2020 Girls Inc. of Omaha Annual Report

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Is it cheesy to use that famous Dickens’ quote to describe 2020?


Maybe. But I would suggest you take that cheese and put it on a piece of bread and toast it in a fire started with hand sanitizer-soaked toilet paper. Toast it to a golden brown in the dying embers of the past year because the white hot heat of the dumpster fire that was 2020 sanctifies any cheesiness involved. In 2020 there were serious shortages. And not just of Clorox wipes. We were also short on normalcy. And time with friends and family. And hugs. We had to cancel events (our annual trip… ) and programs. On the other hand, there was a surplus of frustration and depression. And we had way too much “unprecedented” everything. There was sickness and loss. And there was no shortage of tears.

But in the “best of times column,” there was an abundance of generosity. There was amazing creativity and heroic efforts by our staff team to manifest our mission and to make human connections with girls. And so many volunteers who came forward despite the threat to their own health and well-being to help meet basic needs of girls and their families. And a renewed commitment to equity and an acknowledgment of the systems of injustice that hurt the Black and Brown girls we serve. Girls (and staff!) found new ways of learning. We honored existing traditions (Snackalicious) and started some new ones (parking lot drive-in movies). In 2020, we put the girls and their changing needs first, just like every other year. Some things never change. Because they shouldn’t.

Ms. Roberta


With gratitude and hope,


FACE-TO-FACE Total # of girls served



Total # of girls served



Total # of girls served


GIRLS SERVED AGE GROUPS 18% 5-8 27% 9-11 24% 12-14 23% 15-18 8% 19-25

ETHNIC GROUPS 68% Black 14% More Than One Ethnicity 8% White 7% Latina 2% Other 1% Native American/Indigenous

FAMILY STRUCTURE 52% Mother Only 27% Two Parents 7% One Parent At A Time 6% Neither Parent 4% Transitioning To Independence


3% Father Only


1% Unknown

HOUSEHOLD INCOME 19% Under 10,000 17% 10,000-19,999 19% 20,000-29,999 23% 30,000-49,999 16% 50,000 and over 6% Unknown



January through mid-March, we offered our traditional programming. STEM, book clubs, homework help, beekeeping, aquaponics, art, fitness, competitive sports, job prep, music, and more. We provided transportation to our centers every day, a daily snack and a dinner, access to technology, and counseling services.




When COVID hit, the amazing staff team pivoted quickly to offer online programs and homework help as well as Calming Calls from counselors. We were right there with gardening, literacy, yoga, art, and more in a virtual format to help girls continue to learn and grow.


Wash Your Hands!



Once school reopened, we refashioned our space to support safe, distanced learning, and hosting e-school to help girls stay logged on and engaged with their lessons on the days they weren’t in physical public school classrooms. Taking temperatures when entering the Center and handwashing a k’jillion times per day (an epidermis layer is totally overrated, right?) became new norms.


EUREKA! While we were not able to add a new cohort of girls in Spring 2020, we did support both face-to-face and virtual programming for six cohorts of Eureka! girls to facilitate their continued STEM learning and college and career preparation.



Blair Freeman Charles Drew Health Clinic


Fraser Stryker Law Firm Turner Construction

Virtual externships. Yes, they are a thing!


PROGRAM PARTNERS Metro Stars Gym NCHS NOAH Clinic Omaha Community Playhouse Omaha Girls Rock Omaha Public Library Opera Omaha Spelman College The Rose Theater TechAcademy UNO Cadre Program UNO Service Learning Women’s Center for Advancement


4H Douglas Sarpy County Big Garden Ms. Lori Cameron Collective for Youth College Possible Cooking with Fire Dusk to Dawn Film Streams Football for the World Gateway Library Girls Inc. of Tarrant County Go Beyond HDR Keep Omaha Beautiful Wilma Kuhlman Methodist Counselors






TEAM #StrongSmartBold 2020 threw a lot at them but they were a resilient and remarkable team. They learned to do a mean Zoom – with the girls and with each other. Taking a lesson from the girls, they kept putting one foot in front of the other. Executive Director Roberta Wilhelm Executive Assistant Shannon Dunning

Program Specialists Laura Bonnett-Murphy Unek Langford Kennedy Skeen

Director of Finance Christine Distefano

Sports & Fitness Specialist Madeleine Dangerfield

Accounting Assistant Rhonda Pollock

Eureka! Coordinator Olivia Kasik

Administrative Assistant Sharon Appleby

Program Facilitators Kathleen Becker Ashley Chase Chloe Douzart Yesika Juarez-Oxlaj Elsie Melgar Candace Reddick Anahi Ruiz Aravia Woods

Director of Operations Stephanie Sorensen Emma Lozier Center Director Trenda Titsworth Director of Programs Emily Mwaja Associate Program Director Amber Lewis

Mentoring Coordinator Amy Keller Records Clerk Joyce Adams Receptionists Erin Ashley Joselyn Gonzalez Food Services Donna Smith Director of Transportation Terrell Shields Girls Inc. of Lincoln Director Maura Penas

Director of Health Access Carolyn Williamson Counselor AshLynn Samuel


You’re On Mute!




Pre-COVID, mentoring happened face-to-face. Post COVID, it happened through texts, phone calls, socially-distanced walks and hikes, Zoom, instant messages, postcards, and Facetime.


