping/travel with her growing family and dog.

Jessica Charlsen and
Jina Hwang Picarella, PhD

Co-Founder & Co-CEO
Job Share Connect

Jessica Charlsen and Jina Hwang Picarella, Ph.D. are co-founders and Co-CEO’s of Job Share Connect. They are global job sharing and future of work thought leaders, consultants, advisors, and speakers. Leveraging their diverse expertise and shared vision, they are challenging the status quo of how we work and live by standardizing job sharing as a flexibility solution.


David Soto

Diversion Supervisor
Sarpy County Diversion

David Soto graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology.  While obtaining his degree, he worked as a Treatment Assistance Specialist and Addiction Service Worker for Cornhusker Place Detox (now The Bridge) for 2 ½ years.  After college, he moved to Lawrence, Kansas where he worked as a Juvenile Corrections Officer for a year before being hired as the Court Services Officer for Douglas County (KS) Court Services.  He worked as a Court Services officer for just over 2 years supervising adult and juvenile offenders on probation for misdemeanor and felony offenses. 

David started working for Sarpy County Diversion in 2007, managing an adult and juvenile caseload.  He was promoted to a Trainer position in 2014 and then in 2015 he was promoted to his current role, as a Diversion Supervisor.  David enjoys being able to guide individuals to make positive changes in their life.  The development of the Mental Health Diversion program is one example of Sarpy County’s commitment to improve the community and help individuals with their mental health.


Ken McCartney

Market Director for Outpatient Behavioral Health Services
CHI Health

During Ken’s 20-year tenure with CHI Health, he has worked in several roles, all within the Behavioral Health Service Line. They have included Staffing, Quality/Process Improvement, Staff Development/Retention and Regulatory Compliance.  He is currently the Market Director for Outpatient Behavioral Services for CHI Health with accountability for programs throughout Nebraska and Southwest Iowa.  In this role, he partners with our communities, local/regional leaders, academic affiliates, Practitioners and healthcare leaders to advocate for Behavioral Health programming and to innovate future modalities of behavioral health services.  He has a passion for patient care and social justice and it the type of work that fills his cup. 

Ken enjoys spending time with his family and friends.  Jared, who is his husband of 21 years, have their hands full raising their six-year-old son, Oliver, and their two puppy children, Millie and Lola. They love to travel, spend time outside, host dinner parties and all things sports related.  Oliver even convinced his Baba (Ken) to coach his soccer team.  Jared and Ken are actively involved in multiple non-profit organizations and Ken is a Board Member of NAMI NE.  

Ken graduated from UNL with degrees in psychology and biology as well as a master’s in healthcare administration leadership.


Robyn Burnett

Manager, Account & Education Services
Best Care EAP

Since joining BCEAP’s team in January 2018, Robyn’s developed a passion for exploring ways to combat workplace distress and boost the mental health and wellbeing of an organization’s workforce. She also works to educate the community about support services available through Best Care EAP and actively works to help reduce stigmas and stereotypes surrounding mental health.

With over 12 years of experience in mental health (private practice, hospital behavioral health and community behavioral health), it became evi-dent the high rate of burnout of those in a help-ing profession was much more prevalent than even statistics indicate and that there was much more work to do on the preventative side of em-ployee health and wellness.  Robyn manages BCEAP’s business development, account management, training and communication/marketing.

Education: BA in Psychology, MS in Clinical Counseling, MS in Community Counseling: Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Mental Health Practitioner


Joe Smyser, PhD, MSPH

CEO
The Public Good Projects

Dr. Smyser has created the strategies for several of the world’s largest and most successful behavior change campaigns and programs. The methodologies he has championed, such as media monitoring for disease surveillance, disseminating health information through community influencers and organizations, and rigorous peer-review regardless of a program’s scale, are now widely recognized as best practices. 

He is an advocate for leveraging the tools and techniques of private industry for public health, increasing public-private partnerships, and fostering private industry innovation for the public good. 

