MEN WITH DREAMS TEAM
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. In her spare time you can catch her reading books, heading to a concert in town, going on outdoor adventures, and volunteering in the community.
Audra Thramer is originally from South Sioux City, Nebraska. She spent two years at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa and is currently a senior at Nebraska Wesleyan University. There she plays varsity basketball and majors in Criminal Justice. After graduation she plans to take the LSAT and go on to law school. Audra was led to Men With Dreams after having Brandon McWilliams as a guest speaker in her Juvenile Justice class. She is looking forward to helping develop the internship program as well as aid the Men With Dreams team in supporting the youth of Lincoln.
Dalton Renner is from Cheyenne Wells, Colorado. He graduated high school in Colorado in 2014 and went on to Nebraska Wesleyan University to further his education and play basketball. He will graduate the Spring with a degree in Criminal Justice. He plans to continue his education in law school. His passions are largely surrounded around sports, both playing and watching them. Dalton has a passion to be around youth and help them any way he can by coaching and working at the Northeast YMCA in Lincoln, Nebraska community. Dalton enjoy the outdoors and brings a fun and interactive personality to helping todays youth.
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
Kyle Matthews - Red 94.5 Director of Development
Aaron Davis - Owner/Aaron Davis Presentations
Sean Haar - Area Manager at Regus