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We are pleased once again to be working in partnership with the Women’s Center for Advancement (formerly the YWCA) in celebrating their annual Tribute to Women Awards Luncheon, which honors 11 amazing women, as it has done so now for over two decades. This marks the 24th year that the WCA has celebrated the contributions made in our community by such women of vision as Gail Werner-Robertson, our effervescent cover model for this issue. For the past two of those years metroMAGAZINE has designed and published the official luncheon program and included it as a Special Edition in our May issue. It is a great pleasure and privilege for us to do so; this is very much in alignment with the underlying mission which, for over two decades, has guided us here at ALH Publications. It’s been exciting to see so many women that I personally know being recognized this year; also for the opportunity to be introduced to several wonderful women I did not know. Our community has an incredible pool of women in leadership positions in both the public and private sector, complimented by an army of women who contribute greatly to building and sustaining the efforts of local businesses and philanthropic endeavors. These women give tirelessly of themselves in order to better the community we live, work and play in. As you read their profiles in our Special Edition, you’ll note that all of these qualities are present in this year’s group of honorees. I encourage everyone to attend the WCA Tribute to Women luncheon on June 7th at the CoCo Key Convention Center on 72nd & Grover. This year we’ve introduced a wonderful new department: Destination: metro, and this month our visa leads to Village Pointe, with an in-depth view of everything this “lifestyle center” has to offer. Another new department this year is metroSHOPPER, and this month we’ve included a TOP Mother’s Day Gift Ideas guide as well as a TOP Spring Style Trends guide. Be sure to check out the advice from local retailers included in these handy shopping guides. In “Fashion Fwd/Past,” we continue to celebrate our 20th anniversary as a publishing house with a feature on how the local fashion landscape has shifted over the past two decades. “Defying Gravity,” our metroWELLNESS feature for May focuses on the advances in treatments for varicose veins, while this month’s BRAVO! arts section spotlights the exciting unveiling of OUTSIDE KANEKO. We have extended the deadline to nominate your favorite charity event for The BIG Event 2011 until June 30th. We have already received hundreds of nominations at and we’re looking forward to obtaining more. Our selection committee will then review all of the nominations received and select the top five in 11 different categories. We’ll announce these in our August issue. Voting will take place through September 30th, and the winners will be announced at The BIG Event 2011 in late November. Visit for this year’s location!


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T here’s been a flurry of activity on such weighty matters as constituency buy-in, logo design and communication strategies coupled with the more mundane tasks of ordering new stationery, signage and even t-shirts. But when it came time for the April announcement that the Omaha Chapter of YWCA would officially become known as the Women’s Center for Advancement, it had the aura of the most natural and seamless of transitions. “That’s because by the time people saw the name change, it was the very last leg of a very thoughtful journey,” explained WCA CEO Dr. Natalia Peart. “It was the logical conclusion of what we have been doing to transform the agency over the last couple years. The name change reflects an evolutionary path that brought us to the reality of who we are, of what we do, of that we have become.” Along with the name change, the WCA has ended its more than century-long relationship with the national parent organization. a community in transition “We started in 2009,” Peart added, “with some fundamental questions that, I believe, every nonprofit must ask itself about how to best align with the very specific needs of the communities they serve. Our aim as an organization is to be increasingly resonant and relevant in addressing unmet needs.” An East Coast native who was raised in New York and spent much of her professional career in Washington D.C., Peart also serves on the UNMC Board of Counselors and was recently appointed to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. “Anyone who has known us over the past decade or so, knew that we were first and foremost recognized for the crisis work that we do,” Peart said. “That remains a vital

