Key People

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Meredith Metcalf

Founder and President

Meredith started her career in social work and over the years worked in the areas of: immigrant rights, women's empowerment, youth programming/mentoring, community organizing, and non-profit management. She decided to take a leap of faith and pursue human resources (similar to industrial social work) several years ago and has been given opportunities to support manufacturing plants and nonprofit organizations with their HR needs. 
Meredith is passionate about women's empowerment and anti-oppression work. Meredith is an experienced recruiter, non-profit leader, teacher/trainer, and advocate. She has a Masters in Social Work and a Professional in Human Resources certification, but her biggest accomplishment is raising a kind, happy, healthy son as a single mom.

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Ambe' White

Board of Directors

Ambe' currently serves at the Academic Dean of Social Sciences and Business at Iowa Western Community College, and has years of experience in the areas of human resources, college access, student development, and teaching/training. She describes herself: "single mom of two student-athlete/college graduates. I earned all of my degrees and worked while parenting. I love to teach indoor spin classes and ride the bike trail. I'm an Academic Dean and Adjunct Instructor, pursuing a terminal degree."

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Kristi Freese

Board of Directors

Kristi is a native of the Omaha area. Since graduating from Bellevue University with an accounting degree and then completing her MBA, Kristi has spent her career in Omaha in a variety of industries both for profit and nonprofit, overseeing accounting functions for a large restaurant franchise of $80+ million to accounting and finance functions for a small $2 million community action nonprofit. She has worked in accounting and finance for over 10 years in higher education, mainly within health care education. Her work style encompasses mentoring, collaborating and process improvement

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Lilia Franciscony

Board of Directors

Lilia grew up in Venezuela and came to Omaha to attend the University as an international student. Shortly before the birth of her daughter, she started a 20-year long career as a translator for Mutual of Omaha. Later, she switched careers and went to work as a Human Resource Specialist at Omaha Steaks from where she has since retired after 13 years. She has continued doing freelance translation.
Now as a retiree, she became a registrar and helps during election time; She also volunteers at the LWVGO, HWC at what has become her passion: voter education and voter registration. She enjoys indoor gardening, walking, running, and hiking, and has competed in several 5K, 10K and the 40th anniversary Half Marathon in Omaha. She practices yoga on a regular basis and loves educational and environmental traveling. 
Coming to Omaha and being a single mother really showed her that the support and kindness of the people that she surrounds herself with is the most important element in her life; in addition to one's own tenacity, persistence, and commitment to self.