Assistant Vice President of Early Childhood Mental Health
Nebraska Children and Families Foundation
Sami works at Nebraska Children with the Rooted in Relationships Initiative where she works with state and community partners to develop systems of care that support the social and emotional well-being of children birth through age 8. She received her Bachelors Degree from Doane University in Psychology and Religious Studies. She then went on to obtain her Masters of Education in Community Counseling from University of Nebraska at Kearney. Previously, she had worked in private practice where she focused her work on family and early childhood. She is formally trained in Child Parent Psychotherapy, Play Therapy, and as a Circle of Security Parenting and Classroom Facilitator. She also has experience with Head Start as a home visitor and supervisor, and also working with the Early Development Network. In Nebraska she leads the State COSP Leadership Team, and is also a Co-lead for the Nebraska Association for Infant Mental Health. She is passionate about early childhood mental health, especially in increasing the capacity of the state to support all children and families.