core of what we do, but we are also so much more,” she said of the organization’s myriad educational, career development, prevention and health programs and services. “We had many voices involved in the strategy process, here at the agency and in every corner of the city,” she said of a collaborative effort that involved a wide array of staff, clients, stakeholders, funders and community leaders. “After working through how we viewed our place in the community, a revised plan regarding programming and services found us broadening the scope of our reach.” That reach now includes a newly launched partnership with UNO where the campus works to train staff, faculty and students on intimate partner violence. The training also provides tools and skills to work with victims and friends affected by intimate partner violence. Discussions are underway to expand the program to other area colleges and universities. Also new since Peart’s 2008 arrival is a greater emphasis on education and prevention promoting healthy families and healthy relationships through work with elementary schools, secondary schools and adult audiences. “We’ve moved more into a philosophy that recognizes a continuum approach,” Peart said of the WCA’s expanded vision. “Our ability to help women and families from all walks of life and at every stage of life connect, grow and thrive is more important than ever because the needs of women have evolved.” asking questions Just as the organization’s strategic plan was born of asking questions, the nonprofit that has been an Omaha tradition since 1893 may best be described as a place where questions remain at the very heart of their mission.





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“More than just ‘how can you help me?’” Peart said, “it has become ‘how do you help me and my family in my ability to, in turn, make an impact on my neighbors and the community as a whole?’” No discussion of the WCA’s motto of “Impacting Women, Transforming Families” would be complete, Peart said, without recognizing central issues of microeconomics at the most “micro” and personal level. “Whether you’re coming in our doors because you are facing an acute crisis of domestic violence,” she said, “or you are struggling with multi-generational poverty, or you are just trying to get on your feet again after a loss of any kind, they all tie back to critical issues of financial stability. They are basic questions that, when left unaddressed, find too many women falling into the pattern of stalled progress or a return to situations that are less than desirable or even dangerous.” So Peart and her team are probably due for a welldeserved breather? Not just yet. “We’ve been in this community for 118 years and stand on the shoulders of many women who came before us,” she said. “That’s a big responsibility and there is always big work to do.” Michael McLarney, CEO of United Way of the Midlands, agreed. “The WCA has provided strong community leadership on the matter of domestic violence for many years,” McLarney said, “and has improved many lives in the process.” time, talent and treasure Natalia Peart now has a new business card, but a scrap of paper has never meant much of anything in this town. Results are what matter. “This community, this city of Omaha, rallies around major issues like none other I’ve seen,” she said. “When we all pitch in time, talent and treasure, even what some consider the most intractable of problems become within our reach to solve.” m

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s a mentor to dozens of women from all walks of life, her guiding principle is that “women must support, trust and help develop other women as leaders so we can change the world together.” As Executive Director of United Methodist Ministries– Missouri River District, Rev. Stephanie Ahlschwede provides oversight and direct management of numerous outreach programs addressing such issues as poverty, hunger and racism. Rev. Ahlschwede has advised several congregation-based nonprofits, including two she founded: the “Blue Flamingo Thrift Store” and “The Big Garden” community garden program. The latter has created 32 community gardens in east Omaha to provide nutritious fruits and vegetables to lowincome families while teaching neighborhood women and youth about health nutrition, horticulture, responsibility, patience and persistence. Under the leadership of Rev. Ahlschwede, “The Big Garden” program is collaborating with other agencies in metropolitan Omaha working on hungerrelated programs. A second initiative, “The Big Rural Garden,” extends the project throughout Southeast Nebraska. Through United Methodist Ministries and its Volunteers in Mission program, Rev. Ahlschwede encouraged over 1000 youth and adults from throughout the state to volunteer in East Omaha last year. Through hands-on service projects and in-depth discussions, participants become educated about race, gender and poverty with a result of creating advocates for the dismantling of racism, sexism and poverty. Rev. Ahlschwede has been actively involved as a board member of several local human service agencies and initiatives including the Metropolitan Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless and Methodist Federation for Social Action. For four years, she also served on the Justice for Our Neighbors immigration legal clinic board. She has also served as the Interim Executive Director of both Together, Inc. and Wesley House Community Center. Under her leadership, UMM has initiated four annual Days of Service in the metro, including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service , Stand Up Against Poverty, and Global Youth Service Day. Rev. Ahlschwede is the Nebraska representative for the United Methodist Church South Central Jurisdiction Women’s Leadership Team and the Clergywomen Convener for the United Methodist Church in Nebraska, which coordinates formal and informal networking opportunities for women. Among her many awards and honors, Rev. Ahlschwede was given the Omaha by Design Neighborhood Leaf award for her work with community gardens. With every hat she wears, Rev. Stephanie Ahlschwede has the unique ability to meet people “where they are in life” offering nurturing and challenging environments that provide mentees with unique opportunities to grow and develop.


