Meet Our Executive Committee
Kenya Love holds an M.P.H. in Community Health Education from the UNMC College of Public Health and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Public Administration from UNO’s College of Public Affairs and Community Service. Her areas of specialization include public policy and Critical Race Theory.
She spent over 12 years in local government, and as a former Robert Wood Johnson Evaluation Fellow for the National Cancer Institute’s, Office of Science Planning and Assessment. In this capacity, Ms. Love utilized evaluation to assess cancer health portfolios, and to conduct science planning with the Office of Dissemination and Implementation Science, and the Center for Reducing Cancer Health Disparities.
Her previous roles include Community Health Program Manager for UNMC’s Center for Reducing Health Disparities and Health Planner II for Douglas County Health Department. Amongst these roles, Ms. Love has led community-centric initiatives to develop culturally responsive program design, interventions, and assessments. Her interest includes addressing social and health inequities through sustainable inclusivity, and shared power at the intersection of public policy, community development, and civic engagement. Additionally, her broad range of experience includes 1.) Program planning/design 3.) Culturally responsive evaluation, 4) Participatory action research.
Ms. Love is forever a student and in her spare time facilitates community groups, government, and nonprofits to redress historical and contemporary racial/ethnic inequities.
She loves to have fun by spending time near water and live music. Her 3 children and partner keep her busy.
My name is Emily Sarcone, I am the secretary for BFHWA. I am currently the Oncology Outreach Coordinator at CHI Health and have been in this role for 6 years. My role is to educate the community and work to reduce the negative impact cancer has. Cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death right behind heart disease in Omaha and the surrounding communities. I have a Masters in Public Health and am a Certified Health Educator.
Mike Kraus is the Community Commitment Coordinator for Nebraska Methodist Health System (NMHS), where he is responsible for spear-heading numerous projects, research, and consulting work for the executive leadership team at NMHS, as well as addressing root causes of health issues through strategic partnerships. In addition, Mike oversees all functions of the Community Benefits Department, ensuring NMHS stays in compliance with federal healthcare laws and regulations, and effectively communicates the positive impacts NMHS has on its communities.
As his role continues to be expanded, Mike is in in charge of ensuring that community needs & partnerships are the foundation of all strategic planning & business development projects. Mike has spent his entire career at NMHS, and prior to starting his current role in February 2016, Mike worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant from July 2014 until February 2016. Mike also worked concurrently as a Patient Escort & Human Resources Intern, from July 2007 until July 2014, aiding in numerous administrative functions. In December of 2013, Mike graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration, and in January 2014, was accepted into the Nebraska Methodist College (NMC) for nursing, where he furthered his education in the healthcare industry. In the spring of 2020, Mike complete his Master’s in Business Administration degree program, with a focus in Healthcare Administration, again at NMC.
Mike has over 14 years of experience in healthcare management, patient care & best practice research, and he is also active in health education & planning. Mike is a member of American College of Healthcare Executives, American Health Planning Association, American Hospital Association professional organizations, and belongs to local health-focused committees such as South Omaha Community Care Council (OCC) as board president, and the North OCCC, Treasurer of the Black Family Health & Wellness Association, North Omaha Area Health board member. Mike is instrumental in creating policies & procedures for the Mobile Diabetes Center at Methodist College & is experienced in designing screening protocols, works closely with students to establish interest & partnership in community outreach, and has knowledge in community benefits regulations & reporting.