Community Action Thanks Gail Steen for Decade of Service, Welcomes New Officers

Community Action ( recently recognized Gail Steen for 10 years of service—including four years as president of the Board of Directors—and welcomed new officers and Board members. During her tenure as president, Steen oversaw the implementation of many significant events in the agency’s history, including the opening of Community Action’s Lincoln Head Start centers and a satellite office in Wahoo.

“Community Action thanks Gail for her innumerable contributions over the past decade—not only to our agency, but to the entire Lincoln community,” said Vi See, executive director of Community Action. “Gail is committed to making community-minded decisions as a leader, and her support of our mission is exemplary.” Steen is succeeded by Lisa Hale, vice president of customer services at Lincoln Electric System, who was elected president of the Community Action Board of Directors on January 26.

“Community Action’s mission of empowerment and poverty alleviation has always been important, but it’s especially relevant given the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Hale said. “Many in our community are struggling. I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue working alongside my fellow board members as well as staff, volunteers, participants, and community members, to advance work that is more important than ever.”
In addition to Hale, Brodey Weber, vice president of client relations at Mid America Casing Supply, was elected vice president of the Community Action Board. Lorene Bartos currently serves as treasurer, and Amy Jensen is secretary. In November 2020, Community Action also welcomed two additional members to its 15-member Board of Directors: Grant Buckley, CPA at Buckley and Sitzman CPAs, and Carl Eskridge, retired Nebraska Office of Public Counsel Ombudsman.

Community Action’s mission is to empower people living in poverty to reach economic stability. For more information, visit