Robyn Henderson

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Robyn Henderson

Adjunct Faculty - Political Science and Nursing
rhenders [at]

314 Old Main

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(402) 202-5919

Robyn Henderson

SENIOR-LEVEL MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONAL: Non-profit/Health Industry Specialist
Dynamic and results-focused leader with a Master Degree in Health Policy and Management combined with a history of driving programs and initiatives for non-profit and health organizations. Certified Program Management Professional (PMP). Confident communicator with a recognized ability to build and foster key relationships, while providing direction to teams to ensure the success of projects and fulfillment of objectives. Solid knowledge of legislative and regulatory systems, with a background that includes research, community outreach, and service to multiple volunteer governing boards.


Program & Project Management • Finance/Budget Control • Grant Writing & Management • Strategic Planning
Technical Writing • Business Development • Staff Management •Legislative/Regulatory Policy Expertise
Relationship Building & Management • Conference Planning • Education & Training • Presentations


Tabitha Health Care Services, York, Nebraska 2012
Directed daily operations of 17-county regional office – oversee staff, coordinate three streams of health services (hospice, skilled home health care, and non-medical home health services. Build and foster key referral partnerships, outreach programs to communities, and promote marketing efforts in role as spokesperson.
 Maintained four sub-regional offices, including downsizing and re-locating one sub-regional office.
 Grew referral sources by 15 percent through personal relationship building and expanded marketing efforts.

Southeast Nebraska Area Health Education Center, Beatrice, Nebraska 2006 to 2010
Non-profit health education organization with focus on recruiting/retaining health care professionals.
Spearheaded daily operations – oversee staff, control finances, and author grant submissions. Administer budgets (ended tenure under budget) and drive development/implementation of strategies and programs to support organizational goals. Build and foster key partnerships and alliances, and promote efforts in role as spokesperson. Oversee HR, as well as technology and marketing efforts. Developed all internal policies, as well as an employee handbook.
 Piloted start-up and development of new organization, which met or exceeded service statistics of more entrenched organizations within 4 years.
 Brought in over $150K in outside funding and contracts through successful grant writing efforts.

University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska 2005-2006
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR – Rural Health Education Networks/Area Health Education Center
Directed implementation of federal contracts that provided assistance to health profession students doing required community-based clinical rotations, while controlling a $450K budget. Authored, reviewed, and edited internal documents and published materials, and led cross-functional teams in a variety of initiatives – developed project plans/schedules, assigned resources, and delivered presentations to senior leaders. Advanced new opportunities by driving business development efforts, oversaw creation of proposals and served as liaison for key customer relationships.
 Boosted efforts to attract high-quality health profession students by implementing a statewide assistance program. Developed all policies, forms, and procedures
 Optimized visibility through development of a 30-minute PowerPoint presentation used in orientation for the student assistance program.

University of Nebraska Public Policy Center, Lincoln, Nebraska 2003-2005
Forum for policy makers and researchers to work together to address the challenges of local, state, and federal policies.
Led community-based human services planning program focused on increasing efficiency, consolidating programs, and reducing service redundancies throughout agencies. Led team through strategic planning and refocusing efforts and teamed with agency executive directors to address/implement solutions for issues including those related to housing, transportation, behavioral health, early child education, and basic and emergency services. Managed data collection, wrote grant applications, and authored a comprehensive 2-year program update used to make funding and program decisions.
 Improved funding efforts, as well as service coordination among human service agencies; strategically leveraged limited dollars by decreasing duplicate funding.
 Enabled better measurement and decision-making on future actions through delivery of a report card that developed baseline service levels.

National Rural Health Association, Kansas City, Missouri 1998-2003
Piloted development of educational and program content for member activities, including technical assistance on Medicare reimbursement concerns and for rural community heath centers and clinics to improve performance. Planned and executed annual conference attended by 500-700 members, and developed new conferences as needed. Created detailed communication plans for member affinity groups. Built and led cross-functional team (including internal staff, consultants, and vendors.) through all stages of project lifecycles. Prepared and administered budgets, monitored spending, and ensured adherence to project plans and goals.
 Ensured continued funding by successfully implementing requirements of 2 federal grants for 5+ years; size of each grant increased by 150% or more.
 Recognized with President’s Award as part of team that managed Association in the absence of an Executive Director.
 Improved access to employment opportunities through creation of a rural healthcare job bank.

Legislative Representative – Health Care - American Thoracic Society, Government Policy Analyst – National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Research Associate – National Health Policy Forum, Legislative Assistant/Researcher – Office of US Senator J. James Exon; Legislative Aide to the Speaker of Nebraska Legislature; Local Substitute Teacher - Lincoln (NE) Public Schools.


Mayor’s Task Force on Healthcare for the Homeless • Keno Health Prevention Fund Advisory Board • Nebraska Wesleyan
University: Board of Governors; Alumni Executive Council (President); Presidential Search Committee (Co-chair); Inaugural Planning Committee (Co-chair); Archway Fund National Committee (Subcommittee Chair) • National History Day: Nebraska (Regional and state-level judge)


Nebraska Rural Health Association • PMI (Project Management Institute)


Master of Health Science in Health Policy and Management, John Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland

Bachelor of Science in Business, History and Political Science, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, Nebraska

Nebraska Educator’s Certificate 2011009770 – Local Substitute Teacher Certification

Project Management Professional (PMP) – Certification through Project Management Institute

Heathcare Economics
Healthcare Finance
Health Policy
American Government and Politics

POLSCI 1000-03 TTH 10:00 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. 316 Old Main