Pathfinders Mentors Maranda Adams Erin Ashley Kristina Avant Melissa Beagley Jensyn Bell Fantasia Blackson Laura Bonnett-Murphy Maria Borer Erin Borns Katherine Brook-Snyder Eden Butler-Corbitt Shalia Clark Michaela Clem Emma Curran Emma Dargy Susan Davies Stephanie Diaz Janae Donaldson

Jennifer Dornbush Kristyna Engdahl Jasmyn Goodwin Ann Grace Marina Greco Lacie Hansen Lindsey Hardiman Vallory Hatcher Anne Herndon Victoria Hoyt Nicole Hulstein Brianna Hunter Hannah Hurd Channing Johnson Danaya Johnson Natasha Johnson Kelly Karls Keegan Korf Jessica Kroeker

Ashley Kuhn Sarah Larsen Tess Larson Rachel Lee Joanna Leflore Rachael Lenaeus Kristen Lilla Jenny Linden Emily Lindsey Abigail Lingelbach Jeanne Lutz Keegan Mahoney Janae Marion Jaime Mason Precious McKesson Michelle Miller Libby Moberg Vicky Muli Susan Mullin

Alexandra Stone Courtney Swift Shelby Thayer Grace Thomas Trenda Titsworth Barbara True Grace Tunning Betsy Vrba Kristin Walsh Roberta Wilhelm Katie Wilson Taylor Wineland Hannah Young YIM Mentors Olajide Cooper Shelby Duncan Andrea Foral

Cynthia Gasper Jody Human Jolene Lengfelder Leandra London Morgan Moore Courtney Nichols Jeannie Noel Emily Suhr Amanda Thompson Faith Thorpe Brandi Uher Lara Wasmoen


Emily Mwaja Deborah Neary Megan Nyatawa Noelle Obermeyer Bria Oliver Aimee Owen Opeoluwa Oyewole Andrea Padilla-Rosas Tanya Patry Leah Richards Priscila Rodrigues-Armijo Brooklyne Rosado Jill Schrek Aura Sewell Jessica Shadduck Carmen Shannon Dorian Stanfield Tracy Stanko





The pandemic highlighted disparities in access to basic needs such as food, cleaning, and hygiene supplies. Girls Inc. served as a referral service for families seeking assistance with rent and access to food. We helped procure and distribute cleaning and hygiene supplies, including hand sanitizer (liquid gold!) to thousands of families.



Girls Inc. continued to provide transitional housing services at both Protégé House and Barker Ave. House. Very early on in the pandemic, safe, secure housing became a critical issue. We were grateful to be able to offer shelter to the young women we served in these facilities. 2



1. Young women like Carmella pitch in on chores at Protégé House. #lifeskills 2. India, a new Protégé House resident, is happy to have a safe roof over her head during a pandemic. #safetynet 3. Chandy and her son engage in some holiday cheer at Barker Avenue House (P.S. Mrs. Claus, pull your mask up!). #family













1. Bria became a nurse. 2. Erin went school to become a massage therapist. 3. Symone wrote a book. And she was named chief spokesperson and national advisor to Vice President Kamala Harris. 4. Tishara earned her master’s degree in criminal justice. 5. Gabbi earned a master’s degree in psychology and was accepted into a PhD program. 6. Destinee took her first steps towards a career in the medical field. 7. Denai became Dr. Denai! 8. Deja’nae bought scrubs to use at veterinary school.







In 2020, Girls Inc. stood in solidarity with our Black and Brown girls and their families as they demanded justice in an unjust world. Injustice was nothing new – it is undeniably baked into the very foundation of our systems and history -- but 2020 further laid bare inequities in our justice system, housing, health care, health outcomes, and economics. The Girls Inc. staff and board engaged in a year of learning, sharing, and processing. Many of us – staff, board, and girls - were able to participate in a training provided by the Racial Equity Institute to help us start, or further, our

journeys in this work. Time, resources, and challenging conversations were committed to the acknowledgment and understanding of the issues as first steps towards helping make change.


One silver lining in 2020: Locally, our girls were able to see Precious McKesson, the first Black woman to serve as an elector in Nebraska, cast an electoral vote. “Ms. Precious” is a former staff member of Girls Inc. and the girls were mighty proud to see her in this role. Nationally, the girls were able to see a Black woman, Kamala Harris, elected as Vice President of the United States. In 2020 our girls were able to see them, and other strong Black women, as female role models and change agents. 19

VOLUNTEERS LOOK FOR THE HELPERS! January through March, volunteers came forward to help with a wide variety of projects at Girls Inc. as they do every year. Once the pandemic hit, we expected the supply chain of volunteers to, understandably, dry up. It did not! Kind and brave people offered to help with anything and everything we or the girls needed. We had to limit projects to what could be accomplished in a safe-ish 8 setting - such as organizing cleaning supplies, while masked up, in our giant garage with a matching giant ventilation system. The bottles of disinfectant, hand sanitizer, hand soap, and other supplies volunteers helped distribute were literally life-savers for some families.




