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 Development 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.
Amanda Stocking is from Livermore, California. She came to Nebraska in 2012 to attend the University of Nebraska Lincoln and graduated in 2016 with a degree in Child Youth and Family Studies with minors in Psychology and Athletic Coaching. She works full time for the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services. She has a passion for helping people get back on their feet and get reintegrated into society and become positive contributors to the community. She loves engaging the youth, hearing their goals and dreams, and helping put them into a reality. She loves the opportunity to make a positive impact small or large, not only in the schools, but the community as well.
Xinhui "Claire" Cao
Claire Cao was born and raised in the middle of China for 19 years. She came to Nebraska in 2016. Now she is a senior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and majors in accounting. She loves singing and is a warm person. She cares about everyone around her. She thinks if a small act of kindness can help out someone around her then not only the people she helps will be enlightened, but also herself. The happiness can be shared. Her dream is that you will feel happiness every morning and you will wake up by your dream instead of money; and tell yourself: I am ready to fight for my dream today. She came from a different country. She saw the world and culture differently from two different perspectives. She thinks if your life is 80 years long you should take 3 or 5 years to live in another country; then you will think and learn from another country and experience the differences of the world.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Brian Adams (President) - UBS Financial Services
Gina Cotton (VP) - Tabitha Health Care Services
Terry Neddenriep - Retired LPS Principal
Michelle Suarez - Prosper Lincoln
Greg Mendoza - Mittelstadt Agency
Josh Baldwin - The NBC Bank
Tony Goins - EVP of Bank Operations -Cabela's Club
Aaron Davis - Owner/Aaron Davis Presentations