Nancy Johner

Nancy Montanez Johner to lead Omaha Saint Francis team

March 2021 · Ministry News, Nebraska, Press Releases

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Former DHHS head brings extensive leadership skills, commitment to caring for children and families to role as regional vice president

SALINA, Kansas – March 4, 2021 – Nancy Montanez Johner will join the Saint Francis Ministries Omaha, Nebraska, team as the new regional vice president.

Johner brings a broad range of experience to Saint Francis, having worked extensively in local, state and federal leadership roles. She most recently as Nebraska executive director of the Farm Service Agency, a federal program that develops and implements U.S. Department of Agriculture programs for the state. Nancy’s experience includes serving as director of Nebraska’s Health and Human Services agency and as Under Secretary at USDA.

“We’re excited to welcome Nancy to Saint Francis not just because of the tremendous experience and expertise she brings but because of her deep commitment to taking care of children and families,” said Matt Stephens, Saint Francis vice president of programs. “We also appreciate her leadership abilities, and look forward to seeing the impact of her expertise in strategic planning, goal setting, and team building.”

Johner will step into her role on Monday, March 8, 2021.

“Assisting children and families has been my lifelong commitment,” Johner said. “I’m pleased to join Saint Francis and to work to advance the welfare of those in need. I very much look forward to a productive, fulfilling future with the organization.”

Johner replaces Jodie Austin, who resigned to take another position.



About Saint Francis Ministries

The work of Saint Francis Ministries encompasses foster care, therapeutic foster care, adoption, family preservation, residential care, and community outreach services. The organization’s mission is to provide healing and hope to vulnerable and at-risk populations.

Founded in 1945 in Ellsworth, Kansas, the nonprofit organization serves more than 11,000 individuals through child and family welfare services in Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas and Arkansas. Additionally, Saint Francis provides supervised living and employment services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Mississippi. The organization is headquartered in Salina, Kansas.