Alivia Ankrum Jesse Anthony Louise Asleson Anne Marie Backer Nicolle Barmettler Melissa Bavitz Cassandra Belek Isabelle Beulaygue Catherine Boyle Eleanor Brislen Neosha Broadway Kylie Broick Lisa Brown Grace Buckland Nicole Cambell

Jean-Marie Capps (Nikki) Abby Cartwright Gail Chase Linda Coates Jayleesha Cooper Dawn Cornelius Hannah Croll Sara Croll Alyssa Delia Cassandra Diers Jennifer Dornbush Kiely Fagundes Michaela Farley Melanie Fehringer Jenna Frink Anna Gerst

Leen Glenn Damian M Gomez Vesa Govori Maggie Grange Jessica Grimmond Sabrina Gross Barbara Hahn Jesse Anne Hamilton Madison Haughland Jon Headlee Gustavo Hernandez Anne Hiatt Emily Hill Hannah Jackson Pumulo Kasaji Laura Kerns

Madison White Mikayla Woodard Jenna Wredt JaQuala Yarbro Kate Zachary Liza Zaruba

Group Volunteers 100 Black Men of Omaha Access Commercial Avenue Scholars Foundation Barrys Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands Boystown Completely Kids Creighton University School of Medicine M1 class

First National Bank of Omaha Flywheel Harry Koch Kids Can Community Center Latino Center of the Midlands Mutual of Omaha Northstar Foundation Partnership 4 Kids The Simple Foundation United Way of the Midlands UNMC American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) Organization UNO Office of Civic and Social Responsibility U.S. Bank


Julia King Victoria Kowal Lauren Kraemer Jessica Kroeker Wilma Kuhlman Dana Lacey Rachael Lam Arica Lerdahl Ruike Liang Abby Lingelbach Preston Love Turner Macphee Dulce Maroni Nancy McCormick Jessica Mills Olivia Minderman Allie Mitilier Molly Mittan Sydney Morehouse Lauren Myers Lillian Nero Alicia Nguyen Erica North Aimee Owen Andrea Padilla-Rosas Martina Perversi Arielle Pettis Dana Posthuma Anjali Pullabhotla Danyale Randle Paige Riegsecker Jennifer Rife Emily Roberts Karla Ruiz-Cortez Mackenzie Ryan Michael Schawang Kathryn Schneider Hannah Serhan Morgan Skeen Kaitlin Slavick Abby Smith Olivia Sonderman Grace Stirling Marysia Szyprowska Madison Tapia Briahna Teague Shelby Thayer Kalynn Thomas Janice Tiggelaar Lavanya Uppala Betsy Vrba Kristin Walsh Hannah Westenburg




2020 Girls Nite Out Committee Ashley Kuhn, Chair Kristi Andersen Jessica Esser Cameron Finke Heather Fredrick Sarah Helvey Channing Johnson Nancy Johnson Rhianna Kittrell Lisa Lackovic Nicole Malone Jasmine Mararisi Kayla Meyer Chandra Miller Lindsey Noonan Kelsey Schuetze Tanya Shapiro Stephanie Sorensen Kate Sutton Roberta Wilhelm


2019-2020 Guild Officers Katie Matejka, President Ann Anderson Berry Amy Benedict Emily Barr Cathy Haney Sarah Helvey Alexandra Hubbard Ashley Robinson Amanda Schmidt Guild Board Members Catherine Cano Courtney McLean Anne Bowen Cassandra Belek Jonell Tempero Shelby Foral Linda Sedjro Dana Blakely Anne Rogers Rhianna Kittrell Jill Poole Joy Kathurina

“I can’t think of any organization in the world that is more important to the future of our world than Girls Inc.” - Gloria Steinem



Lunch for the Girls was virtual. Feminist icon Gloria Steinem, on the other hand, was the real deal. We still talked about vaginas at Lunch for the Girls because some things never change.



What da is it, aga y in?

Despite their own personal challenges, folks really thought about the girls and their needs. We had more in-kind donations in 2020 than any other year in our history. Cleaning supplies. Tampons and pads. Hand-sewn masks. Knitting and embroidery supplies. Coats and hats. New Converse shoes. Nike sport bras. Craft, school, and gardening supplies. Jigsaw puzzles. Food. Yoga mats and sport equipment. Our donors helped us maintain the critical hands-on component of the Girls Inc. 8 and a staff army, we were able to deliver experience. With the Girls Inc. vans supplies (and Snackalicious!) right to each girl’s home every Friday during virtual programming. Art supplies + Hot Cheetos = Friday!


In-kind Donations


A Hill of Beans Tamsen Aichinger Amanda* Bruce Anderson Anonymous Ariel Panowicz Photography Ashley* BASF Bare Body Shop Jennifer Beck Linda Bergin Big-Giant & Tsui Ling Toomer Martin Suzi Bonnett Borsheims

Anne Bowen Bouquet Brickway Brewery & Distillery Tamara Brunow Susie Buffett Janelle Buss Careerlink Cargill Carissa* Chandler* Charles Drew Health Clinic CHI Health CHI Nursing Home Network Cobalt Credit Union

ConAgra Cox Media & Cox Media Employees Dawn Miller & Friends Chris & Vanessa Denney DJ’s Dugout Eakes Office Solutions Estate Landscaping Feeding Royals Film Streams Jennifer Fisher Robyn Freeman Justin Gilmore girlFRIENDS Guild Members Morgan Goethel Gorgeous Gains LLC

Oriental Trading Company Mary Jo Pane Pepsi Company Pitch Pizzeria Ellen Platt Rhonda Pollock Raising Cane’s Christa Reason & The Reason Ranch Republic National Distributing Company Ashley Robinson Patricia Rohan Amy Ryan Kendra Scott Lindsey Sherrets Anne Skeen Morgan Skeen Laurie Smith Camp State of Nebraska Stevie* David Stotts

