Presiding Officer: Nuzhat Mahmood
Secretary: Matt McKeever
Chair of the Day: Jill Slupe
Invocator: Rebecca Miller
Cashier: Tim Neal
Sgt. at Arms: Rodge Bickerstaff
Greeters: Mike Morey & Ron Niederhaus
 
Speaker: Gene Klein
 
Gene Klein
Executive Director, Project Harmony
 
TOPIC:  An update on Project Harmony-the Metro Omaha Community’s Child Advocacy Center.
 
Gene Klein, Executive Director of Project Harmony will share how this organization is responding to child abuse and implementing innovative partnerships to engage the community’s response.
 
BIO: Gene Klein, LCSW, has been the Executive Director of PROJECT HARMONY for over 15 years.  Gene has a Bachelor’s Degree from Creighton University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  He has over 30 years’ experience in the child welfare field providing direct services as a CPS worker as well as progressive leadership positions in non-profit agencies serving children and families.  Gene is also a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner.    Gene serves as the co-chair of the Nebraska Governor’s Commission for the Protection of Children, he is the President-Elect of the Nebraska Legislature’s Children’s Commission and he recently finished his term as a board member with the role of the president of the National Children’s Alliance Board of Directors.   Gene is a National Children’s Alliance Accreditation Peer Reviewer, a former COA Peer Reviewer, and is a regular National speaker on collaboration, child advocacy and non-profit leadership.  Gene has delivered historic fundraising efforts as a result of public advocacy and community engagement-combining federal, state, local and private funding to make this collaborative one of the largest in the Nation.
 
Under his leadership, Project Harmony has become the model collaborative for effective child abuse prevention, response and treatment. This Child Advocacy Center , is co-located with over 250 professionals from the fields of law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, advocacy, and mental health, and medical,  representing city, county, state, federal government entities working with non-profit agencies creating a one-stop response to  child abuse investigations and treatment.  In addition, Project Harmony provides critical coordination of the community wide Multidisciplinary Team for all child abuse investigations and treatment. 
 
Gene has been a member of Rotary for 16 years.  He and his wife Teri have 5 children and live in Papillion.
 
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