The Lincoln Young Professionals Group recognizes the outstanding efforts and contributions of individuals and organizations in the community during its annual Young Lincoln Leader Awards Gala. The ceremony is held annually in September during YP Week. Professionals between the ages of 21 and 40 are eligible to be acknowledged in multiple categories. Applicants are assessed and selected by a diverse panel of community members, in conjunction with the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.



YLLA Selection Committee

Adelle Burk, Planned Parenthood

Liz Ring Carlson, Ameritas

Dr. Karen Kassebaum, Hudl

Eric Mooss, Bryan Health

Mike Smith, The Bay & 2022 Young Professional of the Year

Jamanda Wolfe, Nebraska Telecommunications Association

Mia Wilken, Lincoln Chamber of Commerce


Young Professional of the Year


Karla Frese

Co-Founder and Managing Partner

Home Care Partners

Karla has dedicated her professional life to caring for others and providing them the greatest quality of life, wherever they call home. She works to empower families by providing them with the knowledge necessary to make informed decisions regarding their loved ones' care. 

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Brooke Imm

2023 Emerging Leader

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Jordan Lambrecht

2023 Young Entrepreneur

Jordan Gonzales's headshot

Jordan Gonzales

2023 Young Nonprofit Professional

Andrew Farias's headshot

Andrew Farias

2023 Young Citizen

Jordan Feyerherm's headshot

Jordan Feyerherm

2023 Diversity & Inclusion Excellence

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DLR Group

2023 Next Generation Workplace

Young Professional of the Year


Mike Smith


Rabble Mill

Mike Smith is a former speaker, author, and content creator who is wildly passionate about helping young people. He serves as the co-founder and Co-Executive Director of Rabble Mill, an innovative nonprofit that’s doing some freaking awesome work developing youth culture across the state. More recently the Rabble Mill launched Bay High, a new high school focus program in partnership with Lincoln Public Schools. 

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Tut Kailech

2022 Emerging Leader

Angela Garbacz's headshot

Angela Garbacz

2022 Young Entrepreneur

Katie Patrick's headshot

Katie Patrick

2022 Young Nonprofit Professional

Jazari Kual Zakaria's headshot

Jazari Kual Zakaria

2022 Young Citizen

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Nathan Hé

2022 Diversity & Inclusion Excellence

Lutz's headshot


2022 Next Generation Workplace

Young Professional of the Year


Yohance Christie

City Attorney

City of Lincoln

Before being appointed as City Attorney, Yohance spent 10 years as a public defender for Lancaster County. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the UNL College of Law and is a former faculty member of Gideon’s Promise, a nonprofit organization working to transform the criminal justice system.

He is an active community volunteer, serving as President of the Board of Directors for Family Service, as a Board Member for Civic Nebraska and as a member of the Lincoln Bar Association Board of Trustees. He is a Past President of the Robert Van Pelt Inns of Court and currently serves on their Executive Committee, as well as a member of the UNL College of Law Dean’s Advisory Board, the Nebraska Appleseed Litigation Committee, and the NAACP Lincoln Chapter.

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Aakriti Agrawal

2021 Emerging Leader

Alicia Reisinger's headshot

Alicia Reisinger

2021 Young Entrepreneur of the Year

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Laura Uridil

2021 Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year

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Amanda Barker

2021 Young Citizen of the Year

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Amanda Irions

2021 Diversity & Inclusion Excellence

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Hausmann Construction

2021 Next Generation Workplace

Young Professional of the Year


Jasmine Kingsley

VP of Legal and People


Jasmine is clearly and inspiration to us all. As a 37 year old Harvard Law School Graduate who has become the head of all Human Resources and the entire Legal Department of one of Lincoln's greatest and most successful start up companies. She is an entreprenuer and a world traveler. Her community involvement may be unparalled.

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Graham Pansing Brooks

2020 Emerging Leader

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Lizz Whitacre

2020 Young Entrepreneur of the Year

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Maggie Stuckey

2020 Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year

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Black Leaders Movement

2020 Young Citizen of the Year

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2020 Diversity & Inclusion Excellence

Ameritas's headshot


2020 Next Generation Workplace