Katie Carrizales

Educational Service Unit 13

Behavioral/Mental Health Director

Chadron, Neb.

Graduate of University of Nebraska-Lincoln and University of Northern Colorado

2020 Experience

Focus: Tourism, PreK-12 Education and Mental Health Awareness, Indigenous Population Inclusion

The student fellows will work to complete SHAPE planning and implementation through data collection and analysis of pre-K-12 youth, with a priority support for the Native American population. Students will focus on methods to reduce stigma of mental health through awareness campaigns, as well as work with Educational Service Unit 13 to create a school-based mental health services needs assessment and a behavioral mental health dashboard for the department’s ongoing use. Students will also assist Dawes County Joint Planning and Discover Northwest Nebraska in the development of programs and marketing campaigns designed to enhance the tourism industry in Northwest Nebraska. The recent COVID-19 pandemic has already and will continue to disrupt the 2020 tourism season for the region. Having interns available for the summer will allow focus on promoting local and regional tourism through staycations and complete several planning projects for 2021.

Students: Tyra Ann ReardonSawyer Smith
Peers: Terri HaynesSandy Montague-Roes, Kerri Rempp

Sponsored By: Chadron Public Schools, Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education (AWARE) Grant staff, Educational Service Unit 13, Dawes County Joint Planning, Northwest Nebraska Tourism

Katie’s Nebraska Story

My I was born in Torrington, Wyoming and have lived in the panhandle of Nebraska my entire childhood. I attended a small two-room school house, where my mother was my teacher, until sixth grade when I attended Morrill Public School in Morrill, Nebraska. I graduated from Morrill High School. My Husband and I met in high school and attended UNL for our undergraduate and UNC for our graduate school. After graduating from UNC we decided to move back to western Nebraska and both found job opportunities in Scottsbluff, NE. We are passionate about staying in the panhandle and working toward enhanced services for the residents of western NE.

What do you hope to gain?

I am excited for the opportunity to learn more about inclusive leadership.

Why do you think it important community leaders have this type of experience in terms of inclusive leadership development?

The only way we grow as leaders is to engage in self-reflection. I believe to become more inclusive this will also be required and may serve as a catalyst for personal growth.

Why is this contribution of students from University of Nebraska significant to you and/or your community?

No response.

Why is rural important?

Rural provides such benefit such as a close-knit community feel, warm welcoming atmosphere and an amazing work ethic. We are also used to collaboration and welcome this opportunity as it is essential to the survival of most any organization in rural locations.

Why does now provide tremendous opportunity to move rural communities forward?

For many years we have been using technology to reduce travel and improve connections and collaboration due to the geographic layout of our service area. With COVID-19, we have been forced to now think of additional ways to utilize and enhance our use of technology for these purposes. Additionally, other more metropolis sites have become more accepting of using technology for these purposes. I feel this shift in thinking will serve as a launch pad for those of us in even rural areas to have more interaction with and collaboration with organizations around the state and perhaps even outside of state boundaries.