Dr. Stuart Stofferahn-Executive Director
Dr. Stuart Stofferahn serves as the Executive Director of Nebraska Transition College. He has taught vocal music in the elementary school, served as a director of youth and family ministries, and he has recently completed 31 years of reserve and active duty military service through the United States Air Force. He received his doctorate in education leadership, and he is an active volunteer in the Lincoln community.
Sam Comfort is on a mission to help employers and individuals with disabilities find meaningful connections. Currently the Work Based Facilitator for Council Bluffs Community Schools, Sam has over 12 years’ experience helping individuals with disabilities obtain and maintain integrated community employment. A Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP), Sam was a member of Leadership Council Bluffs Class 30 and is currently the Board President of Nebraska Transition College.
Greg currently serves as Sr. Director of Sales-Compliance for Health Stream. He leads a team of compliance experts in helping healthcare providers mitigate risk by maintaining regulatory training and managing conflict of interest relationships, while providing powerful data analytics tools. Greg is proud to have found his calling in healthcare, especially in having an impact on the quality of life and healthcare experience for patients and their families.
Prior to Health Stream Greg served 11 years as Vice President of Business Development for National Research Corporation where he helped to oversee sales and strategic thought leadership efforts for the company's experience measurement solutions. Earlier, he spent 15 years with a national network of distributors and sales representatives, developing network solutions for global organizations such as Quest, SBC, AT&T and Verizon. Greg holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Mike Chittenden - Vice President
Director I/DD Programs & Case Management
Michael Chittenden is a professional in the Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) field with over 30 years’ experience. Michael most recently was the Executive Director for The Arc of Nebraska, Inc., where he successfully advocated on behalf of all people experiencing I/DD and related conditions at the state capitol. Additionally, he has been a Behavior Management Coordinator and Executive Director for Mosaic, an Executive Director for ResCare and a Regional Director for Bethesda Lutheran Communities, where he established and maintained positive relationships with governmental, social service, advocacy, religious, education and other business leaders within the state to help secure full inclusion into the community of those he supports. Mike currently serves as the Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee for Nebraska Transition College.
Jake Dwinell-Board Member
I am an evening server at Legacy Estates. In addition to serving on the Nebraska Transition College board, I serve on the board of Autism Family Network. As a person with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, I try to be an ambassador for others and try to represent people with autism or other learning disability. I love helping people. Seeing someone smile because of something you did for them is the best feeling for me.
Cindy Mowery-Board Member
Cindy Mowery lives in Omaha, NE and has worked at First National Bank for seven years. Currently, she is the Vice President for Corporate Treasury Services. She is the mother of a special needs young adult, and she and her family is actively involved in Special Olympics Nebraska. Cindy serves on the finance and development committees for Nebraska Transition College.
Kady Wendt-Board Member
Kady is a veteran special education instructor, who is extremely passionate about seeing students succeed and gain independence for a thriving adult life. She is currently serving as the Project SEARCH instructor with the Papillion La Vista Community Schools. She began her teaching career at Papillion Junior High as a seventh-grade inclusive special education teacher. Three years into her career she was promoted to the Special Education Department Leader position. She remained in that role until she moved to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where she was hired as a special education teacher in a high-poverty high school with a low graduation rate. She was quickly promoted as the Graduation Coach where she provided direct individual services to students at risk of not graduating through the development and/or sustainment of school-wide support and intervention programs.
She returned to Papillion, Nebraska when she was hired as the Project SEARCH instructor. She currently leads a team of two education professionals providing real-life work experience combined with training in employability and independent-living skills to help students with significant disabilities make successful transitions to a productive adult life.
Kady has her Master’s in Educational Administration Pk-12 from Chadron State College. She also holds a Master of Arts in Teaching Special Education K-12 and a BA in Psychology from Hastings College.
Dan Williams-Board Member
Dan is a Human Resources Consultant who specializes in Talent and Organizational Development. He has worked for Oriental Trading Company for six years. He also retired from the Nebraska Air National Guard in 2015 serving much of his career in Personnel Services. Dan is passionate about helping others achieve their full potential by leveraging their personal strengths. He serves on the board as Director of Professional Development for the Omaha Organizational Development Network. As a Nebraska Transition College board member he leverages his experience to assist with organizational design, policy, and development.
Jamie Gibson-Board Member
I am the Field Director for the Midwest Region for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Prior to my present position, I was the Regional One Walk Director for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. I have volunteered and served as an event chair for Komen, American Cancer Society, Girl Scouts of America in both Nebraska and California. I have a BA in Nonprofit Leadership, I am a Certified Nonprofit Professional, a CFRE candidate, and I have 23+ years of fundraising and development experience.
Tina Henderson-Board Member
Tina currently is the vice president of communication strategy and the editor of two publications for the Nebraska Farm Bureau. Much of her professional career has been in communications, including working in broadcast journalism after college. She began her 24-year career in non-profit communications/development at Nebraska Farm Bureau in 1991. She was promoted to Vice President/Communication Strategy in April of 2012. She has served on the 4H Foundation and the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lincoln Board of Directors. She and her husband Bruce are the parents to their adult son Michael who is diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of Autism. They have helped him to navigate a world of obtaining school support, transportation challenges and receiving independent living skills. They continue to be advocates for their son as he goes through adulthood. Tina serves on the development committee.