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Our Team


Carrie Sullivan, the unwavering Executive Director of Provider’s Network and certified CACFP Management Professional, has held this position since January 2015. Prior to her directorship, Carrie served as the PNI Board President for seven years. Her journey began in March 2002 when she established a Home I Childcare, which evolved into a Home II site over time, ultimately leading her to the role of Provider’s Network Director. Carrie also serves on the KidKare Customer Advisory Board and UNL Parents Association Board.

Before her childcare experience, Carrie worked as a paralegal in Lincoln for many years. Her husband, an IT Consultant with the State of Maryland, adds to their family’s diverse background. With three adult children and three grandchildren, Carrie’s personal life is rich and fulfilling. She and her family share a love for camping and travel throughout the year.

Carrie’s extensive career experience and commitment to supporting childcare providers and families fuel her passion for creating successful and sustainable opportunities for Nebraska’s children and families. 

Lara Brown, a committed Administrative Assistant, has been with Provider’s Network since August 2009. She brings over 30 years of experience, having previously worked for another Nebraska CACFP Sponsor. Lara and her husband have been married for over 30 years and they have one son, a cat, and a “grand” dog. Lara is passionate about volunteering at her dad’s memory facility and facilitating a monthly Dementia Support Group. When not with family, she enjoys daily walks, decluttering, yard work, and rock painting. Lara also relishes lunches with friends and watching Huskers and Yankees games, as well as funny comedies and suspenseful TV dramas. Her rewarding years in the CACFP continue to provide new learning experiences. 

Lisa Benson-Garza, a dedicated Program Advisor and National Safety Council Pediatric CPR/FA Instructor, brings 21 years of experience to Provider’s Network. Prior to her current role, Lisa served as an in-home childcare provider for a decade, providing her with a unique perspective on utilizing the food program from both provider and advisor perspectives. Lisa’s commitment extends to onboarding new providers into the Provider’s Network family.

Lisa’s work takes her across the State of Nebraska, visiting each childcare provider’s location. Beyond her professional life, she enjoys quality time with her adult children and eight grandchildren. Lisa’s love for travel also leads her to Colorado, where she delights in family visits and the beauty of the Rocky Mountains. Her experiences and genuine passion contribute significantly to Provider’s Network. 

Maricela Meza, a seasoned Program Advisor and Spanish Translator, brings 16 years of experience to Provider’s Network. Her primary focus has been assisting Spanish-speaking providers. Maricela, married for 17 years, is a dedicated mother to four sons and a daughter. She cherishes family walks and park outings, fostering her children’s curiosity for new places. Passionate about cooking and experimenting with recipes, Maricela finds fulfillment in her work at Provider’s Network, where she interacts with individuals from diverse countries and cultures. 


PRESIDENT: Melisa Parks

VICE PRESIDENT: Gina Fuelberth


BOARD MEMBERS: Pat Enevoldsen, Lori Abel, Danae Peterson, Stacey Zimmerle