Meet CNE Team
Heidi Keeler
  • 402-559-6412
  • hkeeler@unmc.edu

Dr. Heidi Keeler

  • ● Ph.D., RN
  • ● Assistant Professor, CNE Director & Lead Nurse Planner

Dr. Keeler joined the College of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education in 2011. Bringing years of experience in clinical practice and education, as well as expertise in nursing research, Dr. Keeler held a faculty position with the College and served as Nurse Planner for Continuing Nursing Education. Dr. Keeler received her baccalaureate degree in nursing from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA and her doctoral degree in nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE. In addition to leading the Continuing Nursing Education team, she serves as Lead Nurse planner and as lead faculty for Continuing Nursing Education’s online Gerontological Nurse Certification Preparation Course. Always looking for opportunities to improve nursing practice, Dr. Keeler works with partners to develop programs using innovative educational and outcomes measurement modalities that advance nursing expertise and improve overall patient safety and experiences.



Renee Paulin
  • 402-559-4524
  • renee.paulin@unmc.edu

Renee Paulin

  • ● MSN, RN, CWOCN
  • ● Nurse Planner

Renee Paulin is a Registered Nurse who joined the Continuing Nursing Education Team in March 2017 as the Nurse Planner. She graduated with her Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing degree from Loyola University in Chicago. Renee has had a variety of clinical experiences as well as years of experience specializing as a Certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse. In addition, she has achieved her Masters of Science in Nursing consisting of both education and executive tracks at Nebraska Methodist College. Renee has always enjoyed educating nurses and assisting with improving patient outcomes.



Anjella Heath
  • 402-559-6565
  • anjella.heath@unmc.edu

Anjella S. Heath

  • ● BA
  • ● Educational Projects Coordinator

Anji joined CNE in February 2008 as an Office Associate after relocating from Newington, CT to Omaha. Anji attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas where she studied Hotel Management. She uses her management expertise in communication, organization, and a keen eye for detail to plan and develop interactive online educational activities for internal and external partners. In addition, she manages the overall planning and implementation of live and online continuing education activities held outside of the state of Nebraska.



Valeta Creason Wahl
  • 402-559-7487
  • vcreason@unmc.edu

Valeta Creason-Wahl

  • ● BA
  • ● Educational Projects Coordinator

Valeta joined CNE in March 2012 as Program Associate and previously served as Program Coordinator for the Nebraska Center for Cellular Signaling (2003-2012) and CE Coordinator (2006-2012) in the College of Dentistry at UNMC. She holds a certificate in the event and meeting management from the Event Leadership Institute. She is responsible for planning, coordinating, implementing and evaluating over 100+ education activities locally, regionally, and nationally each year. She manages a varied portfolio of continuing nursing education activities in partnership with the College of Nursing, UNMC Center for Continuing Education, Olson Center for Women’s Health, professional organizations, and medical education companies.



Courtney Smith
  • 402-559-6618
  • courtneyl.smith@unmc.edu

Courtney Smith

  • ● BA
  • ● Educational Projects Coordinator

Courtney, an Omaha native, joined Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) in February of 2019 as an Education Projects Coordinator. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the fall of 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management. Courtney is a member of CNE’s team responsible for staying up to date on ANCC accreditation criteria for every program CNE hosts. She is also responsible for maintaining CNE's social media accounts while also continuing to help make sure our programs run smoothly.



Robert Schmida
  • 402-559-1994
  • rschmida@unmc.edu

Robert Schmida

  • ● BA
  • ● Accounting/Program Associate

Bob Schmida is an accounting and program associate with Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) since January 2004 and is a graduate of Bellevue University with a degree in Business Administration with a minor in Accounting. Bob provides various administrative support functions for CNE’s department that includes maintaining CNE’s program database, provides analysis and projections for CNE’s budget, invoices CNE’s customers for services provided, and manages/tracks grant submissions for funders that support continuing education. As a program associate, Bob manages programs with a joint provider that specializes in Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant programs.



Tim Gilbert
  • 402-559-1990
  • tgilbert@unmc.edu

Tim Gilbert

  • ● BA
  • ● Accounting/Office Associate

Tim joined CNE in February of 2012 as an Accounting/Office Associate. He has been at the College of Nursing since 2002 and had worked on a wide variety of grant-funded projects prior to joining CNE. A graduate of Creighton University he also attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha where he studied Business Management. Tim’s primary responsibility is the Gerontological Nurse Certification Prep Course, CNE’s online offering that prepares registered nurses to take the ANCC certification exam. His duties include customer service, aiding in the creation and development of marketing materials, and creating and disseminating various reports related to the functioning of the course.



Nitya Kovur
  • 402-559-5265
  • nitya.kovur@unmc.edu

Nitya Kovur

  • ● BE, MS
  • ● Web Developer/Database Analyst I

Nitya joined CNE in January 2017 as a Web Developer/Database Analyst I. She graduated from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln with a Master’s degree in Computer Science. Her primary responsibility is to design, build and maintain database applications for use by CON, CNE and external partners. Also, designs and maintains various reporting systems to satisfy the needs of CON, CNE and serves as a webmaster for the CNE website.



Maninder Hora
  • 402-559-5914
  • maninder.hora@unmc.edu

Maninder Hora (Manni)

  • ● BE, MS, CSM
  • ● IT Project Manager

Manni joined CNE in May of 2012 as a Web/Database Analyst and currently working as an IT Project Manager. He completed his bachelor's in computer science and then masters in management information systems. He holds certification in project management and system analysis & design. He is certified, Scrum Master. Manni's primary responsibilities involve provide overall team leadership, management, supervision and accountability to unit director for successful IT business and systems analysis, planning, development, implementation, maintenance and evaluation of multiple complex IT Projects for both internal UNMC and external business clients. Direct end to end project implementation and execution from initiation through delivery within approved budget and time.