Streck Summer Arts Festival Amy & Matthew Swartwood Syngenta Jonell Tempero & Family Lindsay Tettenborn & Friends Amy Thompson Top Nails UNMC School of Dentistry Union for Contemporary Art United Way of the Midlands Univerity of Nebraska Lincoln Linda Van Hoosen Walmart Weitz Investment Management Employees Werner Whole Foods Anne Williams Women’s Fund of Omaha Marsha Wright

*Last name not provided


Good Sports & Nike Lisa Gotsdiner Green Plains H2W Apparel Natalie Hahn-Malaika Foundation Hardy Coffee Anna Harms & AVA Insights Anne Harris Sarah Helvey Hilton Omaha Maggie Hinrichs Robyn Hubbard Indian Creek Nursery Hannah Jackson Jill Renee Spa Channing Johnson Jennifer Joseph Hernandez KB Building Services KJ Beauty Dana Kaufman Ruth Keene Carrie Kentch Danielle Kirchhevel Knoll April Koske Ashley Kuhn Diny Landen Latino Center of the Midlands Amy Lawrenson Little Free Diverse Libraries The Life House Alexis Lorence Lozier Nicole Malone Mary’s Mountain Cookies Material Girl Dede McFayden-Donahue Wellesley Michael Mary Michaelsen Michelle* Lois Milder Susan Miller Mise En Scene Events Dr. Carol Mitchell Yana Morgan Nebraska Medicine Olsson Omaha Girls Rock




The Champions for Girls giving society was started in 2017 to align with Girls Inc. affiliate societies across the country - a movement for girls! - and recognizes families, individuals, companies, and foundations giving unrestricted funds to champion girls in our community. CHAMPION $50,000 +

Rebecca Susan Buffett Foundation‡ Richard Weschler‡

Brooks Sports, Inc.‡ Anne Herman Collette Lozier* Jodie Mackintosh* Amy Myers* The NBK Foundation Security National Bank‡ Eric & Melissa Taylor* Katie Weitz‡

Jane & Ray Allamong‡ Michael & Laura Alley‡ Ann Anderson Berry* Michael & Jo Cavel‡ Emma Cornell Louie & Mary Dircks‡ Bill & Deanne Fairfield* Lisa & Gary Gotsdiner‡ Joseph Grasse* Mark & Lynn Griffis Vic Gutman & Roberta Wilhelm* Amy Haddad Marian Heaney Sarah Helvey‡ Mary Holland Robert & Addie Hollingsworth* Channing Johnson Nancy K. Johnson Nancy Landen Kerr‡ John F. & Wende Lynne Kotouc‡ Diny & Jim Landen Mary Jo Langdon Michael & Susan Lebens*

*Second-year supporter

‡Third-year supporter

ADVOCATE $25,000 - $49,999

John Morgan‡ Keith, Margareth & Sandra Smith Foundation‡

APPRECIATOR $10,000 - $24,999


Mammel Foundation‡ Murray & Sharee Newman‡


ENTHUSIAST $1,000 - $4,999

RISK TAKER $5,000 - $9,999

Deborah MacDonald* Courtney McLean Chandra Miller Jessica Mogis Yana S. Morgan Patrick Morris Jacqueline Morrow E. Robert & Phyllis H. Newman Fund Robert Novak & Kathleen Kirschner* Suzanne & Mark Pieper Louise Ann Rinn Jane Rogers* Amy & Mike Ryan‡ Polina Schlott Chris Shreve Michael & Maria Stageman Richard & Tracy Stanko L.B. “Red” & Jann Thomas‡ David Utterback Arnie & Anne Weitz* Carolyn T. Williamson* Curt & Molly Witzenburg Marsha Wright

FOR YOUR DONORS THANK YOU SUPPORT In a year of uncertainty and hardship, the generosity of donors – foundations, individuals, and companies – was humbling. Donors asked, “What do the girls need? How can we help?” Anonymous Mogens & Cindy Bay Building Healthy Futures Burlington Capital Foundation CSG Systems Inc. Claire M. Hubbard Foundation Dollar General Literacy Foundation Empowerment Network Exchange Club of Omaha Foundation Girls Incorporated HDR Inc. Tom & Mary Jetton Juvenile Justice Lincoln Financial Foundation Lund Ross Constructors, Inc. MENTOR Nebraska Oliver & Ferrol Barklage Foundation Omaha Public Schools Nebraska Dept. of Health & Human Service Nebraska Medicine QuickTrip Corporation Richard Brooke Foundation Robert B. Daugherty Foundation Sokolof Foundation The Phillip and Terri Schrager Foundation Todd & Mary Heistand Family Foundation United Way of the Midlands Alan & Terri Wasmoen Women Center for Advancement Women’s Sports Foundation

$50,000 or More Girls Inc. of Omaha girlFRIENDS Guild

Holland Foundation Lozier Foundation Mutual of Omaha Omaha Community Foundation Peter Kiewit Foundation The Sherwood Foundation Weitz Family Foundation

Deloitte & Touche LLP Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Omaha Alumnae Chapter Fraser Stryker Law Firm Helen A. Pearson Charitable Trust Ike & Roz Friedman Foundation $25,000 - $49,999 Jaros Family Foundation Conagra Brands Foundation KB Building Services Lozier Corporation $10,000 - $24,999 M&M Foundation Cox Communications McGrath North Creche Childhood Education Methodist Physicians Clinic Dixon Family Foundation Milton & Miriam Waldbaum First National Bank Family Foundation of Omaha Moglia Family Foundation Nelnet Foundation $5,000 - $9,999 Network For Good American National Bank Optimist Club of Omaha Anonymous Youth Foundation Baird Holm LLP Pinnacle Bank Kiewit Corporation Scheels Olsson Seim Johnson, LLP Parker Family Foundation SilverStone Group Inc. Vic Gutman Streck Inc. & Associates Inc. TD Ameritrade

