Meet Our Lifestyle Consultants

Bridge to Better Living’s goal is to connect clients with the Assisted Living or Senior Retirement Community where social, physical, medical and financial needs are met. We currently serve Lincoln, Omaha and surrounding areas of Nebraska. Our support and guidance begins from the first contact throughout the transition and beyond. We pride ourselves with placement with passion.

mary ann stallings | bridge to better living | ceo

Mary Ann Stallings

Owner/Founder of Bridge to Better Living

Mary Ann grew up on a farm in western Nebraska and has lived the majority of her adult life in Lincoln. She has been married for 40 years to Bob Stallings, a family dentist, and they have 3 children and 10 grandchildren. She enjoys following the University of Nebraska sports, listening to music, hosting family gatherings…big and small, and going on family outings.

Her Bachelor of Science and Masters of Education degrees are from UNL and she taught grades K through 7th grade for 28 years in the Lincoln Public Schools. She was involved in leadership positions as a team leader and is a member of the educational and professional organizations.

Although education has been a major part of her professional life, she was the first director of the Lincoln Children’s Museum, first director of the Lincoln and Lancaster Children’s Consortium, and managed two successful political campaigns—one for city council and the 1988 LPS school bond issue. She has also been involved in numerous community and neighborhood organizations. • Cell: 402.525.1109

Our History - Robbie Nathan - Transition Consultant of Bridge to Better Living

Robbie Nathan | Lincoln

Transition Consultant of Bridge to Better Living

Robbie Nathan, following a thirty-five year career in Home Health Care, has joined Bridge to Better Living as a transition consultant. She has dedicated her professional career to advocating awareness for the aging population. Her experience includes medical financing, community resources, and co-ordination of services with professionals. For ten years as Branch Manager of Care Consultants for the Aging, a Home Health registry, Robbie was instrumental in researching and publishing five of the seven Lincoln ElderCare Resource Handbooks. She is a frequent speaker at presentations regarding life choices and the health needs of Seniors.

A member and past secretary of the Seniors Foundation Board of Directors, she also belongs to the Coalition for Older Adult Health Promotion, served as President, and was selected for the Professional of the Year Award. She is also membership chair for the Lincoln End of Life Coalition, a volunteer lobbyist for the AARP Nebraska Aging Legislation Coalition, a long standing member of Women in Sales and Business, East Lincoln Business Association and the Chamber of Commerce. Robbie has served on the Boards for both Kaplan University and Bryan School of Nursing Gerontology Studies. Her articles appear quarterly in the Lincoln Journal Star Watchful Eye series.

Robbie graduated from Scotus High in Columbus, Nebraska, is an alumni of the first graduating class of Platte Junior College, and attended UNL before marrying her husband, Cris. For twenty years she travelled the world as a Navy wife. Together she and Cris raised three successful sons. Her husband now cheerfully endeavors to keep step with her in his retirement. In her spare time, Robbie embraces life, kayaking rivers and lakes, traveling, laughing, and talking to plants in her garden.

A personal goal is to ensure Seniors are treated with the respect they are due, and they continue to enjoy a safe, secure and active life style. Her experiences in elder health care enable Robbie to assist families choose the appropriate and right community. Robbie’s philosophy matches the mission of Bridge to Better Living. • Cell: 402.904.0950

Joanne Carlberg | Bridge to Better Living

Joanne Carlberg | Omaha

Transition Consultant of Bridge to Better Living

Throughout her career, Joanne Carlberg, has dedicated nearly three decades to helping seniors in our community in skilled nursing and post-acute health care. For the past 28 years she has focused much of her energy on the development of innovative programs and creative services meant to enhance the well-being and quality of life for seniors. Examples include founding a “senior college” program, which recruited local instructors for continuing education courses in subjects including music, art and history; creating an annual service day project aimed to prevent falls in senior’s homes; and organizing a tethered, wheelchair accessible hot air balloon ride for long-term care patients and their families.

Community service is an important aspect of Joanne’s career and life. She currently holds a position on the board of directors for the Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce and serves as secretary for the Millard Noon Lions Club. In 2004, she received the Nebraska Health Care Association’s district award for administrative support. She enjoys public speaking and presented at the annual Aging with Passion & Purpose Conference at the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2011.

Joanne has lived in Omaha for 40 years and enjoys spending time with her three grown children, four grandchildren and husband, Steve. Every Monday night she hosts her children and their families for a weekly dinner. She also enjoys decorating for the holidays, cooking, volunteering and reading, particularly books on American history. Joanne considers herself blessed to have found her vocation in senior care, and she looks forward each day to the opportunity to learn individuals’ stories. • Cell: 402-650-3607