Jill Brown Bio

Meet Jill Brown

Jill Brown is a life-long Nebraskan, a 16 year resident of Omaha and an 8 year resident in District 13. Shortly after her birth, she was adopted by Lucius and Opal Brown and raised on a family farm in rural Minden, Nebraska. She attended public schools and graduated Highest Distinction from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where she was a Chancellor’s Scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.

Jill served in the Peace Corp in Namibia, Southern Africa and extended her stay in Africa doing development work for UNICEF. She received a Fulbright Scholarship and studied the plight of disenfranchised widows abandoned in Varanasi, India. Upon return to the United States, she attended graduate school at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and received her PhD in Developmental Psychology.

Since 2007, she has been teaching Multicultural Psychology and Advanced Research Design at Creighton University where she is an Associate Professor. She is active in mentoring students and takes students to Africa and the Dominican Republic routinely. Her teaching efforts were rewarded with membership in Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit honor society recognizing faculty who distinguish themselves in scholarship, loyalty, and service. Her research focuses on culture and child development and she is President Elect of the Society for Cross Cultural Research, an international interdisciplinary organization. She has published and lectured extensively on kinship, parenting and adolescent moral development, and is the editor and an author for an upcoming book on the impact of parental absence on child development (Oxford Press, 2016).

She has been married to Jim Sorrell, a physician, since 2000. Jim is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, on staff at QLI and, since the crisis at the Beatrice State Developmental Center in 2009, has focused most of his time and energy on improving the welfare of the residents of the State with developmental disabilities. He serves on the board of At Ease, U.S.A., a non-profit serving veterans with PTSD and their families.

Her Father-in-law, Michael F. Sorrell, MD plays an ongoing role in the elevation of the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine to world-class status.

Jill and Jim have 5 daughters (Emily, Kate, Madeline, Chloe and Naala) and 4 grandchildren (James, Roman, Alice and Michael), that are the light of her life, some of whom live in District 13 as well!

Jill is active in the community. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Montessori Coop School, an 18 month through 6th grade school that recently relocated to the former Creche Childcare Center, a move that added 20 jobs to District 13. She volunteers her time and expertise for persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and Refugee resettlement.

In her youth, Jill was an outstanding athlete in softball, basketball and volleyball. She stays active today and you can frequently find her paddle boarding on Lake Cunningham. In her free time she loves the company of her family and friends or the pleasure of a good book.

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