About Us

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Our History

Paradigm, Inc. was founded in 2010 as a consultation and training organization. Paradigm provided assistance to public and private agencies in the human services, behavioral health, developmental disabilities, and education fields. The leaders at Paradigm bring an enormous amount of passion, commitment, experience, and a bit of “common sense” to their work.

In 2012, Paradigm went “a new direction” by renewing their passion by growing to provide direct services to children and families in Nebraska. Our company will continue to be innovative and collaborative as we move forward in new directions.

… Is A History Of Caring

Paradigm brings an enormous amount of passion, commitment, experience, and a bit of “common sense.” Learn more about our mission, vision, goals an philosophy.

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.   Ralph Waldo Emerson

Meet Our Leaders

Paradigm, Inc. President

Michael R. Neise, Ph.D.


Michael R. Neise, PhD, has more than 40 years of experience in education and psychology. He graduated from Creighton University with a BS is Psychology and a secondary major in special education; completed his Master’s in Education from University of San Diego; and received his Doctorate in Educational Psychology, specializing in Clinical Psychology and Special Education. Dr. Neise has been a licensed psychologist in the state of Nebraska since 1989. From beginning as a special education teacher in the classroom, to serving as the Chief Clinical Officer for a private agency working with the Nebraska State’s Children and Family’s reform, Dr. Neise has developed a unique person-centered approach focused on helping individuals or groups achieve positive outcomes.

E-mail: mneise@paradigmdirection.com

John K. Hoffman, MSW

Vice President

John Hoffman has been dedicated to his work with children and youth. His experience includes being a foster parent for nearly 15 years, direct service care, program development, and management. Before joining Paradigm in 2011, John held leadership positions at two major behavioral health care organizations as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. John attended Creighton University for undergraduate studies and completed his Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. John guides our operations with a sharp eye for detail, practical solutions, and the relentless pursuit of quality.

E-mail: jhoffman@paradigmdirection.com

Dani Kessler

Executive Director

Dani Kessler has over 20 years of experience working with children and families. Her experience includes both field work as well as management; and she was a licensed foster parent for 10 years. Dani has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Women’s Studies. Her Master’s Degree is in Human Services. Dani provides supervision and support for the Omaha staff. Her dedication to the staff has a direct impact on the successful outcomes with the families we serve.

E-mail: dkessler@paradigmdirection.com

Candace Newland, LIMHP

MST Supervisor

Candace Newland, LIMHP, has approximately 20 years of experience in the mental health field. She graduated from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri with her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2000 and her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology in 2004. She has been a licensed therapist in Nebraska since 2005. Candace joined Paradigm in 2017 as the Multisystemic Therapy (MST) program’s supervisor and she continues to see clients through behavioral health therapy services. Candace’s passion is to help her clients become happy, healthy, confident individuals by teaching strategies to alleviate emotional distress and by working through painful experiences and relationship issues. She also desires to help individuals and families develop meaningful connections that will provide lifelong support and encouragement in their lives.

E-mail: cnewland@paradigmdirection.com

Sandra Siverts

Quality Assurance Manager

Sandra Siverts received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Wesleyan University in Lincoln, NE. She was a Substance Abuse Counselor for 4 years in Nebraska and then a Vocational Rehabilitation counselor in the State of Washington for 14 years. She returned to Lincoln and began a career working with children and families, providing direct services thorough several companies. Sandie joined Paradigm in 2012 as a Family Support Specialist and in 2016 was promoted to Quality Assurance Manager, where she oversees the accurate completion of all documentation that is submitted to DHHS and NFC.

E-mail: ssiverts@paradigmdirection.com

Scott Fouts

Admin Support (IT, HR, Training)

Scott Fouts provides support for all of our operations. Paradigm is committed to being in compliance with HIPPA and records retention through a virtual paperless office. He brings extensive knowledge of how Information Technology services can aid workers in being efficient, so they can focus their energies on the children and families. He has many years of experience in training and human resources.

E-mail: sfouts@paradigmdirection.com

Join Our Team – Apply Online Today

Are you looking to join an organization that is committed to supporting and developing the next generation of leaders in the field? Consider a position with Paradigm and begin your rewarding career in social services and behavioral health. We are hiring now.

E-mail: employment@paradigmdirection.com