Revive! Omaha: 2013 Leadership Edition

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An African-American Lifestyle and Community Empowerment Magazine

REVIVE! Spirit, Mind & Body

Celebrating Game Changers… Recognizing Omaha’s African American Corporate and Business Executives

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Spirit, Mind & Body

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Celebrating Game Changers… Recognizing Omaha’s African American Corporate and Business Executives


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Leadership Edition

front cover: Ivan Gilreath, Sherrye Hutcherson and Derrick R. Hill were photographed by Herb Thompson Letter from the Publisher


Events Calendar


Revive! Your Spirit


Renew! Your Mind


Restore! Your Body


Reclaim! Your Family


Rediscover! Your Purpose


Reprioritize! Your Finances


Rebuild! Your Community


Omaha Rewind


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REVIVE! 2013 is a significant year for Revive! Omaha Magazine and the Empowerment Network. January 2013 marked the official five year anniversary of the launch of Revive! Omaha magazine. We celebrated the five year anniversary earlier this year with a special edition. September 23, 2013 marks seven years since the first large group meeting of the Empowerment Network. It was on that day that 70 leaders and residents came together, identified issues, developed priorities and made a commitment to work together to make measurable, tangible changes in our community. As reported within the pages of this edition, the Network model and Revive! Omaha magazine platform are receiving national recognition. While much work lies ahead, the framework of the Network is in the process of being expanded to other cities. You can read more about some of the successes inside. Within the pages of this edition, we take time to celebrate some of the accomplishments being made by residents, organizations and leaders working together. We are also recognizing some of our most influential African-American corporate executives. This is not an exhaustive list, but provides a glimpse of the type of business leaders we have in our community. They are successful. They are community-minded. They give their all at work and in the community. We will continue to highlight other corporate and business leaders in future editions. Their stories need to be told. They inspire all of us to keep pushing forward, and our kids need to see these exemplary role models. They need to know that nothing is impossible with God on their side. In addition, Revive! Omaha Magazine in partnership with the Empowerment Network, is formally launching an African-American Business Network. Learn more inside this edition, and please visit our website and facebook page for more information. Both Revive! and the Network are making a more intentional and focused push to make entrepreneurship and business development a major part of the revitalization efforts in our city and across the nation. It’s time for a Revival! It will take each person doing their part and a comprehensive plan that allows us to work together on a consistent and sustainable path. Sincerely,

Willie D. Barney President/Publisher Revive! Omaha Magazine

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Friday, September 27th

Revive! Omaha Magazine presents African American Business Network Luncheon Chef Mike’s Community Café (24th and Lake St.) Speaker: Frank Hayes, President-Hayes & Associates Special Menu. Lunch is available for purchase. For more information call 402-490-1542 or

Saturday, September 28th

iCanBuy a home 2nd Annual Conference TAC Bldg 3215 Cuming St. (9:00 am – 1:00 pm) For more information, contact Mary Mudd 402-965-1860,

Friday, October 4 - Sunday, October 6 John Beasley Theater presents…Annie the musical! Scottish Rite, 202 S. 20th St. Fri and Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 3 pm Tickets: $25 adult, $22 Student and seniors. Group rates available. Tickets sold at Love’s Jazz Center, cast members and at door. For more information visit

Monday, October 7th – Thursday, November 7th

Heartland 2050 (see ad on page 17) Own Your Future. Help create a shared vision for what kind of community we want to be in forty years. Share your thoughts at visioning workshops: Oct. 7 – Regional kick-off event - Mid–America Center, Council Bluffs; Nov. 5 – Downtown Omaha event – Kaneko, 1111 Jones St. AND Douglas Co. event – Burke High School; Nov. 6 – Southeast Metro – Kroc Center, 2825 Y St.; Nov. 7 Northeast Omaha event – Lake Point Community Center, 2401 Lake St. AND Midtown Omaha – Lewis and Clark Middle School Doors open at 5:30 pm, Workshop 6-8:30 pm Free food and drinks provided at each event. For more information, call 402-444-6866 or visit

Thursday, October 10th – Saturday, October 12th

KC friends of Alvin Ailey present…Ailey II Folly Theater, 12th and Central, Kansas City, MO Discount for groups of 6 or more. For more information, call 816.474.4444

Sunday, October 13th

5th Annual Gourmet Gents Fundraiser Creighton University- Harper Center (2:00 pm – 5:00 pm) Tickets: $25 in Advance, $30 day of event Visit

Thursday, October 24th

Family Housing Advisory Services presents… 45th Anniversary“Power of Stability” Gala Metropolitan Community College Swanson Conference Center

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm Keynote Speaker: Aaron Davis Tickets: $75 For more information, call (402) 934-6727

Tuesday, October 29th

National Coalition of 100 Black Woman presents… 6th Annual Women of Color in Leadership Summit and Legacy Awards Luncheon Creighton University- Harper Center Summit 8:00 am-4:30 pm Keynote speaker: Tawanna Black, President and Owner of Innovations by Design. Tickets: Summit and Luncheon $75, Luncheon only $50. To register or to get more information visit or call Glenisha Nelson 402-819-7810.

Wednesday, December 4th

UNL presents…Nebraska Diversity Leadership Symposia Black Leadership Symposium Speaker: Marc Lamont Hill Register:

Friday, December 6th

Urban League of Nebraska presents Equal Opportunity Day Luncheon Hilton Omaha, 1001 Cass Street 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Keynote speaker: Derrick Hill, Field Vice President, Cox Business. Tickets: $75 Contact: 402-453-9730 or

Saturday, December 7th

Empowerment Network presents… 3rd Annual Christmas in the Village at 24th and Lake Noon – 6 pm Open to the community. Come join us for a holiday tradition and celebration! Indoor and Outdoor activities for children, adults and families. For more information, visit

all of me

In 1931, songstress Belle Baker sang a song, the title of which was “All of Me.” It was a song of a jilted lover asking the question of her ex as to why he did not just take all of her since he had already stolen her heart. Recorded by many African American artists, such as Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Pearl Bailey, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and a host of others, the central question — why not take all of me? — strikes a chord into the hearts of those who have experienced this situation as well.

Taking a look deeper into this question, beyond the superficiality of a love affair gone wrong, and analyzing the question at the root of who our spirit man is, we come face to face with the essential nature of our character. Do we, in fact, give all of ourselves to any given situation? Thinking about the things that we do on a daily basis, there is no doubt that the tasks at hand call for a certain amount of our time and attention; but do we honestly give those tasks and attention all that we have to give? In America, on any given day, you will hear complaints from anyone, anywhere, lamenting the reality that those employed to serve in a given capacity, rarely measure up to the quality of service that we might expect them to achieve. When we go to the doctor we expect them to at least know our name and take a personal interest in our well-being, and not just treat us like another case they have. When we go to the hardware store and have questions, we expect to be told all of the data we require to complete the task we have chosen to 4 | REVIVE! Omaha

accomplish. Even at a fast food restaurant, we expect a certain amount of attention. After all, we are spending our hard earned money at the establishment we have chosen to grace with our presence. Why do these places not give all of themselves to us but only a portion, and expect a generous tip as well? Now, we take this concept and apply it to ourselves. Do we always give ‘all of me’ to what we do? In the workplace – do we accept personal phone calls on our cell phones? How much time do we spend in meaningless conversation with others that is not work related? When we perform our job, do we give our full attention to the details or do others wish that someone else was doing the work? Whether it is a credit report, a business transaction, a sales related issue or taking our spouse on a date; or even playing with our children; it is impossible to sustain an ‘all of me’ level of attentiveness if we do not approach the event with an ‘all of me’ determination. ©2013 Revive! Omaha Magazine

