Board of Directors

We work behind the scenes so your child can shine.

The YAAL Board of Directors is thrilled to serve the youth in Lincoln.  If you have any questions, concerns, or interest in volunteering with YAAL, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Jennifer Brown, President

Jennifer Brown graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology and a minor in Russian. She is a Cytogenetic Technologist, providing patients with chromosome analysis for both cancer and congenital studies. Jennifer’s oldest son became involved in YAAL’s summer programming starting in 2015, at the age of 5, and her youngest son started acting in summer shows in 2019, at the age of 7. Jennifer loves to watch the students at YAAL, including her own two boys, grow and develop skills and confidence through acting. She is honored to help YAAL continue its mission as an inclusive theater.

email: president@yaal.org

Kelby Hansen, Treasurer

email: treasurer@yaal.org

Brianna Johnson, Secretary

Brianna has her Bachelor’s degree in Education and Human Science from the University of Nebraska Lincoln. She has been working with children for the past 8 years both in the educational setting and human services field. Brianna is currently working as a Juvenile Probation Officer specializing with youth who struggle with truancy. In high school Brianna was actively involved in cheerleading, orchestra, and various choir groups and was introduced to YAAL by a friend who has directed plays at the organization for the past couple years. Brianna is passionate about giving youth in the community positive outlets to express themselves and promote prosocial activities for youth as they grow into young adults.

email:  secretary@yaal.org

Richard Waller

Richard Waller retired from St. Elizabeth’s Regional Medical Center after a 45 year career as a healthcare executive. He has been active on several rural hospital boards and recently wrapped up a 10 year stint on the board of the People’s Choice Federal Credit Union. Richard and his wife, Joan, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in June 2017 and have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. Though Richard himself possesses no sense of rhythm and two left feet, his grandchildren are all talented singers, dancers and actors. His grandson participated in his first YAAL production in 2015 and the entire family was hooked! Richard believes programs like YAAL provide children with skills that translate far beyond the stage and benefit future employers and the community as a whole.

Alicia Haugen

 

"To be an actor you have to be a child." — Paul Newman