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JEFF SCHMIDT

President

Originally from Beatrice, NE, Jeff Schmidt, opened Jenda Family Services because there was an opportunity to provide family centered, quality services, and to continue working with families in Nebraska. 

Jenda’s name originates from combining the names of Jeff and his wife, Brenda, together. The creation of Jenda Family Services helps families grow the next generation of parents.

 

Previous to opening Jenda Family Services, Jeff Schmidt was a legal counsel to KVC, was a Service Area Administrator at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and was providing legal services to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

 

Jeff has five kids and six grandkids.

 

Fun Fact: Jeff laughs harder than anyone, usually at himself.

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ERIN MARTIN

Director of Services

Originally from Schuyler, NE, Erin Martin graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2011 with a degree in Child, Youth and Family Studies, and minors in Psychology and Sociology.

 

Erin started her career in child welfare as a Child and Family Services Specialist at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, before coming to Jenda in September 2012. She has enjoyed seeing Jenda’s growth and development, knowing that means Jenda can serve more families.

 

"I believe in what we do here, and love that we put families first. Plus, we have the best staff around," Erin said. 

 

Erin has two kids, and enjoys spending her free time with them and her husband. Together they like watching sports, but especially Husker and Tennessee Titans football.

Foster Care Team

Jenda Foster Care started in 2020 as a way to continue to better serve our clients and families. Carrie Beltran, our Foster Care Administrator, and Parker Holley, our Foster Care Director, and a small team of foster care specialists and support staff worked to build Jenda Foster Care into our program today. 

Jenda Foster Care has a continually growing team of administration, licensing, and direct services staff that work to provide individualized, strengths-based foster care support that aligns with families' unique needs and strengths. 

To learn more about Jenda Foster Care, visit our page!

Look through the gallery to meet the Foster Care team!

Ashly ferguson's Team

Originally from Hickman, NE, Ashly graduated from Southeast Community College with an associates degree in Human Services. Previously, Ashly worked as a Relief Specialist at Cedars and a Family Support Worker at Jenda.

“I enjoy being a part of Jenda because the 'small things' we do with the families we serve assist in providing the stepping stones to bigger and brighter days!” Ashly said.

 

While away from Jenda, Ashly enjoys golfing, boating, and spending time with her family and dog.

Fun Fact: Almost all of Ashly's fingers are double jointed.

Look through the gallery to see the team Ashly supervises.

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Sarah Deutsch's Team

Originally from Beatrice, NE, Sarah graduated from Peru State College in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Minor in Criminal Justice.

 

“I have always wanted to make a difference in the lives of others, even if it was just one person. Jenda’s values and mission have allowed me to do just that. I look forward to continuing to mentor and enable others to help and support families as they rebuild and become stronger. I am very proud to be a part of the Jenda Family!”

 

Sarah and her husband, Michael, have five amazing children, and her greatest joy in life has been to watch her children learn and grow.   

 

Fun Fact: Sarah loves Husker football and is a huge K. C. Chiefs Fan!

Look through the gallery to see the the team Sarah supervises.

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KAIHDEN Dorsey's Team

Originally from Gothenburg, NE, Kaihden graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor's in psychology and a minor in Criminology. Previously, Kaihden worked as a Direct Support Professional at Mosaic and a Family Support Worker at Jenda. 

 

"I enjoy being a part of Jenda because of the work we do in improving the lives of children and families, along with the uplifting environment that is created from staff and management!" Kaihden said. 

 

While away from Jenda, Kaihden enjoys spending time with friends and family, skateboarding, playing video games, and watching/playing various sports. 

 

Fun Fact: Kaihden has 6 sisters and 3 brothers. 

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Nancy Ehlers' team

Nancy Ehlers joined the Jenda Family Services IFP/IFR team in 2022 and became our IFP/IFR Supervisor in 2023.

Bio coming soon!

Look through the gallery to see the team Nancy supervises. 

Maggie Borgmann's team

Maggie Borgmann, LIMHP, LICSW is the Jenda Family Services Clinical Director and has been with Jenda for over nine years. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Maggie received her Master of Social Work from The University of Nebraska – Omaha. Through her time at Jenda, she has also been involved with family support, visitation, and Intensive Family Preservation.

 

Her work as clinical director has progressed Jenda Outpatient Clinic into new services through tele-behavioral health and her continued work with Nebraska Probation and Department of Health and Human Services. Maggie facilitates Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills group and provides individual mental health counseling to adults. In addition, she conducts co-occurring, substance use and mental health assessments for both adults and adolescents

 

For more information on Maggie and her team, navigate to the Outpatient Clinic webpage!

Heather Muller's Team

Originally from Wichita, KS, Heather graduated from Concordia University, Nebraska in 2008 with a Master of Science-Family Life.

 

Previously, Heather worked as a Foster Care Supervisor, a Program Development Specialist, and a Service Coordinator.

 

“Jenda’s environment is amazing in that the focus is always to do what is best for the family. With a clear and positive focus, it makes being at work every day fun and rewarding,” Heather said.

 

Heather has one daughter. Her family loves sports.

 

Fun Fact: The March Madness basketball tournament is Heather’s favorite time of the year. She loves cheering on the Wichita State Shockers.

 

Look through the gallery to see the team Heather supervises. 

Star Case's Team

Star is originally for Fayetteville AR, but has lived in Lincoln for 7 years. She graduated from Bellevue University with her bachelor’s degree in behavioral science. Star has worked in a variety of human services positions for about 5 years!

Star says she enjoys being a part of Jenda’s mission to support families in their journey to being healthy and successful and that Jenda is a phenomenal place to grow. 

 

While not at work, Star loves to find adventures with her son and husband. They love to paint, camp, bake, and visit museums. They also have 2 cats, a gecko, and a fish in their family. 

 

Fun fact: Star has lived in 33 states! 

Look through the gallery to meet the DST Team.

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REPORT ABUSE OR NEGLECT

Call (800) 652-1999 to report abuse and/or neglect to DHHS. DHHS report webpage linked below.

GRieVANCES

Need to file a grievance about Jenda, Jenda Foster Care or one of our team members? Click below to access our electronic grievance form.

Resources

Check out our list of resources for foster parents and their families!

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