We are proud to announce the Omaha Venture Group 2021 membership and leadership team.

Leadership Team

A special thanks to the 2021 Interest Group Leaders & Co-Chairs for their dedication to Omaha Venture Group. We appreciate your commitment to philanthropy!

  • Co-chairs: Benjamin Reynolds and Brady Marlow
  • OCF Co-chairs: Eyerusalem Gehringer and Wynter Davis
  • Arts and Culture Interest Group: Ryan Decker and Joseph Woster
  • Education and Workforce Interest Group: Jamie Pieper and Mike Joyce
  • Health Interest Group: Jessica Thomas and Jeff Huether
  • Neighborhoods, Civic Engagement, and Safety: Chandler Sanders and Leigh Joyce


Huge thanks to our sponsors who provide matching dollars to increase the pool of available grant funds.

  • Mammel Family Foundation
  • Pilster Family Legacy Fund

Grantmaking Members

  • Mr. Rob Allmand, Arbor Banking
  • Mr. Justin Arends, First National Bank of Omaha
  • Mr. Jeffrey Ash, First National Bank of Omaha
  • Ms. Tessa Barney, University of Nebraska Foundation
  • Ms. Bridget Bumgardner
  • Mr. Levi Cermak, UNO
  • Mr. Ryan Decker, First National Wealth Management
  • Ms. Vanessa Denney, Omaha Community Foundtion
  • Mr. Ralph Dovali, The McMillen Company, P.C.
  • Mr. Joe Finelli, Morgan Stanley
  • Mr. Gerard Forbes, Trility
  • Ms. Amanda Fray, Jackson Lewis PC
  • Mr. Adam Fritz, Lindsay
  • Mr. Josef Ghaussy, SilverStone Group
  • Mr. Josh Gillman, Kids Can Community Center
  • Ms. Kristin Herrera, Carol Joy Holling Camp
  • Mr. Jeff Huether, BlueCross BlueShield of Nebraska
  • Ms. Leigh Joyce, Baird Holm LLP
  • Mr. Mike Joyce, QLI (Quality Living, Inc)
  • Mr. Ted Kirkpatrick, McCarthy Capital
  • Mr. Mark Kresl, Omaha Conservatory of Music
  • Mr. Andrew Lang, Morrissey Engineering
  • Ms. Kaitlin Maher, Pozzi Family Family Foundation
  • Mr. Brady Marlow, Carson Wealth Management
  • Mr. Juan Padilla, Canopy South
  • Ms. Jamie Pieper, Southwestern Consulting
  • Mr. Michael Pirnie, Koley Jessen PC, LLO
  • Mr. Ryan Pozzi
  • Ms. Emily C. Prauner, Fontenelle Nature Association
  • Mr. Benjamin A. Reynolds, Sheppard’s Business Interiors
  • Ms. Natasha Riggleman
  • Will Roberts, Nebraska Methodist College
  • Ms. Chandler Sanders, Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture Incorporated
  • Ms. Makenna Sellers, Day Cloud Studios
  • Mr. Justin Sholin, Keystone Financial Services
  • Mr. Ryan Strawhecker, Paul J. Strawhecker Inc.
  • Ms. Jessica Thomas, Pansing, Hogan, Ernst, and Bachman LLP
  • Ms. Julia Von Riesen
  • Mr. Andrew Wesely, Ayars & Ayars, Inc.
  • Mr. Corey Wilson, Durham Museum
  • Mr. Joseph Woster, Omaha Jaycees Foundation
  • Ms. Brittany Wozny, Ervin and Smith
  • Mr. Xioming Yang

Subscribing Members

  • Mr. Brian Herrera, Tenaska
  • Mr. Mark Kresl, Omaha Conservatory of Music