In order for us to feel the level of accomplishment we desire to feel, we must first know within ourselves that we have done the best that we could do. Pride of achievement can only be experienced when we have given all that we have to whatever task we have chosen to undertake. Many complain that they have no satisfaction in their present positions of employment. Do we realize first and foremost that we have employment? Are we giving our employer the full one hundred percent effort we promised them we would give them during our interview? Or have we allowed our external environments, problems at home, calls from friends, appointments we are trying to make, to distract us from what we were hired to do? All of me should be at the epicenter of all we set our minds to do. This does not imply that we become workaholics, but it does assume the inference that whatever we allot time for, we focus on the performance needed to accomplish that task. It presupposes that we channel all of our efforts into giving the task “all of me.” When we do this then it sends a challenge to the spirit man/woman within us and demands a response from him/her suitable to the challenge we sent, and when this happens our mental acumen explodes and infuses the values and spirituality within us, causing us to feel alive and necessary. We understand the importance of what it is we are doing and actively participate in the purpose for which we were created to do. We realize that what we do MATTERS! If we are not experiencing the joy of accomplishment, we should evaluate the ‘all of me’ question. If we are truly and genuinely giving all of ourselves to an endeavor, we should be enjoying an inner peace that surpasses our ability to understand. Stature, importance, recognition – these will not matter. They are vanity and only serve to separate us from our spirit man. Pride, accomplishment, purpose – these will infiltrate our character. Honor, strength, integrity and uprightness will overwhelm us and we will realize the true objectives our values should be founded upon. ALL OF ME: Try it on for size.“I guarantee you’ll like it!” Read more online at



Help students at HBCUs win big. Call me for any insurance quote and Allstate will donate $10 to the Tom Joyner Foundation to support students at HBCUs. Then vote for your favorite school to help them win a $50,000 donation from Allstate. Let’s give it up for HBCUs. Let’s give it up for good. James Stinson (402) 498-2718 719 N. 132nd St. Omaha, NE 68514 Support HBCU students, call me today. No purchase necessary. For each quote received, $10 will benefit the Tom Joyner Foundation; maximum donation $150,000. The historically black college or university (HBCU) with the most votes will be awarded $50,000. Program begins August 1, 2013 and ends November 30, 2013. THIS PROMOTION IS NOT AVAILABLE IN ALASKA, MAINE, MASSACHUSETTS, NEW YORK, NORTH CAROLINA, NORTH DAKOTA AND UTAH. Tom Joyner Foundation name and rights are used with permission, which in no way constitute and endorsement, expressed or implied, of any product, service, company or individual. © 2013 Allstate Insurance Company

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keeping our sharp


“Mom, we are on summer break! Why do we have to do homework and it is summertime?” That was the question my siblings and I asked seemingly every summer because it was seemingly every summer that our mother had us working on academic projects. Sometimes, we would have to complete math assignments consistent with the information we either just learned the year prior or would be soon learning in the upcoming year. Other times, we would have to complete reading assignments and do reports on the reading assignments. As eloquently as I read, I came to dislike the reading assignments the most. We were required to read a book and provide a chapter by chapter summary on the book. My mother’s philosophy was that in order to keep our minds sharp, we had to regularly engage our minds. She believed that we had to review things we already knew, and delve into things that we did not yet know in order to keep our minds up to speed. She believed it was not simply the responsibility of the schools’ staff to keep us informed and sharp. She believed the parents, as surrounding influences, and the students themselves had a responsibility to keep themselves academically fresh. Many of us can attest to the fact that going to school after three months of summer break with no mentally engaging activities to revisit the information we previously learned, leaves us in a position to

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get “rusty.” This truth is not simply applicable in regard to academia. This truth proves itself with regard to our spiritual mindsets as well.

going through, we are unaware of the answer because we have failed to engage ourselves in spiritual things. We are rusty.

Many of us are spiritually “rusty” because we are unfortunately lazy when it comes to engaging ourselves in spiritual things. We are selective about when we want to be spiritual. We want to experience God’s presence only when we are going through something. We want to get into God’s word only when rough times shake us up enough where we desire to hear a word tailored for us. We engage ourselves in church and church activities when we believe it is a good way to earn particular blessings from the Lord that we have been desiring.

The Bible tells us to be ready in season and out of season. If I can put this in modern day vernacular, we have to be educated when school is in session and when school is out of session. We can’t just be Sunday morning believers. We can’t just be Wednesday Night believers. We can’t just be “when times are rough” believers. We have to be believers in season and out of season. This requires us to be in God’s word, be in God’s presence, engage in Godly activities, and function in God’s purpose at any given moment. Don’t get caught being a rusty believer. Now is your opportunity for refreshing.

So, we are rusty. If asked to quote some scripture regarding our circumstance, we are rusty. If asked to speak on what God is dealing with us about at this particular juncture in our lives, we are rusty. If asked to speak on why we are going through some of the things we are

Just like the individual who returns to college after years out of school, refreshing is possible and is worthwhile. The end result is desirable. Let’s be refreshed in our spiritual minds!


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Dr. Chang and her husband, Galen Anding, own Anding Family Dental in Omaha.

hat options do I have to pay for W my treatment plan? Dental insurance works differently than medical, but is a financial benefit toward your treatment. Also, there are other options, such as Care Credit, and our new option for the uninsuredAnding Advantage Dental Discount Program. This is designed to help our new and existing patients pay for their preventive, restorative, and cosmetic care.

Is it important to be seen every six months at the dentist for a cleaning and exam? Yes, absolutely! Why? Firstly, it is a preventive time for oral cancer screenings, early cavity detection, and for those who are diabetic or have heart disease. It helps to keep gum disease and bone loss from arising. Secondly, it is more cost efficient for the patient and the dentist.

Is it going to hurt? Dentistry has come a long way in the last generation. We do well in offering pain free treatments to all our patients. We use new techniques, including oral sedation that is highly effective in dealing with high anxiety patients, and a gentle hand always helps.

What does my insurance cover? Plans can vary anywhere from $500-$2000 per individual, per calendar year, along with varying 8 | REVIVE! Omaha

procedure coverage. We, as a courtesy, file your insurance; however, it is to your benefit to know, read, and understand the specifics of your plan. They are all different and can change year to year, and vary from employer to employer.

What if I don’t like my smile? If your gums and teeth are healthy, we have found Invisalign to be a great option for older teens and adults. Invisalign is a nice alternative for straightening your teeth without brackets. Invisalign is perfect for our adult patients who are ready to do something to pamper themselves. With Invisalign, daily care of your teeth is much easier than with traditional braces.

