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 finished a 31-year United States Air Force career of reserve and active duty military service. His master’s and doctorate are both 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 Coordinator for the Work Experience Program at Goodwill Industries serving Eastern Nebraska and Southwest Iowa, Sam has 12 years’ experience helping individuals with disabilities obtain and maintain integrated community employment. A Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP), Sam is a graduate of Leadership Council Bluffs Class 30 and serves as the President of Nebraska Transition College.
Jessi Sandberg has a passion for helping students make a successful transition from high school to adult living. Transition is what drew her to the field of teaching and Special Education. Jessi has 16 years of experience working with students with disabilities as a high school teacher. She is excited to continue her service to students through Nebraska Transition College.
Jennifer Sexton is a graduate student in the neuroscience & behavior program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha where she works as a lead teaching assistant for the psychology department. She is particularly interested in developmental neuropsychology and plans to pursue a Ph.D. with a focus in clinical neuropsychology in the future. Currently, she works as a clinical assistant to Dr. Natalie Swift, who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with developmental disabilities and co-occuring mental health conditions. Jennifer is also a graduate assistant in the Warren Neuroscience Lab and has recently recieved a grant to research Alzheimer's disease risk among individuals with Down syndrome using neuropsychological, neuroimaging, and genetic techniques.
Todd Sandberg just entered his twentieth year as a high school special education teacher. Throughout the past two decades he has picked up many different teaching styles and techniques as well as worked with a wide range of students with unique needs. The past few years he's dedicated himself to work in the area of job seeking skills as well as job keeping skills. He is excited to join the NTC community to help individuals learn skills to live a productive and enjoyable life.
Jennifer Fowler has worked as a special education teacher for 26 years. She has a K-12 special education degree and a masters in behavior disorders. She is an active member of the Metro Autism Team and is excited to join the NTC community and help individuals with disabilities live their best life.
Andrea Street has 15 years of experience working with students with disabilities, with the last 12 working in Transition. She is passionate about helping individuals with disabilities realize their potential and fullest level of independence.
Kari Kensinger, Ph.D.,CTRS , CAS is a certified recreational therapist and autism specialist. She earned degrees in therapeutic recreation from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (BS.Ed., M.S.) and the University of Florida (Ph.D.) At the University of Florida she minored in special education with an emphasis in transition. After spending 17 years teaching recreational therapy in higher education including being a tenured associate professor at grand valley state university and developing and teaching a social skills lab for Florida International University; Dr Kensinger returned to Nebraska to provide recreational therapy to individuals with autism and developmental disabilities. Since 2018 she has taught social skills and vocational skills as a recreational therapist for Wonderfully Made. In the summer of 2019, the executive director of wonderfully made became Peers Certified and the wonderfully made social skills curriculum in the Fall of 2019 was based on the PEERS curriculum. Dr. Kensinger attended the PEERS training offered by Autism Society of Nebraska in February 2020.
Dr. Natalie Swift is in private practice in Lincoln and Omaha providing outpatient therapy and consultations services. Dr. Swift has extensive experience in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with developmental disabilities and co-occurring mental health conditions. Dr. Swift’s professional interests include strength-based approaches to treating individuals on the Autism Spectrum and other developmental disabilities, the impact of culture on disability, and the role of faith and spirituality in mental health. She obtained her master’s and doctorate degree in clinical psychology with an emphasis on multiculturalism and treatment of diverse populations from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Carol Salber is a Mental Health Therapist at Skills 4 All Abilities in Omaha. She received her Master's Degree in Counseling from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She has over 20 years of experience in special needs community outreach. She has been teaching life skills classes to teens and adults with different abilities for the last 3 years. She also has over 10 years of experience in behavior health therapy, including providing behavior-based therapy with her son who has Autism. She is trained in PCIT, CBT, and has a Specialized Endorsement in Low Cognitive Disorders and Mental Illness. Her professional interests include assessing behavior challenges, the impact of health and nutrition on mental illness, and improving community inclusion for all.
Jamie Thavenet is currently working full time at ESU 5. She has worked at ESU 5, in special education, since June 2005. Currently, Jamie is a transition specialist and 504 coordinator. Previous to being a transition specialist, Jamie was a birth -5 special education coordinator. She has her Nebraska teaching certificate with a special education endorsement. She has also completed a master's program in educational leadership and communication through UNL, and is a current Ed.S./Ph.D. candidate at Doane University. Jamie is originally from Lincoln. She has been married to her husband Jim for 26 years and they have 3 daughters ages 15, 17, and 20.