Howard Liu, MD
Medical Director
Dr. Liu became medical director of BHECN in April 2012. A board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, he is a prominent UNMC media commentator on mental health issues.

He is also clerkship director of the UNMC Department of Psychiatry, training third year medical students in mental health diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Liu is known for expertise in innovative integration of media and education, including development of interactive online training opportunities for interprofessional audiences.

A leader in medical education, Dr. Liu is a graduate of the UNMC Technology in Educational Scholarship (TiES) Program. Nationally, he has won awards for innovative teaching and he currently serves as co-chair of two education committees: the Clinical Simulation Initiative (CSI) Task Force for the Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry (ADMSEP) and the Training and Education Committee for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP).


Brent Khan,  EdD
Associate Director
Brent has deep operations expertise in healthcare programs. He provides leadership to staff, faculty, health care providers, administrators and consumers to enhance the behavioral health workforce across Nebraska.

He is certified in the HeartMath Resilient Education Program and as a One-on-One HeartMath provider. His doctoral dissertation was titled: "The Effects of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback-Assisted Stress Management Training on Registered Nurses Experiencing Stress-like Symptoms." He has done numerous presentations on job stress and burnout.


Joseph H. Evans Joseph H. Evans,  PhD
Associate Clinical Director
Dr. Joseph Evans became Associate Clinical Director of BHECN in June 2013. Dr. Evans is a Professor at the Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI) and in the University of Nebraska Medical Center's (UNMC) Department of Pediatrics. He is the Director of the Psychology Department at MMI and the Division Director of Pediatric Psychology in the UNMC College of Medicine. Dr. Evans administers a staff of Psychologists, 13 Doctoral Interns, five Post-doctoral Research Associates, and four graduate students in Applied Behavior Analysis. He is an active clinician and manages the ADHD Clinic conducted at MMI as well as serving as a staff psychologist for the DHHS Children with Special Health Care Needs program.

Dr. Evans is the recipient of over $14,000,000 in grants and contracts from a variety of agencies including the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, Family Youth Service Bureau, Corporation for National and Community Service, Department of Justice, and HRSA Graduate Psychology Education, Mental and Behavioral Health Education and Training, and Allied Health programs. He was the 2008 recipient of the Cummings American Psychological Foundation Psyche Award, presented for his work in developing a model that integrates behavioral health into rural primary care practices.


Keith Anderson, M.S.
Data Analyst
Keith is responsible for collecting and maintaining BHECN-specific data from internal and external sources necessary for department projects, reports, and functions. He also performs the day to day processing and tracking of expenditures and grants to ensure BHECN's budget remains in compliance. This includes performing analyses of the expenditures in relation to the budgeted figures, and forecasting budget line items to prevent overspending of the fiscal year budget.

Keith is a retired Air Force officer with a diverse education and work history including procurement, meteorology, and space weather forecasting. His analytical expertise and technical background are an invaluable contribution in helping to accomplish BHECN's mission. Keith holds an M.S. in Applied Physics from the Air Force Institute of Technology.


 Robin Bayless
Office Associate
Robin holds a BA in Liberal Arts, with majors in history and anthropology.  She has a diverse work history, including time as support staff and transcriptionist for a number of departments at UNMC.  She serves as BHECN's receptionist, support professional, and ensures quality information from BHECN.  Her powerful organizational skills and attention to detail improve all aspects of the BHECN team.


Kay Glidden Kay Glidden,  M.S.
BHECN Kearney Project Director
Kay Glidden, M.S. is the Assistant Director of Region 3 Behavioral Health Services in Kearney, Nebraska. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She received her Master of Science Degree in Education from Indiana University, Bloomington. Kay began her career in Higher Education, counseling and teaching college students for 13 years. For the last 16 years she has worked in the Nebraska public behavioral health system as a prevention specialist, supervisor, human resource specialist and trainer. Kay is also the project director for BHECN Kearney serving Regions 1, 2, 3, & 4.


Heidi Keeler Heidi Keeler,  RN, PhD
Director of Educational Design
Dr. Keeler joined the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska as the Director of Educational Design in June of 2013. Dr. Keeler’s research interests are in health promotion, prevention and advocacy, with a particular interest in adolescent health behaviors.

Additionally, Dr. Keeler has experience with online nursing instruction curriculum development and deployment through her work as nurse planner with the UNMC College of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education office, which entails collaboration with multiple medical and professional disciplines to develop and implement continuing education programs. She provides educational design structure and content support for programs across the state of Nebraska and beyond. She is a graduate of iLEAD, the university-wide leadership academy, in which her focus was the promotion of a web-based repository for exemplar strategies for nursing education.

Dr. Keeler is working to streamline behavioral health educational activity delivery across the state of Nebraska, using both live and online formats. She is passionate about providing interesting and informative educational activities using state-of-the-art delivery systems and modalities.


 Ann Kraft
Ambassador Program Coordinator
BHECN launched the Ambassador Program in April 2012 to create a pipeline of rural Nebraska students interested in behavioral health. Ann Kraft joined the BHECN team in July, 2013 as program coordinator for BHECN Ambassador Program. The Ambassador Program offers rural training experiences and mentorship opportunities to Nebraska students at the high school, college, and professional level.

Ann is a long-time UNMC employee who earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organizational Communication from Creighton University and started working at UNMC in 1985. She spent five years working in human resources followed by 14 years coordinating special events for the Department of Public Relations. In 2004, she joined the Rural Health Education Network (RHEN) where she coordinated programs to promote health careers to students from rural Nebraska. She also tracked the students and graduates who were participants in the Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP).

Through her work with the RHOP Program and UNMC State Science Meets for 8th graders, Ann knows the value of pipeline programs to develop a future workforce of behavioral health care professionals for rural Nebraska.


  Amy Williams, JD
Education and Outreach Coordinator
Amy joined BHECN in December 2013 as education and outreach coordinator. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a law degree from Creighton University.

Her career began as a foster care case worker for the State of Nebraska. She then taught at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, providing classroom and field instruction for case workers. Before joining BHECN, Amy served as legislative aide to Nebraska State Senator Amanda McGill.

While she was with Senator McGill’s office, Amy worked on suicide prevention, co-occurring conditions among incarcerated persons and children’s behavioral health. She also provided case management and advocacy for countless adults and children with unmet behavioral health needs. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering for the Family Legal Project of Nebraska.

Beyond her deep background in education, law, state government and behavioral health, Amy brings to BHECN an intuitive sense of how to build education that inspires. She brings strong statewide connections, clear-eyed focus on results, and driving vision to expand access to behavioral health care for all Nebraska, especially rural areas, by lifting both the number and quality of care providers.


  Jill Westfall, M.S.
Communications Coordinator
Jill joined the BHECN team in February 2014 as Communications Coordinator. She is responsible for developing our communications strategy including maintaining our website, producing our e-newsletter, and helping BHECN present a clear message about behavioral health to the public.

An advocate at her core, Jill’s career has focused on working to improve our public systems and policies so they help individuals and families live to their fullest potential. Prior to joining BHECN, Jill spent over seven years in a similar role at Voices for Children in Nebraska – a statewide organization dedicated to improving the lives of Nebraska’s vulnerable children and families through research and policy change.

Jill holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Creighton University, majoring in Justice and Society and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.