Dr. Smyser’s academic background includes a PhD and masters in public health and a postdoc at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through its evaluation fellowship. Additionally, he interned at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration within the Office of International Programs. He is a returned Peace Corps volunteer, having served in Swaziland. 

A regular and dynamic speaker and trainer, Dr. Smyser frequently delivers keynote addresses and contributes as a panelist with other experts. He has been a full-time instructor at Columbia University and San Diego State University. 


Wellbeing Breaks

Rachel Druckenmiller

Founder & CEO
Speaker & Facilitator
UNMUTED

Rachel is the CEO of Unmuted and is on a mission to humanize the workplace by igniting resilience, connection, engagement and hope in leaders and teams. She has delivered over 150 interactive virtual learning experiences as a keynote speaker, workshop facilitator and leadership trainer in the past year. Rachel has worked with dozens of organizations, including Citizens Bank, Deloitte, Sherwin-Williams, and the American Heart Association.

Recognized as the #1 Health Promotion Professional in the U.S. in 2015, a 40 Under 40 Game Changer in 2019, and one of The Daily Record’s Leading Women of 2020, Rachel is a national thought leader in the field of wellbeing and employee engagement. She has been featured as a guest on over 50 podcasts. She has a Master’s degree in Health Science and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.  

Rachel posts inspirational videos and other content on LinkedIn. Follow her there and on her website www.UnmutedLife.com.

Claire Brown

Youth Wellness Coordinator
The Wellbeing Partners

Claire Brown is the Youth Wellness Coordinator for The Wellbeing Partners.  She is a Lead Professor of Early Childhood Education for Aspen University, and also works as an Adjunct Professor at Concordia University and College of Saint Mary.

Claire began her career with Omaha Public Schools as an Inclusive Early Childhood Teacher.  Claire currently works with The Wellbeing Partners to advocate for healthy practices for children in schools, at home, and in community settings. In addition to wellness, Claire’s areas of interest include play equality and attachment theory.


Bonus Data Share and Community Workgroup – 1:30-3:30pm

Chanda Chacón, MPH, FACHE

President & CEO
Children’s Hospital & Medical Center

Chanda Chacón, MPH, FACHE, has devoted her career to pediatric health care, focused on ensuring patients receive safe, high quality, family-centered care, while strengthening organizations and growing programs of excellence.

Chacón came to Children’s from Arkansas Children’s, where she served as Executive Vice President and System Chief Operating Officer. In Arkansas, she oversaw the system operations of two hospital campuses, clinical services, human resources and support services. 

Prior to leading in Arkansas, she served as the President for Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, Houston’s first community hospital designed exclusively for children. Chacón spent 14 years at Texas Children’s Hospital—one of the nation’s top pediatric health care institutions—serving in progressive leadership roles, including ambulatory operations, Heart Center, Fetal Center, Women’s Services and Pharmacy.

Chacón earned undergraduate degrees in Biology and Spanish from Vanderbilt University and a Master’s Degree in Public Health Management from Yale University. She is a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives. She has also volunteered as a court-appointed Child Advocate serving children in custody.

Bruce Lockwood

Senior Vice President
Community Health PRC

Bruce joined PRC in 1990 and began developing PRC’s community health products in 1994, at a time when “community health needs assessment” and “population health” were little-known concepts among most healthcare organizations. Under his direction, PRC has evolved into a nationally recognized leader in community health research, with more experience than any other national research provider.

Over the course of his career, Bruce has advised hospitals, health systems, public health departments, foundations, and community-based groups in hundreds of communities across the United States, and their work has impacted millions of lives. He continues to work with clients to identify and define the specific health needs of their populations so that clients can conduct real-time and customizable research into individuals’ health status, risk, behaviors, and experiences to improve community health. Bruce is committed to making client research more meaningful and actionable. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Nebraska—Omaha with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and Public Relations.