$1,000 - $4,999 Ambassador Title Services Marcia Angle & Mark Trustin Fund Triangle Comm Fd. AO Blair Freeman Bluestem Prairie Foundation Bridges Family Charitable Foundation Amanda & Kelly Brewer Central States Health & Life Co. of Omaha Tami Chavez & Mark Nothnagel - Mariner Foundation Fund Conagra Brands


2020 Grants


DONORS (CONTINUED) The Fred & Sally Bekins Foundation The Gallup Organization The Landen Foundation The Lund Company Turner Construction Co. Union Pacific Fund for Effective Government Union Pacific Foundation University of Nebraska Foundation UNMC Public Relations Valmont Industries, Inc. Vantage Communications Women’s Fund of Greater Omaha


$250 - $999


All Makes Office Equipment Jane Alseth Douglas & Kim Alvine Anonymous Jenny Ashley Kevin & Amy Augustyn Aviture Inc. Emily Barr Anne Begley Amy Benedict Best Buy Jerry & Karen Bexten Kathryn Blesener Karen Borchert Debra Bosanek Jennifer Brady Kelly & Amanda Brewer Sandi & Bill Bruns Andrea Butler C&T Foods Inc./McDonalds Karen L. Campbell Sally Connell Countryside Community Church Allison Cushman Vokoun Mary A. Davey Vanessa Denney Dingman’s Collision Center Ann Doig Tiffany Dunnegan Farm Credit Services of America

Cameron Finke Marla Norton Kristen Freeman Partnership for Hope Inc. Alison Freifeld PayPal Collette Galaske Hobson & Denise Powell Terri and Alan Gangestad Edward Prosser David & Whitney Goldner Autumn Pruitt M. Kathlyn Gross Scott & Madeline Quinn Growing Good Foundation Gerald Rathouz Barbara Haggart Jane Raybould Carol & Howard Hahn Rebensdorf Family Bryan Handlos Foundation Cathy Haney Elizabeth & Bob Recker Terry & Judy Haney Venetia Reece Ellen Hargus & Mary Neufeld Gladys Haynes Jill Rizzo Mark & Deborah Heeney Melanie Rodriguez-Hild Anne Hellbusch Julia Russell Designs Shari Hofschire Judy Saniuk Christie Huggins Jenni Shukert Maureen Hunt Ruth Shukert Institute for Career Jon & Mindy Simon Advancement (ICAN) Patricia Smith Chris Janicek Daniel Smolinski Lisa Kaderly Joan Squires Howard & Gloria Kaslow Janet Strauss Ruth & Jim Keene Julie Sundermeier Bonnie Kern Anna Swirczek Tara Knapp Jonell Tempero Elizabeth Konecky Margaret Tempero Mary Koraleski Lindsay Tettenborn April & Jerry Koske Peter Uhing Wendell & Wilma Kuhlman James & Maureen Waldron Donna M. Kush Ann Williams Amy Lawrenson Craig Zeluf Janet Lipsey Dr. Robert Lobato $100 - $249 & Dr. Ashley Wysong Elizabeth Abariotes Patricia Matson Ernest & Marilyn Abariotes Lynn McCormack Tim Abariotes McGill, Gotsdiner, Workman & Susan Mullin & Lepp, P.C., L.L.O. Betty Adler Mary Megel Advance Consulting LLC Kathryn Mesner Lisa Ahrens Scott & Dian Moore Thomas Albaum MaryLee G. Moulton Larry & Jean Anderson Elizabeth Murphy John Arp Nebraska Children Susan Aschinger Diane Battiato & Families Foundation Theresa Baez Nebraska Farm Products Whitney Baker Diane Nelson

Matthew & Kristin Faier Colleen Fell Laura Fender Michelle Finnigan Drew Barbara Fitzgerald Shelby Foral Mollie Foster Paul Franco Lauren Freeman Thomas Friedman Jenna Frink Mary Fugle Ricky & Mary Fulton Joanne Gaines Luken Geiken Melissa Gerard Troy Gibson Christa Goeser Kay Lynn & John Goldner Herman & Andi Goldstein Google Jessalyn Gotsdiner Gail Graeve Daniel Gross Carl & Teri Gumbiner Elizabeth Hallgren Deanna Hanes Andrea Hargus Catherine Harrington Anne Harris Peter Haug Denise Hill Cookie & Jerry Hoberman Steve & Kitty Hoden Elizabeth Hosford Cathy Hovancsak Sandra Hulm Hannah Husman Nancy Ibarra iCareSolutions Dr. & Mrs. Sharon Marvin Igel Tom & Karen Jacobi David & Jill Jensen Jessica Jensen Juliet Jensen Rachel Johson Andrea Jones Holly Jones Edie Kallemeyn

Dana & Michael Kaufman Laura Keitges Portia Kennel James Kerkhove Rhianna Kittrell Richard & Maureen Kizer Amy Kohrs Robyn Kortan Sarah Ann Kotchian Lisa Lackovic Celia Lagreca Shannon Lang Sydney Langley Elizabeth Larmore Emily & Clark Lauritzen Lois Lee Shannon Lofdahl Theresa Loughran Laura Loughran McGuire Megan Lutz Sandra Maass Thelen Heidi Macy Nicole Malone Susan Marino Elizabeth Markin Jessica Maxwell Corrigan McBride Aguilar Jill McClure Susan McCormick Dede McFayden-Donahue Rochelle McGill Loretta McNally Angela McPherson Georgia McSorley Chris Mensinger Michelle Miller Microsoft Jim & Bobbie Montequin


