As a direct result of Doane University, I'm able to make a difference in the lives of people each and every day.
Growing up in extreme poverty, Lisa Utterback endured a very difficult childhood. She has never met her father and her mother struggled with drug addiction her entire life.
Lisa formed a strong relationship with her neighbor, Fred, who became a mentor and father figure to her. Fred encouraged Lisa to never give up and to pursue a college education, knowing that could pave the way for her to a better life.
Lisa took Fred’s word to heart, enrolling at Doane University and earning her master’s of education degree. She currently serves as the executive director at Omaha Public Schools, making a difference in the lives of children, giving back to the community in a similar way Fred impacted her life.