In her role as Assistant Vice President of Trafficking and Violence Prevention, Ellen coordinates statewide efforts identifying strategies to support children, youth, and families impacted by sex and labor trafficking, intimate partner violence and sexual violence. In partnership with Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, she coordinates the “Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking” project, funded by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC).
Ellen joins Nebraska Children from the Office of the Attorney General, where she led the coordination and implementation of Nebraska’s Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team, tasked with examining the incidents, causes and contributing factors that lead to these tragedies and to identify interventions and recommendations to reduce the likelihood of future fatalities in the state. Ellen also brings 6 years of public-school experience, where she served as Lincoln Public Schools McKinney-Vento/Homeless Education Liaison. While in this role, it was through school-community partnerships that the program was able to achieve innovative approaches to school enrollment, equitable educational opportunities, and housing stability for the districts most vulnerable families. She received her bachelor’s degree in social work from Nebraska Wesleyan.
Ellen is passionate about advocating for public policy and system responses that shift supports upstream to prevent children and families from entering deeper system involvement. She recognizes the inherent strengths and expertise of survivors and communities to drive change, and looks forward to opportunities to collaborate within Nebraska Children and across the state to address violence prevention.