Kristen Beck Mary & Tom Bernstein Sue Behr Pamela Bell Dana Blakely Amanda Bogner Steve & Leslie Bogue Julie Bohn Julie Boilesen Stefanie Bolte Amy Bones Anne Bothe Mr. & Mrs. Woody Bradford III Bradley & Denise Britigan Sydney Brown Bridget Bumgardner Linda Burt Rebrovic Joan & Lloyd Byerhof Courtney Callaway Connie Canal Joan Carnaby Cherri Carpenter Nicole Cavanaugh Linda Cheatham Clark Creative Group College of Saint Mary Julie Collins Susan Collins Kristen Combs-Bicaba Cargill Team Blair Ron & Cheryl Cooper David Corbin Mr. & Mrs. Richard K. Davidson Molly Deacon Quinn DeRuiter Micaela Diarrassouba Stephanie Diaz Jeffrey Dickinson Jennifer Dowd Joanne Draper Lori Druse Julie Dunne Jamie Eckmann Eddie Edison Sandy Epstein Jane Erdenberger & Mark Hoeger


DONORS (continued)




Erica Moreno Karen Morey Henrietta Morse Natalie Navis Teresa Negron Marta Nieves Clayton Oakley Omaha Area Board of Realtors The Omaha Star ONEOK, Inc. Linda Orr Deborah Oswald Noel Pacha Kimberly Pape Jennifer Parker Penny Parker Mrunmayee Parvate Robert Patterson Ellie Pegler Ward Peters & Jean Ann Ballinger Cathy Peterson Jeff & Lynn Pirruccello Ann Pitschka Donna Polk Rhonda Pollock Ashley Postlewait Bill & Linda Pratt Donald Preister Karen & Jack Prewitt Quinlan-Perez Associates Inc. Stefanie Raszler James Rose Laura Royer Rick & Sharon Royers Mitch & Lisa Runco Carol & Rick Russell Kari Ryan Joseph & Denise Saniuk Yria Santos-Torres Karen Schreier Cynthia Schroeder Brandee Schultz Sharlette Schwenniger Leith Shea Sheppard’s Business Interiors

Dulce Sherman Martin & Aveva Shukert Steven Sidner Rudy Smith Laurie Smith Camp Gregg & Trisha Solko Jamie Stava Meghan Stevens Anna Stone Gerry Sullivan Amy Swartwood Melissa Teply Jenna Thielen Pat Thraen Ms. Melissa Tibbits Sue Tricker Barbara J. True Paula Turpen Chelsa Tuttle Katie Twit United Way of Greater St. Louis Inc. Andrea Vanderheyden Mark VanderMeulen Callie Vavra Gail Veitzer Veronica Vela Leah Vinton VMLY&R Foundation Beverly Walker Julie Walker Laura Walmsley Donna Walsh Dr. Ashley Walters Ingvoldstad Serena Watson Allison Wetig Lorene White-Bliss Lisa Wigdor Katherin Wilson Marsha Wright

$1 - $99 Active Network Inc. Megan Addison Carole Adelstein Joey Adler Hubert Ahovissi Karima Al-Absy Sarahjoy Allen

Lori Amberg Jo Anne Amoura Jackie Anderegg Kendra Anderson Kim Anthony Sharon E. Appleby Owen Ashworth Katy Baker Emily Bannick Ellie Hess Barko Michael Barr Jo Bartikoski Rebecca Bartlett Jordan Bath Alexandra Bauer Bianca Bautista Jim & Kim Beach Jennifer Beck Cassandra Belek Macey Bergman Isabelle Beulaygue Karen Billings Nicole Birge Karen Birnie Amy Blanchard Michelle Blazauskas Marcia Blum Judith Boelts Katherine Bonn Signe Bonnet Krystal Boose Borsheims Fine Jewelry & Gifts Ms. Monica Bosiljevac Olivia Bradford Tre Brashear Katie Briggs Jessika Broveak Apollo Bythrow Megan Cable Rob Carraher Marti Carrington Alexander Cayetano Amanda Charles Mary Chedester Chihwen Chen Tim & Dinah Clark Cheri Cody Convergys Patricia Correa

Amber Gard Abigail Garden Jenae Gatzemeyer Janese Gerhardt Andrew Gillen Sarah Gilstrap Amy Gleason Carley Glenn Leen Glenn Robert Goding Morgan Goethel Hannah Gokie Stuart & Cindy Goldberg Andrea Gordman Melissa Gottfried JoAnn Gould Annie Grace Mackenzie Green Monika Gross Daniel Gutman Judith Haecker Lena Hansen Leilani Harbeck Keila Harbour-Marik Van Hardin Clara Harlow Jennifer Harmon Anna Harms Wendy Harrison Madison Havel Paul Heaberlin Morgan Hecht Nathan Heid Nanette Heimes Ilsa Heinicke Janet Henthorn Ashley Herman Natividad Hernandez Susan Hiley Anne Hindery Michael Hjelmeland Mariah Hlavaty Marian Holden Janean Hollenbeck Kathryn Horwath Denise Houtkooper Scott & Katherine Hoyt Liz Hruska Alison Huff Alanta Hunt

