Staff

Daily operations for Interface School are managed by a talented and tight-knit team of professionals who are passionate about doing their part to add new talent to the tech pipeline.

Ellen Myer
Director

As Director, Ellen brings a strong background in tech education to Interface. She came to AIM from the SANS Institute, the global leader in cybersecurity training, education, and certification. There Ellen led recruitment and outreach efforts for the CyberTalent division, which held academies across the US, training veterans, women, and career changers in the cybersecurity field. AIM and Interface is a natural fit for her, as her goal at SANS was to fill the cybertalent gap, which aligns well with AIM’s mission to connect and inspire the tech talent community in Omaha. Ellen leads the Interface team, ensuring we’re continually recruiting inspired students, creating innovative classes and workshops, and producing the absolute best tech talent to fill the pipeline in Omaha.

Kent Smotherman
Senior Instructor

Kent Smotherman taught his first lecture class for computer programming in 1980 at Kansas State University, at the age of 19. Since then, he has learned and programmed in over 2 dozen programming languages. Web development using Java is his favorite, however. "Web development is just so accessible - you can do it from your couch. Combine that with the flexibility offered by Java, and you have an environment where the sky is the limit. It doesn't matter what you know now, it only matters what you are capable of learning. And with the right attitude, a little hard work, and a good instructor - anyone can learn web development."

Instructors

Interface’s instructors are carefully selected experts in their field that share a passion for education as adjunct faculty.

Veronica Oleson
Web Development

Veronica Oleson is the founder of Oleson Creative, a media company the focuses on magically creative web design and development.  She graduated from UNO with a Bachelor’s degree in business administration in the summer of 2016.   Veronica has a passion for creating, teaching, tech, processes and start-ups.  She completed web developer training with Interface in 2016, and maintains the website for Omaha Bridges Out of Poverty. In her time off from work, she loves spending time with her family, helping others and traveling around the world, visiting a couple of new countries every year.

Joel C. Rainear-Wills
Application Development

Joel C. Rainear-Wills arrived in Omaha 11 years ago as an Airborne Cryptologic Operator for the USAF. In 2009, he separated and decided to attend UNO, where he completed a bachelor's degree in General Administration. After graduation, he became a mutual fund accountant for North Star Financial Services. It was there that he discovered his love for software development, which grew out of a desire to create modest solutions for mitigating inefficiency and error in daily accounting processes. Joel then earned an associate's degree in MIS from Metropolitan Community College, and landed a position at Farm Credit Services of America as an application developer. Joel strongly believes that those achieving some form success in anything must find and seize the opportunity to help others achieve success as well.

Lana Yager
Web Development

After more than 20 years in the IT field, Lana Yager became a Nebraska Certified teacher, teaching English as a Second Language and Computer Science.  Lana was awarded as the AIM for Brilliance Tech Educator for 2015 and won the Teacher of the Year for the National Center for Women in IT Aspirations in Computing for Nebraska/SW Iowa for 2017.  After retiring this year from teaching at Omaha South High School, Lana is continuing her passion to introduce people of all ages to technology throughout the Omaha community. Seeing someone smile after trying something completely new or challenging is one of her greatest joys!

Kent Smotherman
Full Stack Development

Kent Smotherman taught his first lecture class for computer programming in 1980 at Kansas State University, at the age of 19. Since then, he has learned and programmed in over 2 dozen programming languages. Web development using Java is his favorite, however. "Web development is just so accessible - you can do it from your couch. Combine that with the flexibility offered by Java, and you have an environment where the sky is the limit. It doesn't matter what you know now, it only matters what you are capable of learning. And with the right attitude, a little hard work, and a good instructor - anyone can learn web development."