OMAHA, Neb., June 6, 2019 – Leadership Omaha, one of the nation’s longest-running community leadership programs, has graduated its latest “best class ever” – a diverse group of 47 men and women who are ready to strengthen and transform the Omaha community.

Over the course of 10 months, the members of Class 41 (listed below) learned about challenges and opportunities in Greater Omaha, visited multiple organizations and heard from various business and community leaders, educators, and political figures to better understand the work that needs to be done to positively impact the region. Small group projects let members begin translating those insights into action.

“I’m honored to have been part of the journey these individuals have gone through to become active community leaders. Their graduation is a time to reflect on what they learned these past 10 months, and it represents a launching pad for them to further engage in our community. I have no doubt these leaders will have lasting positive change in the Greater Omaha area and beyond,” says Liz Kerrigan, the Chamber’s leadership strategist.

Reflections on the Leadership Omaha experience from members of Class 41:

“Prior to Leadership Omaha, I thought I knew a lot about our city and the challenges we faced. After going through the program, I realized that my knowledge was limited to my previous exposure. I was able to see situations for what they really are and not what I had made them out to be. Leadership Omaha has re-energized me, changed my perspective, and as a result, it has made me a better leader.”
Angela Roeber, Director of Communications, Project Harmony

“Leadership Omaha helped reaffirm the work I do in the community and helped me gain more connections to invite others into the work as well. From my amazing small group to others I’ve been able to build one-on-one relationships with, I know our class is capable of changing Omaha for the better.”
Ashley Turner, Content Marketing Specialist, Borsheims Fine Jewelry & Gifts.

“I learned a lot about myself and my leadership capabilities. It will be the relationships with my classmates that mean the most to me and be the foundation for future community opportunities. There is no doubt LO41 is the best class ever!”
– Dr. Debora Wisneski,
Professor of Early Childhood Education, University of Nebraska-Omaha

 “If you get to make the decision whether or not to become a part of Leadership Omaha, I hope you will stretch yourself and take the journey. It will be one of the best gifts of development you can give yourself.”
Sheri Howard, Organizational Development Consultant – Human Resources, Physicians Mutual.

Class 41’s graduation was held on Thursday, June 6, at The Venue at Highlander, 2120 N 30th St.

The 47 members now join a network of approx. 1700 Leadership Omaha Alumni.

The Graduates of Leadership Omaha Class 41:

Arun Agarwal, White Lotus Group

Luper Akough, Clout Logistics

Matt Alvarado, Kiewit Building Group Inc.

Alex Bakke, Nebraska Medicine

Jeremy Bouman, RISE

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 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

Brian Koenig, Koley Jessen P.C., L.L.O.

Angela Lennon, Koenig | Dunne, PC, LLO

Ryan Loneman, Lindsay Corporation

Tim McAreavey, Omaha Public Power District

Lauren Miller, Omaha World-Herald

Christian Minter, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Dominique Morgan, Black and Pink, Inc.

Kelly Nielsen, CHI Health

Autumn Noble, McGrath North

Kara O’Connor, Farm Bureau Financial Services

Beth Pantano, Renaissance Financial

Ben Reynolds, Sheppard’s Business Interiors

Eva Roberts, Buffett Early Childhood Fund

Angela Roeber, Project Harmony

Gale Sayers-Proby, Prairie Flower Casino

John Steier, Great Western Bank

Jill Stigge, Kutak Rock LLP

Shane Sullivan, Sully LLC

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, DVG Realty

John Wiechmann, Midwest Housing Equity Group, Inc.

Ann Williams, HDR

Debora Wisneski, University of Nebraska Omaha

Joey Wolfe, The Hope Center for Kids

The application window for Class 42 has closed. Applications for Class 43 will be available in early 2020. Class members are chosen based on their demonstrated community involvement and career advancement. Participants must attend at least 80 percent of the seminars to graduate.

For more information about Leadership Omaha, contact Liz Kerrigan, leadership strategist, at 402-978-7913.