The Greater Omaha Chamber Young Professionals recognize Change Makers at their annual YP Summit. Change Makers are a collection of individuals making positive, innovative and powerful changes in the community. Their work makes Greater Omaha a more vibrant, fun, progressive and dynamic community to live, work and play.
Each 2019 Change Maker will have the opportunity to present center-stage at the YP Summit and be recognized among a crowd of 1,500+. Come hear their stories. Join their causes. Support their passion and be the change. See you on March 15!
Bre Phelan is Founder and President of Felius Cat Café, a local nonprofit whose mission is to revolutionize the cat-adoption experience. Bre launched Felius in 2018, inspired by her love of animals and desire to give back to the community. But Felius is just her side-hustle. Over the last decade, Bre’s day job in the advertising industry has led her to many roles in both corporate and agency environments. Bre is currently a Senior Project Management Lead for Verizon Media’s Ad Creative Technology team, focusing on global ad innovation. She has served on the planning board for Women in Tech of the Heartland, Omaha Chamber’s YP Summit, and is currently on the board of directors for the Omaha chapter of the American Advertising Federation. Bre spends her free time traveling with her husband and snuggling her rescue cats, Street Bob and Remi.
Crysta N. Price
Crysta N. Price is the Director of the Human Trafficking Initiative (HTI) at Creighton University and the Founder and CEO of HTI Labs. HTI Labs is a social enterprise combating human trafficking, sexual violence, and domestic violence with data-driven research and technology. Her work focuses on identifying the scope of these issues and evaluating holistic strategies to countering them. Whether building natural language processing systems to interpret online data, or working on legislation to bring post-conviction relief to survivors, HTI Labs builds the knowledge infrastructure to support community partners on the front-lines. By generating data that does not yet exist, and integrating information that the community already has, HTI Labs seeks to create a shared set of facts that help make existing efforts smarter.
Dawaune Lamont Hayes
Dawaune Lamont Hayes is an artist and journalist who explores the power and impact of communication. After graduating from Creighton University, he worked in arts advocacy and community outreach. Once aware of the information disparity within his community, Hayes resigned from his position to pursue journalism full-time and developed NOISE (North Omaha Information Support Everyone), a collaboration with Nebraska’s oldest black-owned newspaper, The Omaha Star, and 101.3 FM Mind & Soul Radio. As NOISE approaches its first birthday, Hayes is working to grow the news team and coverage to galvanize information creation and sharing across North Omaha.
Eli Rigatuso is an Omaha Native who identifies as a queer, trans masculine Two Spirit of the Menominee Nation. An artist, photographer, and video producer/director, with more than 30 years of experience. He has owned Catch Creative since 1995 and has experience in television, radio, and digital media. As a social media expert, he uses his talents to help move the needle toward more inclusive spaces. As an outspoken Equal Rights Activist, he served the community in a variety of ways since the mid-90s. Rigatuso was instrumental in raising funds to campaign against 416 in the early 2000s and helped create Heartland Pride, a local 501c3 nonprofit which hosts The Pride Festival/Parade. He is currently working full-time at Bellevue University and spends most of his free time on Speaking of Happy.
Rachel Fox is an entrepreneur, business consultant, speaker, community builder, and advocate of positive change. She is a wife and mother of 10 beautiful children and has an unwavering faith believing that nothing is impossible. She is the proud owner of Catapult Consulting Solutions, a business consulting firm providing a wide variety of services designed to help individuals and organizations achieve massive success. Throughout the span of almost two decades, Rachel has gained the hands-on experience necessary to ensure her clients achieve an all-encompassing success that lasts. Rachel is passionate about female empowerment and has taken her passions to the nonprofit world by founding You Go Girl. You Go Girl seeks to end the cycle of self-doubt and low self-esteem by creating unique experiences and opportunities that promote self-love, self-awareness, physical health, mental-health, and education. In addition to her professional background, Rachel serves on the advisory board for the YMCA in Omaha and serves as the president for the Division of Continuing Studies Ambassador Program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Rachel provides mentorship for students and adults, volunteers with students encouraging them to get involved with technology.
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