Group Prepares for Community Engagement

OMAHA, Neb., July 16, 2018 – Leadership Omaha, one of the longest-running community leadership programs in the nation, today announced the 49 members selected for “Class 41,” area professionals who will spend the next 10 months focused on such community issues as education, inclusivity and justice. The group will ultimately join a network of more than 1700 Leadership Omaha alumni.

A program of the Greater Omaha Chamber, Leadership Omaha, established in 1978, is designed to develop effective leaders who strengthen and transform the community. Class members are chosen based on their demonstrated community involvement and vision for the future of Omaha.

In addition to an August 16 orientation – and prior to graduating in June – participants will attend a retreat in September, and then monthly, daylong seminars. Class members will also complete small-group projects for the benefit of the Omaha community.

Past Leadership Omaha projects include the Maha Music Festival, a breakthrough music experience launched in 2009, and 24 Hours of Impact, the region’s response to turn “altruism into action” one volunteer hour at a time.

“The start of the next ‘Best Class Ever’ is an exciting time of year. Class members are eager to get to know one another and be part of a program that continues to have an incredible impact on the well-being of our community. Leadership Omaha alumni run businesses, lead nonprofit organizations, hold elected office, sit on boards and initiate big ideas. I look forward to seeing what Class 41 is going to accomplish,” says Liz Kerrigan, the Chamber’s leadership strategist.

Meet Leadership Omaha Class 41:

Arun Agarwal White Lotus Group
Luper Akough Akough & Associates LLC
Matt Alvarado Kiewit Building Group Inc.
Alex Bakke Nebraska Medicine
Jeremy Bouman Defy Ventures Nebraska
Kayleigh Bradley-Vogt Greater Omaha Chamber
Jim Brannen Union Pacific Railroad
Bridget Bumgardner Boyd Jones
Michael Crabb Tenaska
Laura Essay Dvorak Law Group, LLC
Donna Faust Aman Outlook Nebraska
Erin Froschheiser LEO A DALY
Tammy Green Metropolitan Community College
Kerry Heinrich WoodmenLife
Sheena Kennedy Helgenberger Live Well Omaha
Blake Hoogeveen MindSet LLC
Sheri Howard Physicians Mutual
Jeff Huether Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska
Megan Jarosz Holland Basham Architects
Christina Kahler First National Bank
Brad Kirshenbaum Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands
Brian Koenig Koley Jessen P.C., L.L.O.
Tower Kountze The Midtown Project
Lauren Kruger Omaha World-Herald
Angela Lennon Koenig Dunne, PC, LLO
Ryan Loneman Lindsay Corporation
Tim McAreavey Omaha Public Power District
Christian Minter University of Nebraska Medical Center
Dominique Morgan Black and Pink, Inc.
Kelly Nielsen CHI Health
Autumn Noble McGrath North
Kara O’Connor Morgan Stanley
Beth Pantano Renaissance Financial
Ben Reynolds Sheppard’s Business Interiors
Eva Roberts Buffett Early Childhood Fund
Angela Roeber Project Harmony
Gale Sayers-Proby Omaha Housing Authority
John Steier Great Western Bank
Jill Stigge Kutak Rock LLP
Shane Sullivan Hausmann Construction
Sherie Thomas Omaha Police Department
Ashley Turner Borsheims Fine Jewelry & Gifts
Tim Waggoner Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company
Richard Webb 100 Black Men of Omaha
Mary Wells Omaha Municipal Land Bank
John Wiechmann Midwest Housing Equity Group, Inc.
Ann Williams HDR
Debora Wisneski University of Nebraska Omaha
Joey Wolfe The Hope Center for Kids

About Greater Omaha
Recognized for its “We Don’t Coast” attitude, Greater Omaha is home to more than 30 communities and nearly 1 million people, with a youthful population (more than 40 percent are age 24 or younger), low cost of living and steady economic growth that outpaces the nation. Berkshire Hathaway, Mutual of Omaha, Peter Kiewit Sons’ Inc. and Union Pacific – all Fortune 500 companies – call Greater Omaha “home.”

About the Greater Omaha Chamber
Celebrating 125 years, the mission of the Greater Omaha Chamber is to champion a thriving business community and prosperous region through visionary leadership and collaboration.