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Christine Bowlby, LMHP, RPT

Training and Education Coordinator

Hello! I am a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner within the state of Nebraska. I received my Master's Degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1991 (so I am sometimes a Sooner fan, but always a Husker fan!). My experience prior to Right Turn includes working as a therapist with Richard Young Hospital, Lutheran Family Services (R-Safe Program) and private practice. I have also facilitated trainings for Project Harmony and Children's Square USA. I have extensive experience working with foster and adoption families with attachment and trauma histories. I am also a volunteer member of the Medical Reserve Corp as a Crisis Counselor Responder.


Lisa Kelly, BA

Parent2Parent Network Coordinator

Helping young people and families survive and thrive has always been my passion. Before coming to Right Turn, I spent the last six and a half years as a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids (WWK) Adoptive Family Recruiter. I had the amazing opportunity to build relationships with young people in foster care and help reach their permanency goals, including that of adoption. I graduated from the University of Nebraska in Omaha in May 2004, with a Bachelor of Science in Education and Human Sciences. I have always found joy, working in some capacity with young people. Prior to becoming a WWK Recruiter, I was a contracted case manager for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. I specialized in working with foster children who were free for adoption and those with higher needs. I have also worked at the nationally recognized, Girls and Boys Town, with young people in residential care facilities. I have an amazing husband, Shane, of ten years and two children, Taylor (7) and Grant (5), and Logan (3 months). We have a family dog, Doc, who is an English Pointer and we love very much. In my free time, I enjoy taking our dog for walks, exploring new things around Omaha with my family, participating in church activities, volunteering in the community and at my children’s school and having monthly “Girls Night Out” with friends. I am passionate about doing anything I can, no matter how big or small, to have a positive impact on a child’s life and future.


Suz Bittner, BSW

Operations Coordinator

I graduated from Creighton University in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in Social Work. I completed my practicum at Child Saving Institute in 1998. I worked for Child Saving Institute from 1997-2010. I worked in the emergency crisis shelter, foster care, post-adoption and infant adoption while at Child Saving Institute. During this time I provided direct care for clients that were in the foster care system. I completed foster care, special needs adoption, and infant adoption home studies for this agency. I have worked for Lutheran Family Services in the Right Turn program since February 2010 as the Operations Coordinator and the Office Manager for Children’s Services. I am a Creighton fan and spend quality time with my family at local rodeos.


Mark Bryant, BSBA - Eastern Nebraska

Permanency Support Specialist

I have worked for the Right Turn program since April 2010 and I have always had a heart for working with kids and families. I have been blessed to work in a number of areas within the Human Services field including group homes and psychiatric facilities, where I worked with clients with mental health and special needs; mentoring programs through Big Brother / Sisters and Teammates; and over 15 years with the Department of Health and Human Services working with ongoing abuse and neglect cases and adoption. These experiences have proved to be very beneficial in my role as a Permanency Support Specialist with the Right Turn program. I am an adoptive parent myself, having adopted my daughter through the Nebraska Children’s Home Society.


Teri Wendel, CSW - Northeast Nebraska

Permanency Support Specialist

I have been a Permanency Support Specialist for Right Turn since its beginning and appreciate being able to work with all members of the adoption constellation. I began my work in adoption in 1982, when I started working for the Nebraska Children's Home Society as a caseworker in the Norfolk office. I soon realized that the support and education we provide to parents can be powerful assets in strengthening their adoption relationships.

I have three grown children and two grandchildren, and now live with my husband and our Labrador Retriever. I enjoy baking, gardening and reading, and also swimming and boating at nearby Lewis and Clark Lake. And - call me a nerd - I love musical theatre and Christmas songs.



Chrissy Dillard, BAAS - Western Nebraska

Permanency Support Specialist

In 2008, I graduated from the University of North Texas and my husband and I moved to Lincoln to be closer to my family. I then started my career as a Family Support Specialist. In 2009, I began a working in foster care as a Resource Partner. Then in 2012, my husband's job moved us to Alliance and I was lucky enough to find a position at Right Turn. Working in foster care, I knew about Right Turn and I am proud to be a part of the organization. I also enjoy training and am a TIPS-MAPP and Circle of Security trainer in Western Nebraska. One of the things I love most about my job is working with families and seeing the successes that come from our work together.


Megan Harwager, BS - West Central Nebraska

Permanency Support Specialist

mharwager@nchs.org

 

Hi!

I graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with my Bachelor's of Science in Human Development and Family Relationships. I began working for Right Turn in June 2015. I have experience in the child welfare system. Previously, I recruited and trained foster parents and provided support to foster and adoptive parents. I am excited to be a part of Right Turn and to be able to provide support and assistance to adoptive families.

When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband and four children, attending my children's activities, reading, and making t-shirt quilts.

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