Howard LiuHoward Liu, M.D. 

Dr. Howard Liu is a nationally recognized educator, behavioral health workforce expert, and practicing child psychiatrist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). He serves as the Director of the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN); a state-funded office whose mission is to recruit and retain a skilled and passionate behavioral health workforce in Nebraska.  Dr. Liu also serves as Interim Chair of the UNMC Department of Psychiatry.  Previously, he served as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Faculty Development at UNMC.  Clinically, Dr. Liu maintains an active child psychiatry practice as an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at UNMC. 

Regarding workforce development, Dr. Liu serves as a founding member of the Medical Directors Institute for the National Council for Behavioral Health and as a member of the National Advisory Council for the Clinical Scholars Program for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). In 2016, BHECN was selected to receive the National Council for Behavioral Health’s Champions of Training and Workforce Development Award. 

Dr. Liu is an innovative teacher and an expert in faculty development and medical student education.  Nationally and internationally, Dr. Liu has presented over 65 peer-reviewed abstracts and is a frequent invited speaker.  He serves in educational leadership positions at the Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry (ADMSEP) and the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). Dr. Liu is a recipient of numerous educational awards including the Outstanding Teacher Award from the UNMC Faculty Senate and the Creativity in Psychiatric Education Award from the American College of Psychiatrists (ACP).

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Brent KhanBrent Khan,  Ed.D.
Dr. Brent Khan has deep operations expertise in directing and leading change in healthcare organizations. He provides leadership to staff, faculty, health care providers, administrators, and consumers to enhance the behavioral health workforce across Nebraska.

Dr. Khan is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where he developed and teaches “Stress Reduction Techniques for the Practicing Clinician.” He is also 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."  Dr. Khan has conducted numerous presentations locally, regionally and nationally on “The Physiology of Stress and Burnout” and utilizes biofeedback tools and techniques to create sustainable solutions. His current area of interest is developing Resiliency in the workforce.  

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Joe EvansJoseph H. Evans,  Ph.D.
Clinical Director
Dr. Joseph Evans is a licensed psychologist and a graduate of the University of Kansas.  He joined the faculty of the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1986 after spending ten years at the University of South Florida where he was the founding chairperson of the Law and Mental Health Department at USF’s Florida Mental Health Institute and an Associate Director in the Child-Adolescent Department.  Dr. Evans served as Director of Psychology for the UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute for 30 years, developing the Psychology program to 20 faculty members, 14 doctoral psychology interns, seven post-doctoral fellows, 6 ABA doctoral students, and 8 MA interns.  He stepped down from the MMI directorship role in 2016 and is currently working part-time for the University at MMI and BHECN. 

Dr. Evans was named Clinical Director of BHECN in 2017 after serving as Associate Clinical Director since 2013. In addition to BHECN responsibilities, Dr. Evans is currently a Professor in the MMI Psychology Department and the UNMC Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Evans administers three federal training grants from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to train doctoral psychology interns and Master’s degree clinicians in integrated behavioral health in primary care; two State contracts designed to conduct behavioral screenings for children and adolescents and to expand numbers of psychologists into rural areas of Nebraska; and a System of Care contract to create improved training in behavioral health for emotionally disturbed adolescents.  Dr. Evans has been instrumental in pioneering the integrated behavioral health care model within primary care clinics with over 42 integrated care clinics established in Nebraska.

Dr. Evans is the recipient of over $19,000,000 in grants and contracts from a variety of agencies including the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, Family and 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. His roles at BHECN include grantsmanship, legislative proposals, training for BH graduate students from a variety of professions, and program management.  

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Dr. Watanabe-GallowayShinobu Watanabe-Galloway, Ph.D.
Research Director

Shinobu Watanabe-Galloway, Ph.D., joined BHECN as Research Director in August 2016.

Dr. Watanabe-Galloway’s focus is on strengthening BHECN's workforce evaluation and reporting efforts to produce evidence-based practices, and she has been instrumental in publishing a semi-annual Nebraska Behavioral Health Workforce Analysis for BHECN since 2011. This project uses data obtained from UNMC, the College of Public Health (COPH), and the Health Professions Tracking Service (HPTS) annual survey database.

BHECN and COPH also developed the Nebraska Behavioral Health Workforce Dashboard, a tool designed to help policymakers, employers, and behavioral health care stakeholders understand the state of the behavioral health workforce and make decisions that impact its future.

Dr. Watanabe-Galloway joined UNMC is 2004, and is also an associate professor, vice chair & director of the graduate program, and chair of the UNMC Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health. She was a recipient of UNMC’s 2015 Distinguished Scientist Award. 

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Brandy L. Clarke, Ph.D.
Associate Clinical Director

Dr. Brandy Clarke, is an Assistant Professor in Psychology at the Munroe Meyer Institute and has extensive research and clinical training in integrated behavioral health care in primary care and more specifically, underserved populations. Dr. Clarke provides training to masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral level psychology interns studying integrated behavioral health care in a medically underserved, inner-city primary care clinic. She has served in various leadership roles including Principal Investigator, Co-Principal Investigator, and Program Director and has more than 15 years of large-scale research and training grant experience. Dr. Clarke has co-authored several book chapters and peer-reviewed articles on interventions for underserved populations, cross-setting collaboration, and integrated behavioral health care.