Amber Hunter HyVee Sammye R. Jackson Jennifer Jacobs Emily Jacobsen Rachel Jacobson & Stephen Osberg Joanie Jacobson Megan Jarosz Marilyn Jasnoch Luis Jimenez Carol Johnson Nikki Johnston Gail Jones Kelcie Jones Patrick Jones Just B Photo Patricia Kahre Debra Kaplan Glory Kathurima Joy Kathurima Ayushi Kaul Nanci Kavich Stuart Kaye Nancy Keegan Jill Keesbury Amy Keller Juliann Kellie Katie & Justin Kemerling Kimberly Kempf Kendra Scott LLC Tammie Kennedy Liz Kerrigan Jenna Ketchen Ms. Judy Kiagiri


Amanda Costello Benjamin Cousino Sara Cowan Katie Cramer Kathleen Crawford-Rose Libby Crockett Sara Croll Lauren Crowther Andrea Curry Grubb Jeanne Daharsh Judy Dappen Grace Deanna Eunice Decoito Gary DeLaet Denise Delgado Pamela Deloske Jeanne DeMars Sydney DeVries Kathy Dewell Julie DeWitt Ginny Dickes Julie Dierberger Christine Distefano Barbra Dohmen Maggie Dowd Eva Draper Patricia Driscoll Carrie Duffy Tiffany Dunagan Amanda Dwyer Lynne Elwood Kathryn Empkey Anna Engelbert Jennifer Engelhaupt Miranda Engelkamp Maureen Ereckson Jessica Ericson James & Mary Erixon Paige Ervin Tim & Marleen Evans Nicole Everingham Barb Farho Aron Filbert Edward Fox Renee Franklin Jason Frazier Robyn & Bob Freeman Susan Freeman Hannah Frey Susan Frye





Meray Kim Shelby King Rondi Kinney Michaela Knoll Anita Knotts Anne Konen Cydney Koukol Beverly Kracher Morgan Kreiser Kathleen Kresha Kate Kulesher Abby Lang Dr. & Mrs. Ed Langdon Thea Langston Lori Laster Allison Latenser Jessica Lathrop Kari Lempp John Leonovicz Nicholas Liberti Barb Lightner Czarina Lim Jill Limas-Flott Mary Lincoln & Jeffrey French Abigail Lingelbach LinkedIn Rachel Loewens Richard Lucas Lindsay Lundholm Ryann Lynn Lora Macias Lara Keegan Mahoney Shawntal Mallory Smith Erica Malloy Jennifer Mangan Teresa Mardesen Grace Margherio Adrianne Marinkovich Gloria Marsh Dr. Amy Mart Faith Martin Katlyn Martin Deborah Martines Lauren Maskin Allan & Theresa Maxwell Beth Maxwell Sara McClure & Dave Steadman Morgan McCullough

Jackelyn McKeighan Precious & Taylor McKesson Suzanne McNamara Gay McTate Mary Meints Esther Mejia Paige Meyer William Meyers Molly Mickley Ann Miller Dr. Carol Mitchell Nancy Mitchell Deanna Moisset Monica Moler Roland Montgomery Alison Moody Alyssa Morrison Caitlyn Morrissey JerLene Mosley Amanda Mowers Dr. Mary A. Mudd Alexis Mullaney Seraphim Mullins Ann Myers Vicky Nakibuuka Muli Deborah Neary Adam Nebel Kristine Nelson Lauren Nelson Kim Neuhaus Maureen Nickels Patty Nogg Kristi Nohavec Mary O’Brien Cindy Oelke Omaha Business Ethics Alliance Carolina Padilla Erica Parish Megan Parrott Tanya Patry Sara Patterson Charlene Patterson Stephanie Patzer Drs. Audrey & Paul Paulman Laura Paulsen Jennifer Pavkov Kelly Pawol Bartusek Jennifer Peterson Kerri R. Peterson

Natalie Pfeifer Dr. Barbara Pickering Emily Pieper Laura Pierce Amber Piercy Pleasant Avenue Paper Co. Kara Plumb Sam Powers Susan Prasan Jo Radant Danielle Raikar Emily Rakoczy Kristen Rau Christa Reason Lisa Reid Suzanne Ritchie Carla Rizzo Ashley Roberts Julie Roberts Stacey Rockman Chris Rodgers Patricia Rohan Lynn Roper Amanda Rucker Courtney Ruwe Mackenzie Ryan Samantha Salomon Lydia Sand Terri Sanders Helen Sapp Sara Sawatzki Jenna Schaecher Janet Schawang Karla Scheele Barbara Schlott Debra Schrampfer Jill Schurr Mary Rita Schwartz Madison Schwenka Gilda Sedgh Jenny Sharrick Stephanie Shattuck Mary Shellito Rachel Sherman Sid Sidner Rev. John & Carol Sievers Laura Simpson Kennedy Skeen Laura Slagle Kimberly Sleeper

Taryn Winter Suzanne Wright Hannah Wyble Jennifer Yarns Mary Zicafoose Andrew Zimmer Karissa Zuroski Edna Luttbeg Campership Richard Weschler Jody Fike Scholarship Douglas & Kim Alvine Jim & Kim Beach Joan Carnaby James & Mary Erixon Barbara Fitzgerald Barbara Haggart Ellen Hargus Dr. & Mrs. Sharon Marvin Igel Kimberly Kempf Suzanne McNamara Omaha Area Board of Realtors Sharon & Bob Swartzbaugh Jean Welch Jeff & Patti White & Family Mary S. Landen Scholarship Mary Huerter & Adam Wells Nancy Landen Kerr M&M Foundation The Landen Foundation In Honor of Ms. CT Donna Polk In Honor of Claire Birge Anonymous

