Annual Report

We have compiled an annual report for the 2019 fiscal year. This is a great summary of how the services we provide have made a positive impact in the community. Thank you to all of our members, partners, and employees for your dedication and continued partnership in making NESC what it is today!

Meet Our Team

Located in Lincoln and serving all of Nebraska since 1961, the Nebraska Safety Council’s mission is to provide education and leadership to empower people to live safe and healthy. Our passionate team of experts provides support and services to organizations of all sizes, across a wide range of industries throughout the state and surrounding areas. The Nebraska Safety Council’s comprehensive programs, training courses, events, and services are designed to improve employee care at a desk, on the production floor, behind the wheel, and off the job. Our unique Worker 360° approach provides integrated risk management that reduces health and injury-related costs, boosts worker engagement, and improves overall worker quality of life while positively impacting an organization’s bottom line.

Lisa Henning

Lisa Henning

Executive Director
Lisa has more than 27 years of experience in corporate wellness and prevention. Lisa previously led WorkWell for 22 years as she performed and managed various projects. Lisa left WorkWell in 2012 to lead the implementation of the 2-year $8.5M CDC National Healthy Worksite Program, a new comprehensive human risk improvement cost containment management program. Lisa has been awarded the Governor’s Excellence in Leadership Recognition by Governor Dave Heineman in 2012, Healthy Innovation Award Program Finalist by Centers for Disease Control in 2011, LiveHealthy Nebraska Star Award by Nebraska Sports Council in 2011, and Well City Lincoln Award in 2000.
Chris Blum

Chris Blum

Business Development Manager
As the Business Development Manager Chris provides strategic vision and professional leadership to our members and staff. He works to deepen the engagement of our current members while attracting new businesses and organizations to become members. He builds long-term relationships with members, community partners and state-wide organizations to engage them with NeSC programs and services. He has 25 years of experience in non-profit leadership, most recently as the CEO for the Boy Scouts here in Lincoln. He is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University. He and his wife Lori are Nebraska natives (Omaha and Wahoo) and they have a son, CJ. Chris enjoys fitness, golf, charity running events, and triathlons. He coaches junior high cross-country and serves as a volunteer YMCA Coach and Cub Scout Leader.
Ric Voelker

Ric Voelker

Senior Trainer and Consultant
A recent addition to the Nebraska Safety Council in January 2017, Ric has been an adult instructor since 2004 and brings a vast amount of experience and knowledge from work in law enforcement. He has been focused in workplace safety since 2006, most recently with Reinke Manufacturing where they won numerous state and national safety awards. His enthusiasm to share his skills and expertise has made a big impression on those who work with him.

Nicole Osborne

WorkWell Services Manager
Nicole was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska and is an alumni of Nebraska Wesleyan University where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Health and Fitness Studies. Nicole worked as a Health Coach and Program Manager for the Center for Disease Control’s National Healthy Worksite Program in Saint Joseph, Missouri where she had the responsibility of developing wellness and organizational infrastructure programs for over 19 companies. Nicole is a certified Diabetes Prevention Educator and health coach using the mindfulness method. Nicole has her Masters in Health Promotion Management from Nebraska Methodist College and is recognized nationally for her expertise in promoting breastfeeding-friendly return to work policies and support for nursing mothers.
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Valerie Haschke, She/Her/Hers

Client Relations Manager
Valerie Haschke, Ace Certified Health Coach client relations manager, health coach Valerie joined our team in 2015 as the Workplace Staff Assistant, eventually moving into the Client Relations position, and most recently became an Ace Certified Health Coach. Valerie’s Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a Certificate of Gerontology helps with her success building relationships with our members. Her passion lies with wellness and helping others with lifestyle changes. She herself lives by example on a daily basis and focuses much of her personal time on exercise and good nutrition choices.

Courtney Smith

Wellness Specialist
Courtney is a Certified Health Education Specialist and ACE Certified Health Coach with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Health from Iowa State University. Her passion for prevention has drawn her to look at all factors involved in a person’s well-being from healthy lifestyle choices to safe work practices. She grew up working for her father’s construction company and has been working in the industry ever since. Her desire to help people grow has made an impact on those who work with her.

Karen Rehm

Road Safety Project Coordinator
I am very excited to join the Nebraska Safety Council as the Road Safety Project Coordinator. I am a huge Husker fan; football, volleyball, basketball and soccer. I love to spend time with family, travel and jam out to Bruno Mars. I am passionate about working with businesses offering worksite occupational health and wellness programs, seminars and presentations. I have more than 18 years of experience in developing engaging programs and building lasting partnerships. I love to have fun!

Saige Walker

Traffic Manager
Saige joined the team in 2019 and is the face you see at the front desk. She started as a part-time Office Support Assistant, quickly proving to be a key staff member and moving full-time. She is often the first person you'll hear when you call in to our offices. She moved to Lincoln in 2019 from Alliance, NE and enjoys spending time with her family.

Sherri Dawn Healy

Office Manager

Syd Horken

Office Support Assistant
Syd graduated with a Bachelors in History from the University of Nebraska in May of 2020. Syd is passionate about public service, advocacy for marginalized groups, and creating a safe and healthy community. In their free time, Syd is an avid house plant collector and spends most of their time with their two cats and their partner, Libby.