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Our 2016 Change Makers

Hear their stories and be inspired –

Among the many reasons you should be at the Greater Omaha Young Professionals Summit – one of those that we know you care about the most is to be inspired by and connected to other YPs in our community. We want to make that happen for you. One of the ways we do this is through our Change Makers. Each year we feature a collection of individuals making positive, innovative and powerful change in our community – making Greater Omaha an even more vibrant, fun, progressive and dynamic community for you to live, work and play. These individuals are an example of your fellow YPs taking action and starting something special – and we want you to get to meet them.

Hear their story, be inspired by them, learn from them, support them and if your passions match – get involved! We’re featuring our Change Makers in a new way this year so all attendees get a chance to be informed about some cool stuff going on in our community lead by these individuals. You’ll hear from each of them during lunch in a dynamic, rapid format.

5 people, 5 minutes, 5 uncharted stories
about 5 different things to make Omaha better.

Our hope is you’ll then be inspired to chart your own Change Making course – and have 5 new connections in the community, too.

Join me in congratulating our 2016 Change Makers. You are truly making Omaha ‘Uncharted’! Learn a bit more about these 5 awesome individuals – and if you haven’t already, register for the Summit to see them in action on March 3. You don’t want to miss this action packed day. I’m excited to see you there!

Allison Schorr, YP Summit Vice Chair

Co-Founder, Maha Musical Festival and COO, Lozier Corporation
Tre’s Uncharted Story: How an Idea in Leadership Omaha Resulted in 9,000 People in Stinson Park

In 2009, Tre Brashear and a few friends acted upon their vision that Omaha needed a music festival of its own and the nonprofit Maha Music Festival was born. Over eight years, the event has grown to include not just music, but also food, comedy, slam poetry, and other elements, including a community village consisting of more than 20 local nonprofits. Drawing 9,000 attendees (38 percent were 25-34 years of age) from 34 different states, the 2015 festival was the first sellout in Maha’s history, all thanks to the efforts of 300+ dedicated volunteers. Tre earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska and his law degree from the University of Iowa. For 20 years he was a private practice attorney in Omaha. In 2012, he left private practice to work for the Lozier family. Currently, he serves as chief operating officer of Lozier Corporation.

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Interface: the Web School
Shonna’s Uncharted Story: From 0 to 60

Omaha native Shonna Dorsey graduated from North High School and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her career includes training facilitation, project management, and application development. As a professional who is passionate about education, Shonna is excited to extend support to the region’s tech talent development and retention efforts through Interface: the Web School. She is also a volunteer web developer and friend to many kindergarten through first grade students at Nelson Mandela Elementary. She is a member of the Heartland 2050 Executive Committee through the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency; a council member for the President’s Advisory Council through the University of Nebraska; and a board member for United Way of the Midlands Emerging Leaders. Shonna was recognized as a 2015 Ten Outstanding Young Omahan through the Omaha Jaycees, a recipient of the Tech Community Builder of the Year award through AIM, and a Leadership Omaha graduate (Class 37).

CEO, Abide  
Josh’s Uncharted Story: Think Big – Start Small

Josh Dotzler attended Bellevue West High School and graduated from Creighton University with a degree in public relations. He was the starting point guard at Creighton from 2005 to 2009. As the executive pastor for Bridge Church and CEO of Abide, Josh and his family serve North Omaha and are committed to building a great city one neighborhood at a time. Josh never had the intention of serving as Abide’s CEO, but he can see that it has been a part of God’s plan all along. Josh and his wife, Jennifer, have been married since 2007 and are the proud parents of three children. He is the son of Ron and Twany Dotzler, the founders of Abide and Bridge Church.

Executive Director, Do Space
Rebecca’s Uncharted Story: Discover Your Inner Hacker

Before becoming executive director of Do Space, Rebecca Stavick earned her Master of Library and Information Science degree at San Jose State University and worked for nearly five years in the Omaha Public Library system. At Omaha Public Library, she worked in staff and leadership development and as the library liaison for the technology and startup communities in Omaha. In 2012, Rebecca co-founded Open Nebraska, a local volunteer organization focused on civic application development and open data advocacy. She served as the Code for America captain for Omaha and acts as the community representative for the Digital Public Library of America.

Co-Creator, Omaha Live
Matt’s Uncharted Story: Finding Success Downstairs – Sketch Comedy Style

Matt Tompkins’ radio career began as producer for an afternoon news talk show in Omaha, while he spent his weekends performing in a touring rock band and earning his degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Matt then joined his brother, Ben Tompkins, for the afternoon radio program “The Matt and Ben Show.” Soon after they began performing stand-up comedy and, in 2010, released the comedy album “Songs for Giants.” Over the last two years, Matt and Ben created “Omaha Live,” the first sketch comedy TV show in Omaha. “Omaha Live” airs immediately after Saturday Night Live on WOWT NBC and quickly became the #1 show in its time slot. He continues to produce, write, film, edit, and host “Omaha Live.” Matt also hosts “The Late Morning Show” weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on KOIL (1290 AM).

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