Employee Spotlight: Meet Zak

We’re shining our employee spotlight on Zak Ruei, Youth Advocate in our Crisis Stabilization Program, who has been with us for several months now.

Zak Ruei

OHB Strong

Tell us a bit about your work here at OHB. What’s a typical day like for you?

Our daily schedule in Crisis Stabilization includes getting youth up, making breakfast, setting up school work and helping them with any assignments, and setting up activities for the day that help them develop life skills and coping skills. 

Of what are you most proud during your time at OHB?

Working with the youth and seeing them improve and grow in the program

There are many nonprofits in Omaha, why do you choose to serve here at OHB?

Its mission to support and strengthen youth across the community – I believe the youth are our future, and the best way to prepare them is through support, guidance and mentoring and that is what we strive for.  

All about you…

What is your most treasured memory?

Family vacation trips to Canada every summer

Where did you grow up/where are you from?

Born in Ethiopia, Africa but migrated to the U.S. as a refugee at 2 years old  

What animal best represents who you are? Why?

Ant. When an ant wants to follow a path, there’s nothing to stop it.

If you could…

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Iceland and Greece

If you could have only three items on a deserted island, what would they be?

Knife, fishing pole and my own “Wilson” from Castaway

Tell us about…

The thing that always make you laugh

Stand-up comedy

Your favorite restaurant in Omaha

Over Easy

Your perfect day

Waking up on a beach in South Africa with a cup of tea  

This or That

Dog or cat?


Netflix or YouTube?


Big party or small gathering?


Work hard or play hard?

Work hard

Want to work alongside Zak at OHB?

We have a number of rewarding career opportunities available. Check them out!