Better Skills, Brighter Communities

Skills for Careers, Inc. (SFC) is a Nebraska-based nonprofit corporation focused on improving workforce and economic development efforts throughout Nebraska and surrounding states. SFC was founded on the idea that building better skills training opportunities leads to sustained career growth for  individuals and sustained business growth for employers. SFC recognizes that effective skills training may take on many different shapes and sizes and as such, the organization is dedicated to building a wide variety of partnerships and training programs.

Our Board of Directors

Colt Beddes

Health professions

Dr. Colt Beddes was born in Omaha and grew up in Casper, Wyoming. He graduated from Natrona County High School and went on to receive a degree in Biology from the University of Wyoming in Laramie. He then returned to Nebraska to attend dental school at the UNMC College of Dentistry where he excelled in general dentistry and received the W. W. Webster Oral Surgery Award and special recognition from the Academy of Osseointegration in the area of implant dentistry.

Linda Black

Economic Development

LInda Black has spent most of her career working for economic development groups at the state and local level. Prior to retiring, she was the Targeted Industries/Talent Manager at the Nebraska Department of Economic Development where she helped to oversee the Greater Nebraska One-Stop-Operator contract. She previously held the position of Executive Director at Phelps County Development Corp and South Central Bethphage. She studied at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Evan Littrell

Unemployment Programs

Evan Littrell is a Project Manager with National Association of State Workforce Agencies. He previously held the position of Unemployment Insurance Benefits Administrator with the Nebraska Department of Labor. He is also a Logistics Readiness Officer with the Nebraska Air National Guard. He has a Master’s Degree in Political Science and Government and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Jody Stutzman

Board President

Jody Stuzman is a Regional Director at Proteus, Inc. She has over 15 years experience promoting the National Farmworker Jobs Program to people throughout Central Nebraska. She has extensive experience working with diverse populations as well as for-profit and non-profit companies and was previously the Board President for the YWCA of Adams County. Jody has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Hastings College.

Kelsey Miller


Acting Executive Director

Kelsey has over 10 years of experience in workforce development. She is the Assistant Chief Operating Officer at Wilkinson Development and has previously held the position of Administrator of Workforce Services for the Nebraska Department of Labor. She has had oversight of multiple federally-funded programs at the state and local level, including having administrative oversight of the Greater Nebraska Workforce Development Board. Kelsey started her career as a Workforce Coordinator with training programs funded under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), she later served as the Regional Workforce Manager overseeing the work of three Nebraska Department of Labor offices before taking on more responsibility. Kelsey has a B.A. in Sociology and from Kansas State University and is a proud wildcat.

 

Stan Odenthal

Workforce Development

Stan has over 10 years of state government experience, including previously holding two executive-level positions with state government agencies. Stan is the Director of Business Relations with Heartland Workforce Solutions. He also runs the Odenthal Group, LLC, a workforce development focused consultancy firm. He was previously the Director of the Office of Employment and Training with the Nebraska Department of Labor. He was also previously the Executive Director for the Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission. Stan holds a J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law, an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Nebraska Lincoln and a B.A. in History and Political Science from Weber State University.

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Our Advisory Council

Shonna Dorsey

STEM Professions

Shonna Dorsey is an Omaha native who holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Management Information Systems from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She is currently a Senior Consultant at Mutual of Omaha and Commissioner for the Nebraska IT Council. Her career includes roles as a startup co-founder, nonprofit VP, IT intern. Shonna has earned awards including: Excellence in Community Service (National Daughters of the American Revolution), Changemaker (Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals), Women in Technology (InformationWeek), Ten Outstanding Young Omahans (Omaha Jaycees), Tech Community Builder of the Year (AIM Institute) and 40 Under 40 (Midlands Business Journal).

Carol Packard

Education

Carol Packard is the Health Sciences Career Field Specialist at the Nebraska Department of Education.

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