Meet Our Staff

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Chris Wagner, Executive Director

Chris joined Project Extra Mile in September 2014 following the completion of his Master’s Degree overseas. Between 2002 and 2011, Chris worked on a variety of policy issues at the federal level while employed by the U.S. Senate and two government affairs firms. Chris brings with him a wealth of policy advocacy knowledge and experience from his work on behalf of municipal and state governments, nonprofit organizations and private companies, in addition to a strong personal commitment to Project Extra Mile’s mission.                   


Liene Topko, Policy & Research Coordinator 

Liene joined Project Extra Mile in December 2017 after completing her Master’s in Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). During her time at UNMC, she worked as a Research Associate where she had the opportunity to refine her research skills, gain insight of public health, as well as work on manuscripts and policy briefs. She is very passionate about making a difference in the community and looks forward to being part of the team at Project Extra Mile. 


Katy Kitrell, Youth Coordinator 

Katy joined Project Extra Mile in June 2019. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Public Health through Concordia University, Nebraska. Born and raised in Blair, she has spent most of her life in the Greater Omaha area and has experience in health prevention and promotion. Katy is passionate about making a difference in her community and is excited to join the Project Extra Mile staff. 


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Beatha Kliewer, Financial Specialist

Beatha has worked with Project Extra Mile since 2000 when she started as the administrative assistant and bookkeeper. She now serves as the Financial Specialist. Prior to joining Project Extra Mile, Beatha worked for First National Bank of Omaha in the Agricultural Loan Department, where she developed a joy for bookkeeping. Beatha earned her Associate of Arts degree in Biblical studies from Grace University in Omaha. The highlight for Beatha during her time with Project Extra Mile has been to see the positive changes that the Project has worked so tirelessly on in order to help bring about change and ultimately make their mission "To create a community consensus that underage alcohol use is illegal, unhealthy, and unacceptable," a reality.