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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 an Athletic Success coach and Academic Advisor at Xavier University, 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 nine 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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Laura Shell

(she, her, hers)
Associate Director 

I’m a slow runner and fast thinker. I love reading and learning. I’m doing my best to live a happy and healthy life. Things that make me happy are time with family and adventures, including travel.

We live a busy world. There are always things to do, people to connect with, and sites to see. This busy world can consume us and overwhelm us if we don’t prioritize ourselves. By focusing on our well-being, we have the opportunity to enjoy the things we do, give our full attention to those in our lives, and appreciate the places we go.

I'm pursuing a Ph.D. from Penn State University in Higher Education. I have earned an M.A. in Educational Administration from Nebraska and a B.S. in Management from Iowa State University.

Kenji Madison

Assistant Director, Big Red Resilience & Well-being and Fraternity and Sorority Life

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.

Megan Patel

(she, her, hers)
Student Money Management & Husker Pantry Program Coordinator

Megan is an Accredited Financial Counselor and a Certified Personal Financial Manager.

Megan has been a Program Coordinator at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln since 2014. Megan helps undergraduate and graduate/professional students of all ages and backgrounds successfully manage their money and organize their financial life. Megan is passionate about all aspects of financial education, and her favorite money management topic is budgeting!

Megan has also been the Program Coordinator of the Husker Pantry since 2016. Through her coordination of the Husker Pantry, thousands of food and hygiene items are given to University of Nebraska–Lincoln students in need each month.

Kenzie Miers

(she, her, hers)
Suicide Prevention Program Coordinator

I am a recent graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University and a huge Husker fan.

I am originally from Lincoln and I love how nice people in this city are. I enjoy sports, traveling, being outside, and working out. I played soccer in college and enjoy running.

Katie Petersen

(she, her, hers)
Husker Pantry Graduate Assistant

I recently graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a B.S. in Psychology. I am currently a student in the Student Affairs Administration Master's program here on campus.

I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I am an avid reader and love to curl up with a book on a rainy (or snowy) day. One of my favorite things to do is to visit the Omaha Doorly Zoo.

One fun fact about me is that I trained a rat for a class at Nebraska Wesleyan University. Pheobe, the rat, could rope climb, wall climb, press a lever, walk across a tightrope, and long jump!