What are Dental Sealants, who should get them, and how long do they last? Dental sealants are designed to fill in those deep grooves and pits in your back teeth. They help to keep food, especially sticky foods, from getting down into those grooves and pits and causing cavities. Typically, your dental insurance plan will cover this as a preventive procedure for kids up to the age of 13, on first and second molars only. Sealants can be done on premolars and molars for anyone, including adults, who have them in place. Sealants can last anywhere from 5 years to a lifetime, depending on your bite and how your teeth wear over time. Š2013 Revive! Omaha Magazine


Investing in People and Projects

High on the list of unsung heroes in North Omaha’s revitalization is the Omaha Economic Development Corporation (OEDC). Serving the Community since 1977, OEDC has sincerely and earnestly practiced community and economic development in North Omaha because service is central to its mission. OEDC has served because serving is the right thing to do. OEDC has more than three decades of dedicated commitment to North Omaha. No big deal, its mission is “To implement economic development projects and community revitalization programs that create housing, jobs, training, business ownership opportunities and other economic benefits for area residents.” Most recently, OEDC partnered with NIFA, the Empowerment Network, the City of Omaha and others in the development of a comprehensive North Omaha Revitalization Plan. In 2011, as a major part of the rebuilding process, OEDC constructed four new healthy, green homes in the Prospect Hills area and substantially rehabilitated The Margaret; making it the State’s first energy independent, multi-family, affordable housing complex. This year, OEDC is on the move in the Fair Deal Urban District, developing a new 40 unit multi-family complex and five new single family homes; and, partnering with the City of Omaha and the Empowerment Network to launch the Step Up Omaha Program for youth ages 14-24. OEDC is on the move and North Omaha is Rising!

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the art of

Teaching our children

public speaking

Fannie Lou Hamer was a civil rights activist from Ruleville, MS. She was born into a sharecropping family in 1917, during the middle of the Jim Crow era. She had to discontinue her education at a young age to support her family by working alongside them in the cotton fields. By the time she reached adulthood, she had seen and experienced many injustices. After attending a voter registration meeting by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), she chose to register to vote. As a result, she faced more discrimination and maltreatment, including being arrested, severely beaten and threatened. However, Mrs. Hamer persevered despite the continued oppression. Her compelling moment came when she gave a poignant speech before a mass meeting in Indianola, MS in September 1964. During this

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speech, she spoke about the mistreatment she endured while registering to vote and the rights of African Americans having a say in regards to voting in America. Many did not find her to be a captivating speaker due to her diction, or way of speaking. Although she spoke with passion, she was often seen as having a plain spoken manner, of being illiterate and ignorant. Although she knew of these viewpoints, she continued her campaign. During her speech, she stated, “You see, in this struggle, some people say that, ‘Well, she doesn’t talk too good.’ The type of education that we get here, years to come you won’t talk too good.” I have to wonder, if Fannie Lou Hamer‘s speech was more “eloquent”, would more people have

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listened to her? Would she have been heard? Would more people know who she was and what she stood for? Being able to verbally express ourselves is an important part of communicating with others. It helps others understand our perspective. Many of us may never be paid public speakers, however it is important to be comfortable and showcase the ability to speak publicly whether in our jobs, schools or church. We must also educate our children on the importance of speech. We don’t know what the future holds for our children and exposure to public speaking at any age prepares them for tomorrow. Whether it is speaking in a board room or addressing our country, we want our children to be prepared. The following are tips that can help prepare our children for public speaking. Read: Reading helps to expand our vocabulary. If there are words in which you do not know the meaning of, look it up in the dictionary. The dictionary will give the definition and correct pronunciation of the word.

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Recite: Reciting words aloud will help you be able to enunciate the words correctly. This can be done by reading books and magazines out loud. One technique I used when I was younger was to read aloud the information that is scrolled across the television screen during the news or weather alert. Observe: Observing others can be beneficial to learning to speak clearly. For instance, watching and hearing how the news anchors and reporters announce the news can help us enunciate our words. Recording: Videotaping ourselves or audibly recording our speech can also help us know what we need to work on. Oftentimes, our voices sound muffled when recorded. Therefore, we can identify what sounds and words we specifically need to practice pronouncing clearly. If we want to be heard, we must know what to say and how to speak what we are saying. As the old E. F. Hutton commercials used to say, “When E.F. Hutton talks, people listen”.

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our health Reaching your purpose is impacted by our ability to take care of ourselves mentally, spiritually, and physically. The physical part is where we often fall short. If our health fails, it will be difficult to reach our purpose. All too often, we ignore our body’s warning signs and we keep going until it catches up with us. I learned that lesson the hard way several years ago. Yes, I have been there and done that. I choose to not go back again. Since I am a high capacity person and like to take charge, I would work and work, skip breakfast and lunch, and keep going. After a while my body would say let’s eat, but my mind would say let’s just get one more email done. Then it was, let’s just get one more phone call completed. Or get one more letter finished and then eat. It would lead to several emails or letters and time would slip away. A small hunger headache would begin to emerge. Pretty soon it would be 3:00 P.M. in the afternoon and I had ignored the fact that it was time to eat lunch. The small headache that started to emerge would grow worse, much worse. Fatigue would also set in and it would become difficult to think and see clearly. 12 | REVIVE! Omaha

Did I say I am a recovering over achiever? It’s true, I admit it. Like many over achievers, I kept going and going. The result was the small head ache turning in to a ginormous migraine type of headache. I would then reluctantly stop to eat. It was too late; the headache had no intention of stopping. I had waited too long to eat and was paying a painful price for it. The hunger headache would last for 24 hours. After several of those episodes, I learned the hard way to take care of myself by eating regular nutritious meals throughout the day, drink plenty of water daily, and to not ignore the warning signs. Many of us do that far too often or we have a family member that does something similar. We ignore the warning signs that our body is telling us. In fact, if don’t take care of ourselves it can prevent us from reaching our purpose in life. As president of the Alzheimer’s Association Midlands Chapter, I encourage individuals to take care of their health and to be aware of the warning signs of Alzheimer’s. In fact, every 68 seconds someone gets Alzheimer’s. I challenge individuals to be proactive about health and to recognize the 10 warning signs. ©2013 Revive! Omaha Magazine

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s 1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life

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If you notice these signs, please consult with your physician for an evaluation. Being aware of the warning signs helps you to be proactive about health, early diagnosis, and treatment. Let’s focus on health and the health of our family so that we can reach our purpose.

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Understanding Healthcare Reform

Ready or Not, Here it Comes

by Lisa L. Laday-Davis,

President of Davis Insurance Agency and Board President of the Independent Insurance Agents of Nebraska

The Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (PPACA), also known as ACA or Obama Care, started in 2010 with major provisions becoming effective in 2014. After the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Act, we have all been waiting to see the federal and state rollout of these provisions. There are many aspects of the Act that effect insurance companies, employers and individuals as consumers. While we cannot cover all aspects of the law in this review, here is what we all need to know as consumers:

Effective 2014

• Insurance Company Cannot Cancel Your Policy Insurers can no longer cancel your policy due to medical reasons or health conditions (Your policy can still be cancelled for nonpayment) • No Denial of Insurance: No one can be denied health insurance due to medical reasons or preexisting health conditions • No Dollar Cap on Insurance: There is no longer a cap on lifetime benefits for your health insurance • Free Preventive Care: Preventive care under your insurance policy is now free. Insurance companies can no longer apply co-payments, co-insurance and deductibles to your preventive care doctor visits. • You will Pay a Penalty: If you and your dependents do not have health insurance by

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2014 and do not have an exemption, you will face a penalty when filing your personal 2014 tax return. The penalty will initially be small, but will grow significantly over the next several years. • Online Insurance Marketplace: Beginning January 1, 2014, you can now shop for insurance online, or through a licensed broker to advise you on subsidies and coverage. It will not cost you more to use a licensed broker. • Enroll Now: Open enrollment or the ability to enroll in health insurance as an individual or small business begins October 1, 2013 for a 2014 effective date • Dependents Covered to Age 26: The Act requires plans and issuers to offer dependent coverage until the child reaches the age of 26. Both married and unmarried children may qualify. • Pay or Play: By 2015, companies with more than 50 full time employees will have to offer affordable and minimum essential coverage to full time employees or pay a penalty. They have to offer dependent coverage as well, although there is no affordable requirement. There is no mandate to offer coverage to spouses at this time.

