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  • Joel Long – Executive Director
    Joel Long – Executive Director

    Joel Long is the Executive Director of the Children’s Scholarship Fund Omaha and joined CSF on May 1, 2017. Most recently, Joel was the Director of Communications at the Omaha World-Herald and Executive Director of Goodfellows Charities.  He worked at the World-Herald for 24 years and previously worked at US West Communications.  Joel graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and received a MBA from Creighton University.  He serves on the boards of the Greater Omaha Sports Committee and the Nebraska Sports Council. Joel and his wife Lisa have six children. 

  • Brenda Helget, CFRE – Director of Development
    Brenda Helget, CFRE – Director of Development

    Brenda has 20 years of experience as a fundraiser, and 25 years in nonprofit work. Most recently, she spent over 3 years as a major gifts officer for UNMC's College of Medicine/University of Nebraska Foundation, and 8 years at Methodist Hospital Foundation. She received her Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) status in 2004 and a Certificate in Fundraising Management from UNO.

  • Nicki Rosenau – Program Manager
    Nicki Rosenau – Program Manager

    Nicki Rosenau joined CSF in May of 2014 and was promoted to Program Manager in 2018. She has previously worked for the Blair Public Library doing administrative and program related work. Nicki is currently pursuing a Master's of Public Administration Degree at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Nicki is excited to continue her work in furthering the goals and mission of CSF.

  • Emma Smith - Program Assistant

    Emma Smith joined CSF in January 2019. She has a unique combination of relevant skills for her position, having worked in education as a teacher's assistant in Haiti and as a nanny in Omaha, along with extensive experience in customer service. Emma is currently studying to become a Physical Therapist Assistant. Friendly and outgoing, Emma is our "Director of First Impressions" along with her official title of Program Assistant.