er dedication to improving the well-being of women and children in the community is extraordinary. Through her work as Chief of Community Health and Nutrition Services with the Douglas County Health Department, Mary Balluff has become a recognized leader with exceptional skills to bring diverse stakeholders together to improve the health of Omaha families. Balluff has successfully trained professionals, built public health capacity, engaged the public to dialogue and collaborate, created public/private partnerships and attracted significant funding to the community to improve the health of the community. Balluff is one of the founders of Activate Omaha and has been instrumental in securing grants to promote active lifestyles. Her leadership in Live Well Omaha Kids has funded interventions that prevent childhood obesity. Balluff secured 5.7 million dollars over a two-year period from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-Communities Putting Prevention to Work. Balluff has consistently given her time and talents to improve and empower the lives of women and children in Omaha. For several years, she has been involved in the national maternal and child health organization (CityMATCH) as a board member and leader. The organization’s mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of urban women, children and families. Balluff has dedicated time to organizing Baby Blossoms Coalition (BBC) that aims to reduce feto-infant mortality. BBC engages physicians, nurses, social workers, childcare providers, interested citizens and medical examiners to share their observations and make recommendations to improve local health systems and resources for women, infants and families. Mary was instrumental in developing the first Fetal Infant Mortality Review program in the state if Nebraska. In 2010, Balluff was presented with the Jill Dills Award for Distinguished Public Health Service, from the Public Health Association of Nebraska. In 2011 Mary received the University of Nebraska Medical Centers, College of Public Health Robert Sparks Award in Public Health and Preventive Medicine that recognizes an individual who demonstrates excellence, creativity and distinguished collaboration in advancing effective approaches to prevent disease and promote health through public health education and practice. The world is run by those who show up. Balluff is a community partner and leader who not only shows up, but is willing to roll up her sleeves to get things done.




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arol Gendler is an active advocate, supporter and participant in both state and local community organizations. Through her involvement in Heartland Family Service, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha Creative Institute, Emerging Terrain [the organization responsible for the grain silo murals at I-80 and 42nd Street], Omaha Community Foundation, Nebraska Humanities Council and others, she works tirelessly to promote the arts, literacy, and efforts that result in improving the quality of life. She also served for a number of years as a director of the Omaha Public Library and Lauritzen Gardens. Gendler and her late husband Lee established GEMS, the Heartland Family Service Gendler Emergency Medication Service, which assists low-income individuals in purchasing medication. This fund has been a lifesaver to hundreds of people since its inception 15 years ago. Carol has three children and three grandchildren. She has taught at the College of St. Mary, served as Director of the Douglas County District Court Law Library and operated Legal Information Services. She is the owner of Marathon Realty Corporation, which was founded by H. Lee Gendler.

