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Krista Meyer - Krista and her husband Paul and have been married for 10 years and have three active, hardworking, and determined boys. She grew up in a small community in western Nebraska and earned a bachelor’s degree in Human Relations from Doane College.

Krista has spent the last eight years researching, navigating, and advocating for ways to provide their neurodivergent sons with a quality education and life. She strongly support hands-on and play-based learning. "I don’t feel children should be pressured by a developmentally inappropriate educational system. The Nebraska Parent Advisory Committee will aid in creating much needed change within Nebraska and our school systems, I am very excited to be a part of this team!"


Kim Merriman was born in South Carolina and raised in Virginia. Kim moved to Millard, Nebraska when she was 12. As an adult, she has lived in Florida, Iowa, and Kentucky before coming back to Nebraska.     

While raising 3 children, Kim started doing community service. She was an active member of the Jaycees from 1994-2000, including holding several offices and a 2-year term as President. She also served on the local S.I.D. (water board) from 1996-2007, and on the South Sarpy School Board from 1999-2007.

In 2015, Kim married her Jr. High sweetheart and they serve on the Millard Days committee together.

In 2017, Kim was given guardianship of her granddaughter and was also a kinship caregiver for another granddaughter from 2020-2021. With her experience caring for her granddaughters, Kim has become a passionate proponent for the many grandparents caring for grandchildren. She is using her voice to advocate for more help from the state in supporting these grandparents and helping them navigate the child welfare system.

Our Impact This Year

  • Children/Young Adults Served in 2020

    Over 9,000

  • Parents Supported in 2020

    Over 4,300

  • Service Professionals Trained in 2020

    Nearly 300

  • Counties Working with Bring Up Nebraska

    75 and Growing

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