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• Insurance Company Overhead Limited: The law says that carriers must spend at least 80% (85% for large employer groups) of premiums collected on medical care or improvements. No more than 15-20% for overhead and profits to the health insurance company. • Navigators: The federal government has provided funding for navigators to help consumers understand and navigate the online health insurance system and provide information on subsidies and other options available. • Essential Benefits Package: There is now a standard for a minimum level of coverage that must be offered, known as essential benefits. • Medicaid Expansion: The state of Nebraska did not expand Medicaid. This still leaves a gap of low income individuals who may not qualify for Medicaid or a Federal subsidy, but if the cost of insurance is above the percentage required by law, those individuals will not be penalized.

Questions: Does the ACA cover illegal or undocumented residents in the United States? No. The law does not allow for federal subsidies or credits for individuals that are not legally present in the United States.



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Are there any exemptions to the mandate for Individuals to purchase health insurance? Yes. You can apply for religious exemptions. Also, those not legally present in the United States or incarcerated are exempt. What are other exemptions? • Those who cannot afford coverage based on formulas within the law • Have income below the federal income tax filing threshold • Are members of a recognized Native American tribe • Uninsured for gaps of 3 months or less • Received a hardship waiver or are outside the United States How do I satisfy the Mandate? Purchase coverage through the Nebraska exchange, your employer, Medicaid or state assistance program such as Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) or Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIP). What if I need help? Contact a licensed broker, community navigator or call a government hotline (1-800-318-2596). You can also visit

Empowerment Network Collaboration Emerging as a National Model “I’d like to see the Empowerment Network model expanded to 30 urban communities over the next five to ten years,” stated George Fraser, President and CEO of FraserNet and Founder of the PowerNetworking Conference.“If we can make that happen, we will close some of these longstanding gaps in our community within 25 years, not 100 years.” Over the past six months, the Empowerment Network model has received more national recognition and the group has been invited to participate and present in three national events. In April, Empowerment Network President, Facilitator and Founder, Willie Barney was invited by the Charles Hamilton Institute to present at Harvard University during the Advanced Leadership Initiative. The conference featured national leaders in the areas of business, education and law. Some of the hosts and speakers included, Charles Ogletree – Harvard Law School, Deb Delisle – Undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Education and John Wilson – President of Morehouse College. Barney presented an overview of the work of the Empowerment Network, the North Omaha Cradle to Career Collaboration, and the impact of the education initiatives and collaboration happening in Omaha. “While we all know we have a lot of work ahead of us in Omaha, it’s encouraging to hear the incredible feedback from other cities that are looking to learn from our seven year journey of collaboration,” said Willie Barney.“National leaders recognize there’s something special happening here. That should push us to do even more work and accelerate the progress even more.” The presentation at Harvard University was followed by a road trip to George Fraser’s annual PowerNetworking Conference held in Dallas, 16 | REVIVE! Omaha

Texas. The conference is regarded as one of the top African-American business and networking gatherings in the country, consistently attracting some of America’s most influential AfricanAmericans including Oprah, Magic Johnson and leading business executives like Bob Johnson, founder of BET. This year’s conference also attracted significant business leaders including, Michael Roberts – CEO of The Roberts Companies and one of eight African-American billionaires, Dr. Dennis Kimbro, Dr. Randal Pinkett and other key players on the national scene. Barney, John and Viv Ewing, Michael Maroney, Vicki Quaites-Ferris, Jami Anders Kemp and Symone Sanders all made the trip to Dallas to represent the Empowerment Network and tell “the Omaha story.” The presentation was greeted with a standing ovation and was incredibly well-received from business and community leaders from throughout the United States. Pastor Freddie Haynes, a nationally-known and highly respected pastor from Friendship West Baptist Church located in Dallas, Texas commented,“That is one of the most inspiring presentations I’ve seen.”“We are going to do this in Dallas. Could it be that the next great movement is coming out of Omaha?” “We’ve already invited the Empowerment Network to come back and make a presentation on the main stage during the biggest day of the conference,” said Fraser, who was recently inducted into the African American Business Hall of Fame. “Our people need models that are working. We will lift up these models to let people know what is possible when you connect the dots. This is a 25 year vision coming to life. You see groups and neighborhoods coming together, but it’s rare where you see a citywide effort to work together at this level.” ©2013 Revive! Omaha Magazine

Julius Cartwright, Immediate Past President for the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB), was in attendance at the PowerNetworking Conference and extended an invitation to the Empowerment Network to present at their national conference the first week of August. They presented “the Omaha story” in front of the board and general membership. Cartwright was so impressed with the work of the Empowerment Network Model that he included it in NAREB’s national State of Housing in Black America report and introduced it with the following words: “One of the most impressive models that I’ve seen is the Empowerment Network in Omaha, Nebraska.”

from other cities have been traveling to Omaha to learn more about the Empowerment Network Collaboration. Representatives from Des Moines, Minneapolis, Kansas City, St. Louis, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, and Cleveland have already visited, and additional cities including Birmingham, Baltimore, Quad-Cities and others are bringing groups to Omaha.

“While many cities are facing similar issues, this group has focused on solutions and is making measurable progress by aligning efforts and organizations,” said Cartwright.“In most communities, we can’t get organizations to work together and here Omaha has seven years of research and development that shows that it is possible. Every city in America needs to implement this approach.” The Empowerment Network’s background, vision, mission, goals and 7 Step Empowerment Plan are included in the NAREB State of Housing in Black America report that is being distributed nationally and also shared with elected officials, including the Congressional Black Caucus and White House.

Recently, the Network also partnered with the City of Omaha and was one of eleven cities selected to receive technical assistance from the National League of Cities to develop a comprehensive plan to improve outcomes in the area of employment, education, housing and health for AfricanAmerican men.

Over the past seven years, leaders and researchers

Network members have also participated in planning meetings with the African-American Leadership Forum which included representatives from Minneapolis, Tacoma, Seattle, Portland, Des Moines and other participating cities, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

“The national recognition confirms that we have something special going on in Omaha,” said John Ewing, Douglas County Treasurer and chairman of the Empowerment Network Board of Directors.“With more partners locally and nationally, we’ll make even greater progress. It’s inspiring to know that we are on the verge of making a positive impact in other cities across the country.”

