Meet The 2022 Judges
These community leaders embody the qualities we are honoring through the 50 OVER 50 NE Awards. In alignment with The Bloc's mission, their work positively impacts the community and the lives of the people who live in Nebraska. We are grateful for the time and dedication these distinguished leaders are investing in helping us celebrate the achievements and contributions of the 50 OVER 50 NE Awards nominees.
Vice President of Social Purpose
Home Instead, Inc.
Today, in her role as Vice President of Social Purpose for Home Instead, Erin is focused not just on awareness, but inspiring generations. Her goal is to fearlessly create today the world we want to grow older in tomorrow. Specifically, she is focused on helping all ages see the small acts of kindness they may complete to have a positive impact on seniors’ lives with Ready to Care, a movement to make the world a better place for seniors. She also oversees the organization’s initiative to introduce younger generations to careers in the aging field through the Champions of Aging program, and the nationwide holiday giving program, Be a Santa to a Senior. Additionally in her position, she collaborates on the support of the HFC Grant Program, in which Home Instead provides relief to those caring for loved ones living with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias.
Since 2005, Erin has been working across the Home Instead network of more than 1,000 global franchises to develop programs that empower and support family caregivers. Her work has included award-winning communications programs that foster connections between seniors and their families, as well as public education efforts to make the world more inclusive of today’s rapidly growing aging population.
Erin holds a B.A. from the University of Creighton and is a graduate of Leadership Omaha, where she resides with my husband and two children.
Boys & Girls Club of Lincoln/Lancaster County
Kimberly Goins serves as Executive Directot of the Boys & Girls Club (BGC) of Lincoln/Lancaster County, Nebraska, responsible for the strategic direction, vision, growth, and performance of the organization. Kimberly has prioritized youth workforce development for the more than 1,000 kids BGC serves annually.
Ms. Goins has over 15 years of experience working with national nonprofits, Inc. 500 entities, and early-stage companies. She most recently served as Executive Director of the Malone Community Center, where she led record fundraising and program growth.
Ms. Goins has been awarded the Who's who in Black Dallas " Rising Star" award and Smith County African American Chamber of Commerce "Young Professional of the Year" award. She was a finalist for "Marketer of the Year" from the American Marketing Association, and she is a graduate of Leadership Tyler Class 20. She is a Board Member for the Nebraska Children's & Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Board, and the Nebraska Civic Engagement Board.
Kimberly attended LeTourneau University in Texas, and she is married to Anthony Goins.
North Omaha Business Development Manger
Department of Economic Development
Trevon Brooks, is an entrepreneur and mentor who has been a part of the local business community since leaving the U.S. Air Force in 2017. Trevon’s background focuses on small business investments and acquisitions and the integration of emerging technologies.
Trevon leads the North Omaha office for Economic Development where he focuses on supporting the North Omaha Community through maximizing the community’s economic potential through workforce development, business attraction, and entrepreneurship investment.
The North Omaha office works alongside the community and strategic partners to increase the economic prosperity of the North Omaha community.
Trevon holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from Midlands University as well as a Masters in Strategic Finance from Bellevue University
Todd Stubbendieck is the State Director of AARP Nebraska, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that empowers people to choose how they live as they age and represents more than 180,000 Nebraskans aged 50-plus.
Todd is a Nebraska native with more than twenty years of leadership and public policy experience.
He spent a significant portion of his career in Washington, D.C., including working as a Senior Advisor and then the Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator for Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Prior to this assignment, he worked for U.S. Senator Tim Johnson for thirteen years where he served as Legislative Director and Deputy Chief of Staff. He also worked for U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey for 6 years.
In 2017, Todd and his wife Leslie and two sons moved back to Nebraska where he became the Chief Operating Officer of a large long-term care facility. Prior to joining AARP Nebraska, he worked as government affairs and management consultant.
Todd holds a B.A. from Bradley University and an M.A. from the University of South Carolina.
The Nebraska Enterprise Fund
Jim is currently the Executive Director of the Nebraska Enterprise Fund, a certified CDFI serving small and micro businesses across Nebraska and SW Iowa. Beyond NEF, Jim serves on the Advisory Board Member of MetaFund, an investment CDFI based in Oklahoma, A Board Member of Family Housing Advisory Services, Board Chair of Heartland Bike Share, and a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Community Development Advisory Committee.
Jim has spent over 20 years in the economic development field focused on micro and small business financing and development. He started full-time work in the economic field at the Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District as a loan and community development officer. He subsequently took several international roles including the CEO role in Albania serving over 5,500 clients, the CEO and Managing Director of an Indian microfinance company serving over 70,000 clients, and the Managing Director for Opportunity International’s Latin American region of community development and business finance organizations.
Jim is a graduate of St. Olaf College, and Eastern University with an M.S. in Economic Development, and is certified as an Economic Development Finance Professional. He has served in the US Army Reserves and as a Peace Corps Volunteer. His two daughters are at UNL and LCC International University in Lithuania.
Founder & CEO
Williams Counseling & Consulting
Gail Williams is the Founder and CEO of Williams Counseling & Consulting, a private practice
mental health agency, and business consulting group. She has an extensive background in
behavioral health, as well as in leadership and management, with both large and small
organizations. Her mental health degree combined with her concentration and passion for
organizational development has allowed her to help people on an individual level as well as
on a larger organizational level.
Over the last eight years, Gail has provided independent consulting, evaluation, and training
in the Omaha and Midwest areas working with several non-profits and companies. Gail is a
certified Myers-Briggs Facilitator and has experience in change management and
organizational development strategies which help leaders effectively manage themselves
and others with increased emotional intelligence.
Gail is a fierce advocate for mental health (especially among people of color) and serves on
a non-profit board that helps active military, veterans, frontline healthcare workers, first
responders and family members suffering from PTSD, access services by eliminating as many
barriers as possible.
Gail is a wife and the mother of three children, two whom are serving in the United States Air
Force. She comes from a long line of military service members. Because of her late father’s
service in the Air Force, Gail had the privilege of growing up around the country and
overseas. She attributes many of these experiences with her ability to connect, respect, and
communicate with people with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas.