SPARKPositivity Advisors 

Dr. Kay Ferguson

Co-Founder, Counsel, Research


Dr. Ferguson has been involved in the field of education in various capacities; publisher of The Formative Years, a newsletter for Early Childhood Education, Director of Space TREK at Dana College, and Professor and Chair of the Education Department at Dana College. She has published articles regarding Technologies in Education and is currently writing a book relating the stories of Holocaust survivors from World War II who live in Nebraska. She has served on several boards and is currently serving on the Parsons College Alumni Board of Directors and the Nebraska Wildlife Rehab Inc., Board of Directors.

Dr. Jo Owens-Nauslar
Motivational Speaker 

Dr. JoAnne Owens-Nauslar has spent 43 years promoting the benefits of healthy active living. She is considered one of the nation’s most vocal personalities on issues of physical activity and the need for physical education in the critical core day.

She has taught at all levels and was the State Director for Comprehensive Health and Physical Education at the Nebraska Department of Education for 19 years. For 9 years, Dr. Owens-Nauslar held the title of Director of Professional Development for the American School Health Association. In 2004, she decided to make a change and join corporate America to share her beliefs.


Dr. Melodee Landis has been a Nebraska educator who taught in the Lincoln Public Schools for many years, predominantly at the middle school level. For ten years, she was also the Director of the Education Technology Center in the Nebraska Department of Education where she worked to get the Internet into the public schools and create programming for instructional television and distance learning. She has directed several projects aimed at innovation in the fields of learning disabilities, gifted education, individualized instruction and instructional technology. As an Associate Professor in Teacher Education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Dr. Landis taught educational psychology, curriculum and instruction as well as instructional technology courses and worked with special projects in urban schools and on a Native American reservation. She is now an Emeritus Associate Professor for the University of Nebraska at Omaha and enjoys tutoring, writing and working with special projects in the field of education

Dr. Melodee Landis


Ferial Pearson Ed.D

Secret Kindness Agents

Ferial Pearson is passionate about teaching for social justice and empowering young people to use their own strengths to create change in their own communities through literacy, education, and hope. She wrote the book and owns the program SECRET KINDNESS AGENTS. She spoke for a TedTalk and is an instructional coach for the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  She and her husband have 2 children and reside in the greater Omaha area.