Own our future. We need your input on the challenges and opportunities in our community. Join us in creating Heartland 2050 — a shared vision of the region’s future. Regional Visioning Workshops:

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Envisioning our neighborhoods of tomorrow. Nov. 5 … Downtown Omaha | KANEKO Nov. 6 … Southeast Metro | Kroc Center Nov. 6 … East Pottawattamie County | Oakland Community Center Nov. 7 … Northeast Metro | Lake Point Community Center Nov. 7 … Midtown Omaha | Lewis and Clark Middle School

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I have a Dream Omaha, Omaha NAACP and Empowerment NETWORK

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student achiever Lasha Goodwin

Lasha Goodwin entered her senior year at Omaha North High school with quite an accomplishment under her belt. Not only has she excelled in the classroom with a 4.5 GPA, Lasha and three other U.S. high school teammates won first prize in an engineering competition hosted by Georgia Tech Summer Engineering Institute in Atlanta, Georgia this summer. Goodwin and her team researched, designed and developed a GeoTracking engineering project along with eight other teams during the three week long program. Goodwin and her team Eureka selected the category GeoTracking with the motivation being that people lose things or their items are stolen and never recover those items. The students learned the fundamentals of ubiquitous computing, telecommunications, wireless networks (GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc.), and programming. They also developed a tracking device that could be attached to any valuable item and tracked with a website, or a smartphone app. The device could also be used in agriculture, disaster relief, military activities, and in nations where child soldier recruitment is prominent. At the end of the three weeks, the students presented their company and product to Georgia Tech staff and graduate students. All nine groups were judged for their presentations as well as the product. Prizes were awarded to the winners of the three pathways and to the overall winning team. She and her team won their pathway and the overall prize because of their concise presentation, and social application. “The Georgia Tech Summer Engineering Institute was thorough and challenging. They piled on a lot of hard concepts in a very short amount of time, but the teachers made sure that we learned and understood them. The Engineering program at Omaha North definitely put me way ahead of the game when I arrived at GTSEI. I had a deeper understanding of the various fields of engineering and I knew what it took to create a complete, solid engineering project,” says Goodwin. Lasha Goodwin served as Junior Class President 2013, Communications Officer for NSBE, Jr. and Jazz Band Section Leader. She volunteers at a pantry in South Omaha where she translates for Spanish speaking clients. She also serves faithfully at her church. 20 | REVIVE! Omaha

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Celebrating & Recognizing Diverse Workforces and Inclusive Workplaces

Equal Opportunity Day Luncheon Friday, December 6, 2013 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Hilton Omaha | 1001 Cass Street, Omaha

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Omaha Public Schools Superintendent Mark Evans and Dr. Charles Rankin, Executive Director of the Midwest Equity Assistance Center

by Janice Gilmore It appears that Omaha Public Schools is definitely committed to closing the “achievement gap” which is often described as the disparity between minority and low-income students at the lower end of the performance scale, and their non-Hispanic white peers. Powerful visions and examples that showcase student success stories were shared in keynote addresses, workshops, story circles and from students themselves at the Omaha Public Schools’ Eighth Annual Best Practices Summit. The summit which was held on July 17-18, 2013 at the Omaha Hilton Hotel was sponsored by the Midwest Equity Assistance Center, Omaha Public Schools, Region VII Magnet Schools of America and also included a key partner – Minnesota Humanities Center. Over 225 educators, community people, and others interested in the educational success of Omaha Public Schools students attended the various workshops. Over 400 students and parents also attended during an evening event hosted by Title 1. Mark Evans, the new superintendent for Omaha Public Schools, kicked off the summit by encouraging educators with the following words: “Your participation in this outstanding opportunity demonstrates a personal commitment to the educational profession, personal standards, high 22 | REVIVE! Omaha

expectations and the enormous commitment to your students, families, and the community.” The opening ceremony included a powerful young vocalist, Roy Strong, who is a seventh grade student at King Science Center and the son of Duranda Strong. Dr. Charles Rankin, Executive Director of the Midwest Equity Assistance Center, stated “The purpose was to provide an opportunity to hear and share some of the great things happening across the country, create multiple opportunities to hear from experts who have researched working successfully with high-poverty and high minority schools, and share data on student achievement patterns nationally and what to expect.” The keynote speakers included Erin Gruwell, a former teacher and author of the best-seller, “The Freedom Writers Diary” which was made into a movie in 2007. The principal of Omaha South High School, Carla Riggs echoed Gruwell’s message as she emphasized the importance of teachers providing hope for all students in their classrooms and schools. Dr. Baruti Kafele, a principal from New Jersey and author of “Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School and In Life”, spoke on closing the attitude gap. He led the transformation of four different schools while serving as a middle and high school

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principal. His presentation consisted of increasing student performance. Debbie Silver who spent 30 years as an educator in Louisiana and is the author of “Drumming To the Beat of Different Marchers: Finding the Rhythm for Differentiated Learning”, spoke of different research-based models, teaching strategies, management tips, and lessons for addressing individual differences. Besides keynote speakers, there were concurrent presentations from featured speakers such as: Dr. Tommy Watson,acclaimed author and motivational speaker, spoke of the many hardships he experienced growing up, including having heroin-addicted parents and being homeless, and how he overcame those obstacles.Having strong relationships with people who believed in him helped him reach success. As a result, he presented educators and other participants with researched-based practices to help inspire and motivate students. The presentation by Dr. Eleanor Coleman, a consultant for the Parent Institute for Quality Education in Minnesota, was extremely meaningful to many Omaha Public Schools educators as an introduction to the work being offered in partnership with MHC (the Minnesota Humanities Center). Dr. Coleman, along with MHC team members Kate Gipp, Julianne Schwietz and Rose McGee, spoke of the actions being implemented via workshops designed to help OPS teachers be in relationship with their students. MHC Community/ Contributing Scholars included Professor Wynema Morris, a member of the Omaha Indigenous Nation; Tami Maldonado-Mancebo, Project Director for OPS Native American Indian Education; and Christopher Marshall, OPS and independent filmmaker. The Minnesota Humanities Center uses the Absent Narrative approach which is a relationshipbased Approach in educating students. It focuses on restoring relationships. According to the MHC research, “the significant absence of the histories, stories, art and music of cultures and people from mainstream curricula acts as a barrier to both educators and students alike. This absence limits engagement, academic performance, and personal growth in the school and beyond.” Two signature workshops MHC provided to OPS educators were Constructing the Innocent Classroom with University of Minnesota Assistant Professor Alexs Pate, and Read more online at

Reconstructing Curriculum with UNO professor Dr. Omowale Akintunde. By far the most energized event during the summit was on the evening of July 18th hosted by Title 1, Tina Forte Director, where about 400 OPS students, families and community members in attendance. Community organizations such as 100 Black Men, and sorority step show from Nebraska’s Stepping Zetas all collaborated to get the students excited for the upcoming school year. Elizabeth Lassiter, graduate of Creighton University was the keynote speaker. REVIVE! Omaha | 23

Recognizing omaha’s african american corporate and business executives When African-American leaders are celebrated and recognized in Omaha, one category typically gets overlooked. Behind the scenes are influential African-American business leaders working in powerful corporate positions. A few of the executives have been recognized in national publications and by international groups for their ability to generate positive results for their company, but most people in the community wouldn’t know them if they walked by them on the street. Most of them actively serve on non-profit boards and work in their church or community organizations on a consistent basis. Some of them manage departments and divisions responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars and, in a few cases, billions are under their purchasing control, sales or financial responsibility. Revive! Omaha Magazine is excited to present twelve of our most dynamic and influential African-American corporate business executives and leaders. We celebrate their personal and professional successes. In a city where African-Americans are not well represented in the boardroom and corporate suites, we thank them for stepping into leadership roles and setting the bar high for future generations. Just as importantly, we thank those who are using their time, strengths and influence to make a positive impact in the community and serve as mentors, sponsors and champions for the next generation. In future editions, we will feature even more of these inspiring corporate leaders. Their stories must be told and celebrated.

