Kristi Hayek Carley
Barbara Grant, Office and Grants Coordinator, joined Humanities Nebraska in March 2012 as Program and Communications Assistant. She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Troy University-Florida Region. She began her non-profit career at Indian Center, Inc., as trainer, and then project director. Barbara served four years in the U.S. Air Force. She enjoys reading, going to movies, playing board games and spending time with family and friends.
Erika Hamilton, Ph.D.
Joanna Hejl joined Humanities Nebraska as the Development Associate in July of 2021. Joanna graduated from the University of Richmond in 2020 with a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies and Political Science. In college, she explored history and memory studies and spent a lot of time at museums, including interning in development at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. She is passionate about community engagement and excited by Humanities Nebraska’s work connecting Nebraskans to literature, history, art, and more! Joanna is a proud Lincoln High Link. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, sewing, and drinking a good cup of tea.
Liz Makowski, Program Associate, joined Humanities Nebraska in April 2012. Originally from the Kearney area, she has a Bachelor’s degree in Classics and Art History from the University of Nebraska -Lincoln. She received a master’s degree in Art History and Archaeology from the University of Missouri, where she worked as a graduate assistant in the Visual Resources Center. She enjoys cooking, reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Kali Patterson, Development Associate, joined Humanities Nebraska in August 2022. In 2018, she earned bachelor’s degrees in both communication studies and global studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and has spent much of her career constructing impactful relationships and activities that promote connection at the non-profit, academic, and state levels. She holds over five years of experience working across program development, event planning, and research administration. Kali has also devoted herself to furthering the pursuits of education, equity, and intercultural understanding for those interested in the humanities and the arts. At heart, she herself is a student.
Mary Yager, C.P.M.
Katie Bradshaw, Grants Management and Outreach Specialist, joined Humanities Nebraska in May 2022. She loves to learn and to help other people learn. She has a B.A. in Biotechnology from Bradley University (Peoria, IL) and an M.S. in Geography from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Her past roles have included grant writer, history museum director, newspaper journalist, laboratory instructor, and study abroad advisor. Katie lives in Scottsbluff with her husband, four cats, six chickens, and a healthy number of books and bicycles.