Staff Directory

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Connie Boehm

(she, her, hers)

I have a master’s degree in College Student Personnel Administration from Ball State University and a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Manchester University.

I am a transplant from The Ohio State University and Columbus, Ohio, after working 20 years there as student wellness director. My spouse Mike and I have two great kids: Kirby is a doctoral student and Graduate Teaching Assistant at University of Kansas in Sport Management, and Karly is a special education teacher at Randolph Elementary here in Lincoln. I love family time, living on Pine Lake, entertaining and our animals.

A focus on well-being is important especially for college students as they strive for balance among the 10 dimensions of well-being. By implementing small positive behavior changes in one dimension other dimensions will also improve, enhancing overall well-being. My favorite self-care regimen is a bubble bath followed by as much HGTV as possible!

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Kenji Madison

Associate Director

I am, by nature, a people person and have grown to appreciate the interpersonal interactions that occur daily. I take great pleasure in relationships, both proximal and distal.

I engage in a multitude of activities, as my well-being is of the utmost importance. I am an avid weight lifter, and Judo practitioner, lover of baseball, family, and my dogs. I enjoy good food and 70's era music, and I find great pleasure in enjoying a good meal and great music with the people I love.

I currently hold a Master's degree from UNL in Educational Psychology, specializing in cognition, learning, and development. In addition, I am completing my doctoral studies in the same specialization.

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Lydia Coulson

(she, her, hers)
Alcohol and Drug Prevention Project Manager

I was born and raised in a small town in Illinois. I consider myself an educator by nature and through training; I attended Illinois State University where I received my Bachelor of Science in Bilingual Elementary Education. I then moved to Wisconsin to complete my Master of Education in Student Affairs and Higher Education at Marquette University. I have always loved teaching and seeing the growth and development that takes place, regardless of age or grade level. I am looking forward to working with the students, staff, faculty, and other community partners at UNL to promote healthy relationships with alcohol and drugs.

My husband and I moved to Nebraska in the summer of 2020 and have enjoyed making a home in Lincoln. In my free time I enjoy playing tennis, working out, baking, drinking coffee, and spending time with my husband and our dog. On long weekends in the summer I like to camp, and on long weekends in the winter I like to ski. When the world is not on lockdown I enjoy traveling, and hope to travel more this year!

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Abbey Ragain

(she, her, hers)
Suicide Prevention Program Coordinator

I recently graduated from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS with a bachelor’s degree in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. At KU, I spent time examining the margins that limit the personal and political well-being of individuals and communities through research and outreach activities. I also spent hours in the dance studio acquiring a minor in dance and performing with The University Dance Company.

I'm passionate about empowering people to live their best lives and providing education that contributes to finding and providing support for the various demands and challenges that are presented in everyday life. I find inspiration in community and a necessity of fostering a culture of caring to destigmatize mental health and contribute to an inclusive, educated, empowered, and safe campus.

I am originally from Billings, Montana where I developed an appreciation for nature, and I love to go back to hike the beautiful mountains under the ‘Big Sky!’ Some of my other favorite activities include vintage shopping for groovy clothes, trying to take care of all of the house plants I possibly can, collecting vinyl records of all my favorite albums, and spending time with family and friends.

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Sami Smith

Husker Pantry Graduate Assistant - East Campus

I graduated Truman State University with B.S. in Communication Disorders in 2021. Currently, I'm a first year graduate student in UNL's speech pathology program.

I've always had a passion for helping others. My goal, from the time I was little, was to strive to show kindness to everyone and always leave someone smiling. As someone who struggled with financial and food insecurity growing up, I am incredibly excited to get the chance to help people who are in a similar situation to the one I was in and, hopefully, spread a little joy along the way.

I'm originally from St. Louis; and through my undergraduate and graduate career I've slowly moved farther and farther north. When I'm not in class, with clients, or in the pantry, I'm usually at home cozied up on the couch with one of our 4 cats doing homework or watching TV with my sister.

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Emilee Smith

Husker Pantry Graduate Assistant - City Campus

I am a recent graduate of Arkansas Tech University where I studied Political Science and Spanish. I am currently a second-year law student at UNL's College of Law pursuing both my J.D. and MBA. I have always been passionate about serving and empowering underrepresented populations, and I spent my undergraduate years working with the campus and city food and hygiene initiatives.

I am originally from Arkansas, and while I miss everything the natural state has to offer, I love living in Nebraska! In my free time, you can find me spending time with friends, doing something outdoors, attending a Husker game, or watching movies!