OMAHA, Neb. (January 13, 2016) – Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS) is pleased to announce its recent hire of Jannette Taylor to the position of statewide administrator of Children Services.
A native of Omaha, Taylor graduated from College of Saint Mary with both a bachelor’s degree in business administration and master’s degree in organizational leadership. She also holds a master’s in negotiation and dispute resolution from the Werner Institute at Creighton University.
“Jannette has a passion for social justice, youth development and programming and she has been actively involved in community revitalization projects,” said Todd Reckling, vice president of program for LFS. “She has a wealth of experience and a strong track record in her many leadership roles.”
“This is a great opportunity to continue working with youth development programs and see positive change in the community,” said Taylor.
Taylor most recently served as the director of programming at the NorthStar Foundation in Omaha, Nebraska. She is the former executive director of United Action for Youth (UAY) based in Iowa City, Iowa. Prior to accepting the leadership position at UAY, she founded and served as executive director of Impact One Community Connection (IOCC), a grassroots community-based nonprofit working to break the cycle of violence and poverty in North Omaha. Working with the Empowerment Network of Omaha, IOCC managed the Great Summer Jobs Program providing over 1,200 employment opportunities for at-risk youth and gang members.
Taylor served on the steering committee for the Bridge to Success Program, an initiative of the African American Achievement Council providing disadvantaged high school students in the Omaha Public Schools early entry into college. Through this program she helped many high school students transition into Metro Community College and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
“I am excited to be a part of LFS, an organization that has so much impact in the community.” said Taylor. “I would like to see our programs continue to grow and serve more people in need.”
In her new role, Taylor will provide leadership and direction to the growth of Children Services, the oldest of LFS’ three core competencies. LFS Children Services comprises three divisions: Prevention and Early Intervention, Permanency and Well-Being, and Children’s Behavioral Health.