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Expand evidence-driven research & assessments that lead to one common research outcome to measure impact of the Omaha STEM Ecosystem in the Greater Omaha area, and grow community development, recruitment and retention.


  • Build a data depository that users can access and upload data
  • Develop common metrics and data collection specific for each sector to be publishes and distributed
  • Identify research questions for each sector that leads to one common rresearch outcome to measure impact

Our Work


Jenna Yentes                                     University of Nebraska at Omaha

Vice Chair:

Amanda McGill Johnson                  NE Coalition for Lifesaving Cures


Ayanna Boykins                                 Omaha Public Schools

Kate Cooper                                       University of Nebraska at Omaha

Gerald Kuhn                                       City of Omaha

Shannon DeVivo                                Olsson

Anne Karabon                                     UNO Early Childhood Education

Stan Odenthal                                    Heartland Workforce Solutions

Tracie Reding                                     University of Nebraska at Omaha

Ken Sigmon                                        Sheppard’s Business Interiors, Inc.