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eople look to her to provide guidance and encouragement, while holding them to the highest standards of excellence. Anne Branigan is Senior Vice President of the Greater Omaha Chamber. Her career there spans more than 20 years. Over the past two decades, Branigan has worked tirelessly through a dynamic community organization to provide area businesses and individuals support so that they can grow and prosper. This is manifested though providing information and assistance to individual business owners to creating and developing Chamber programs and events, touching thousands of lives. Throughout her career, the goal for Branigan has been to support and encourage both individual and business success. Branigan not only provides support but enthusiasm as a champion for the Greater Omaha Young Professionals, encouraging diversity of thought and experiences. She also advocates inclusivity and positive change through her leadership of strategic planning, entrepreneurship and innovation, human resources, fundraising and special events for the organization. Branigan has spent much of her time volunteering with organizations whose missions seek to improve the lives of Omaha area women and girls. She was a volunteer with the Great Plains Girl Scouts for five years and is currently active with the Women’s Fund of Greater Omaha. She has served the Women’s Fund in a variety of capacities over the last 11 years. Branigan was president of the 2010 board and is serving a second term in 2011. “I really believe in the mission of the Women’s Fund, which examines issues and conducts research in order to provide informed support for initiatives to improve the lives of women and girls in the metropolitan area,” Branigan said. Branigan was a member of the Research Committee when the Women’s Fund updated a leadership study of women in the Omaha metro area. She was specifically involved in compiling results and writing a portion of the report. The study, released in 2007, has encouraged individuals and organizations to recognize leadership barriers for women and work to remove them. As a former troop leader for the Great Plains Girl Scouts, her focus was on helping girls increase their confidence level so that it would carry over into other aspects of their life and empower them to achieve their dreams. Branigan is also a Live Well Omaha board member, working to help women and their families have an overall healthier environment in which to live, and treasurer of the board for the AIM Institute.





Mission The WCA Omaha’s mission is to help women and their families build lives of strength, growth and stability.

About the WCA The WCA provides opportunities to create and take steps on the path toward self-determination and self-sufficiency.

Congratulations to the Women’s Center for Advancement and the eleven outstanding women being honored for making a difference in the lives of women and in our community.

The organization assists women, wherever they might be on their journey, in achieving stable and hopeful lives. The mission is achieved through programs and services that include domestic violence advocacy, career services, counseling services, preventive training education, as well as nonviolence programs.


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assion, focus, experience and energy are all words used to describe Omaha School Board Member, Freddie Gray. She is also the Operations Director for Project Impact, a video production company she owns and operates with her husband and an independent consultant in business management. Gray is a founding member of the Affinity Council, a citywide coalition of African American, Latino, Caucasian and Native Americans addressing the issue of equitable education for students. As a member of the Learning Community Coordinating Council, she has addressed barriers to student achievement. As Executive Director of the African American Achievement Council of Omaha, she works strategically to promote programs designed to respond to achievement disparity in standardized test scores by engaging students, parents, educators and employers in the community. Long-recognized for her involvement in the community, she has served or currently serves on an extensive list of key organizational boards including the Omaha Public School Board, Nebraska Association of School Boards Director-Region 3 and is the co-chair for the National School Boards Association/Council of Urban Boards of Education Racial Isolation Task Force. Gray is the leading advocate for the Career for Kids Consortium comprised of OPS and post-secondary public officials and senior executives. In partnership with Omaha employers and community-based organizations, the OPS initiative has a 14-year strategy taking the student from middle school to a post-secondary experience to employment. Gray is a Great Plains Public Health Leadership Institute scholar. She has received numerous awards including the Urban League of Nebraska’s AfricanAmerican Leadership Award for Education in 2010 as well as recognition from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln for promoting higher education in 2009. Gray brings her time, talents and determination to the community she grew up in. A supporter of education and committed to life-long learning, she has a passion to see children succeed.


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collaborative team builder, focused on ways to make meaningful education opportunities available to adults. That’s Dr. Mary Hawkins, President of Bellevue University. Since Dr. Hawkins arrival in 2000, Bellevue University has grown an average 12 percent each year and has been consistently ranked as one of the fastest growing nonprofit universities in the country. Dr. Hawkins led the development and implementation of Bellevue University’s Cyber-Active Learning model, one of the first and most effective online learning systems in the U.S. From assessing a market need to developing curriculum, to piloting and marketing the programs through enrollment of students – Dr. Hawkins is instrumental in developing new programs. She established partnerships between the University, corporations and community colleges throughout the Midwest. Strongly focused on non-traditional students, supporting class schedule flexibility and open enrollment, Dr. Hawkins has been keenly supportive of working mothers, military spouses and other adult learners to continue their education while juggling their careers and families. Dr. Hawkins established the South Omaha Outreach project and scholarship program which currently serves 96 (64 female) residents of South Omaha. She is a member of a number of associations including the Council of Independent Colleges, American Association of Community Colleges and the Oracle Education and Research Industry Strategy Council. Hawkins serves on numerous local and national boards including the Boy Scouts of America, United Way of the Midlands, Greater Omaha Chamber and the Omaha Business Ethics Alliance. Dr. Hawkins, is described as always looking for ways to better her community and is not afraid to “put the gloves on” to help get the job done. In her private life, she is an avid runner requiring a great deal of energy and determination. Putting that same kind of energy and determination into everything that she does, Hawkins greatly benefits the entire community.




