UNL Extension Early Childhood Development Educators

dipti Dipti Dev

 Dr. Dipti Dev focuses on improving adult caregivers (parents and child care providers) feeding practices for     preschool children (2-5 years) in their care. The goal of this research is to help children develop long-term  healthful eating behaviors and prevent childhood obesity. Dipti is interested in developing low cost and easily implemented strategies using behavioral economics principles to encourage healthier meal choices in preschoolers. Her Extension focus at UNL would be to develop and evaluate programs for educating families and child care providers regarding responsive feeding and healthful feeding strategies. She would like to use technology for developing and evaluating programming. Dr. Dev is also passionate about childhood obesity prevention policy research, including assessing, strengthening and providing support for Head Start, USDA's Child and Adult Care food Program nutrition regulations and child care quality rating systems. By focusing on Head Start and CACFP programs she hopes to serve low income and minority children and their families at a higher obesity risk.

 Holly Hatton-Bowers

Dr. Holly Hatton-Bowers is an assistant professor in child, youth, and family studies and an early childhood extension specialist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Hatton-Bowers’ primary areas of interest and scholarly activity include creating and implementing programs designed to enhance the quality of early childhood development and early care and education and to use strategies that cultivate resilience, compassion, and kindness among caregivers and families. Her work focuses on strategies, such as coaching, reflective functioning, interpersonal neurobiology, and interpersonal mindfulness, to improve parent and teacher capacity for sensitive, responsive and reflective caregiving; particularly in the context of stress, and on vulnerable populations of children, including families involved in the Child Welfare system. As an Extension Early Childhood Specialist she is active in translating and disseminating current research findings in the areas of caregiving and health in early childhood using an interdisciplinary approach.

lisa  Lisa Poppe

Lisa Poppe is an Extension Educator for "The Learning Child" team from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension. Poppe has a Bachelor's Degree from UNL in Early Childhood Education and a Master's Degree from UNL in Family & Consumer Science. She focuses on child development and the family through her work for "The Learning Child" team at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.




 Ruth Vonderohe

Ruth Vonderohe

Ruth is a UNL Extension Educator in Northeast Nebraska with  a focus in early childhood, family and diversity. She holds a B.S. Degree in Family and Consumer Science Education and a M.A. in Vocational Special Education. Ruth and her husband Ron enjoy kayaking, gardening and getting to know their first new grandbaby.



Leslie Crandall

Leslie Crandall

Leslie has both a B.S. and an M.S. in Family and Child Development.  In her work with UNL Extension for 30 years, her focus has been on families, early childhood education, and technology.



LaDonna Werth

LaDonna Werth

LaDonna is an Extension Educator for "The Learning Child" team from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension. LaDonna has a Bachelor's Degree from University Nebraska Kearney in Family and Consumer Science Education and a Master's Degree from University Nebraska Kearney Vocational Education. She focuses on child development and the family through her work for "The Learning Child" team.  LaDonna focuses on child development and the family through face to face and online work. Creative in technology and future oriented LaDonna brings the research base information to life in her presentations.



Katie Fink

Katie Krause

 Katie has a B.S. in Child Development and Early Intervention and a M.A. in Early Childhood Education and Early Intervention from The Ohio State University.  As a member of the Learning Child team, Katie focuses on working with early childhood educators who work with children ages birth to 5, primarily in child care settings (center and in-home).  Her primary area of focus is helping early childhood educators to improve the quality of their programs through programmatic and environmental improvements.  She is especially interseted in teacher's use of emergent curriculums and helping reconnect children and adults with nature through naturalizing outdoor learning environments.  Katie also leads the statewide Issue Team, Learning Experiences for Children and Youth, focusing on improving the quality of learning experiences for children and youth. In addition to her work as a Learning Child educator, Katie is also pursuing a PhD in Child Development at UNL.  Katie loves spending time with her husband and son, who was born in March 2017.  

Jaclynn Foged

Jaclynn, is an Extension Educator on The Learning Child Team.  Jaci holds a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education/Child Development from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Doane College in Crete, Ne.  Jaci provides training to childcare providers and families in the Southeast area of Nebraska.  Jaci has more than 18 years of experience working with children birth to 8 years of age, including 8 years of center based childcare director experience.


Leanne Manning

Leanne holds a BS degree in Education and Family Resources from UNL and an MS degree in Family Life Education & Consultation from Kansas State University.  She serves as an Extension Educator working with families, youth, and early childhood professionals to support the development of children ages 0-12.  Leanne has a special interest in furthering the development of 4-H Clover Kids and assisting teens to be teachers in 4-H after school programs.

sarah Sarah Paulos

 Sarah Paulos is an Extension Educator for Dixon, Dakota, Wayne, Cedar and Thurston counties.  Paulos started Extension in July 2015 and is in The Learning Child programming area which helps teach and support those in contact with children from birth to age eight.  Sarah graduated from the University of Alabama with a B.A. in Music Administration and has a M.Ed in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from Auburn University Montgomery.  She focuses mainly on informal education and has worked at the Montgomery Zoo in Montgomery, Alabama, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and, most recently, Ponca State Park.  Sarah loves teaching kids and adults about nature and the environment and is excited to share this passion with her community. 

 Lynn DeVries

 Lynn is an Extension Educator on The Learning Child Team, University of Nebraska Extension in South Central Nebraska. Lynn has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nebraska Kearney in Vocational Family and Consumer Science Education, and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University Nebraska. Lynn works with families, child care providers, teen parents and schools to promote developmentally appropriate practices and enhance parent involvement throughout the child’s education. Lynn has 11 years of experience teaching Family and Consumer Science in the public schools, and 10 years of experience coordinating programming and curriculum with the Head Start programs. 

Linda Reddish

Linda Reddish is an Extension Educator and Coordinator for the Co-Parenting for Successful Kids, a parenting course, and The Learning Child’s online programming. Linda graduated from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska with an M. Ed in Early Childhood Education and is an Infant, Toddler Specialist. She is also a Child Development Associate (CDA) Professional Development Specialist for the Council for Professional Recognition and can complete on-site observations for family and center-based child care programs. Linda’s focus is integrating technology and identifying solutions to increase high-quality professional development & online learning opportunities across urban and rural communities for early childhood educators and families. She lives in Sarpy County with her husband, Brian (an Air Force veteran) and their young son Mark whose favorite dinosaur is an Ankylosaurus.