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: Destini Marshall





Coordinator for Adult Learners: Alejandra Angel





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.



GED Instructor: Joseph Steinboch