Live Well Omaha Kids (LWOK) is a coalition working collaboratively to ensure that every child has the opportunity to live a healthy life. Our efforts are successful because of the time, expertise, and resources that partners and community members bring to the table.

Today we are spotlighting, Vicki Quaites-Ferris, the Director of Operations at the African-American Empowerment Network. The Empowerment Network is a nonprofit organization that focuses on improving the quality of life and economic position of African-Americans, residents of North Omaha and citizens of the Greater Omaha area.

Vicki and the Empowerment Network have been helping Live Well Omaha Kids craft its resident engagement project, which aims to improve the health and wellness of children and families living in ZIP codes 68111 and 68107. Vicki co-facilitated two focus groups of parents and caregivers in 68111 and continues to advise on LWOK’s long-term engagement efforts.

Vicki is a recipient of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW) Omaha Local Chapter’s Legacy Award in the area of Economics, the Urban League of Nebraska African American Leadership Awards and the Omaha/Council Bluffs Metropolitan YMCA Black Achiever in Business and Industry Award. Vicki currently serves on the MAPA Coordinated Transit Committee, METRO Omaha Rapid Bus Transit Stakeholder Committee, Heartland 2050 Regional Planning Committee and is Vice Chair of the Heartland 2050 Equity and Engagement Committee.

Thank you Vicki for being an advocate for active children and families!