NCHS Welcomes Five New Board Members

August 9, 2023 | 4 min read

OMAHA, Neb. (August 8, 2023) - NCHS is pleased to welcome five new members to its board of directors. Recruitment for the board is a highly intentional process to ensure that the team brings the variety of perspectives and experiences needed to guide a statewide organization. The NCHS board of directors is also the board of directors for the NCHS Foundation.

“Each of the incoming board members has a particular skillset that compliments different aspects of our strategic vision for NCHS,” said Lana Temple-Plotz, CEO of NCHS. “We are honored that this highly-talented cohort has chosen to lend their expertise to our organization. Their leadership on the board is truly a benefit to children and families across Nebraska.”

Dr. Brad Ekwerekwu is the Chief Executive Officer at Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties. In his role, he works to close the opportunity gap for children, families and Nebraska’s future workforce. Currently, Brad is an Inclusive Communities LeadDIVERSITY Advocate, a volunteer instructor at Good News Jail & Prison Ministry, an executive team member and Education Chair at Men Against Domestic Violence Action Coalition (MADVAC), a Glass Leadership Institute Member at the Anti-Defamation League, and a TeamMate and board member at TeamMates Mentoring Program. Brad earned his PhD in Health Education and Wellness Promotion from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

César Garcia is the Executive Director at Canopy South. As Executive Director, César connects community leaders with resources and partner organizations that share a vision to make holistic, at-scale investments in defined neighborhoods to achieve excellent and equitable outcomes for the people who live there. He holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. César currently serves on multiple boards and committees focused on mentorship and equitable development, including ACE Mentor Program Nebraska, Heartland 2050’s Regional Planning Committee, and the Greater Omaha Chamber’s ConnectGO Technical Group.

Tammy Green is the Executive Director of Community and Workforce Education at Metropolitan Community College. She is skilled at designing, implementing and building support for innovative programs that improve goal attainment and outcomes for high-risk, disenfranchised, and underrepresented populations. Tammy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education and English as a Second Language endorsements, a master’s in public administration, and graduated from the Non-profit Association of the Midland’s Non-Profit Executive Institute (2013), and from Greater Omaha Chamber’s Leadership Omaha (2019). Her wealth of community engagement includes community boards, the ACT State Organizations Committee and NDE’s Adult Education State Leadership Committee.

Kyley Holmstrom is the Sales Leader at Loram Maintenance of Way, Inc. Previously, Kyley currently served as Vice President of Sales at RailPod, Inc. He has also worked as Director of Sales at Protran Technology, Regional Sales Manager and General Sales Manager of the L.B. Foster Company, and has held several positions at Union Pacific Railroad. Kyley is a subject matter expert in railroad operations with over 20 years of experience in management, sales, engineering operations, and purchasing. Kyley holds a Bachelor of Science in Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services as well as an MBA from Bellevue University.

Lyn Wineman is the Founder, President and Chief Strategist of KidGlov, a full-service marketing, branding and advertising agency that services changemaking organizations. Lyn is a marketing veteran with over 30 years of experience, leading a diverse team of passionate and talented professionals to drive growth through strategic branding and marketing communications. Lyn is also a board member at BraveBe, Child Advocacy Center and Adeo. Lyn earned her Bachelor of Journalism, Major: Advertising, Minors: Marketing, Art and Economics at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. She also has a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate from USF Corporate Training and Professional Education and a Certification of Content Marketing at HubSpot Academy.

NCHS board members may serve two three-year terms. The new board members began their first terms on July 1, 2023 and their terms will end on June 30, 2026.

“Onboarding such a diverse team as we celebrate our 130th anniversary is a testament to our focus on sustainability,” said Temple-Plotz. “Each new member brings something unique to the conversation that will help us respond to an ever-changing landscape and continue to serve children and families for the next 130 years.”

Pictured from left: Dr. Brad Ekwerekwu, César Garcia, Tammy Green, Kyley Holmstrom and Lyn Wineman.