Members of the Greater Omaha Chamber Board of Directors invest their time, resources and expertise to support the Chamber, its members and mission – to increase business, investment and employment in Greater Omaha. The 2023 Board Nominating Committee today announced the following slate for the 2024 Greater Omaha Chamber Board:

Executive Committee

Carmen Tapio, CEO of North End Teleservices, will serve as Chair.

Derek Leathers, President and CEO of Werner Enterprises, will serve as Chair-elect.

Mickey Anderson, President of Baxter Auto Group, will serve as immediate-past Chair.

Esther Mejia, President and CCO of E Creative will serve as secretary.

David Cota, CFO of FNBO, will serve as treasurer.

Nate Dodge, Executive VP of NP Dodge Company; Dr. Jeffrey Gold, Chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Executive VP and Provost, University of Nebraska; Ashley Kuhn, President of Blair Freeman Group; Jamie Gutierrez, CEO of Midwest Maintenance Company; Taek Lee, Chief Financial Officer of Gallup; Jay Noddle, President and CEO of Noddle Companies; Paul Maass, CEO of Scoular; Beth Whited, President of Union Pacific; Rex Fisher, SVP of Corporate Relations at HDR; Jeff Russell, President and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska; Craig Weiss, SVP of Supply Chain with Conagra Brands will serve as at-large members.

Paul West, Managing Partner with Carson Wealth, will serve as chair of the Economic Development Council.

Terry Kroeger, President and CEO of Smith Kroeger, will serve as chair of the Membership Council.

Steve Seline, President of Walnut Private Equity Partners will serve as chair of the Public Policy Council.

Steve Bruckner,  will serve as General Counsel (Ex-Officio).

Heath Mello will serve as President and CEO of the Greater Omaha Chamber.

Chamber Council Chairs (Ex-Officio)

Agriculture Council: David Bracht, Kutak Rock LLP
Audit & Finance Council: Dan Kinsella, Deloitte
Building Business Council: Joe Petsick, Auctic
Chair’s Council: Leslie Andersen, i3 Bank
Council for Opportunity, Diversity and Equity: Wendy Goldberg, Tri-Faith Initiative
Economic Development Council: Paul West, Carson Wealth
Manufacturing Council: TBD
Membership Council: Terry Kroeger, Smith Kroeger
Minority Economic Development: Bobby Brumfield, Leonum Advisors
Public Policy Council: Steve Seline, Walnute Equity Partners, LLC
Sports Council: Jack Diesing, CWS Omaha, Inc.
Talent Council: Mike Cassling, CQuence Health
Transportation Council: Matt Tondl, HDR
Urban Core Committee: Kevin Welker, Kiewit


Michael Pallesen, Cline Williams
Dan Harbeke, Google
Jerry Crouse, Tenaska
Hobson Powell, LinkedIn


Term ending 2024
Randy Wood, Lindsay Corporation
Christine Hill, AOI Corporation
Nancy Pridal, Lamp Rynearson & Associates
Javier Fernandez, OPPD
Tim Kerrigan, Investors Realty
Joseph Sullivan, US Bank
Kevin Welker, Kiewit Building Group
Kenny McMorris, Charles Drew Health Center
Alex Wolf, Koley Jessen
Joanne Sebby, Fiserv

Term ending 2025
T.J. Twit, OMNE Partners
Kim Yungtum, Daugherty Foundation
Ava Thomas, Omaha World Herald
Elizebeth Murphy, EMSPACE + Lovgren
Mark Ellerbeck, First Westroads Bank
Kim Rowell, Cox Communications
Michelle Zych, Sherwood Foundation
George Achola, Burlington Financial Group
John Petr, Kutak Rock

Term ending 2026
Mike Loeffler, Northern Natural Gas Company
Mark Doyle, Metropolitan Utilities District
Mark Jensen, Farm Credit Services of America
Patricia Kearns, QLI
Andy Carritt, Valmont
Denise McCauley, WoodmenLife
Corey Taylor, Turner Construction
Dana Bradford, C3 Brands
David Anderson, Jr., KPMG
Brenda Mainwaring, Iowa West Foundation

Small Business Representatives
Arun Agarwal, White Lotus Group
Cesár Garcia, Canopy South
Jason Fischer, Surreal Media Lab
Jodie McGill, McGill Law, P.C.
Candice Price, Home Team Auto
Sherman Willis, State Farm Insurance

Ex-officio Directors

Area Community Arts: Joan Squires, Omaha Performing Arts & Jack Becker, Joslyn Art Museum

Area Nonprofits: Amanda Brewer, Habitat for Humanity Omaha; Aileen Warren, ICAN; Albert Varas, Latino Center of the Midlands; Carol Wang, Metro Omaha Medical Society; Shawna Forsberg, United Way of the Midlands; Todd Duncan, Nebraska Chamber of Commerce-Chair

Education: Matt Ray, Omaha Public Schools; Vickie Murillo, Council Bluffs Public Schools; Dr. Mary Hawkins, Bellevue University; Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, Creighton University; Dr. Robert Dunlay, Creighton University School of Medicine; Heather Smith, College of St. Mary; Dan Kinney Jr., Iowa Western Community College; Randy Schmailzl, Metropolitan Community College; Dr. Darrin Good, Nebraska Wesleyan University, TBD, University of Nebraska System; Dr. Joanne Li, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Government: Jorge Ernesto Espejel Montes, Consulate of Mexico; K.C. Belitz, Nebraska Department of Economic Development; Tom Warren, City of Omaha; Major Gregory Brady, U.S. Strategic Command

Hospitals: Pete Festersen, CHI Health Systems; Chanda Chacon, Children’s Nebraska; James Linder, Nebraska Medicine; Steve Goeser, Nebraska Methodist Health Systems

Media: Shawn Oswald, KETV

Omaha Startups: Adriana Cisneros Basulto, Maxwell

Philanthropy: Wendy Boyer, Peter Kiewit Foundation; Donna Kush, Omaha Community Foundation

Regional Partnership: Advance Southwest Iowa Foundation, Cass County Development Corporation, Gateway Development Corporation, Greater Fremont Development Council, Grow Sarpy, Otoe County Economic Development Corporation

Tourism: Roger Dixon, MECA