Lindsay Bartlett

Lindsay Bartlett is the Assistant VP Preschool Development Grant/Communities for Kids + at Nebraska Children and Families Foundation. She supports communities with enhancing their tools and resources to provide child care opportunities for children and families to prosper where they live, work, and play. She previously was involved in the world of early childhood during her time as Director of Community & Learning for Lincoln Children's Museum where she woke each day to ensure every child and family had access to the Power of Play.

Monica Wells, M. Ed

Monica R. Wells joined the Buffett Institute in 2022 as a program specialist, overseeing family and community facilitators as part of the Superintendents’ Early Childhood Plan. Wells came to the Institute from Nelson Mandela Elementary in Omaha, where she served as the family and scholar support specialist. Before that, she was a career talent advisor for Avenue Scholars. She also served as a school administrator manager in Council Bluffs Public Schools and as the summer program coordinator for the Urban League.  

Julia Torquati, Ph.D.

Conducts research on the role of teachers’ attachment security and reflective function on the quality of teacher-child relationships, and the influence of natural environments on children’s development. Current research projects focus on young children’s environmental moral reasoning and sociomoral reasoning; the effectiveness of nature walks (compared to urban walks) for restoring attention and cognitive function among children with Autism Spectrum Disorder; and pre-service teachers’ preparation for working with infants, toddlers, and their families.

T. Marni Vos

Voted “Artist of the Year” in Nebraska, this award winning speaker, former stand-up comedian and educator, now performs Keynote Speeches from New York to L.A. and every state in between. She has presented her inspiring, motivating and hilarious Keynotes to over 10,000 people, in 46 states and Canada. She is a Master Speaker with a wealth of knowledge who is rich in experience and abundant in humor.

Sharon Walsh

Sharon Walsh currently provides consultation to state and local agencies on the implementation of Part C and Part B of IDEA She works as a consultant on the federally funded Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA) and the Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSy). Sharon also serves as the Governmental Relations Consultant for the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children (DEC) and the IDEA Infant and Toddler Coordinators Association (ITCA), which is the national association representing the state Part C lead agencies.