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Derrick R. Hill, field vice president cox buSiness-omaha & sun valley

“Whatever I can do, I’m there. I’m committed to creating great opportunities for more people.” Derrick R. Hill, Vice-President of Cox Business, has hit the ground running since arriving in Omaha. One of the top African-American business executives in the city, Hill has made himself available to help wherever and whenever possible. Even with a demanding schedule, he is dedicated to mentoring the next generation and creating opportunities for minority owned businesses. Hill has an impressive resume. He is recognized as one of the top sales and marketing executives with award winning performance in the media, cable, wireless, telecommunications, office equipment and environment services industries. Hill has consistently received recognition for his achievement in sales, marketing, continuous improvement, service excellence and team building. Hill has excelled in every position that he has held, rising now to the position of Vice President of Cox Business - Omaha/Sun Valley. Hill is responsible for establishing and leading Cox’s commercial business strategy to aggressively grow new sales and revenues, as well as manage a $100 million annual revenue budget. While he has a passion for making an impact in the community, he loves the challenge of growing businesses and generating profits. He is one of the best at making it happen by empowering his team. The best of both worlds is when he combines his love for business and passion for impacting the community. Hill, Cox Communications and community partners are in the process of bringing a chapter of the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) to Omaha. NAMIC has been highly effective in other communities and has led to more career and contracting opportunities for minorities in the media, technology and communications field from entry-level to the C-Suites. Hill has 20 years of sales and management leadership experience with expertise in the wireless and telecommunications industries. Prior to joining Cox in 2011, Derrick held executive level positions with some of America’s top corporations, including Xerox, AT&T Wireless, Nortel and Ameritech. He has been recognized for strategic thinking and building high performing teams. Derrick serves on the board for the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce. He has been invited as a guest lecturer on “Leadership & Ethics in Business” at Bowling Green State University and guest lecturer on “Building, Developing and Leading Effective Teams” at the African-American Leadership Conference in Omaha. Derrick received his Master’s of Business Administration from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and Bachelor’s Degree in Health Administration from Governors State University. Continue next page… Read more online at

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Sherrye Hutcherson,

Vice President-corporate Services, CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER Omaha Public Power District

“Take advantage of all of the opportunities that come your way.” Sherrye L. Hutcherson is committed to excellence and has high expectations of herself and everyone she surrounds herself with in her business and community work. Rising to one of the highest positions within a typically male dominated industry she is dynamic, prepared and makes it her business to know all aspects of the OPPD organization, mission and strategy. Deeply committed to high employee and customer satisfaction, Hutcherson knows that every person must be treated with respect and deserves the best OPPD has to offer. Promoted to Vice-President of Corporate Services and Chief Administrative Officer at OPPD in July 2011, Hutcherson wears many hats within the organization and oversees Corporate Services, which includes Material Management, Facilities Management, Information Technology, Sustainable Energy & Environmental Stewardship and Human Resources. Hutcherson began her career with OPPD in 1999 in Economic Development. In 2000 she was promoted to division manager – Market Research & Product Management. She was promoted to division manager – Customer Solutions in 2004 and was subsequently named division manager Human Resources in 2007. While excelling at work, Hutcherson also plays a key role in the community, serving on a number of non-profit boards, and she is an active member at Salem Baptist Church. She has a passion for developing leaders, and her philosophy around that is simple --aspire to what energizes you. And she willingly shares that philosophy in her various roles, both at OPPD and in the community, as a sought-after mentor. “When people come to me for leadership advice, I always encourage them to obtain the right education, the right experience, and most importantly, the right mentor,” said Hutcherson. “I’m so grateful for the mentors in my life who helped guide me. But, you have to be flexible through that process and take advantage of all the opportunities that come your way.” She is an active community member, serving on the boards of directors of the Omaha Children’s Museum, the Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska, 75 North Revitalization Board and the Greater Omaha Business Ethics Alliance Governing Board. She is a member of the Human Resources Association of the Midlands. She has co-chaired the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign and the ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference for metropolitan Omaha, as well as serving on ICAN’s board of directors. Sherrye was named one of Ten Outstanding Young Omahans, as well as Distinguished Service Award Winner. She was also named by the Midlands Business Journal as a “40 Under 40” recipient. Hutcherson earned an MBA from Creighton University in Omaha, graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and holds professional certifications in human resources, economic development and business retention and expansion. She and her husband, Westly, have two children. 26 | REVIVE! Omaha

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Ivan Gilreath, CEO

Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands

“I want our youth to know that they can dream big and achieve greatness.” Ivan Gilreath has come full circle. Born and raised in North Omaha, Gilreath spent many hours as a child at the North Omaha Boys Club before rising to the position of President for a division of ING. Coming from humble beginnings, Gilreath was able to achieve one of the highest levels of executive leadership attained by an African-American from North Omaha. Before leading ING, he worked for over 20 years at Mutual of Omaha, rising there to the position of Senior Vice-President. Gilreath has never forgotten where he came from. All along his journey, he has stayed committed to Omaha and specifically the North Omaha community. He has consistently volunteered as a coach, advisor and board member while achieving the highest levels of success in the corporate environment. People that know Ivan will tell you that he’s always had North Omaha in his heart. Gilreath’s mother was a major influence on his life. She challenged and encouraged him to achieve greatness. She instilled in him the principle of giving back. In 2011, Gilreath left his corporate position to become the CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands. Though he is committed to the entire region, Gilreath has a special place in his heart for the Boys and Girls Club in North Omaha. He spent countless hours at the Boys Club as he was growing up. Under his leadership, the Boys and Girls Club has already introduced a number of new programs and initiatives geared at making sure that more kids can reach their full potential. He serves as a member of the Board of Counselors at University of Nebraska Medical Center, the national advisory board of the University of Nebraska-Omaha College, College of St. Mary, Jesuit Academy and Children’s Hospital. He has a long history of community leadership having served as a volunteer for numerous nonprofit organizations, including the board of the Urban League of Nebraska, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the YMCA Black Achievers, the Urban League Black Executive Exchange Program and Omaha Chamber of Commerce 21st Century Steering Committee. Gilreath founded the Midwest Trailblazers mentoring and basketball organization, which provides opportunities for young men and women to develop leadership and social skills, while supporting athletic ability. He was honored with the “Living the Dream” award from the City of Omaha, and in 2002, was given the University of Nebraska-Omaha’s Distinguished Alumni award. In 2007, he was awarded the Whitney M. Young Leadership Award from the Urban League of Nebraska. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from the University of Nebraska in 1982, where he also played intercollegiate Division I basketball. In 1989, he earned a masters degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Ivan and his wife Rita Gilreath have two adult children. Continue next page… Read more online at

