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Meet the BCC
Emily Koopmann I Executive Director
Emily combines her Bachelors in Business with her Masters in Intercultural and Urban Studies by living at the intersection between community building and youth programming. With Gallup Strengths like WOO (winning others over) and Strategic, she enjoys the role of Executive Director because it gives her a chance to build on visions and recruit passionate people to the cause.
Outside of work Emily loves to Jazzercise, read, and play cards with family. Emily tags team life with her son Max and together they enjoy superheroes and corndogs.
Karen French I Assistant Director
Bringing her multitude of talents to the BCC for over 20 years, Karen has instilled her passion for helping children in nearly every facet of the community center. With a degree in human services alongside a background in childcare and elevating small businesses, Karen’s ability to bring people together is unmatched.
When Karen isn’t championing the BCC, she’s soaking up every moment with her family — especially her grandchildren Elijah and Esmee. Her seasonal maker’s markets are a staple of her local community in Malcolm, NE and you’ll find that her next big project is always in the works!
Tessie Schroeder I Director of School-Age Programs
Tessie has over ten years of dance and gymnastics teaching experience along with being proficient in team and classroom management. Over the years Tessie has come to believe students thrive when given options and opportunities to create the outcome they desire while maintaining safety, boundaries for themselves and others, and above all respect for everyone.
When Tessie is not working or teaching they enjoy spending time with their partner, Hayley and children, Thatcher and Sawyer. Tessie’s favorite hobbies include baking, crafting and trying new foods.
Kylie Cook I Director of Education & Engagement
Kylie has her Bachelor’s in Business Administration with minors in Educational Studies and Special Education to provide a classroom experience for all types of learners. Her ultimate goal is to prepare students for kindergarten with engaging topics and random dance parties!
Kylie enjoys binge watching Netflix, trying new restaurants, and spending time with her husband, Eric, and son, Jonah.. Kylie also loves Scooter’s Coffee, Chipotle, and watching sports with her family! Go Big Red and Go Chiefs!
Kelli Clark I Lead Preschool Teacher
Ms. Kelli joined the BCC preschool program in the fall of 2022. She was previously an infant/toddler teacher and plans to get her associates in early childhood. She comes to the BCC with experience and training in “Conscious Discipline”, a teaching style that incorporates building emotional intelligence and self-regulation as part of a child’s path to academic success.
Ms. Kelli is a loving grandma who is raising three of her granddaughters! All total she has 11 grandbabies! Kelli enjoys Scooter’s coffee, movies with her big family, and loves watching sports! GO BIG RED and Go Chiefs!
Mady Hoyt I Lead Preschool Teacher
Ms. Mady joined the BCC as a practicum student from Southeast Community College in the spring of 2022 and she loved the BCC so much she decided to stay! In 2023, she graduated from SCC with an associates degree in Human Services. She has been seen subbing in for various BCC programs and is now full-time as a lead preschool teacher.
Mady and Dakota, Mady’s fiancé, have their daughter named Adelia (Dilly) who is the light of their life and a dog named Wrigley. Wrigley is a Shih Tzu that weighs 7 pounds. Mady enjoys Greys Anatomy, caffeine, naps, and being with her family.
Wendy Ferrin I Financial Specialist
Wendy has been involved in many aspects of the BCC including being a preschool parent, board member, and now as our Financial Specialist. She has over 20 years of experience in finance with the last five being in nonprofit accounting. Wendy loves a good spreadsheet and loves it even more when reconciliations balance the first time through!
Wendy has been married to her husband John for 21 years and they have two kids. Jacob is in Boy Scouts and marching band; Ella enjoys playing softball. They also have a very spoiled little dog, Gryffin, who was named after Gryffindor House from Harry Potter. Wendy enjoys watching her kids participate in their many activities, watching Netflix, crafting, and reading.
Meet the BCC
Meet the BCC
Board of Directors
- Nancy Petitto (President) — Director of Civic Health Programs, Civic Nebraska
- Brittany Hodges-Bolkovac (President-Elect) — Dean of Students & District Projects Coordinator, Westside Community Schools
- Matthew Showalter (Treasurer) — Senior Accountant, Duncan Aviation
- Kari Herbert (Secretary) — Counseling Professional (LIMHP, CMSW, CEAP), Directions EAP
- Julie Lee — Principal, Lincoln Public Schools (Beattie Elementary School)
- Jaylen Vella — Customer Success Manager, Hudl
- Deb Chrisp — Retired Head Cook, Waverly Public Schools (Former BCC Student)
- Tara West — Business Development, Revolution Wraps
- David Lamb — Retired Instructor and Department Chair, Southeast Community College (Human Services) (Former BCC Director)
- Lane Carr — Administrator, Office of Policy and Strategic Initiatives at the Nebraska Department of Education
- Bobbie Ehrlich — Teacher, Lincoln Public Schools (Belmont Elementary School)