Eric Crawford, an Omaha native, was named the Executive Director of the Heart Ministry Center in February 2017 after serving for one year as the Assistant Executive Director. Eric earned his bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University and spent 11 years as the Director of Admissions at Mount Michael Benedictine School. In the spring of 2015, Eric began working as a Development Officer in Nebraska Wesleyan University’s advancement office.
Eric is a member of the St. John’s University Omaha Alumni Chapter and has served on Playsmart Inc.’s Planning Committee and Mount Michael’s Alumni Association and School Board. He is an avid runner who loves spending time with his family and his Bernese Mountain Dog, Pheidippides. Eric is very honored to be part of the Heart Ministry Center and enjoys developing long-lasting relationships.
Pantry and Closet Operations
Mark Dahir | Relationship Manager and Operations Director
Mark Dahir began working at the Heart Ministry Center in 2014 after 4 months of volunteering full time. He previously spent numerous hours volunteering at a local homeless shelter over a several year period and worked at Boys Town for two years supervising youth. After attending several universities, including Miami-Ohio where he was an amateur boxer, Mark became a banker. Mark was eventually promoted to the position of Vice President at Omaha State Bank where he worked for over a decade specializing in relationship banking, primarily related to commercial and real estate lending. In 2008, while still working full time at the bank, Mark completed his undergraduate college degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha by enrolling in night classes. Mark also completed two courses in Creighton’s M.B.A. program; Leadership Management and Management of Non-Profits.
Cathy began working at the Heart Ministry Center in October 2015 after graduating from the Pathway Program and volunteering for several months. She has her EMT-B, NA license and is currently working on a degree in Health Information Technology. Cathy enjoys sitting on the lake fishing, swimming and spending time with her family. In her short time here, she has already become a huge asset to the Heart Ministry Center team.
Angeles Llanas | Bilingual SNAP Outreach Specialist
Angeles began working at the Heart Ministry Center in January 2017. She graduated from the Pathways Program in August 2015 and attended Omaha Public Schools. Angeles is currently pursuing her associates degree in paralegal studies at Metro Community College.
She is a devoted mother and enjoys spending time with her family and working with and serving her community. One of her many talents is that she is bilingual so she focuses on working with the Center’s growing Latino population.
Iva Williams | Clothing Closet Coordinator
Iva began working at the Heart Ministry Center in July 2007. Iva has used her experience at several retail establishments to ensure Heart Ministry Center clients receive high quality, clean clothes at the aptly titled “Iva’s Closet”. Iva prides herself on maintaining one of the most well-organized clothing closets in Omaha.
Social Work and Case Management
Damany Rahn has been at the Heart Ministry Center since June 2015. Since graduating from the historic Langston University in 2000, “Dom” has worked with youth & families in many different capacities, starting his career working with youth at Boys Town, as a Family Teacher, teaching youth social skills and managing a home. Dom also worked as a Case Manager at Omaha Home for Boys, as well as at the Douglas County Youth Center. In addition, he worked in family services, at Head Start through the Educare of Omaha program, developing fatherhood programming.
Moreover, Dom is proud of the work he did at the Food Bank for the Heartland, as the BackPack Specialist, working with volunteers and coordinating meals for youth for the weekend. Most recently, Dom developed and coordinated Operation Dad at the Nebraska Children’s Home Society, as the Fatherhood Coordinator and Resource Specialist. Dom earned his Master’s Degree in Family Life at Concordia University and hopes to one day earn his Ph.D.
Dom has a passion for working with families, as well as helping them to strategize ways in which to be self-sufficient. At HMC, Dom will be helping families through the case management process. He will help them with goals setting, job counseling, as well as resume development. Dom loves spending time with his family, watching any competitive sport, and laughing.
Jessie Schnieder | Social Worker
Jessie Schnieder has been a social worker at the Heart Ministry Center since February 2015. Jessie completed her bachelor’s degree in social work degree at Creighton University in 2014 where she gained valuable experience through her practicum work with AseraCare Hospice. With a full caseload of patients at AseraCare Hospice, Jessie provided comfort and care to those in need and failing health. Jessie has utilized this previous work experience and education to help her focus on assisting elderly clients needing a wide range of Heart Ministry Center services from case management plans, financial assistance, and medical resources.
Coming from a small town of only 153 people, Jessie commonly sees and interacts with more people in one day than lived in her hometown.
Conor Berigan has worked at the Heart Ministry Center since the winter of 2015. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Marquette University in Psychology with a minor in Spanish and Philosophy, Conor served one year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Tucson, Arizona as an organic produce farmer. Conor next worked as a farmer at Drumm Farm in Kansas City where he also was involved in a youth mentoring program. Wanting to work more closely with families and youth in particular, Conor then became a case manager and family consultant at Boys Town and later on at the Stephen Center. At the Heart Ministry Center, Conor assists with operations, provides case management services to families struggling to meet their basic needs, and helps with the mentoring program for school-aged children. In his free time, Conor enjoys carpentry and playing the guitar.
Jocelyn Paulson | Case Manager and Pathway Facilitator
Jocelyn began working at the Heart Ministry Center in September 2016 as a case manager and Pathway facilitator. Jocelyn assists clients with short and long term goals to help them on their way forward. Jocelyn has a great deal of experience working with various organizations helping and assisting families in the Omaha area. She graduated from Bellevue University in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Human and Social Service Administration. Jocelyn enjoys spending time with her family, reading books and watching tv and movies.
Shared Hunger Collaborative
Craig is a shared employee of the Hunger Collaborative, a collaboration of Heart Ministry Center, Heartland Hope Mission and Together committed to bringing resources together throughout the city to end hunger. Craig oversees collective food drives, food sharing and best practices to serve clients. Howell is Vice President of the Board of Directors of United Methodist Ministries, which is also committed to fighting hunger, and oversees over 70 community gardens in metro-Omaha and rural and semi-rural communities in Nebraska and Kansas. In collaboration with No More Empty Pots he worked to begin the Farms to Omaha coalition that brings area farms together to increase urban farms and use of local farms by area vendors. Howell recently served as Chief Service Officer in Mayor Jim Suttle’s Administration in which he promoted civic engagement and community volunteerism throughout metropolitan Omaha to provide a strategic approach to volunteerism and connect existing public/private/nonprofit resources to collaborate against poverty.
Before becoming the shared driver for the Hunger Collaborative, Mike volunteered at the Heart Ministry Center over 35 hours a week. During his time volunteering at the Heart Ministry Center, Mike went above and beyond by helping anyone with his generous and kind disposition. Mike stresses the importance of treating all clients with dignity and respect. In addition, Mike absolutely refuses to judge any person because he realizes he has made mistakes himself in the past. As the shared driver, Mike goes to local grocery stores and collects donations that he then delivers to the Heart Ministry Center, Together and Heartland Hope Mission.