|||Howard Liu, MD
Dr. Liu became medical director of BHECN in April 2012. A board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, he is a prominent UNMC media commentator on mental health issues.
He is also clerkship director of the UNMC Department of Psychiatry, training third year medical students in mental health diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Liu is known for expertise in innovative integration of media and education, including development of interactive online training opportunities for interprofessional audiences.
A leader in medical education, Dr. Liu is a graduate of the UNMC Technology in Educational Scholarship (TiES) Program. Nationally, he has won awards for innovative teaching and he currently serves as co-chair of two education committees: the Clinical Simulation Initiative (CSI) Task Force for the Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry (ADMSEP) and the Training and Education Committee for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP).
|Brent Khan, EdD
Brent has deep operations expertise in healthcare programs. He provides leadership to staff, faculty, health care providers, administrators and consumers to enhance the behavioral health workforce across Nebraska.
He is certified in the HeartMath Resilient Education Program and as a One-on-One HeartMath provider. His doctoral dissertation was titled: "The Effects of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback-Assisted Stress Management Training on Registered Nurses Experiencing Stress-like Symptoms." He has done numerous presentations on job stress and burnout.
|Joseph H. Evans, PhD
Associate Clinical Director
Dr. Joseph Evans became Associate Clinical Director of BHECN in June 2013. Dr. Evans is a Professor at the Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI) and in the University of Nebraska Medical Center's (UNMC) Department of Pediatrics. He is the Director of the Psychology Department at MMI and the Division Director of Pediatric Psychology in the UNMC College of Medicine. Dr. Evans administers a staff of Psychologists, 13 Doctoral Interns, five Post-doctoral Research Associates, and four graduate students in Applied Behavior Analysis. He is an active clinician and manages the ADHD Clinic conducted at MMI as well as serving as a staff psychologist for the DHHS Children with Special Health Care Needs program.
Dr. Evans is the recipient of over $14,000,000 in grants and contracts from a variety of agencies including the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, Family Youth Service Bureau, Corporation for National and Community Service, Department of Justice, and HRSA Graduate Psychology Education, Mental and Behavioral Health Education and Training, and Allied Health programs. He was the 2008 recipient of the Cummings American Psychological Foundation Psyche Award, presented for his work in developing a model that integrates behavioral health into rural primary care practices.
|Keith Anderson, M.S.
Keith is responsible for collecting and maintaining BHECN-specific data from internal and external sources necessary for department projects, reports, and functions. He also performs the day to day processing and tracking of expenditures and grants to ensure BHECN's budget remains in compliance. This includes performing analyses of the expenditures in relation to the budgeted figures, and forecasting budget line items to prevent overspending of the fiscal year budget.
Keith is a retired Air Force officer with a diverse education and work history including procurement, meteorology, and space weather forecasting. His analytical expertise and technical background are an invaluable contribution in helping to accomplish BHECN's mission. Keith holds an M.S. in Applied Physics from the Air Force Institute of Technology.
Robin holds a BA in Liberal Arts, with majors in history and anthropology. She has a diverse work history, including time as support staff and transcriptionist for a number of departments at UNMC over the years. She serves as BHECN's receptionist, support professional, and ensures quality information from BHECN. Her powerful organizational skills and attention to detail improve all aspects of the BHECN team.
|Kay Glidden, M.S.
BHECN Kearney Project Director
Kay Glidden, M.S. is the Assistant Director of Region 3 Behavioral Health Services in Kearney, Nebraska. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She received her Master of Science Degree in Education from Indiana University, Bloomington. Kay began her career in Higher Education, counseling and teaching college students for 13 years. For the last 16 years she has worked in the Nebraska public behavioral health system as a Prevention Specialist, supervisor, Human Resource specialist and trainer. Kay is also the Project Director for the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska for the Region 3 area and for BHECN Kearney serving Regions 1, 2, 3, & 4.
|Heidi Keeler, RN, PhD
Director of Educational Design
Dr. Keeler joined the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska as the Director of Educational Design in June of 2013. Dr. Keeler’s area of research interest is in health promotion, prevention and advocacy, with a particular interest in adolescent health behaviors.
Additionally, Dr. Keeler has experience with online nursing instruction curriculum development and deployment through her work as nurse planner with the UNMC CON CNE office, which entails collaboration with multiple medical and professional disciplines to develop and implement continuing education programs. She provides educational design structure and content support for programs across the state of Nebraska and beyond. She is a graduate of iLEAD, the university-wide leadership academy, in which her focus was the promotion of a web-based repository for exemplar strategies for nursing education.
Dr. Keeler is working to streamline behavioral health educational activity delivery across the state of Nebraska, using both live and online formats. She is passionate about providing interesting and informative educational activities using state of the art delivery systems and modalities.
Ambassador Program Coordinator
Ann Kraft joined the BHECN team in July, 2013 as Program Coordinator for BHECN Ambassador Program. BHECN launched the Ambassador Program in April, 2012 to create a pipeline of rural Nebraska students interested in behavioral health. The Ambassador Program offers rural training experiences and mentorship opportunities to Nebraska students at the high school, college, and professional level.
Ann is a long-time UNMC employee who earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organizational Communication from Creighton University and started working at UNMC in 1985. She spent five years working in human resources followed by 14 years coordinating special events for the Department of Public Relations. In 2004, she joined the Rural Health Education Network (RHEN) where she coordinated programs to promote health careers to students from rural Nebraska. She also tracked the students and graduates who were participants in the Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP).
Through her work with the RHOP Program and UNMC State Science Meets for 8th graders, Ann knows the value of pipeline programs to develop a future workforce of behavioral health care professionals for rural Nebraska.