- Cooper Farm and 4-H Program
- Direction of the Home
- Educating the Forgotten Child
- Fundraising Practices for Nonprofits
- History of the Home
- Omaha Home for Boys School
- Residential Treatment
- The Financial Workings of a Nonprofit
- Transitioning to Independence
- Youth Homelessness
Ron Ahrens brought nearly 30 years’ worth of experience in child services to the Omaha Home for Boys in 2015. In his role as Residential Program Director, Ron oversees many campus departments, including residential living and house parents, admission and family services, wellness and recreation, education and food services. Ron earned his master’s degree in Human Services Administration from National Louis University and his B.S. degree from Wayne State College, where he played baseball. Ron and his wife, Michaela, have five children, and he coached basketball in Illinois while working at Mooseheart Child City and School. He was the 2014 Illinois Basketball Coach of the Year.
Mike Pallas is the Farm Manager at the Omaha Home for Boys and has held this position for 34 years. In this role, he oversees the livestock and 4-H program for the youth. He also oversees Cooper Memorial Farm facilities. A native of Lawrence, Neb, Mike grew up working on local farms and worked on two large grain/livestock farms before coming to the Home. He has served on the local extension board for 15 years, as well as the Nebraska State 4-H advisory board for two consecutive terms. He is a member of the Ponca Hills Volunteer Fire Department for the past 22 years, serving as president for 18 years. Mike is married to wife, Cindy, and has four daughters – all of whom have been involved with 4-H in some capacity.
Justin Loehr is the Quality Improvement Manager at the Omaha Home for Boys. In this role, he is in charge of auditing the agency, its programs and maintaining contract and license accreditation. Justin has been with the Home for more than 9 years and has heled numerous positions within the agency. He earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and criminology with a minor in psychology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and a master’s of science degree in clinical counseling from Bellevue University. Justin is married and has two dogs – a boxer and a mini-golden doodle.
Jesse L. Cardenas IV has held multiple roles during his five years at the Omaha Home for Boys and is currently the Assistant Director of Residential Programs. In this role, he supervises residential care staff and does program implementation. Jesse holds a Master of Arts degree in Human Services and a Bachelor of Arts degree in sports management from Bellevue University. While earning his bachelor’s degree, he played all four years for the Bellevue University basketball team and was an NAIA Scholar Athlete. Jesse is a father of two, and values his time at the Home because it has allowed him to blend both areas (sports and human services) about which is very passionate.
Tierra O’Neal has been a valuable team member at the Omaha Home for Boys since 2007 – starting as an assistant house parent before moving into the Branching Out Independent Living program. She is now the program manager for Branching Out. Tierra holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Health from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. In her capacity as program manager, she oversees four independent living specialist. The specialists work directly with youth on needs identified by the youth in their Independent Living Plans. Tierra has 10+ years of experience working with at-risk youth through agencies such as Boys Town and has been a licensed foster parent for a number of years.
Lori Bechtold is the Director of Development for the Omaha Home for Boys and is responsible for fundraising and board development among other duties. She earned her master’s degree in public administration with a specialization in nonprofit management and her bachelor’s degree in general studies from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. As someone who has worked for nonprofits her entire professional career, Lori brought a plethora of skills and contacts to the Home upon her arrival in 2015. She has a passion for helping those who are at-risk, and she and husband, Dennis, have two children and five grandchildren.
Jeremy Warren is the Chief Financial Officer for the Omaha Home for Boys and has been at the Home since 2011. In his role, he is responsible for overseeing the financial aspects at the Home, including budgets, investments and accounting. He also oversees the Facilities and Information Technology departments. Jeremy has is B.S. degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting and minor in communication studies. He hails from Fremont, Neb., and he and wife, Becca, have a daughter and son. He is a CPA.
Brandy Gustoff is the Program Manager of Transition Services for the Omaha Home for Boys. She oversees the day-to-day operations and management of Jacobs’ Place, the Home’s Transitional Living campus located at 48th and Cuming. Jacobs’ Place is a resource for youth ages 17-20- who struggle with a lack of housing, support, education and independent living skills because of multiple out-of-home placements. Brandy arrived at the Omaha Home for Boys more than three years ago with more than 20 years’ experience working with at-risk youth – from detention to group homes to residential settings. Among her many duties, she makes time to serve as the Vice Chair of the Educare Policy Committee, Co-chair of the Metro Area Continuum of Care (MAACH) Youth Task Force and is a member of the Opportunity for Youth Forum through the United Way of the Midlands. She also serves as a member of the B2I Legislative Advisory Committee, Juvenile Justice Extension Committee and Transitional Resources for Youth (TRY) Committee and is a Youth Homelessness Representative for the Juvenile Justice Provider Forum (JJPF) – among many other activities. Brandy is a certified trainer for both Transition to Success (TTS) and Postvention models.
Jeff Hallstrom is the Program Manager for Educational Services at the Omaha Home for Boys and in this role, he administers and supports the educational services team so they can provide the best academic and behavioral support for youth. Jeff earned a Master of Science degrees in Secondary Education and Educational Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and his Bachelor of Science degrees in Human Service Counseling and Secondary Education from Wayne State College. Prior to his four years at the Home, Jeff was the Professional Development Director at Educational Service Unit #2 in Fremont Nebraska and worked as a teacher and coach at Millard South (Neb.) High School and in a district position leading staff development and strategic planning for Millard Public Schools. Jeff is married and has a son and a daughter.
Travis Payne is a Development Officer for the Omaha Home for Boys and has been responsible for cultivating donor relations and bringing in event sponsorships, particularly for the annual OHB Golf Classic, for the past two-plus years. Travis earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and has worked in the child welfare and family services field throughout Nebraska for 12 years. He is the secretary for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and volunteers at the Food Bank of the Heartland. He and wife, Susan, have three sons.
Jeff Moran joined the Omaha Home for Boys in April 2011 as the President and CEO after retiring as vice president for national sales at First National Bank of Omaha. A native of Huron, S.D., Moran came to Omaha by way of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Cornhusker football, playing I-back on the 1971 national championship team. Moran graduated with a business degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and he later earned a master’s degree in business from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. In his role with the Home, Jeff oversees all operations and has assembled a cohesive team of professionals to help him carry out program initiatives and endeavors – all with the care of youth served by those programs in mind. Jeff traced his path to the Home for Boys to a time about 14 years ago when he and his wife, Betsy, volunteered to provide newborn foster care for the Nebraska Children’s Home Society. Since then, the couple has fostered 52 children. He began to serve the Children’s Home as a trustee and as a member of the board of directors.
Jeff DeWispelare is the Chief Operating Officer at the Omaha Home for Boys. He’s held this role for four years, and in this position, he has oversight of programs, food service, education and the administration of daily operations. Jeff earned his bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Westmar University, where he played football and participated in track and field. He has 20+ years of experience in operations management and large staff supervision etc. A cancer survivor, Jeff hails from David City, Neb., and has five children with wife Macy.