Howard LiuHoward Liu, M.D. 

Dr. Howard Liu is an educator and child psychiatrist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). He serves as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Faculty Development at UNMC and leads strategic initiatives in faculty educational and leadership development for the Colleges of Medicine, Allied Health Professions, Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Public Health. He also serves as the Director of the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN), a state funded office whose mission is to recruit and retain a skilled and passionate behavioral health workforce in Nebraska. Clinically, Dr. Liu maintains an active child psychiatry practice and is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry. 

Dr. Liu is an expert in mental health workforce development and innovative teaching. At UNMC, he chairs two faculty development committees and the Education Council; the medical center’s most senior committee of educational deans and directors. At the state level, he is the past president of the Nebraska Regional Organization for child psychiatry. Nationally, Dr. Liu has presented over 50 peer-reviewed abstracts and is a frequent speaker and consultant. 

Regarding workforce development, he serves as a member of the National Advisory Council for the Clinical Scholars Program for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and as a founding member of the Council of Medical Directors for the National Council for Behavioral Health. In 2016, BHECN was selected from over 1,000 organizations to receive the National Council for Behavioral Health’s Champions of Training and Workforce Development Award. 

Regarding innovative teaching, he serves as the Program Chair and Councilor for the Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry (ADMSEP) and as the co-chair of the Training & Education Committee for the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). Dr. Liu is a recipient of numerous educational awards including the Outstanding Teacher Award from the UNMC Faculty Senate and the ADMSEP Innovations Award. 

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Brent KhanBrent Khan,  Ed.D.
Dr. Brent Khan has deep operations expertise in directing and leading change in healthcare organizations. He provides leadership to staff, faculty, health care providers, administrators and consumers to enhance the behavioral health workforce across Nebraska.

Dr. Khan is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where he developed and teaches “Stress Reduction Techniques for the Practicing Clinician.” He is also 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."  Dr. Khan has conducted numerous presentations locally, regionally and nationally on “The Physiology of Stress and Burnout” and utilizes biofeedback tools and techniques to create sustainable solutions. His current area of interest is developing Resiliency in the workforce.  

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Joe EvansJoseph H. Evans,  Ph.D.
Clinical Director
Dr. Joseph Evans is a licensed psychologist and a graduate of the University of Kansas.  He joined the faculty of the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1986 after spending 10 years at the University of South Florida where he was the founding chairperson of the Law and Mental Health Department at USF’s Florida Mental Health Institute and an Associate Director in the Child-Adolescent Department.  Dr. Evans served as Director of Psychology for the UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute for 30 years, developing the Psychology program to 20 faculty members, 14 doctoral psychology interns, 7 post-doctoral fellows, 6 ABA doctoral students, and 8 MA interns.  He stepped down from the MMI directorship role in 2016 and is currently working part-time for the University at MMI and BHECN. 

Dr. Evans was named Clinical Director of BHECN in 2017 after serving as Associate Clinical Director since 2013. In addition to BHECN responsibilities, Dr. Evans is currently a Professor in the MMI Psychology Department and in the UNMC Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Evans administers three federal training grants from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to train doctoral psychology interns and Master’s degree clinicians in integrated behavioral health in primary care, two State contracts designed to conduct behavioral screenings for children and adolescents and to expand numbers of psychologists into rural areas of Nebraska; and a System of Care contract to create improved training in behavioral health for emotionally disturbed adolescents.  Dr. Evans has been instrumental in pioneering the integrated behavioral health care model within primary care clinics with over 42 integrated care clinics established in the Nebraska.

Dr. Evans is the recipient of over $19,000,000 in grants and contracts from a variety of agencies including the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, Family and 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. His roles at BHECN include grantsmanship, legislative proposals, training for BH graduate students from a variety of professions, and program management.  

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Dr. Watanabe-GallowayShinobu Watanabe-Galloway, Ph.D.
Research Director

Shinobu Watanabe-Galloway, Ph.D., joined BHECN as Research Director in August 2016.

