Educational psychologist Susan Sheridan is the director of Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youths, Families and Schools. Her main area of focus is on the establishment of effective relationships and partnerships for children and youth. She is particularly interested in relationships between parents and teachers, and identifying meaningful ways to establish home–school partnerships. In 2016, Sheridan was awarded the American Psychological Association Senior Scientist Award for her career in educational psychology.
Kathleen Lodl has worked in the field of youth development for the past 25 years. As State 4-H Program Administrator and Associate Dean of University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension, Lodl is responsible for leading a 4-H program that reaches over 140,000 youth. To date, Lodl has secured more than $10 million in grant funding to develop programming that improves the lives of young people and their families.