Board of Directors

We work behind the scenes so your child can shine.

Amanda Brown

Amanda Brown graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln with a degree in Elementary Education, and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Gifted and Talented Education. She has been teaching with Lincoln Public Schools for almost 13 years. Amanda and her husband have three elementary aged children. She was introduced to YAAL when two of her children joined the Children’s Chorus, which they love!  Amanda believes very strongly in the importance of introducing children to the arts at a young age in order to promote creativity and independent thought.

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.

Laura Walker

Laura came to YAAL to help every child get a chance to be on stage and help grow children’s theatre in Lincoln, Nebraska. She has past experience working back stage as a costumer, dresser, set mover, and assistant stage Lincoln Community Playhouse from 2006-2009. Laura works for CHI, Catholic Health Initiatives as a Regional AP Analyst, and her son Logan is very active in theater.

Amanda Docter

Amanda Docter graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a degree in Psychology and Sociology and is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Sociology at the University of Nebraska Omaha.  She has been working in youth program development for over ten years, with a special passion for Native American and foster youth.  She currently works for the State of Nebraska focusing on policy and compliance for the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and is on the Board of Directors for another youth-serving nonprofit, Hope for the First Nations.  Amanda participated in theatre throughout high school and was introduced to YAAL through her sister-in-law who has directed programs for the organization for several years.  Amanda joined the YAAL Board of Directors to help promote the joy and inclusiveness of youth theatre throughout the community.

Brianna Walters

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.

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