2018 Board of Directors


Dana Bradford (Chairman), chairman and CEO of Waitt Brands

Lance Fritz (Chairman-elect), chairman of Union Pacific

Leslie Andersen (Immediate-past Chairman), president of Bank of Bennington

Terry Kroeger (Secretary), president and CEO of BH Media Group, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. and Publisher of the Omaha World-Herald

Steve Grandfield (Treasurer), president and COO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska

Mickey Anderson (Member at Large), president of Baxter Auto Group

Dr. Jeffrey Gold (Member at Large), chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center

Jamie Gutierrez (Member at Large), CEO of Midwest Maintenance Company

Eric Keen (Member at Large), president & COO of HDR

Othello Meadows Jr. (Member at Large), executive director of Seventy-Five North

Scott Moore (Member at Large), senior vice president of corporate relations of Union Pacific

Thomas Warren (Member at Large), president and CEO of Urban League of Nebraska

Sheri Andrews (Audit & Finance Council), president and CEO of Lozier Corporation

Nate Dodge (Chairman’s Council), president of NP Dodge Company

James Blackledge (Economic Development Council), CEO of Mutual of Omaha

Ariel Roblin (Membership Council), President & General Manager of KETV-Hearst Television, Inc.

Steve Seline (Public Policy Council), president and CEO of Walnut Private Equity Partners

Tim Burke (Prosper Omaha 2.0 campaign), president and CEO of O.P.P.D.

David G. Brown (president and CEO), Greater Omaha Chamber


Agriculture Council: Carrie Duffy, Black Dirt Land Sales & Management

Candidate Recruitment: Brian Gubbels, DataShield

Community Brand & Image: Steve Gordon, RDQLUS

Greater Omaha Chamber Young Professionals: Allison Schorr, ICAN

Manufacturing Council: Brian Turner, Distefano Technology & Manufacturing Co.

Minority Economic Development: Sherman Willis, State Farm Insurance

Small Business Assistance Council:

Sports Council: Jack Diesing, College World Series of Omaha, Inc.

Talent Council: Nicole Theopilus

Transportation Council: Mike Piernicky, Olsson


Term ending 2018

Dave McCue, Aon

Nancy Pridal, Lamp Rynearson

Pete Tulipana, Iowa West Foundation

TJ Twit, OMNE Partners



Term ending 2018

Jerry Crouse, Tenaska

Ryan Downs, Proxibid

Adrienne Fay, Borsheims

Eric Gurley, Immanuel

Dan Houghton, Buildertrend

Chris Johnson, Leo A Daly

George Kubat, Phillips Manufacturing

Lynne Sangimino, Cox

John Sibley, Kiewit Building Group

George Wehbe, First Data

Ken West, DLR Group

Term ending 2019

Rohit Chowdhury, Infogroup

Julie Darrington, CenturyLink

Gail DeBoer, Cobalt Credit Union

Tim Francis, Valmont

Mike Hupp, Koley Jessen

Jim Krieger, Gallup

Jim Landen, Security National Bank

Todd Luther, TD Ameritrade

Mindy Simon, Conagra Brands

Alexi Wellman, Altaba, Inc.

Kristin Williams, The Sherwood Foundation

Kimberly Yungtum, Robert B. Daugherty Foundation

Term ending 2020

Patrick Dees, WoodmenLife

Jason Doll, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital

David Cota, First National Bank

Jason Fisher, Cushman & Wakefield |The Lund Company

Mark Hewett, Northern Natural Gas Company

Scott Keep, Metropolitan Utilities District

Kirk Kellner, Wells Fargo

Derek Leathers, Werner Enterprises

Rob Mitchell, Deloitte

Cella Quinn, Cella Quinn Investments Services

Rob Reed, Physicians Mutual

Marc Wisdom, First Westroads Bank


Tony Dukes, KAI Design & Build

Pam Finn-Jackson, Creative Enterprises

Jason Fischer, Surreal Media Lab

Christine Hill, AOI

Tim Kerrigan, Investors Realty

Carmen Tapio, North End Teleservices


Advance Southwest Iowa: Sharon White, Council Bluffs City Council

Area Community Arts: Tim Barry, Hot Shops & Roger Weitz, Opera Omaha

Area Non-Profits: Amanda Brewer, Habitat for Humanity Omaha

Cass County: Cass County Nebraska EDC Chairman: Alan Mueller, Pinnacle Bank

Gateway Development Corp Chairman (Washington County): David Genoways, Fort Calhoun Community Schools

General Counsel: Bob Freeman, Fraser Stryker

Greater Fremont Development Council Chairman (Dodge County): Bill Vobejda, Fremont Health

Hospitals – CHI Health: Cliff Robertson

Hospitals – Children’s Hospital & Medical Center: Richard Azizkhan

Hospitals – Nebraska Medicine: Dan DeBehnke

Hospitals – Nebraska Methodist Health Systems: Steve Goeser

Latino Center of the Midlands: Albert Varas, Executive Director

Metro Omaha Medical Society: Carol Wang, Executive Director

Mexican Consul: Guadalupe Sánchez Salazar

Nebraska Military Support Coalition: Bob Hinson

Nebraska Chamber: Chairman – Rich Herink, First National Bank, Lincoln

Omaha Public Schools: Mark Evans, Superintendent

Philanthropy: Jeff Kutash, Peter Kiewit Foundation

Regional School Superintendent: Jim Sutfin, Millard Public Schools

Sarpy County: Sarpy County EDC Chairman – Tim O’Brien, OPPD

U.S. Strategic Command: US Army MG Daniel Karbler, Chief of Staff

United Way of the Midlands: Shawna Forsberg, President

Universities – Creighton University of Medicine: Robert ‘Bo’ Dunlay

Universities – Bellevue University: Mary Hawkins

Universities – Creighton University: Rev. Daniel Hendrickson

Universities – Metropolitan Community College: Randy Schmailzl

Universities – College of Saint Mary: Maryanne Stevens

Universities – Wesleyan: Frederik Ohles

Universities – University of Nebraska: Hank Bounds

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