NCHS Welcomes Four New Board Members

July 22, 2022 | 3 min read

OMAHA, Neb. (July 22, 2022) - NCHS is pleased to welcome four new board members to its team. NCHS’s diverse board of directors represents a cross-section of the community. Each member works hard to ensure the longevity of the organization, overseeing the funds being raised to help Nebraska families in need. The NCHS board of directors is also the board of directors for the NCHS Foundation.

“This incoming cohort brings a wealth of lived and professional experiences,” said Lana Temple-Plotz, CEO of NCHS. “They were selected based on a strong mission match with our organization that will help us advance our strategic plan and enhance our service offerings to match the evolving needs of Nebraska families.”

Christine Torres is the director of membership and development at the Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce. Christine is a tireless advocate for children and families and has done extensive work in her community to ensure that underrepresented and marginalized populations have a voice. Her prior experiences include acting as an interpreter in educational and health settings, working with survivors of sexual assault, and serving in an array of volunteer and professional roles with youth and family service organizations. In Christine, NCHS gains a strong ally in its “children first” vision for Nebraska’s future.

Monica Wells is the family and community program administrator at the Buffett Early Childhood Institute. Monica has spent years working within the education system to support positive outcomes for youth and families. Her experience helping young people prepare for the future has crossed early childhood education and elementary school through college and workforce readiness. Monica strives to equip children and families for success while working with multiple nonprofit organizations to address inequities and promote cultural awareness and appreciation. Monica shares NCHS’s goal to see Nebraska’s children and families thrive and will provide invaluable guidance as we work towards realizing the NCHS vision of “a safe and loving family for every child.”

Sarah Morris-Rotermund is the director of marketing at Lamson Dugan & Murray LLP. Her professional background includes marketing campaign management for an array of Omaha-area businesses and firms. Sarah plays an active role among marketing professionals, holding various positions in the American Marketing Association and its Omaha chapter. Her connection to NCHS started when she became involved with the BRANCH (Building Revenue and Awareness for NCHS) volunteer group. Sarah’s focus is on telling the story of NCHS and building awareness across the state to share the organization’s impact on the lives of children and families.

Jamel Hamilton is the deputy director of lending at Nebraska Enterprise Fund. Jamel has extensive experience working within financial institutions to provide resources and lending opportunities. Beyond facilitating the loans that allow businesses to take shape, Jamel acts as a mentor for small business start-ups. This relationship-based approach provides concrete support and personal connections to foster sustainable businesses. Through his work, Jamel wants to see small businesses prosper and families build generational wealth. NCHS will benefit from Jamel’s growth mindset and commitment to positive workplace culture.

NCHS board members may serve two three-year terms. The new board members began their first terms on July 1, 2022, and ends on June 30, 2025.

“I’m excited for this dynamic group of young leaders to start working with NCHS and how we can learn from them to enhance the services we provide to children and families throughout Nebraska,” Temple-Plotz said.

Pictured from left: Christine Torres, Monica Wells, Sarah Morris-Rotermund and Jamel Hamilton.