As the Associate Clinical Director (ACD) for BHECN, Dr. Clarke supports the mission of BHECN through the development and delivery of education and training materials offered in on-site and distance learning opportunities. She also supports BHECN by developing and submitting additional grant proposals to secure funding in the areas of workforce development and research. Her coordination of practicum, internship experiences, and collaborative training and retention efforts are vital to supporting BHECN’s efforts to build the behavioral health workforce.

Dr. Clarke will also be instrumental in continuing the collaborative training efforts of the 15 BHECN-funded behavioral health training programs across Nebraska and the BHECN job site that "links" behavioral health graduates with community partners through continuing education, skill development workshops, administrative supports, and conferences.

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Tina ChasekTina Chasek, Ph.D., LIMHP, LADC
Director, BHECN Kearney
Dr. Chasek is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska at Kearney in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology and the Director of BHECN-Kearney.  Dr. Chasek has been practicing mental health and drug counseling for over 15 years as a licensed professional. She has experience in behavioral health care administration working as an Assistant Director in a University counseling center and as Program Director in a large community mental health center. 

Dr. Chasek’s philosophy of treatment style is based on the individual’s strengths, resiliency, and a positive therapeutic and teaching relationship. Dr. Chasek’s research and teaching interests are in addiction counseling and training preparation, counselor education, and clinical outcomes in counseling.

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Keith AndersonKeith Anderson, M.S.
Financial Analyst
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 expenses 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. 

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Nick BrotzelNick Brotzel, M.A., M.P.A
Outreach & Program Development Coordinator
Nick Brotzel joined the BHECN team in February 2016 and formerly worked as a Government Relations Specialist in the Office of the Chancellor. Prior to joining UNMC, he served as Deputy Communications Director in the office of former Omaha Mayor, Jim Suttle. Nick also worked as a legislative aide in the Washington, D.C. office of former U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD).

Nick holds an M.A. in Middle East Studies from the University of Exeter (UK) and a B.A. in History from Creighton University. He is currently pursuing an MPA in Health Care Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Nick currently serves on the board of Justice for Our Neighbors, Nebraska (JFON-NE) and was a founding board member of the New Leaders Council (NLC) – Omaha.

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Bill Baerentzen

Bill Baerentzen, Ph.D., CRC, LMHP
MHTTC Project Coordinator

Bill joined BHECN to assist with the new Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC), but he is not new to the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN).
As one of BHECN's Interprofessional Site Coordinators, Bill worked on facilitating projects between BHECN and Community Alliance and was involved in statewide behavioral health workforce development.
Prior to BHECN, Bill served as the Manager of Behavioral Health Educational and Training at Community Alliance for seven years. At Community Alliance, Bill provided education, supervision, and coordination of field placement for students and residents of a variety of disciplines, including psychiatry, family medicine, medicine, social work, counseling, rehabilitation counseling, occupational therapy, nursing, and physicians assistants.

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Laura HollyLaura Holly
BHECN Project Associate
Laura joined BHECN as an intern while studying at the University of Nebraska Omaha, where she graduated with a bachelor's in public health and a bachelor's in neuroscience in 2016. Laura is involved in the placement of student trainees in internship programs supported by grants and BHECN funding and assists with coordination of webinars, events and training programs.

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Ann KraftAnn Kraft
Ambassador Program Coordinator
BHECN launched the Ambassador Program in April 2012 to create a pipeline of rural Nebraska students interested in behavioral health. Ann Kraft joined the BHECN team in July 2013 as program coordinator for BHECN Ambassador Program. 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.

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Jennifer-N.-Bull_photo-2018.jpgJennifer Bull
Communications Coordinator

Jennifer joined BHECN in June 2018 as Communications Coordinator. She is responsible for developing the communications strategy including maintaining the BHECN website, producing social media messages, writing copy for the e-newsletter, maintaining brand standards and helping BHECN present a clear message about behavioral health to the public.

With more than 18 years of experience in public relations and marketing, Jennifer enjoys the opportunity to meet people and share their stories. She has contributed to shaping the communications efforts for organizations such as The Salvation Army Kroc Center, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center and numerous clients during her time as a Freelance Marketing Consultant. 

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of General Studies degree with a major in communications from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and serves as Director of the Communications Committee for the Omaha Press Club.

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hanna-haynie-2018-rectangle.jpgHanna Haynie
Administrative Program Associate

Hanna has worked at UNMC in various capacities for the past five years. In April 2018, Hanna transitioned into her new role as an Administrative Program Associate for BHECN. Hanna enjoys being organized and has a desire to help others achieve their goals, always putting others before herself. As a valued member of the BHECN team, Hanna is also passionate about being part of generating awareness for behavioral health across the state and eventually across the nation!

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BHECN Interprofessional Sites

 Heather Pancoe


Heather Pancoe
Project Coordinator

Heather joined the BHECN team in February 2017 as a Project Coordinator. She works with the CHI Lasting Hope Recovery Center, where she supports students in all medical disciplines through their psychiatry rotations.

Heather holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Before coming to BHECN, she spent the bulk of her career working in project management, leading project teams through portfolio mergers.     

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