Licensing & Training Team
Licensing & Training Supervisor
Tawnya was raised in Benkelman, and most of her family is in Nebraska. She has a bachelor’s degree in home economics, with a major in Human Development, and a master’s degree in science, with a major in Positive Youth Development.
She enjoys sports, particularly football (“Go Big Red!”), spending time with her two nephews, going to movies, and hanging out at a coffee shop. She loves vanilla latte at Starbucks and practically anything chocolate. Her favorite book is The Kite Runner and her favorite movie is Father of the Bride, the one with Steve Martin. She has done a "fourteener" in Colorado, which means that she has hiked up and down a 14,000-foot mountain.
What motivates Tawnya? “I just love youth and learn more from them then I have taught them,” she says.
Jami was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. She has lived in Lincoln her whole life except for a short stint in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where she earned a degree in Biology from Oklahoma State University. She bleeds Husker red through and through but also cheers for her Pokes on game day!
Her favorite foods include strawberries, homemade bread, Val's pizza and really good beef brisket (she misses southern BBQ).
Jami is a mom, so a lot of her free time is spent playing and reading with, chasing after and enjoying her daughter. She also enjoys being outside, camping, reading, walking with her dog, spending time with friends and family, and learning new things. She says that picking a favorite book would be like trying to pick a favorite child, but she did name The Sandlot as her favorite movie.
Jami has eight nieces and nephews and loves spending time with them; unfortunately they live on opposite ends of the country and she is stuck in the middle. Her dog is an 11-year-old Great Dane mix named Asher.
One of Jami’s favorite sayings is from Andy Stanley: "Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone." Since high school she has had a passion for serving others specifically through mission work locally and on the foreign field. She has been blessed to travel to Kenya, Mexico, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic to come alongside some amazing men and women serving their communities and making a difference in their part of the world. She desires to do the same thing with her life wherever God chooses to place her. She is excited to see what God has in store for the next part of her journey at Christian Heritage.
Program Specialist Omaha
Dan was adopted at birth and raised in Omaha. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Grace University and a master’s from Dallas Theological Seminary.
His favorite pastime is playing and watching sports, his favorite “book” is any college football magazine, and his favorite movie is The Blind Side. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two young children.
When asked what motivates him, he said, “Being an encouragement to the people we serve and the team we serve with!”
Licensing Specialist Kearney
Hanna grew up in Cairo, Nebraska, with her parents and two older brothers. She has done mission work in the Dominican Republic over the past few years and is now sponsoring a child there, whom she hopes to meet someday.
In her free time she likes to read, listen to music, bake, walk, and run.
Hanna graduated from UNK with a bachelor’s degree in family studies and a minor in social work. She loves to see people perform at their best and develop mentally, physically, emotionally, and most importantly spiritually. She says, “In spite of your mistakes, missteps, and misunderstandings, may you never doubt your worth and your value. You're someone God loves, treasures, anoints, and appoints. He'll show Himself strong in your weakness, faithful in your fears, and merciful where you fall short.”
Licensing Specialist Lincoln
A native Lincolnite, Liz received a BA in psychology from UNL. While in college, she lived in Mongolia for three months and absolutely loved it.
In her free time, Liz loves to watch baseball and football, run, and hang out with her roommates. Her favorite food is “anything with lots of carbs in it.” She loves superhero movies, and she lists Searching for God Knows What by Donald Miller, Hind's Feet on High Places, and classics as her favorite books.
Liz is motivated by her love for kids and her desire to make a positive impact in their lives. Her favorite saying is, “Be assured if you walk with Him and look to Him and expect help from Him, He will never fail you.” ~George Muller
Licensing Specialist Lincoln
Mary Beth Himmelberg
Mary Beth was born and raised in Hastings and moved to Lincoln to attend Nebraska Wesleyan University, majoring in social work and sociology with minors in criminal justice and psychology.
Her favorite book as a child was called Ten Items or Less, which might be where her love for shopping comes from. With three (and soon four) young children at home, she continues to enjoy children's books; some of her favorites include Hooray for You and I Love You So. In addition to reading, Mary Beth likes iced coffee and watching movies such as Father of the Bride.
When asked what motivates her at work, she replied, “I hope to assist in finding the forever home for any child in need of one.”