Now in its 70th year, HopeSpoke inspires healthy futures for children and families through these comprehensive behavioral and mental health services:  Crisis & Residential Services; Extended Day Treatment Program; Outpatient Services; and School Programs.

HopeSpoke is pleased to announce that the following individuals have joined the Board of Directors for a three year term:  Lily Amare, Anne Caruso, Blake Pittack, and Tracey Smith.

Lily Amare is an attorney at Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather, L.L.P.  She is originally from Ethiopia, and now calls Lincoln, Nebraska her home.

Anne Caruso has been a Federal Programs Grant Coordinator with Lincoln Public Schools for six years and has written grants and administered programs in social services, public health and education for over 20 years.  Anne is excited to contribute to the organization’s future, as she has seen the need for mental health services among children, youth and adults throughout her career.

Blake Pittack is the owner of Blake Builders, LLC specializing in new home construction as well as commercial construction.  Blake has a passion for helping people and seeing the positive outcome an organization like HopeSpoke can provide to our community.

Tracey Smith is Vice President of Accounting and Finance Reporting at Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. where she has worked for 18 years.  She is honored to serve on the board and has a passion for our community and helping children and families have opportunities for good health and a hopeful life.

New board members gathered for a photo after a recent board orientation at HopeSpoke.
(left to right) John Neal, Board President; Kelley Peterson, President-Elect, Lily Amare, Anne Caruso, Tracey Smith, and Blake Pittack.

For more information about HopeSpoke services or to make a donation go to or call 402-475-7666.

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