Monday - Friday From 8 AM to 5 PM
2335 N Webb Road Grand Island, NE 68803

Our Team

First Light

Cassie Hennings

Cassie is our Lead Forensic Interviewer. Cassie’s past work experience with The Nebraska State Patrol as Investigative Services Secretary and Dispatcher for over 10 years has provided her with the knowledge and understanding of multi-agency collaboration, excellent leadership and communication skills. Cassie was born and raised in the Northeast Nebraska town of Bloomfield. She continued her education in Vancouver, Washington. Cassie’s forensic interview training includes the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), peer review training through the Nebraska Alliance of Child Advocacy Centers and the Midwest Regional Peer Review, Building Resilience in CACs and MDTs, Inclusive Communities Workshop, Nebraska Human Trafficking Task Force-identifying human trafficking in Nebraska project training.

Josie Lindell

Josie is our Multidisciplinary Team Coordinator.


Julissa Cardoza

Julissa is our Bilingual Family Advocate. Julissa was born and raised in Grand Island, NE. She received her Associates Degree in Criminal Justice this past May, she is continuing her education to receiver her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with UNK within the next two years. Julissa is a mother to one boy and is expecting a baby girl in Feb 2023. Julissa enjoys spending time with her family and watch crime shows in her free time.

Board of Directors

First Light

Scott Grafton (Chair)

Robert Pavelka (Vice Chair)

Keanna Leonard (Governance Chair)

Steph Connick (Secretary)

Kara Hutchison (Finance Chair)

Kellie Weyers (Fundraising Chair)

Connie Caldwell (Marketing Chair)

Cyndee Mann

Jason Bonnes

Sally Koepp

Karen Riley

Laura Hurley

Sarah Dankert

Paul Graham (Member-at-Large)

Sarah Cartensen (Emeritus Member)

Carole Denton (Emeritus Member)

Kristin Riedy (Emeritus Member)

Thank you to the Greater Grand Island Community Foundation and Hamilton Community Foundation with providing grant funds to ensure First Light fulfills our mission.

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2335 N Webb Road
Grand Island, NE 68803

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