Board of Directors

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.

Kelby Hansen - Treasurer

Alicia Haugen

A graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Communication Studies and International Affairs, Alicia Haugen has been working with educational non-profit organizations for over 25 years, and is currently loving what she does at the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools. Her connection to the Youth Actors Academy of Lincoln began when her daughter became involved in her first musical in 2017 and caught the acting bug almost immediately. More than 20 YAAL productions, classes and camps later, Alicia continues to witness firsthand the positive, confidence-building effects this inclusive youth theatre has on her daughter, and it has inspired her to support YAAL in its mission, and to expose even more students to the magic of the living arts.

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.

Kevin Nykodym

Kevin has an Associate of Applied Science degree from Southeast Community College. He has been with Fiserv since 2003 where he started as an Application Developer and now serves as Director of Application SRE for Digital Banking. Kevin's oldest daughter got involved with YAAL in 2019 and youngest daughter joined the YAAL family soon after.