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uth Henrichs has been the “face and spirit” of Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS) for 35 years, dedicating her entire career to serving the human care needs of children and families across Nebraska. Henrichs was the second woman nationally to be named CEO of a Lutheran social service organization and the first woman chair of the National Board of Directors of Lutheran Services in America, the largest nonprofit organization in the United States. She has received Nebraska’s Social Worker of the Year Award and the Midland University Master Teacher Award. Under her leadership the LFS program budget has grown from $800,000 in 1984 to $16 million in 2011. In 2007 LFS received the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands Nonprofit of the Year Award. Henrichs has a Masters Degree in Social Work and a passion for serving all people with dignity, justice and respect. She currently serves as Chair of the national Board of Directors of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Immanuel Inc. and Chair of the Board of the Children and Families Coalition of Nebraska. Henrichs’ passion for building and strengthening families is demonstrated through her leadership in developing strategic and innovative programming. Examples are the LFS Centers for Healthy Families in Council Bluffs, North Omaha and Fremont, where low-income families of children prenatal to age five receive intervention and prevention services and the At Ease program which serves active military, veterans and their loved ones. As a strong advocate for children and families, Henrichs helped to shape legislation to amend the Nebraska Safe Haven Law. Today, LFS partners with other organizations to deliver Right Turn, a program offering 24/7 access to services for adoptive/guardianship families on the verge of disruption. In 2010 she facilitated the merger of Adoption Links Worldwide with Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska. Henrichs has given voice to children and families dealing with sexual abuse, incest and sexual behavior problems through programs like RSAFE, Parents United, Daughters and Sons United and Lutheran Family Services’ Behavioral Health Programs across the state of Nebraska. Immigrants and refugees find justice and respect through her vision to develop the International Center of the Heartland. Henrichs is actively involved with many boards, task forces and advisory councils at the local, state and national levels. She lives her life with purpose, passion, faith and integrity.

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he says that she has the unique opportunity to celebrate major achievements and milestones with her customers every single day. To be a part of these significant occasions is a great privilege for Susan Jacques, President and CEO of Borsheims Fine Jewelry and Gifts. Celebrating 30 years at Borsheims, she was only 34, when she received the call to the CEO spot by Warren Buffett. Males historically have dominated the jewelry industry, and her appointment has had an impact on female leadership in the industry. Jacques, widely recognized as a leader within the jewelry industry was inducted into the National Jeweler’s Hall of Fame in 1997. In 2010, she was named Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Gemological Institute of America. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women’s Jewelry Association, also in 2010. Locally, she serves on the Creighton University Board of Directors. She volunteers with Creighton University’s Freshman Leadership Seminar. Jacques shares her leadership and business experience with an audience of future leaders. She also mentors one graduate student per semester at Creighton as an Executive Partner, sharing her experience and insight of current business issues and real life business cases. Jacques has served on several boards and forums including her current leadership on the Creighton University Board of Directors, Young President’s Organization Forum Member and Boy Scouts of MidAmerica Council Board of Directors. Other board work includes the Omaha Chamber of Commerce, Omaha Theatre for Young People, Ak-Sar-Ben, American Lung Association. Jacques was the keynote speaker of the ICAN Women’s Conference in 2010. This significant achievement is very dear to her, as it is important to her to be an inspiring leader to women in our community. Her greatest accomplishment, she said, is her three sons and husband as well as balancing her home and business lives.




