Barbara Vogel, A.A.S., B.S.
Region 1 Behavioral Health Authority
How long have you been working in the Human Services field?
I have been working in the Human Services field since 2010 and in business management since 1989.
How did you become interested in business management and human services?
I worked in business management for many years and enjoyed helping develop staff professionally and run a business. However, more often than not, that work centered more around making money than helping people. I have a passion for helping people, and it is important to me that everyone has opportunities and choices in order to be successful in their personal and professional life. Once I learned more about early childhood trauma and its effects, I wanted to be more involved in helping people to know and understand that if they have a behavioral health diagnosis, it does not define who you are as a person.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I enjoy knowing that my work helps individuals develop positive outcomes for their life, but also impacts the community positively too. For me, it is a great combination of using the business skills and training I acquired over an almost 30-year span, with living out my passion of helping people.
What advice would you give to students interested in your field?
I would advise them to explore their options. There are many facets of working in human services such as direct care, business administration, quality assurances, etc. It is possible to work directly with consumers or to impact services at an entirely different level.
What kind of impact do you hope to have on students and trainees and how will you encourage them to stay in Nebraska?
I hope to have a positive impact on students and trainees entering the human services field. I would encourage them by telling my story of growing up in a small Nebraska town, leaving the area and living and working in several other states, only to return to the area I grew up. The opportunities in other areas are not necessarily better; they are just different. Opportunities grow where relationships are nurtured and fostered, and that can happen anywhere in Nebraska too.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
In my free time, I like to hang out with family and friends, travel, read, garden, binge-watch Netflix and HGTV, and cook.
Anything else you would like to share?
Region 1 Behavioral Health Authority appreciates the opportunity to work closer with BHECN to address workforce and training needs in Western Nebraska. We look forward to the partnership and collaboration.