Reshell Ray

Community Innovation Fellow | Associate Director | Student Involvement

University of Nebraska-Lincoln


In her current role, Reshell bridges the gap between the academic and co-curricular experiences for University of Nebraska-Lincoln students. Prior to this role, Reshell served as a consulting associate with the Heartland Center for Leadership Development where she worked with grassroots community organizations in the areas of strategic planning, capacity building, leadership and racial reconciliation. Most recently, she collaborated with the Center for Civic Engagement, Engler Entrepreneurial program and Nebraska Human Resources Institute to develop what is now RFI Student Serviceship.

Reshell not only has the academic credentials for community planning, but the respect of the student community on the UNL East Campus. Her interpersonal communication leadership style makes diversity awareness easy on campus where many of NE’s rural youth have little experience. Reshell served as the coordinator of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Cultural Center. For more than 10 years she developed educational programs for students of color. In this capacity she developed the curriculum for the Critical Moments program.

As the Management Analyst/City Planner for Pacific, Mo., she worked with the Planning Commission and the Economic Development Commission. She was also responsible for the Risk Management program, interpreted city ordinances governing land use development and managed the Community Development Block Grant Program and served as the liaison between City, Chamber of Commerce and School District.

Reshell has a heart for people, especially those who are considered to be at risk. She works to help individuals develop their full potential building on their God-given strength and talents.


  • Bachelor’s degree, psychology and sociology, Southwest Missouri State
  • Master’s degree, community and regional planning with an emphasis in social planning and community development, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


  • Community and Regional Planning
  • Sociology
  • Psychology


  • Rural Futures Institute


  • UNL Board of Regents Service Award
  • James Griesen Exemplary Service to Students Award
  • NACA Outstanding Programmer Award