Community Liaison, Service Learning Academy, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Kirsten Case Fuller, a Colorado native, has called Omaha home for the last 22 years. During that time, she has witnessed and been inspired by what people can do when working together. This has led to much of her career being spent helping to grow and build programs and organizations. She considers herself to be lucky to earn a living doing work she is passionate about and that makes a difference. She is committed to many issues such as women’s rights, immigration, mental health access, and voters rights, and has spent much of her career looking at broad community issues and developing strategies to mobilize people in building the community they need and want. This work has spanned from youth and corporate volunteerism to addressing brain drain, developing a citizen engagement plan, to growing adult literacy services to be more accessible across the community. Currently, Kirsten serves as the Community Liaison with the Service Learning Academy at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. In this role she has the opportunity to help center community assets in the development of service learning projects which help bring learning to life for students while addressing community identified needs. While the most prestigious role she has served in was as Chief Service Officer for the City of Omaha, where she crafted Omaha's first city wide service plan, the most special moment in her career was learning that one of her students passed the GED and then just this year graduated from Metropolitan Community College. While strategic in her approach to problems, Kirsten finds the greatest joy in seeing someone reach their own potential. A lifelong volunteer, Kirsten currently chairs the Omaha Home for Boys Board of Directors (the first woman to do so) and serves on the LeadDIVERSITY Alumni Planning Committee and Rising Leaders Institute Curriculum Committee. Kirsten is a graduate of Leadership Omaha, the Nonprofit Executive Institute, and LeadDIVERSITY. On campus, she is engaged in advocating for staff through her role on the Staff Advisory Council. Kirsten and her wife Teresa enjoy spending time with their adult children Hannah and Amanda as well as their three rescue dogs. She is almost always reading multiple books at a time and can often be found tending to her garden. She loves to travel and explore new places and is most at home in the great outdoors.