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warm personality, skilled leadership abilities and genuine concern for others set her apart from the crowd. As the first female vice president at OPPD, she has served as a role model and mentor for countless women, both at OPPD and in the community. As Vice President of Essential Services and a member of the senior management team, she has been a leader in overhauling corporate strategic planning and designing OPPD’s efforts to increase its renewable energy and energy efficiency focus. Under her guidance, OPPD formed a Women’s Networking Group and held its first-ever companywide women’s conference last year. She is a valued voice on the OPPD leadership team with responsibilities for information technology, human resources, materials, facilities, environmental affairs and sustainability. She is known throughout OPPD as a “straight talker” who will find time to support individuals and teams working for the benefit of OPPD’s customer-owners. Minks has served on and chaired the formerly YWCA Omaha board of directors. She was active in working with the organization to ensure that the agency’s mission was met through the provision of quality services benefiting women and families throughout the Omaha area. Minks’ other notable service includes her leadership as board chair for the UNO Alumni Association in 2005. Her service to UNO over the years is punctuated by the Alumni Center’s $2 million renovation. Similarly, her leadership on the Board of Trustees for her alma mater, Wayne State College, has had a substantial impact on that institution’s ability to offer educational opportunities to first-generation college students, affecting generations of women and men to come. She received both the Wayne State College Alumni Achievement Award and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from UNO. Minks is currently a member of the Governing Board for the Greater Omaha Alliance for Business Ethics and served as chair of the Information Technology Technical Advisory Group for the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce. With past service on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Career Advancement Needs, she was selected to be honorary chair for the 2010 ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference. She recently joined the Board of the Heartland Chapter of the American Red Cross and was honored as the Manager of the Year by the Midlands Chapter of the National Management Association. She is a respected leader in the community. Her professional and supportive leadership abilities, as well as her commitment to mentoring have served OPPD and the community well. Her planned retirement this year will allow her more time to contribute to these and other organizations as a volunteer.


he’s an entrepreneur who has founded and managed a number of local businesses. Gail Werner-Robertson is President and Founder of GWR Wealth Management, LLC. Werner-Robertson’s work provides jobs and services for Nebraskans, many of which have benefited from her financial and management expertise. She is a practicing attorney, as well as a certified financial planner and licensed insurance provider. She is the first women to serve on Omaha’s MECA Board of Directors and the only women to serve as its chair. Werner-Robertson and her husband Scott have founded the Autism Action Partnership (AAP); its goal is to improve the quality of life for people with autism. Werner-Robertson is currently working through the legislative process to reform insurance provisions for autistic children and their families. One of the ways she assists women is through support of the College of St. Mary’s Mothers Living and Learning housing program for students. The program is an innovative residential option for single mothers and their children who would like to pursue a college degree full-time and live on campus. Werner-Robertson received the Heartland Family Services Leadership Award in 2010, the EP Foundation for Education Distinguished Service Award in 2009 and the University of Nebraska Chancellors Distinguished Service Award in 2008. Werner-Robertson also volunteers in the community as co-chair for the Salvation Army DJ Hero Luncheon. Past activities include Special Olympics Summer Games, American Red Cross Go Red for Women and TeamMates to name a few. Working to improve quality of life, providing jobs and supporting women, Werner-Robertson continues to serve tirelessly as a champion for others.




