Our Board

Ron Roeber, PhD.

Board President

Retired university educator and administrator. Career included public education and outreach responsibilities at the state and national levels. Recipient of several teaching and team education awards. Roles included: youth education, agriculture education, information technology support, technology team building, university administration, and business to business sales. PhD in Agricultural Economics, MS & BS in Agronomy.

Brandon Helding, PhD.

Research Professor, UNL

Dr. Brandon Helding received his PhD in Curriculum and Instruction at Arizona State University. He has worked, and is published, as a methodologist, statistician, and psychometrician. He has worked as methodologist on four NSF-funded grants, one IES-funded efficacy study, published one book on measurement development, and co-authored a handbook chapter on design research. 

Amber Pelan

Program Director, Saunders County Youth Services

Amber Pelan is the Program Director for Saunders County Youth Services, where she works with children, youth and families on juvenile pretrial diversion programming, chronic absenteeism issues, mental health, and accessing resources and services to promote safety and well-being. Amber writes and manages state and federal grants designed to aid children and families. She has been in the child welfare/juvenile justice field since 2008 and has worked with the Department of Health and Human Services, Children and Family Services, Center on Children, Families and the Law- UNL, and with the developmentally disabled at Region V Services. Amber has a B.A. from UNL and is slowly working on her Master’s in Public Administration at UNO. She is a TeamMates mentor as well as served on the Wahoo Community TeamMates board. Amber also serves on several other boards and state committees that focus on improving the lives of children and families through one modality or another.

Deb Turner AA, BA, CPSS

FAME Program Manager/Family Peer Support Specialist

Deb Turner is a certified Family Peer Support Specialist/ FAME program manager at Independence Rising, where she works with families to provide services and supports to families raising a child or young adult who is experiencing social, emotional, addiction, or behavioral health challenges in their home, school, community and/or placement. Deb has many years of experience working with families that have youth with mental and behavioral challenges and has provided support to the parent/caregiver. Deb graduated from Central Community College with an associate degree in Human Services and a Chemical Dependency Technician Certificate. Deb completed her studies at Doane College, graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Relations. Deb lives in Overton, Nebraska with her daughter and has three adult sons who live close. 

Stacey Seuferer

Seuferer Consulting & Coaching

Stacey Seuferer is a mental health advocate and life coach helping others see the bigger picture by changing their mindset and goal setting.  She is the Executive Director of Speaking to the Heart Podcast Network, that restores purpose and passion for those struggling with personal wellbeing.  She is also an Executive Assistant for Kat’s and Associates R.E.G. of Keller Williams in Lincoln, Nebraska. Stacey was a contributing writer for a parenting blog for a mental health site. She manages and admins for several Facebook groups for suicide prevention and wellbeing.  She designs logos and inspirational posts for groups while providing peer support to encourage coping through their struggles.  Stacey has done podcasts of loss after suicide, and served on the Nebraska Support Network as a Parent Partner.

Joseph Alder

Director of Strategic Engagement, Holland Children’s Institute

Joseph has worked for the Holland Children’s Institute and Movement for a little over three years. As the Director for Strategic Engagement, he works to make sure that policies that help Nebraska children and families are prioritized. Previously, he’s been a legislative aide to State Senator Matt Hansen from Northeast Lincoln. He lives in Omaha with his partner Collin, our two cats, and wonderful dog Phoebe. Joseph looks forward to helping to make sure that Nebraska can continue to provide the services needed for those who struggle.

How to Become a Board Member


Wellbeing Initiative, Inc. is a non-profit organization developed, driven, and run by peers. Serving on the Wellbeing Initiative, Inc. Board of Directors is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about our Mission. The Board of Directors is responsible for the organization’s financial well-being and accountability, ensuring that our activities are consistent with our mission.

If you share the same passion and vision as Wellbeing Initiative, Inc., we welcome you to apply to become a board member.

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