Board of Directors
Nancy Williams practiced agriculture first as a 4-H member in elementary school then as an FFA member in high school. Her family raised most of the produce they consumed, maintaining as many as six gardens. Nancy earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Louisiana State University then studied for a Master of Science in Weed Science with a minor in Plant Pathology at Cornell University. Nancy has diverse experiences in agriculture, from serving as an agronomist for local farmers and entrepreneurs at a Fortune 500 company to grassroots organizing and management for nonprofit community organizations. For the past 13 years, she has served as an information technology professional where she has led award winning programs, increased technology integration and supported improved program outcomes.
Mr. Edgar Hicks
Hicks has extensive experience in the field of agriculture and food production as a grain marketing consultant, cooperative president, and rural development. He serves as a director at CFO Systems, LLC providing financial leadership and guidance to clients on a contract basis. Hicks also serves on the Administrative Council (AC) for the USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE). SARE advances food systems that are profitable, environmentally sound, and good for communities through a nationwide research and education grants program.
Dr. Donna Polk-Primm
For 18 years, Donna Polk-Primm, Ph.D. has been the executive director of the Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition. She was the director of counseling at the Lincoln Indian Center and has management experience with the Nebraska Department of Labor. She serves on the board of the National Council of Urban Indian Health and is the treasurer of the Aberdeen Area Alcohol Program Directors Association. She has received numerous awards for her community service, advocacy and contributions to improving the health care system. Today NUIHC, the only urban Indian organization in Omaha, is governed by a six member Native American board of directors. NUIHC pioneered community health care as the first community health center in Lincoln and currently has a diverse patient base of almost 12,000.
Dr. Rose Edzie
Rose L. Edzie, Ph.D. is the Director of Development at the University of Nebraska Foundation, specifically supporting the Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska. She holds a doctorate from the College of Education and Human Sciences – Educational Administration Department the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Master of Education degree from Loyola University Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Rose’s research interests include the sociological aspects of race and class in higher education and STEM program enrollment trends. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Urban League of Nebraska and No More Empty Pots.
As director of WhyArts? for the past 15 years, a non-profit arts organization which provides arts opportunities to underserved populations, Carolyn has become familiar with the needs of individuals throughout the community. WhyArts? works with organizations and schools serving adults and youth with disabilities, the senior population, and at risk youth and families in primarily north and south Omaha. Carolyn serves on the boards of Holy Name Housing Corporation, Nebraska Writers Collective, Urban Abbey Advisory Board, and is active in First United Methodist Church. Because nutrition education and access to healthy foods are important Carolyn looks forward to working with No More Empty Pots to further the mission and vision.
University of Nebraska Foundation
Jennifer works on behalf of the University of Nebraska Foundation, partnering with committed supporters of the University of Nebraska to turn philanthropic dreams into life-transforming legacies. Prior to joining the Foundation, Jennifer served for over twelve years as a human resources consultant to not-for-profit healthcare and human services organizations across the United States. In addition to her consulting work, Jennifer also co-founded a veterinary clinic with her sister, a veterinarian; coordinated benefits for Ameritrade; facilitated employee development and training for Alegent Health; taught a Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare course at Bellevue University, and law clerked for Kiewit. Jennifer earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Kansas State University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Nebraska College Of Law. In her free time Jennifer enjoys hiking, reading, researching, seeing movies and enjoying good food with family, friends, and, occasionally, her cats.
Anthony Cerasoli has 15+ years of financial services experience and currently is Deputy Treasurer at First National Nebraska. Anthony earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Villanova University and holds Master’s degrees in International Political Economy from Fordham University and Finance from Creighton University. Anthony volunteers his time with Omaha Football Club and has been a youth coach for 3 years. Anthony is very excited to serve on the board at No More Empty Pots because it combines a love for food with a passion for education.
Liz Sarno is an organic farmer and cattleperson. She earned a bachelor of science degree in Animal Science and a masters in Adult Extension Education. Liz has coordinated numerous research projects, co-authored several articles and publications and has extensive farming and adult education experience. She has served on several food related nonprofit boards including the Nebraska Food Cooperative.