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Andrea Skolkin


escribed as a “visionary leader,” Andrea Skolkin is the Chief Executive Officer of OneWorld Community Health Centers, Inc. Since 2004, and with a motto of “Yes I can,” Skolkin has built a sustainable healthcare center that is both a legacy for the South Omaha community and economic driver for the area. OneWorld has doubled the number of unique patient visits since 2004, and in 2010, the agency served over 18,000 patients. Her work to grow quality community healthcare for women includes ensuring funds for programming and resources. She secured $5 million in private funds for a capital campaign for re-location of the healthcare clinic from a warehouse to a state-of-the-art facility in the Historic Livestock Exchange Building in 2004. In addition, $6 million in annual sustainable program support was garnered. Skolkin assisted OneWorld Community Health Centers in receiving a number of awards and honors in the community including UNMC Center for Health Disparities, Organization of the Year in 2009 and the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, Non-Profit of the Year in 2008. Thousands of women and children are positively impacted from a health perspective each year. She collaborates with organizations to provide excellent service and resources for the underserved and underinsured in our community. She initiated shared services with three other community health clinics under a formal structure called Heartland Community Health Network. Prior to joining OneWorld, Skolkin was the Executive Director of Hope Medical Outreach Coalition, now under the umbrella of One World. Skolkin also developed a dental sealant program in the community and grew the specialty care and hospital referral network to over 300 physician volunteers with five hospital systems. She also created a non-profit pharmacy providing affordable medication. She serves as a role model and mentor, but also encourages professional growth. Skolkin’s influence and leadership permeates the home, the workplace, the community and many of those she comes in contact with creating a web of success for women and their families.


arts/humanities Carolyn Owen Anderson Marion Marsh Brown Sandy Bruns Eddith Buis Bertha Calloway Magdalena Garcia Jane Hill Lindy Hoyer Rachel Jacobson Audrey S. Kauders Sue Kocsis Josie Metal-Corbin Joan Mueller Laura Partridge Cindy Melby Phaneuf, Ph.D. Mary Robert Carolyn Rutherford Ree Schonlau Jennifer Severin Joan Squires Frances E. Thurber Karen White Roberta Wilhelm business/entrepreneur Carol Ann Aschenbrener, M.D. Janet Barnard Deborah Bass Rose Blumkin Kathleen Cloney Dodge Kathy English Linda S. Gloe Barbara B. Haggart Carole Woods Harris Marilyn Schooley Hansen, ASID Josephine Hernandez M. Jane Huerter Carol Hunter Sheri Idelman JoAnn Kozeny Susan Lebens Linda Lovgren Dianne Seeman Lozier Kathleen A. Mallatt Dana Markel Fran Marshall Melissa Marvin Sandra L. Maass Jane Miller Betty Nolan Judith A. Owen Mary Frances (Fran) Root Barbara W. Schaefer Brenda J. Smith




business/entrepreneur Jan Stoney Kathleen Vance Jamie Gutierrez Vela Marilyn Wagner Mary Lou Walker Business/Entrepreneur cont’d Pamela Watanabe-Gerdes Paula Wells Tracy Zaiss

communications Mildred Brown Winnie L. Callahan Melanie Morrissey Clark Amy Friedman Janice Gilmore Sandra Goetzinger-Comer Andrea “Andy” Hoig Vicki Elliott Krecek Diny Landen Jennifer Mahlendorf Claudia Martin Lisa Mellen Ellen Moran Sibyl Myers Luanne Mainelli Nelson Mary Maxwell Lynn Phares Rosalee A. Roberts Deanna Sands Carol Schrader Anne Johnson Steinhoff Maureen McCann Waldron Marguerita Washington, Ph.D. education Edwardene Taylor Armstrong Dr. Joanne Carlson Connie Claussen Dr. Barbara Waldron Coffey Brenda Council Betty Davis Tessie Edwards Dr. Connie Eichhorn Katherine Fletcher Carolyn L. Grice Liz Lueder Karnes, Ed.D. Nancy Oberst Bonnie Pryor Sister Mary Evangeline Randolph, RSM Connie Spellman Wilda C. Stephenson Maryanne Stevens, Ph.D., RSM Nancy Faber


