People

Clifton Strengths Institute Team

Kennelly, Samantha
Assistant Director of the Clifton Strengths Institute

Samantha Kennelly, Assistant Director

Samantha Kennelly

Samantha Kennelly is the Assistant Director of the Clifton Strengths Institute and a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach. She recently earned her M.A. in Educational Administration-Student Affairs at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 2016 and was a graduate student in the Institute as one of the original team members. Prior to attending graduate school, she graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa with a B.S. in Psychology in 2013 where her interest in positive psychology and strengths-based psychology began. Throughout Kennelly’s undergrad, she performed roles as a student leader helping students discover their passions and true potential to create meaningful experiences to create an impactful life for themselves. She is originally from St. Paul, Minnesota.

In her free time, Kennelly enjoys being with her family and friends, spending time at her cabin in Wisconsin, karaoke, traveling to new cities and countries, and capturing “moments” on her camera.

Kennelly’s Top Five Strengths are: Harmony, Input, Responsibility, Maximizer, Positivity

Taylor Lofdahl, Program Coordinator

Taylor Lofdahl

Taylor Lofdahl is the Program Coordinator for the Clifton Strengths Institute. She recently earned her B.S. in Agricultural Education at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln in 2018. During Lofdahl’s undergrad, she participated in a variety of organizations including Greek Life, the Nebraska Human Resources Institute, the William H. Thompson Scholars Learning Community, the Honors Program, the Innocents Society, New Student Enrollment, UCARE research, and she was a Student Strengths Coach in 2016. Through these involvements, Lofdahl discovered her passion for developing strong leaders, which has led her to her current position.

In her free time, Lofdahl enjoys being with her family and friends, sharing a good meal, watching movies, exploring the outdoors and traveling to new places.

Lofdahl’s Top Five Strengths are: Adaptability, Harmony, Achiever, Responsibility, Intellection