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Eric Butler

Executive Vice President, Marketing & Sales Union Pacific

Recognized by Black Enterprises as one of corporate America’s Most Powerful Executives. Eric Butler was named Executive Vice President - Marketing and Sales for Union Pacific in 2012. In his position, Butler is responsible for Union Pacific’s six major business units: agriculture, automobiles, chemicals, energy, industrial products and intermodal. Collectively, the business units account for nearly $19 billion in annual revenue. He also oversees the railroad’s National Customer Service Center. Eric has been with Union Pacific for 28 years and formerly held the position of VPFinance (Planning & Analysis) as well as positions in the Accounting, Operations Analysis, and Human Resources Departments. Eric received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1981 and an MSIA in 1986, both from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. Eric is a recipient of the Durham Western Heritage Museum African-American Heritage Award for business. He is a member of the Executive Leadership Council and sits on the Boards of the Tepper School Alumni Board, National Association of Manufacturers and Omaha Airport Authority. Eric is an ordained minister serving at the Joy of Life Ministries in Omaha. He and his wife, Cynthia, have three children. Aileen Warren joined First Data Corporation in 1997. She has worked for the company for over 16 years, where she has been promoted several times to her current role as Vice President of Human Resources. Warren has over 25 years of Human Resources experience including work in the areas of employee relations, training and development, recruitment, hiring, performance and talent management, mergers and acquisitions, and diversity. From 1989 -1996, she served as corporate trainer for First National Bank of Omaha. Aileen graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a Master of Social Work Degree in 1985 and a Bachelor of Social Work Degree in 1983.

Aileen Warren

Vice-President Human Resources First Data

She has served on various community boards including Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands, American Red Cross, Inroads, Family Services, and Girls, Inc. For her commitment to youth, she has received the Boys and Girls Club of America National Service to Youth Award and The Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands Woman and Youth Award. She was also recently named an Omaha North High 2012 Viking of Distinction. Aileen is married to Thomas Warren, Sr and they have three children. Rob Trebilcock joined Blue Cross Blue Shield in 2007 and has served in various leadership roles. In his current role, Trebilcock focuses much of his time on collaborating with Nebraska nonprofit organizations that are seeking opportunities to support their mission. Prior to joining Blue Cross Blue Shield, Trebilcock worked at Convergys Corp. in customer service and financial services, managing business in Canada, India and the United States.

Rob Trebilcock

Director of Community Engagement & Creative Services Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska

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Born and raised in Canada, Rob came to the U.S. on an athletic scholarship and played collegiate football for four years. He has spent many hours volunteering in the community and coaching a variety of sports. He’s been a mentor in the TeamMates program and has been a member of the men’s advisory council for the Institute for Career Advancement Needs, or ICAN. Rob currently serves on the boards of the Nebraska Sports Council, Youth Emergency Services and Charles Drew Foundation. Rob has two children -- daughter Payton and son Tre’.

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Recently named by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the nation’s Top Diversity Executives. Angela Jones sits on the ConAgra Foods senior HR leadership team with current responsibility for both company culture and Diversity & Inclusion. She previously led the talent management team in addition to leading transformational human capital initiatives across the company. Prior to joining ConAgra Foods, Angela held Director of Operations and Plant General Manager positions for The Clorox Company as well as significant operations roles at Procter & Gamble.

Angela Jones, SPHR

Vice President, Human Resources ConAgra Foods

Angela holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and an MBA from Georgia Tech. She is currently working on her dissertation in behavioral ethics and expects to earn a Doctorate in Business from Georgia State University in 2014. Very active in her community, Angela sits on the boards of ICAN, Heartland Workforce Solutions, University Nebraska – Lincoln Department of Management, Charles Drew Foundation and the Empowerment Network. On the national level, she sits on the board of the Global Women’s Leadership Forum and the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) President’s Council. Angela is a single mother of 16 year old twins, Tia and Cory. Chandra Henley is responsible for fitness, duty determinations, the field occupational health nursing program, disability prevention/management for injured or ill employees, medical surveillance, 1,600 company sponsored fitness facilities, health risk reduction programs and UP’s national award winning health promotions. Prior to her current appointment, Chandra led numerous processes in UP’s Finance Department for 25 years. Henley holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Drake University, a Certified Public Accountants’ certificate and a Masters of Business Administration from Northwestern University.

Chandra R. Henley

Assistant Vice President, Health & Medical Services Union Pacific

Henley currently participates as an active member of the American Heart Association Board, the Salem Baptist Church Trustee Ministry, the newly developed African American Professional Network Advisory Committee and other efforts. She is also a Chamber of Commerce Leadership Omaha graduate. Chandra has fraternal twin sons, Brandon and Austin. Ernest White has been Vice President and Commercial Lender for American National Bank at the 31st & Ames location since May 1995. Ernest joined American National Bank in 1983 and prior to his current position, he served as Branch Manager for their 144th & Q Street branch. In his previous position, Ernest was responsible for the day to day operations of a $35 million asset branch, while focusing on commercial lending, including installment, home equity and consumer loans. He now focuses on small business lending and community reinvestment working out of the 90th & Dodge and 31 & Ames Street locations Originally from New York City, NY, White received his Bachelor of Science Degree and Masters Degree from Penn State University in State College, PA. He is active in the Omaha community and is also a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

Ernest White

Vice-President & Commercial Lender American National Bank

Ernest serves on the Board of Directors for the Butler Gast YMCA, Omaha Public Library, Family Housing Advisory Services, Omaha 100, National Kidney Foundation, Loves Jazz Arts Center, Omaha Economic Development Corporation and African American Achievement Council of Omaha. Ernest is married to Regina White and they have three children. Continue next page…

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Clarence Nichols serves as Sr. Vice President in Commercial Banking at UMB Bank. He has more than 20 years of experience in the banking industry and has originated more than $300 million in lending activity. Clarence is active in the community as he currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Community Health Charities. He is also a member of the Board of Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance (OHKA), the Salvation Army and a Trustee for the Salem Baptist Church.

Clarence Nichols

Sr. Vice President, Commercial Banking UMB Bank

Clarence has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Bellevue and is a graduate of the Colorado Graduate School of Banking at the University of Boulder. He is also a graduate of Leadership Omaha and a recognized performer at the American Institute of Banking Schools of Banking. Clarence is married to the former Laurie D. Kempkes: together, they have three children, Savannah, Jalen and Colin. Dana Washington oversees and directs all phases of business and insurance litigation filed by or against the Mutual of Omaha throughout 17 states and all phases of employment-related litigation throughout the country. She is responsible for providing ongoing advice and counsel to numerous corporate business areas with a particular emphasis on claims/customer service and human resources. In addition, she serves as the corporate sponsor of Mutual of Omaha’s Black Employee Resource Group (BERG). Prior to her role at Mutual of Omaha, Washington clerked for the Honorable Joseph Bataillon of the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska, practiced insurance defense litigation as a trial attorney with the law firm of Wickman and Washington.

Dana Washington

Assistant General Counsel, Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company

Washington obtained both her undergraduate degree and juris doctorate from the Creighton University Law School. Washington is a member of the Nebraska Bar Association and the Midlands Bar Association. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Mutual of Omaha Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands. Dana is married to Darryl Washington and has three children. Lisa Laday-Davis currently holds the position of President for the Davis Insurance Agency and owner of DavTech Risk Solutions, Inc. The companies are niche insurance placement and risk solutions agencies specializing in public entities and nonprofit corporations. The companies currently manage over $10 Million in insurance premium placements. Laday-Davis manages the Agencies top 10 Public Entity, Educational Institution and Social Service accounts and she provides consulting and risk solutions. Laday-Davis began her career as Financial Analyst with First Data Investor Services Group. She gained her experience as a CPA by working as an In-charge Accountant with Hayes & Associates and Schwarz & Associates. Laday-Davis graduated from Louisiana State University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She possess licenses and certifications in the areas of finance and accounting, risk management and insurance placement. She obtained her Certified Public Accountants license in 1999.

