Our Board Members
Richard Halama, Patient Safety Program Manager
Department of the Air Force, Offutt Air Force Base - Interim Board President
Frank Budz, Graphic Design Manager
CHI Health Print and Design Center - Board Vice President
Vicky Knight-Poole, Business Specialist IV
April Klusaw, Community Engagement Specialist
Metropolitan Community College
Bruce Moritz, Internal Audit Supervisor
Pinnacle Bank - Board Treasurer
Mary Beth Budz is the Founder and Executive Director of Courteous Kids/Life Launch since it was an idea in 2006. Ms. Budz is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She began her career in the in the environmental sciences. As an outreach educator, she worked in the conservation field with the water management districts in Florida and later with the University of Florida’s Extension Service before moving with her young family to Nebraska .
Her love for teaching, designing and developing hands-on, quality instructional youth programs has transcended into Courteous Kids and now, Life Launch, which became a 501 C-3 in 2013. Since its inception, the non profit has touched thousands of young lives with the message and skill building instruction of becoming a kinder and more confident person. Ms. Budz is married and has three grown children and loves the rural life and gardening opportunities of Nebraska!
Sydney Iseminger is our GIVE Program Manager and the general Programs Coordinator for Life launch Academy. Sydney is dual language in Spanish. She has been with Life Launch for just over one year now and we could not have gotten though Covid-19 without her!
We are always looking for passionate, experienced teachers and program facilitators who love working with youth. Our positions are flexible, part-time and are supported by the programs our teachers deliver. For more information please email email@example.com