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

Our Team

First Light

Shannon Krejci

Shannon Krejci has been the Executive Director with First Light Central Nebraska Child Advocacy Center since November 2016. She received her Bachelors in Social Work from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia. Shannon’s forensic interview training includes ChildFirst, American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), and The Reid Technique of Investigative Interviewing and Positive Persuasion for Child Abuse Investigations. Shannon has also attended training on the medical component of sexual/physical abuse by Dr. Suzanne Starling child abuse specific pediatrician. During the eight years working in Virginia Shannon conducted forensic interviews at Foothills Child Advocacy Center, participated in monthly peer reviews, was an active member on MDT, and worked collaboratively with community partners on a daily basis.


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.

Andrew Gartner

Andrew Gartner is our Family Advocate.  Andrew received his Bachelors in Social Work from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, followed by an internship here at FLCAC.  He has completed Child First forensic interview training and cannot wait to continue expanding his skills and experience in his role.

Josie Lindell

Josie is our Multidisciplinary Team Coordinator.

Board of Directors

First Light

Tracy McGahan, Board Chair

Scott Grafton, Vice Chair

Robert Pavelka, Finance Chair/Treasurer

Steph Connick, Secretary

Keanna Leonard, Governance Committee Chair

Laura Dexter, Fundraising Committee

Angie Ziller, Marketing Chair

Kelly Weyers

Karen Riley

Sally Koepp

Jason Bonnes

Cyndee Mann

Kara Hutchinson

Kristin Riedy, Emeritus

Carole Denton, Emeritus

Paul Graham, Member-at-Large

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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