Meet the Staff

Lissa Sutton, Executive Director

 

Lissa has been active in the Omaha non-profit community for over thirty years. Born and raised in Omaha, she began her community volunteer work in college and was active on many non-profit guild boards, as well as, planning and chairing many special events over the years.

 

Prior to coming to Take Flight Farms, Lissa was involved with Methodist Richard Young as a member of their guild board and when the opportunity arose, she became the Volunteer Coordinator at the hospital in 1999. After Richard Young closed in 2003, Lissa joined Goodwill Industries as their Development Director.

 

In her ten years at Goodwill, she raised over $12,000,000 in capital and programmatic funds. Lissa was also responsible for all direct mail campaigns, many special events and worked closely with the marketing department.

 

Alexandria Wilson-Willett, Development Director 

 

Alexandria was born and raised in the Omaha area and has been involved in the horse community since she was seven years old. She has worked with and in many local barns and has a passion for the industry. 

 

With a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Alexandria is excited to put her skills to use at Take Flight Farms, and to draw on her experience as the previous Social Media Manager for a local retailer. 

 

When not working with Take Flight, Alexandria can be found riding her own horse Captain, sometimes she can even be found at a barrel race. Alexandria knows the importance of the bond humans and horses can have and is passionate about the work Take Flight does. 

 

Barb Cotten, Licensed Mental Health Practitioner

 

During my career I have very fortunate to have had many diverse experiences. I taught Elementary K-6 at low income schools which enabled me to learn a great deal about numerous cultures.

 

After receiving my Master’s in counseling I worked at a Rehab center dealing with numerous injuries such as, head injuries, spinal cord injuries, stroke patients, cardiac rehab and cancer patients. After leaving there I started at an elementary school as a school counselor. During my time as a school counselor I was also working part time with the City Of Omaha as an EAP counselor. I worked with police and firefighters doing personal and family counseling. I was also on the Critical Incident Stress Debriefing team.

 

After my time in elementary I worked at an Alternative High School as the school counselor and then moved to a regular high school. During my time as a high school counselor I worked part time for the Dept. of Defense doing on demand activities for the Military. These activities included, briefings on deployment or reintegration after deployment. I also served as a resource for active duty soldiers and there families.

 

Jennifer Leverett, Licensed Health Practitioner

 

 

Steve McWilliams, EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist

 

 

Karman De Luca, EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist

 

 

Dara Liss, EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist