Our Team

Danielle Smith

Chief Visionary Officer

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Danielle is the Chief Visionary Officer of Wellbeing Initiative, Inc. and is the Project Director of the Nebraska Coalition for Peer Delivered Services. She is the co-author of Peeriodical Nebraska Peer Support Curriculum which supports the training and education of Peer Support Specialists across Nebraska. Danielle is a certified facilitator in Advance level WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan), WHAM (Whole Health Action Management) and SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training). Danielle serves as the Chair of the Mental Health Advisory Committee for the state of Nebraska and the Chair of the Consumer Family Advisory Committee for Region V Systems. She is a strong advocate and has unlimited passion for the peer support movement in Nebraska. Danielle strives to bring hope to people in recovery and supports a sense of belonging for peers within the community. Her primary goals are to empower, connect, advocate, and provide education for all peers in the state of Nebraska. When Danielle is not working, she focuses on her own personal wellness and spending time with her family. 

Sadie Thompson

Chief Implementation Officer

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Sadie is the Chief Implementation Officer of Wellbeing Initiative, Inc. and is the Curriculum Development Coordinator of the Nebraska Coalition for Peer Delivered Services and Trainer Supervisor for the Emergency Response Covid-19 Program. She is the co-author of Peeriodical Nebraska Peer Support Curriculum which supports the training and education of Peer Support Specialists across Nebraska. Sadie is an Advanced Level Facilitator in WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) and an expert in Mindfulness Related Training. She is a social justice advocate that is passionate about serving people experiencing a wide variety of life’s challenges. Sadie serves as the Vice President of Consumer Affairs for the Nebraska Association of  Behavioral Health Organizations in Nebraska.  Sadie believes that recovery is possible for anyone, and peers are some of the most amazing, resilient people in our community. Sadie has lived experience with physical health and mental health challenges and hopes to bring physical health peer support to Nebraska in the future. When she is not working, Sadie loves cycling with friends, swimming, gardening, and snuggling up with her family to watch movies and eat popcorn. 

Chris Allende

 Region V Consumer Representative

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Chris started his walk of recovery in 2005 at a faith based recovery program called Youth Challenge based in Hartford, CT.  After going through the process of restoration, he was sent to Guatemala City, Guatemala (in Central America) to start a residential treatment facility, an endeavor he was in for 8 years. Chris was then offered the possibility of coming to Lincoln, Ne to work as the youth pastor at a local church, work he continues to do. However, in 2017, Chris felt the need to start working in the behavioral health field through an encounter he had at Project Homeless Connect. Since then, he has received his certification as a Peer Support Specialist. Chris is a WRAP and SMART Recovery facilitator. He is passionate about the work that he does, supporting individuals on their path to recovery, empowering them to recognize their own strengths and inspiring hope!

Lisa DeCoteau

Community Leadership Coordinator

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Lisa is beginning her career in the peer support movement in Nebraska at the Wellbeing Initiative as a Recovery Support Specialist Trainer. She is currently a WRAP and SMART Recovery Facilitator. Lisa brings her lived experience, sincere interest in others, and determination to provide hope within the community.  Lisa imparts a sense of connectedness and empathy that adapts to those around her. She is determined to hone her skills as an advocate and educator by continuous growth and understanding in recovery and whole health.  Her goal is to share her strengths to lift others up and impact individuals in a positive way. Lisa is an enrolled member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe. Self care and humor are priorities that she instills in her three daughters and baby boy. She has a passion for the culinary arts, books, and nature. 

Kjerstin Egger

Wellness & Education Director

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Kjerstin is thrilled to be joining the Wellbeing Initiative, Inc. team as the Wellness and Education Director . She has worked in the field of Human Services and Early Childhood Education for 16 years as a teacher, case manager, and instructional coach. Kjerstin also has years of experience as a community and event organizer. She has a great passion for bringing community and families together to learn and grow with one another. She enthusiastically believes in the peer support movement and that this movement holds limitless possibilities for connection and wellness. Kjerstin is currently pursuing certification as an Integrative Health Coach / Yoga Teacher and is excited to bring that knowledge to the Wellbeing Initiative community. In her free time you will find Kjerstin outside in nature hiking or biking, eating delicious food, and spending time with loved ones.

Alex Goodier

Director of Systems & Neurodiversity

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Alex wants to help everyone around them climb higher and utilizes support, self-care, strategic planning, and organization to make that happen in a very personal way. Alex is neurodiverse and is set on helping others with similar experiences feel empowered and supported in a world that was not made for them. When they’re not on the clock, Alex likes to hunt for vintage treasures with their partner, dive into creative projects, and play with their three dogs: Poko, Niles, & Romy.

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