MEN WITH DREAMS CREW
Meet the people behind the dream.
Brandon was raised in Lincoln, NE graduating from Lincoln High School in 2006. His opportunity to go to college came from a football scholarship allowing him to attend Peru State. Brandon struggled to identify a dream he wanted to accomplish, leading him on a journey to multiple universities in an attempt to stay on the football field. He eventually landed at Concordia University. With injuries keeping him off the field, different professors challenged him to focus on life goals leading to Brandon graduating with a degree in psychology. These experiences helped Brandon shape his passion behind MwD, creating an environment where students can explore options at an early age while being encouraged to believe they can achieve their goals. "Providing opportunities for students to experience their dreams, will keep them motivated to complete the hard work step by step to get there".
Christopher Phipps is from Harlem, New York. He graduated high school in New Jersey in 2008 and went on to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on a track and field scholarship. Graduating in 2013 with a degree in psychology and then receiving a master’s in higher education administration in 2015, he decided that his target for influence would be the youth of the Lincoln, Nebraska community. Chris’s passion for youth is strong. He expresses this passion through his actions and his music, as he seeks to inspire youth to be the best they can be. Chris is also an artist and DJ, and he teaches dance. With Chris's energy, he adds a unique spark to the MWD team that adds a necessary edge when connecting with today’s youth.
Director of Operations I Internship Coordinator
Mitch West was also raised in Lincoln, NE graduating from Lincoln Southeast High School in 2006. All of his life he struggled both mentally and physically being in and out of hospitals his entire life. The Arts became a way for him to express himself which ended up fueling his entrepreneurial and creative spirit even more. In 2009 he moved to Minneapolis, MN to attend The Institute of Production and Recording graduating in 2011 with a degree in Music, Arts, and Entertainment Business. Having a knack for business, Mitch helped re-charter two different fraternities one being at The University of Nebraska Lincoln and the other at The University of Minnesota. Today Mitch is back in Lincoln for good doing Music Production, Concert Photography, and various publication work.
2018 Fall Intern
(Activator, Adaptability, Developer, Empathy, Positivity)
Ian is senior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln studying psychology with minors in child, youth, and family Studies as well philosophy. Constantly searching for the best place to aid and inspire others to greatness, he can also be seen skate boarding to local coffee shops or heading to various concerts with his fraternity brothers. He has been on three international mission trips where he aided in the construction of homes in the mountains of northeast Mexico and helped take care of children at a boys home in Cambodia. It was these experiences that drove Ian to find more local opportunities where he can work with people to find what makes them truly fulfilled. Ian's own personal goal entering his final year at UNL is to be good, do good, and spread good wherever he goes.
2018 Fall Intern
(Adaptability, Belief, Developer, Empathy, Learner)
Madden is a senior at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln studying political science and sociology with a minor in criminology and criminal justice. Looking to spread good and positivity, she can be seen working out or going on road trips with her sorority sisters in her free time. She has found her passion for helping others through volunteering with Girl Scouts at Clinton Elementary and coaching youths in track and field. It was these volunteer experiences that drove Madden to find local opportunities to help youth within the community strive to be their greatest.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Brian Adams (President) - UBS Financial Services
Gina Cotton (VP) - Independent Contractor
Terry Neddenriep - Retired LPS Principal
Michelle Suarez - Prosper Lincoln
Greg Mendoza - Mittelstadt Agency
Josh Baldwin - The NBC Bank
Tony Goins - Owner of Capital Cigar
Aaron Davis - Owner/Aaron Davis Presentations