In Honor of Katherine Fletcher Nebraska Chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. In Honor of Girls Inc. Staff Debra Kaplan In Honor of Dr. Andrea Jones Patrick Jones In Honor of Tim Kryszak Michael & Dana Kaufman In Honor of Connie Mangano Anonymous In Honor of Emily Mwaja Vicky Nakibuuka Muli In Honor of Rachel Ruleaux Katie Briggs

In Honor of Warren Buffett Lisa & Gary Gotsdiner

In Honor of ROAR, Flywheel’s employee resource group for women Karen Borchert

In Honor of Christine Distefano James Rose

In Honor of Eric & Melissa Taylor Ellen Hargus


Dawn Smejkal Jacquline Smith Scott Smith Ricardo Solis Ms. Erin Sorensen Chelsea Souder Jessica Spitsen Meagan Spomer Mary Spurgeon Kathleen Stage Ayesha N. Station Julia Steiner Ronda Stevens Howard Stimson Hannah Storm Seth and Katie Swanson Sharon & Bob Swartzbaugh Patty Talbert Quinn Texmo Sharon Thamm The Genki Fund Lauren Thomas Kincaid Julie Thornton Andy Tingwald Nicole Torralbas Judy Torrens Erin Trofholz Nichole Turgeon Sue A. Twit Ginny Tworek Mary Tworek Chris Vacanti Jini and Tonic Valence Randeen Van Dyne Barbara Velazquez Aaron Vinton Gus Von Roenn Salina Wallace Jo Wandel Karen Ward Justine Ward Julie Wawers Jean Welch Sarah Wengert Jeff & Patti White and Family Jon White Robin Wiar Cheryl Wiar Margo Wickman-Bennett Michele Willer


DONORS (CONTINUED) In Honor of Jennifer D. Tricker Sue Tricker

In Memory of Betty Floburg Donna Kush

In Memory of Robert Neitzke Hannah Wyble

In Honor of Eloise White Ashley Roberts

In Memory of Baby Sally Heng-Braun Sally Connell

In Memory of Ariana Verlee Nieves Marta Nieves

In Honor of Roberta Wilhelm Gail Graeve Nichole Turgeon

In Memory of Nettye Johnson Ayesha Station

In Memory of Laurie Smith Camp Karen Schreier

In Memory of Gordon Kempf Elizabeth Recker

In Memory of Shannon Swanson Gary & Lisa Gotsdiner Rich & Tracy Stanko

In Honor of Roberta Wilhelm, CT Williamson & Emily Mwaja Esther Mejia

In Memory of Mary Kennedy Tammie Kennedy

In Memory of Lizzie Bogue Steve & Leslie Bogue

In Memory of Susan Langdon Susan Frye

In Memory of Susan Eustice Marcia Angle

In Memory of Mario & Maria Elena Mejia Dulce Sherman

Every Donation Counts!




2020 Board of Directors Officers Jenni Shukert, President Amber Carman Anne Herman Dana Kaufman Amy Lawrenson Collette Lozier Theresa Negron Barbara True

Board Members Amy Augustyn Keshia Bradford Vanessa Denney Lisa Gotsdiner Anne Harris Sarah Helvey Ashley Kuhn Michelle Miller Carol Mitchell

Yana Morgan Mrunmayee Parvate Dulce Sherman Amy Swartwood Eric Taylor Lindsay Tettenborn Tishara Wardlow*

*Girls Inc. Alum



2020 Statement of Operating Revenue and Expenses* REVENUE Contributions & Grants..................................................................................2,390,761 United Way Funding..........................................................................................303,727 Governmental Funding.....................................................................................149,030 Girls Inc National Support...................................................................................91,100 Special Events.................................................................................................. 274,665 Investment Income..........................................................................................440,655 Fees From Girls and Families............................................................................. 11,853 Program Fees......................................................................................................14,532 Rental & Misc.......................................................................................................4,895 Operating Revenue .......................................................................... $3,681,218 EXPENSES Smart-Educational Programming...........................................................1,086,310 Strong-Health Programming.....................................................................716,829 Bold-Independent Living Programming....................................................710,323 Center Activities & Recreational Activities................................................ 114,915 Administration & General........................................................................ 324,338 Fundraising.............................................................................................. 584,479 Operating Expenses.......................................................................... $3,537,194


*These figures are unaudited. The 2020 audited financials will be posted at girlsincomaha.org when available.

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% OF GIRLS SAY: There is an adult at Girls Inc. I can depend on to help me.


% OF GIRLS SAY: At Girls Inc., I learn to make a difference in the world.

WHAT MOMS SAY: Hello Ms Amber. I just wanted to thank you for everything you all have done for the girls and everything you all have given them. They are always excited when Friday comes around. Also, I want to give an extra thank you for the extra items we received on Friday for the house. That helps us so much and we are so grateful!! Thanks again for everything.

WHAT MOMS SAY: Thank you guys so much for the things you just brought our family. I thank God daily for great people in our lives. From the bottom of my heart thanks again.

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We regret any errors or omissions in acknowledging volunteers, supporters, and those who paid tribute to others through their donations in 2020. Please forgive any unintentional omissions.

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