Amy Bornemeier, Vice President for Early Childhood Programs
Amy Bornemeier is the Vice President for Early Childhood Programs at Nebraska Children and Families Foundation and has been with the organization since August 2013. As Sixpence Administrator, Amy has been responsible for supporting the Sixpence Early Learning Fund Board of Trustees and administering the grants to 34 communities to offer, in partnership with school districts and other local entities, programs for at-risk infants and toddlers. These Sixpence public-private partnership programs operate through three models: center-based early care and education, home based family engagement, and school-child care partnerships.
In addition, Amy is the Project Lead on Nebraska Children’s Communities for Kids, a new initiative supporting communities across Nebraska in developing sustainable plans to meet the need for more available, high-quality early care and education programs.
Previously she worked at the Nebraska Department of Education, Office of Early Childhood, on a school readiness initiative and has administered early care and education and child welfare programs in Lincoln. Amy holds a Bachelor’s in Human Resources and Family Sciences with an emphasis in Child Development from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and is working toward her Master’s in Management and Leadership from Doane College.
Marti Beard, Associate Vice President Early Childhood Programs
Marti Beard joined Nebraska Children and Families Foundation in June 2017 as the Associate Vice President for Early Childhood Programs. Her primary role is to provide technical assistance, connections, and resources to the communities participating in Nebraska Children’s early childhood initiatives.
Previously, Marti spent nearly 25 years at CEDARS Youth Services in Lincoln, where she worked in several capacities, including early childhood teacher, center director, and Director of Service Delivery. Her experience includes licensure and accreditation, financial development, program development and startup, oversight of program budgets, and management of contracts and strategic partnerships.
In addition to her professional positions, Marti has served on several local, regional, and state boards concerning children, youth, and families, and she continues to be very active in early childhood and child welfare work. She also helps out on her family ranch in the Sandhills of Nebraska.
Marti holds a Bachelors degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Social Work and Psychology.