Staff

Our dedicated professionals are friends, neighbors, and leaders

More than specialists in their fields, the people who work at the Omaha Community Foundation are active participants in our community—as parents, volunteers, neighbors, and enthusiasts of all sorts. As philanthropic professionals, they are devoted to learning more about our neighborhoods, activities, needs, and organizations so they can better serve the donors and nonprofits who rely on us.

President’s Office

Sara Boyd

President & CEO
402-342-9193
sara@omahafoundation

More about Sara

Sara appreciates how working at OCF allows her to engage people who are committed to something bigger than themselves—and that the team approaches the work with humility, humanity, and not at all to be undersold—humor. At home, Sara is known for her fierce love for family and the belief that you can never say “I love you” too much.

Sara has been with the Foundation since 2000

Alexa Mosqueda

Executive Assistant to the President
402-342-9183
alexa@omahafoundation.org

More about Alexa

Coming from California, Alexa appreciates Omaha’s “Midwest charm”—how people will start conversations with you and genuinely care about your response. Her favorite Omaha spots are Zorinsky Lake and the Old Market. Little known fact: Alexa studied karate from age six to 18 and holds several national and international fighting titles.

Alexa has been with the Foundation since 2018

Donor Services

Matt Darling

VP of Donor Services
402-342-9164
matt@omahafoundation.org

More about Matt

Matt’s giving goals are inspired by passion for the environment. He enjoys being outdoors, hiking or walking with his family in natural locations that enable a slower-paced experience. Matt is a glassblower, too—he learned it while a student at Hastings College and has practiced the art ever since.

Matt has been with the Foundation since 2013

Steven Jerina

Donor Services Specialist
402-933-4289
steven@omahafoundation.org

More about Steven

Steven is passionate about giving to education, arts and culture, civic engagement, and the environment. Omaha is home to him because of the Midwest mentality that has made him feel so welcome here. In need of a wedding officiant? He's also an internet-ordained minister.

Steven has been with the Foundation since 2018

John Levy

Director of Donor Philanthropy
402-933-4174
johnlevy@omahafoundation.org

More about John

John’s favorite part of working at OCF is that he gets to work with generous people like the Scott family. John’s favorite places in Omaha are its many family-owned restaurants. His love for travel exceeds his interest in the itineraries; John has spent the night in more than ten airports across the world because of planning snafus.

John has been with the Foundation since 2015

Juan Padilla

Donor Services Specialist
402-933-4229
juan@omahafoundation.org

More about Juan

Juan was born in Guatemala and moved to Papillion when he was five years old. He loves how Omaha-Council Bluffs has become more vibrant since his childhood, but continues to be tight-knit. Juan's charitable giving and volunteer time are focused on helping kids in our community to have the opportunities they deserve.

Juan has been with the Foundation since 2018

Pamela Pierce

Donor Services Associate
402-933-4109
pam@omahafoundation.org

More about Pamela

Pam loves working on a team that is totally dedicated to OCF’s mission, vision and values—while also managing to have fun. At work, she's known for getting things right the first time. Need proof? She does her crossword puzzles in ink. Omaha’s many wonderful “tourist” attractions are some of her favorite go-to places to relax. And the Joslyn Art Museum is at the top of her list.

Pamela has been with the Foundation since 2008

Kelli Cavey

Donor Services Specialist
402-614-9510
kelli@omahafoundation.org

More about Kelli

Kelli supports organizations that serve seniors, children, and animals. While not originally from Omaha, she feels right at home because of the sense of community her neighbors have created. One of her favorite activities is an early morning walk at Zorinsky Lake with friends.

Kelli has been with the Foundation since 2018

Community Investment

Kali Baker

Vice President of Community Investment
402-933-4136
kali@omahafoundation.org

More about Kali

Omaha is home because of Kali’s love for the people here. Connecting to one another and seeing the beauty in each person’s story and experiences makes this place feel diverse, vibrant, and full of new things to discover. When not at work, Kali can be found hiking to the top of a mountain in Colorado (and occasionally avoiding an elk attack).

Kali has been with the Foundation since 2007

Katrina Adams

Program Manager
402-933-4245
katrina@omahafoundation.org

More about Katrina

Katrina loves spending time in her Northeast Omaha neighborhood and thrives on the energy of all the community events where friends, family, and neighbors gather. Katrina appreciates that she is able to bring her whole self to work, which includes her eccentricity, her quirkiness, and her love for making things happen behind the scenes.

Katrina has been with the Foundation since 2016

Anne Meysenburg

Director of Community Investment
402-933-4237
anne@omahafoundation.org

More about Anne

Anne was drawn to OCF because of its vision for impacting the community in a different way—it was about harnessing the exceptional generosity of so many in our community to provide opportunity for all. The endless supply of frozen York's Peppermint Patties that are available in the staff break room may have drawn her here, too.

