Our Leadership

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Deb Schuiteman

Program Director
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I love watching my kids in their sports or activities. I like to decorate or shop for decorations! I enjoy catching up with friends.

What do you look forward to each time you come to work at Hearts & Minds?

I love coming to work and catching up with all the families- building relationships and seeing relationships built in the H&M community. Course the giggles, smiles, and hugs from the kiddos certainly warms the heart! Love being able to be a touch point in their lives where we can make a difference.

How would your best friend describe you?

Loyal, caring, determined, and bubbly.

Tell us about your family!

My husband Todd and I have two boys, Brayden and Jackson. We enjoy a good movie, watching sports (go Vikings and Huskers!), finding new restaurants and lets not forget ice cream!

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Jayme McShannon

Assistant Program Director
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I like to read, hang out with my family, and do home improvement projects inside and outside of the house. 

What do you look forward to each time you come to work at Hearts & Minds?

I love coming into work and seeing all of the families and kids! There is such energy in our building and classrooms that really makes my day energized. It makes coming into work so much fun!

How would your best friend describe you?

Loyal, caring, good listener, funny.

Tell us about your family!

I am married to my Husband Nick and we have 2 children, Zoey and Parker. We also have 3 dogs, Winston, Lexi, Sal and a guinea pig named Shadow. We enjoy family time together, especially family game night!

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Amy Turpen

Director of Curriculum
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

In my spare time, I enjoy outdoor activities, from water skiing, to hiking and evening a little basketball in our driveway.

What do you look forward to each time you come to work at Hearts & Minds?

Each day I walk in the doors of Hearts & Minds Christ’s love is felt.  It’s through a smile, a high five, even a hug…love surrounds you in this place.

How would your best friend describe you?

My friends would describe me as loyal, some what stubborn, and always up for an adventure.

Tell us about your family!

My husband, Blake and I were married in 2000 and currently live in Gretna.  Over time we have grown from a family of 2 to a family of 6.  Sarah, Abby, Libby and Bryce, are a crazy crew who keep us busy.  We also have a sweet Golden Retriever named Oz.  In the good seasons and in the not so good seasons, we always wear our Husker Red, our KC Royal Blue and our Gretna Dragon Green.

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Jodi Packett

Front Desk Manager
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Spending time with my family, doing crafts, and watching the Hallmark channel.

What do you look forward to each time you come to work at Hearts & Minds?

I love getting to see the sweet kiddos and their parents every morning! It always puts a smile on my face.

How would your best friend describe you?

I am good listener, and always up for a good time!

Tell us about your family!

My husband Zach is a Seafood Manager at Hy-vee. We have two amazing kiddos, Anna and Ellie. We love getting out and doing activities as a family!

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