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New Director Appointed ForNebraska Court Improvement Project 6/4/15  06/04/15 8:58:21 AM Printer Friendly VersionPrinter Friendly Version

New Director Appointed For
Nebraska Court Improvement Project

Katie McLeese Stephenson has been named director of the Nebraska Court Improvement Project.  In announcing the appointment, Nebraska State Court Administrator Corey Steel stated:  “We are excited to bring Ms. McLeese Stephenson on board as our new CIP director.  Her sound leadership qualities and proven experience will be valuable assets for the project, the court system, and most importantly, for the children and juveniles we serve.  We welcome her to the State Capitol to begin her work with the courts and probation.”
McLeese Stephenson, who joined the Judicial Branch on June 1, 2015, began her 30+ year career in the child welfare and juvenile justice fields as a youth care worker with adolescents in residential care through the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NDHHS).  She transitioned to an administrative role as NDHHS community support administrator and also worked as resource development and operations team administrator.  She served as chief operating officer for CEDARS Youth Services in Lincoln for 12 years, leading a staff of over 150 employees in residential and community-based programs serving children and youth considered “at risk” or involved with the child welfare or juvenile justice systems.
McLeese Stephenson’s list of professional achievements includes being a member of the Governor’s Commission on the Protection of Children, serving as president of the Lincoln Lancaster County Human Services Federation, three terms on the United Way Board of Directors, and election to the Lincoln Public Schools Board of Education.   McLeese Stephenson holds a master of social work degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and a bachelor of science degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University.
Operating under the guidance of the Supreme Court Commission on Children and the Courts, the goal of the Nebraska Court Improvement Project is to improve court processing of child welfare and juvenile justice cases.  Through the Court Improvement Project, the Commission identifies areas of concern, looks for more efficient and effective approaches to case processing, and recommends changes to the Nebraska Supreme Court to ensure the court system is responsive to the needs of the children who interact with it. 
 
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