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Board of Directors

The Omaha Community Foundation was created by a group of residents who wanted to make a positive investment in the community. Our leadership reflects that goal, with board members representing many different businesses, neighborhoods, backgrounds and interests—united in their commitment to making Omaha and Southwest Iowa a better place to live.

The Omaha Community Foundation was created by a group of residents who wanted to make a positive investment in the community. Our leadership reflects that goal, with board members representing many different businesses, neighborhoods, backgrounds and interests—united in their commitment to making Omaha and Southwest Iowa a better place to live.

Meet the Board

Mike Cassling, Board Chair

Chairman and CEO, CQuence Health Group

Brandon Hamm, Vice Chair

Attorney, Koley Jessen, PC, LLO

Constance M. Ryan, Ex Officio

President and CEO, Streck, Inc.

Deborah Macdonald, Secretary

Community Leader

Matthew R. Mercer, CPA, Treasurer

Tax Partner, Deloitte Tax LLP

Karen Borchert

Community Leader

Gary Gates

Community Leader

Gail Graeve

Vice President of Community Affairs & Corporate Events, Mutual of Omaha

Ia Hagan

Financial Advisor, Wells Fargo

Dan Houghton

Co-founder, Buildertrend

Farhan Khan

Founder and CEO, Heritage Communities

Thomas R. Pansing, Jr., Legal Counsel

Pansing, Hogan, Ernst & Bachman LLP

Ben Reynolds

Director of Business Development, Sheppard’s Business Interiors

Shikhar Saxena

CO-CEO of Milan Laser

Tara Slevin

Vice President of Development and Volunteer Services, Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital and Foundation

Todd D. Simon

Senior Vice President, Omaha Steaks

Sergio Sosa

Executive Director, Heartland Workers Center

Susan Thaden

President and CEO, CRi

Athena Ramos

Assistant Professor, Center for Reducing Health Disparities, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center

More about Athena

Dr. Athena Ramos is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Promotion and is affiliated with the Center for Reducing Health Disparities and the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (CS-CASH) at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha, Nebraska. Over the past 20 years, she has worked to reduce health disparities, foster health equity, and promote community well-being. She is an experienced administrator, program manager, and researcher with proven ability to develop and implement social, health, and human service programs with culturally diverse populations. Ramos completed a Bachelor’s degree in public administration, a Master’s degree in urban studies, and a Master’s degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She went on to complete a PhD in international family and community studies at Clemson University. Dr. Ramos continuously strives to bring a sense of hope and vitality to the work that she does both professionally and personally. She has been honored for her commitment and dedication to making Omaha and Nebraska a healthier, more inclusive, and vibrant place to live, work, and play. She was recognized as one of the “40 Under 40” by the Midlands Business Journal, one of the Ten Outstanding Young Omahans, the Nebraska Latino American Commission’s Inspiration Award recipient, and a WCA Tribute to Women Honoree. Dr. Ramos serves on the Board of Directors for the International Society for Agricultural Safety & Health (ISASH) and Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixim.

Micki Ambridge

Internal Audit Director, Kiewit Corporation

Jona Van Deun

President, Nebraska Tech Collaborative

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