Dr. Watanabe-Galloway’s focus is on strengthening BHECN's workforce evaluation and reporting efforts to produce evidence-based practices, and she has been instrumental in publishing a semi-annual Nebraska Behavioral Health Workforce Analysis for BHECN since 2011. This project uses data obtained from UNMC, the College of Public Health (COPH), and the Health Professions Tracking Service (HPTS) annual survey database.

BHECN and COPH also developed the Nebraska Behavioral Health Workforce Dashboard, a tool designed to help policy makers, employers, and behavioral health care stakeholders understand the state of the behavioral health workforce and make decisions that impact its future.

Dr. Watanabe-Galloway joined UNMC is 2004, and is also an associate professor, vice chair & director of graduate program, and chair of the UNMC Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health. She was a recipient of UNMC’s 2015 Distinguished Scientist Award. 

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Tina ChasekTina Chasek, Ph.D., LIMHP, LADC
Director, BHECN Kearney
Dr. Chasek is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska at Kearney in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology and the Director of BHECN-Kearney.  Dr. Chasek has been practicing mental health and drug counseling for over 15 years as a licensed professional. She has experience in behavioral health care administration working as an Assistant Director in a University counseling center and as Program Director in a large community mental health center. 

Dr. Chasek’s philosophy of treatment style is based on the individual’s strengths, resiliency, and a positive therapeutic and teaching relationship. Dr. Chasek’s research and teaching interests are in addiction counseling and training preparation, counselor education, and clinical outcomes in counseling.    

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Keith AndersonKeith Anderson, M.S.
Financial 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. 

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Nick BrotzelNick Brotzel, M.A., M.P.A
Outreach & Program Development Coordinator
Nick Brotzel joined the BHECN team in February 2016 and formerly worked as a Government Relations Specialist in the Office of the Chancellor. Prior to joining UNMC he served as Deputy Communications Director in the office of former Omaha Mayor, Jim Suttle. Nick also worked as a legislative aide in the Washington, D.C. office of former U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD).

Nick holds a M.A. in Middle East Studies from the University of Exeter (UK) and a B.A. in History from Creighton University. He is currently pursuing a MPA in Health Care Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Nick currently serves on the board of Justice for Our Neighbors, Nebraska (JFON-NE) and was a founding board member of the New Leaders Council (NLC) – Omaha. 

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Laura HollyLaura Holly
Program Associate
Laura joined BHECN as an intern while studying at the University of Nebraska Omaha, where she graduated with a bachelor's in public health and a bachelor's in neuroscience in 2016. Laura is involved in placement of student trainees in internship programs supported by grants and BHECN funding, and assists with coordination of webinars, events and training programs. 

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Ann KraftAnn 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.

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Heather PancoeHeather Pancoe
Project Coordinator

Heather joined the BHECN team in February 2017 as a Project Coordinator. She works with the CHI Lasting Hope Recovery Center, where she supports students in all medical disciplines through their psychiatry rotations.

Heather holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Before coming to BHECN, she spent the bulk of her career working in project management, leading project teams through portfolio mergers.     

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Krista RobertsKrista Roberts
Communications Coordinator

Krista joined BHECN in November 2015 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.

With more than 20 years of experience in public relations and marketing, Krista enjoys any chance to tell a great story. She has contributed to shaping the communications efforts for organizations such as Hillcrest Health Services, Panera Bread and numerous clients during her time with boutique advertising and PR agencies. 

Krista holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from The University of Texas at Austin and serves on the board of directors of the Public Relations Society of America, Nebraska Chapter.

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Bill Baerentzen

Bill Baerentzen, M.S.
BHECN Omaha Team
Bill Baerentzen has served as Manager of Behavioral Health Educational and Training at Community Alliance since 2011, providing education, supervision and coordination of field placement for students and residents of a variety of disciplines, including psychiatry, family medicine, medicine, social work, counseling, rehabilitation counseling, occupational therapy, nursing, and physicians assistants.

Bill is also co-chair of the Community Alliance Research Lab and Chair the Nebraska Mental Health Conference. He provides clinical supervision to the program managers of Community Alliance psychosocial rehabilitation program, vocational rehabilitation program and integrated primary care/behavioral health program, and through the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska, is involved in statewide behavioral health workforce development. 

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