Lisa Laday-Davis

President, Davis Companies Owner, DavTech Risk Solutions, Inc.

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Laday-Davis has worked with various community and nonprofit organizations in Omaha. She is currently the Board President of the Independent Insurance Agents of Nebraska representing over a 1,000 independent licensed agents across the state of Nebraska.

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I believe God has given each one of us special gifts and talents that allow us to be servant leaders. What we have to do is determine how to utilize these gifts and talents to serve. I offer those of you who are trying to discover where you will serve, a four part process I believe will help you discover your God given purpose. This process is the Four S’s for success. The initial S represents SEEK. This particular S allows us to explore all the possibilities available for us to serve, and can promote movement out of our comfort zone and open up opportunities to serve that we would never have considered. I often tell people my entire public service career of over 31 years has led me to do things I never conceived of doing. I would never have thought that I would have been a member of the police department for nearly 25 years. I never expected to run for an elected office and, most certainly, would not have envisioned running for Congress. I have tried to be open to the opportunities that God has presented. It reminds me of the old saying that, “Life happens while we’re busy making plans.” This brings us to the second S, which is to SEE the specific opportunities God has for you. This means when a great opportunity to serve presents itself, look at it closely and pray. Ask God if this is an opportunity He wants you to pursue. He will make it clear to us if we are willing to be still and listen with our hearts. Read more online at

During my years as a business major student at UNO, I also worked part-time at Sears and had the opportunity to make the acquaintance of two Omaha Police Department members. Each and every time we saw one another they always took the opportunity to encourage me to apply at the police department. I listened and acted upon their suggestion and consequently had a wonderful career with the Omaha Police Department. This brings us to the third S which represents to SEIZE the opportunities that God provides for us to be Servant Leaders. Simply put, this means being the very best we can in utilizing the specific gifts and talents God has given us to bloom where we’re planted and give our very best service. I believe faithfulness will allow us to have an impact on the lives of the people around us. This will lead to even greater opportunities to serve and impact lives. I believe this to be the case in my own life. Even today, as I continue to serve in spite of the inevitable ups and downs, I have experienced God continuing to bless and expand my territory. In conclusion, I believe if you are faithful in embracing the first three S’s, the fourth and final S which is SUCCESS will follow naturally. As you explore and think about the definition of success, make sure you define your own success. Don’t let someone else define you or your contributions as a leader. Be faithful where you are planted, and seize your opportunities to impact lives. REVIVE! Omaha | 31

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In The Masters Hands Beauty Salon (402) 991-4160 7810 Dodge Street • Omaha Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm Saturday by appointment only.

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Morning Star Baptist Church

Rev. Dr. Leroy E. Adams, Jr. Senior Pastor 2019 Burdette Street 402-342-0018 Sunday Service 7:30AM & 10:15AM (First Sunday 10:15AM Service Only) Sunday School 8:45AM (excludes 1 Sunday)

Salem Baptist Church

Rev. Dr. Selwyn Q. Bachus, Senior Pastor (402) 455-1000 • 3131 Lake Street Sunday Worship 8:30AM & 11:30AM


Dayspring Ministries Christian Center

Pastor Edward and Juanita King 6068 Ames Avenue 402-573-5188 Sunday Morning Worship: 9:00am

Mt. Nebo Missionary Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist Baptist Church (402)Rev. 451-4245 Terry L. Arvie, Pastor

Joy of Life Ministries, Inc. COGIC

Rev. Terry Arvie, Pastor 5501 N. 50thL. Street • 402-451-4245 5501 N. 50th Street • Omaha Sunday School: 9:00am Sunday Morning Worship Service: 10:45am

Pastor Eric L. Butler 6401 N. 56th Street • Omaha, NE (402) 399-9628 •

Sunday: 9:30AM Sunday School (all ages) • 10:30AM Sunday Worship 6:00PM Sunday Evening Worship Wednesday: 7:00PM Adult Bible Study / Chosen Generation Coalition (youth) “Come where we say… the joy of the Lord is our strength.”

Prayer Meeting, Bible Study & Youth/Children Sunday School: 9:00am Ministry: Wednesday Nights at 7:00am Sunday Morning Worship Service: 1 Prayer Meeting, Bible Study & Youth Ministry: Wednesday Nights at 7:00a

Joy of Life Ministries, Inc., COGIC 6401 North 56th Street Omaha, NE 68104 Phone 402-399-9628 ~Fax 402-502-2447 “For the joy of the Lord is your strength...” Nehemiah 8:10


WE WELCOME YOU TO ANY OF OUR SERVICES Sundays: 9:30am Sunday School (for all ages) Jehovah Shammah Church International 10:30am Sunday Worship Pastor Edna Perkins, Pastor, Apostle 6:00pm Sunday Evening Worship

Wednesdays: 7:00pm Adult Bible Study 7:00pm Chosen Generation Coalition “Where Life is for Everyone!” (YouthMartin Ministry 2-17)Williams, Founders & Senior Pastors & Lynnell

One Church, Two Locations • Sundays 5401 N 90th (NW Campus) • 402-502-7752 • Sun Service 8:30 a.m. Corporate Worship 10AM “COME WHERE WE SAY…THE JOY OF THE LORD IS OUR 3020 Huntington Ave (Main Campus) • (402) 390-6036 Children’sSTRENGTH!” Ministry 10AM (6 Months-5th Grade) Sunday Service 11:30am • Mid-Week Service 6:30pm


Corporate Prayer 6PM Worship & Word 7PM Youth Ministry (6th-12th Grade)

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4th Annual Striving for Success: African-American Male Summit One example of a specific strategy focused on the success of African-American male students is the Striving for Success: African-American Male Summit, hosted by the 100 Black Men, Urban League of Nebraska and Empowerment Network. The 4th annual event consisted of a full day of presentations, dialogue, Q & A sessions, role modeling and mentoring, and a keynote speaker. This year’s event was held on September 10, 2013 at the Metropolitan Community College Culinary Institute, and featured Josh Jones, former Central High and Creighton University student athlete. Over 140 African-American 9th grade young men and 40 African-American men from a wide array of careers and vocations participated in one of the group’s largest events. Many of the men made formal commitments to stay involved throughout the year, and follow up events and activities are in development. The participants thanked the presenters for providing an inspirational and life changing day of activities.

Christmas in theVillage 3rd Annual

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Saturday, December 7, 2013 Noon - 6 pm

For more information, call (402) 502-5153 or visit Open to the community.

Indoor and outdoor activities for children, adults and families. Festivities will take place along 24th Street from Ohio to Burdette


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I AM is not only an acronym, but a homage to the great I AM who gave me the vision and ability (Exodus 3:14). I AM (Interdisciplinary Arts Movement) Dance’s mission is to empower all youth to achieve their artistic potential and to foster an appreciation of the Performing Arts through an arts education program. I want our young boys and girls to shine and have the proper skill set needed should they decide to further their dance career. I AM will raise the level of dance in our community. I want our youth to know the history of dance and be properly trained.

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