Anne has been with the Foundation since 2015

Emily Nguyen

Director of Research and Evaluation
402-933-4205
emily@omahafoundation.org

More about Emily

Emily appreciates that people at OCF really care about each other and take the time to celebrate each other beyond just their jobs—which usually involves a great combination of food and laughter. She loves spending time at her neighborhood pool; it's a great place to get to know her neighbors and have fun with her family.

Emily has been with the Foundation since 2015

Communications

Ally Freeman

Communications Manager
402-933-4239
ally@omahafoundation.org

More about Ally

Ally spent nearly a decade in Washington D.C. and elsewhere, before returning to the neighborhood where she grew up to raise her own family. In case you're wondering: it’s Dundee. She loves the feeling of opportunity that comes from Omaha being a small enough place where you can accomplish what you set your mind to.

Ally has been with the Foundation since 2016

Devin Owens

Digital Content Strategist
402-933-4195
devin@omahafoundation.org

More about Devin

Devin is passionate about giving to diversity, equity, and the development of a strong urban core that appeals to young professionals. Since a child, she has loved spending time with her furry and scaly friends at the Henry Doorly Zoo and appreciates all the educational opportunities that have grown there over the years.

Devin has been with the Foundation since 2018

Finance & Operations

Melisa Sunde

Chief Financial Officer
402-933-4130
melisa@omahafoundation.org

More about Melisa

Omaha has always felt like a big, small town to Melisa; she loves that there is always something to do on the weekends and all the local restaurants there are to choose from. A true midwesterner, Melisa can drive a tractor and is a super-fan of her alma mater's football team; she has only missed six Iowa State games since 2000.

Melisa has been with the Foundation since 2007

Beckie Brabec

Receptionist
402-342-3458
beckie@omahafoundation.org

More about Beckie

Beckie loves that Omaha-Council Bluffs is working to improve in all aspects of community life. It isn’t easy, but watching the effort being made is worth it. Personally, she's committed to supporting children, animal rights, and the theater. Her daughter introduced her to the theatre years ago, and now she’s hooked on attending as many shows as possible. She particularly loves the many small community theaters throughout Omaha.

Beckie has been with the Foundation since 2006

Diane Darrington

Grants Manager
402-342-9062
diane@omahafoundation.org

More about Diane

Diane’s philanthropic interests are mostly directed towards those who cannot help themselves, especially animals. She loves the feeling of helping others through her work—and that there is something to smile about every day at OCF. Omaha-Council Bluffs has always felt like home to her; she can’t imagine living anywhere else.

Diane has been with the Foundation since 2001

Yvette Franks

Accounting Associate
402-342-9230
yvette@omahafoundation.org

More about Yvette

Yvette loves to support nonprofits that lean toward children, animals, and cancer organizations. Yvette appreciates that our community is quieter and less hectic than a typical big city. She and her family enjoy going for bike rides on the Wabash Trace in Council Bluffs.

Yvette has been with the Foundation since 2013

Shaun Hoschiet

Accounting Associate
402-933-4220
shaun@omahafoundation.org

More about Shaun

Originally from Fremont, NE, Omaha has become home to Shaun for all the connections he's made here and our community's great events. With his charitable giving, he has always had a soft spot in his heart for pediatric cancer patients and their families. Get to know Shaun and you'll learn that he's an enthusiast of American muscle cars.

Shaun has been with the Foundation since 2019

Russell Johnston

Director of Human Resources & Administration
402-933-4250
russell@omahafoundation.org

More about Russell

A Missouri native, but a two-time Nebraska resident, Russell moved back to Omaha just a few years before joining OCF. It has grown to feel like home because he regularly encounters people who speak lovingly and supportively of the children in our community. Ask him about his circus skills...he’s been formally trained in a few!

Russell has been with the Foundation since 2017

Amy Steinmeyer

Accounting Assistant
402-342-9095
amy@omahafoundation.org

More about Amy

Amy’s committed to giving to her church, prison outreach, and human services. She loves her co-workers at OCF and the culture of kindness, fun, hard work, excellence, and teamwork that’s fostered here. When not at work, she's into making all kinds of fermented things including kombucha, kimchi, and sauerkraut.

Amy has been with the Foundation since 2016

Southwest Iowa Foundations

Stacey Goodman

Iowa Foundations Director
402-933-4188
stacey@omahafoundation.org

More about Stacey

Stacey gets excited about coming together with others to learn about the emerging needs in our community. She has enjoyed participating in two local giving circles (Omaha Venture Group and 100 Women Who Care Omaha) where the collective gifts can have a greater impact than what would be possible if everyone acted on their own. Fun fact: Stacey performed in a leading role in an opera during her undergraduate years.

Stacey has been with the Foundation since 2014

Tess Houser

Southwest Iowa Associate
402-933-4164
tess@omahafoundation.org

More about Tess

Despite being born and raised in South Omaha, Tess has lived with more than 100 families in 100 homes around the world. With a knack for arts and culture, in her free time she enjoys taking classes at the OM Center downtown and attending arts related events or festivals in historic neighborhoods in the Omaha metro and at area museums.

Tess has been with the Foundation since 2019

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