Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) Staff

Director: John Gallion Jr., M.S.


John Gallion Jr. holds a Bachelor's of General Studies Degree, with an emphasis in Psychology, from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a Master of Science Degree in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution from Creighton University's School of Law. Prior to serving as Director of the Educational Opportunity Center, John previously served 7.5 years as an Outreach Coordinator in the EOC.

John, who was a first generation college student himself, has an active passion for assisting adult learners with their educational endeavors. He attributes this devotion to his days an undergraduate and the experiences of being a first generation college student on a campus that did not host many TRiO organizations at the time of his attendance.

John is active in TRiO on the national, regional, and local level. John is currently a member of the Educational Opportunity Association, MOKANNE and the Nebraska Mediation Association. John feels that education is one of the keys to overcoming poverty and becoming self-sufficient. According to Gallups Strengths Finder, John's top 5 strengths are: Ideation, Relator, Input, Responsibility and Intellection.





Coordinator for Adult Learners: Dasha Sudar, M.S.


Dasha Sudar graduated from the University of Iowa as a first-generation college student in 2010 with a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Sociology and a minor in Psychology. Dasha also holds a Master's of Science in Leadership from Creighton University.

Her past work experience includes positions as an Adult Career Specialist and a Follow Up Specialist for the Workforce Investment Act Grants. She also has worked as a mentoring program assistant for a grant initiative that assisted High School aged youths.



Coordinator for Adult Learners: Leontyne Evans






Administrative Assistant: Frienda Pierce


Frienda Pierce has served as the Administrative Assistant at the Educational Opportunity Center since 2014. Frienda has worked in the educational field since 1996. Frienda attended Metropolitan Community College and holds a Para-Legal degree in Law and a certificate in Drafting. Frienda has a passion for helping others achieve their goals and is currently a member of the Neighborhood Action and Fact Association (NAAF), which is an organization aimed at helping to improve the quality of neighborhoods in Omaha, Ne.




ESL Instructor: Barb Widman

Barb Widman received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a Major in Business and a Minor in Education. Barb also holds a teaching certification K-12, and has taught ESL for the Omaha Public Schools for over 25 years. Barb is currently in her sixth year of teaching ESL classes at the EOC.


ESL Instructor: Jana Donahoe

Jana Donahoe came to Omaha to accept a teaching fellowship in the Creighton University English Department in 1980, and graduated with an M.A. In 1982. A certified English 7-12 and K-12 ESL instructor, she has taught junior and senior high English, journalism, GED and ESL.


GED Instructor: Cynthia Hruby

Sister Cynthia Hruby is a member of the Omaha Notre Dame Sisters. She has a Bachelors in Science Education from UNO and two masters: Christian Spirituality from Creighton and Counseling in Higher Education from Wayne State College. Her past ministries include teaching junior high and high school in Iowa and Nebraska, youth and grief ministry in the Omaha Archdiocese, and college campus ministry in southern Missouri and at Wayne State College in Nebraska. She began ESL and GED adult education ministry in 2012 and has been a GED instructor at EOC since October 2015. In addition to religious community responsibilities, her interests include Clifton Strengths FInder, immigration and refugee outreach, and gardening.