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Chamber Announces Leadership Omaha’s Milestone 40th Class 8/3/17  08/06/17 11:22:55 AM Printer Friendly VersionPrinter Friendly Version

Chamber Announces Leadership
Omaha’s Milestone 40th Class

OMAHA, Neb., July 24, 2017 – Leadership Omaha, one of the longest-running community leadership programs in the nation, has reached another significant milestone – its 40th year of developing leaders capable of strengthening and transforming the community.
The Chamber is underscoring the achievement by announcing the distinguished members of Leadership Omaha Class 40, a diverse group of 49 men and women who will spend the next ten months focusing on community trusteeship and awareness, ultimately joining a network of almost 1,700 Leadership Omaha alumni.
Five local attorneys are among those chosen to join the class: Catherine Cano, Jackson Lewis PC; Kasey Cappellano, Kutak Rock LLP; Luke Holst, McGrath North; Amy Lawrenson, Baird Holm LLP; and Alex Wolf, Koley Jessen, P.C., L.L.O.
The rest of the Leadership Omaha class members are:
Emily Anderson - Home Instead, Inc
Drew Antonio - Enterprise Bank
Vic Beanum - Cox
Ryne Bessmer - Karstens Investment Counsel
Allen Chaffee - UMB Bank
Amy Cherko - Olsson Associates
Vicki Christ - LinkedIn
Kurt Cisar - Holland Basham Architects
Charles Coley - MACCH (Metro Area Continuum of Care for the
Matthew DeBoer - HDR
Vanessa Denney - University of Nebraska Foundation
Alex Epstein – OMNE Partners
Joe Finnegan - Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Brendan Flanagan - Javlin Capital LLC
Suzie Heffernan - BioTAB Healthcare
Ed Kaspar - Physicians Mutual
Keegan Korf - Omaha Public Schools
Andrew Lang – Morrissey Engineering
Jeremy Langer - Kiewit
Daniel Lawse - Verdis Group
Andy Liakos - Proxibid
Jay Lund - GreenSlate Development
Lauren Maskin - Children’s Hospital & Medical Center
Erin McArthur - Women’s Fund of Omaha
Parker McKenna - Union Pacific Railroad
Nathan Morgan - The Big Garden
Alisa Parmer - Kaplan University
Anthony Pasternak - BKD, LLP
Alex Petrovich - Lockton Companies
Joe Pogge - McNeil Company
Mark Pohl - Omaha Public Power District
Diane Poots - Greater Omaha Chamber
Alysia Radicia - RDG Planning & Design
Ben Ries – LEO A DALY
Tara Slevin - Methodist Jennie Edmundson
Bruce Stec - CQuence Health Group
Suzi Sterba - U.S. Bank
Dakotah Taylor - First National Bank
Melissa Taylor - Mutual of Omaha
Chris Tooker - Merrill Lynch
Sue Violi - Omaha World-Herald
Cornelia Vremes - Nebraska Medicine
Jill Wallen - University of Nebraska Medical Center
Carrie Weiler - Union Bank & Trust Company   

Class members are chosen based on their demonstrated community involvement and vision for Greater Omaha’s future. In addition to their Aug. 3 orientation – and prior to graduating in June – participants will attend a retreat in September and then monthly, daylong seminars on community issues, including education, inclusivity and justice. Class members will also complete small group projects for the benefit of the Omaha community.
 “Our latest ‘Best Class Ever’ is continuing a proud tradition – one that dates back to 1978 and has had an incredible impact on the life and well-being of our community. Leadership Omaha alumni hold elected office, sit on boards and initiate big ideas, everything from the Maha Music Festival to Strike Out Hunger. I look forward to seeing what Class 40 is going to accomplish,” says Liz Kerrigan, the Chamber’s leadership strategist.     
For more information about Leadership Omaha, contact Liz Kerrigan, leadership strategist, at 402-978-7913.

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