Eric Crawford | Executive Director
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.
Mark Dahir | Associate Executive 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.
Damany Rahn | Associate Executive Director
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.
Cathy Weaver | Office Manager
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 | Health/Case Navigator
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.
Kim Trost | Pantry Lead
Michaella Weilbacher | Intake Specialist
Michaella is a 2017 Fresh Start Program graduate. Upon completion of Fresh Start she was hired as an intake specialist at the Heart Ministry Center. She is a 2008 Bellevue Public Schools graduate and a Nebraska native. In addition to her intake specialist responsibilities she also assists with the distribution of client personal items. She enjoys spending time with her husband and children as well as going to gym, reading, and drawing. She plans to continue to pursue her college degree with a focus in legal studies.
Carlin Green | Intake Specialist
Carlin began working at the Heart Ministry Center in August 2017, after graduating from the Fresh Start Program. She attended college in Flint, Michigan and continued her studies at Metropolitan Community College in Elkhorn, NE where she earned her Associates Degree in railroad operations. She also studied at Charles Stewart Mott Community College and completed several classes with a focus on proper investigative procedures and customer service. She spent time working with troubled teens at Boystown as well as the elderly in Flint Michigan. Carlin loves tending to her flowers in the spring and summer as well as spending quality time with her mother.
Social Work and Case Management
Conor Berigan | Fresh Start Coordinator
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 | Fresh Start Facilitator and Case Manager
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.
Brenda Clark | Fresh Start Facilitator
Originally from Omaha, Brenda went to the University of Michigan-Flint and received a Bachelor’s degree in American History. She eventually returned to Omaha and pursued a Master’s degree in History and minored in Black Studies. Brenda has been an instructor with Metro Community College since 2008 teaching “Introduction to Black studies” and “Black Women’s History.” Brenda loves spending time with her three children and also loves reading.
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.
Shanon Jackson | Shared Driver
Andre Parker | Facilities Associate