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education k-12 Helen Kelley Elizabeth Kish Patricia Miltner Martha J. Stofko Kathy Trotter

post-secondary education Pat Callone Chancellor Nancy Belck Diane K. Donelson Gina Ponce Mary Lynn Reiser Sara Woods human services/ community advocate Marian B. Andersen Theresa Barron-McKeagney Inez M. Boyd Valda Boyd Ford Carole Boye Liz Campbell Dorothy Eure Mary Lee Fitzsimmons Ann K. Goldstein Kathy Fitzgerald Grandsaert Mary Heng-Braun Marian Ivers Kathleen Turner Jeffries Jamie Moore Kathy Bigsby Moore Sue Morris Patricia Newman Marta Nieves Penny Parker Mary Dean Pearson Jessie Rasmussen Marilyn Ross, RSM Donna Tubach-Davis Lyn Wallin Ziegenbein professions Chaplain Lieutenant Colonel Oledia Bell, USAF Suzanne W. Braddock, M.D. Barbara Braden, R.N., Ph.D. Kathryn A. Dessonville Theresa Fitzgerald Ann Grandjean, Ed.D. Sheila Hawes Rhonda A. Hawks Sam Hohman Shirley Landen Huerter, M.D. Judge Patricia A. Lamberty Jennifer Larsen, M.D.


professions Patricia Lenaghan, R.N. M.S., CEN. Kate Mahern Rita Melgares Sergeant Teresa Negron Magda Peck, Sc.D. Jane Potter, M.D. Judge Jane H. Prochaska Lynda W. Shafer Susan Swindells, M.D. Gail Walling Yanney, M.D. Judy Zaiman Gotsdiner

medical professions Amy Haddad, PhD. Stephanie Koraleski, PhD Joan Lappe, PhD Sade Kosoko-Lasaki, M.D. Kristine McVea, M.D., M.P.H. Debra Romberger, M.D. Jackie A. Thielen professional volunteer Cindy Bay Susan A. Buffett Lynne D. Boyer Helen Cherniack Danny Colladay Margre Durham Barbara Fitzgerald Deb Grewcock Ann Strauss Hosford Mary Jacobson Mary Landen Sunny Lundgren Jodie L. Mackintosh Kathy Martin Sharon Marvin Dolores (Dee) Owen Sandy Parker Carol Russell Deb Schmadeke Suzanne Scott Teri Teutsch Mimi Waldbaum Cheryl Wild Ellen Wright young leader Karen Anderson Monica Ibarra Stephanie Kirby Jennifer Peterson Adriana Melana Pina Mary Kate Slowiaczek Lindsay Stodden Gaoia Vang Jessica Warren


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bubbly and hilarious actress and comedienne best known for her character “Barbara Jean” on the popular sitcom “REBA.” Ms. Peterman is also the host of “The Singing Bee” and is now starring on the new CMT sitcom, “WORKING CLASS” with ED ASNER. Honorary Chairmen are Suzanne & Walter Scott and Dian & Jim Warren; General Chairmen are Wendy & S. Scott Moore and Stephanie & Nick Vondrak. KETV Channel 7 is the media sponsor and metroMAGAZINE is the print sponsor. Money raised from the evening will support CSI’s emergency shelters for children and youth, intensive family preservation, adoption, therapeutic foster care and developmental childcare. We had the occasion to spend a few minutes with Melissa. Following are some of her answers to a few of the questions we posed. Q. What life experience has strengthened you most?. A. I think being a mom has been the life experience to strengthen me the most. It does change you. It’s not about me anymore, things that you would worry and obsess over just don’t matter once you have a child. Who cares if you didn’t get that job or your pants feel tight today. You made a 5-year-old laugh and that’s the most important thing.

Q. What was your most memorable meal ever? A. It was the Gramercy Tavern in New York City. We did the spring tasting menu with four other couples. It was expensive, extravagant, and absolutely delicious and worth every penny. There was even a cheese plate after dessert. A Cheese Plate! As a midwestern girl married to a Wisconsin boy that was the best part.

Q. Which temptation do you try the hardest to resist? A. Pizza… and snacking!!!

Q. If you owned a boat what name would you choose for it? A. I would name it the “Never Capsize” or “Walter Scott Bought Me This.” Q. If you could be brilliant in one subject which would you choose? A. this question 4 or 5? Q. If you were cremated where would you like to have your ashes spread? A. At the table where we ate dinner at The Gramercy Tavern in New York City… we paid enough for that dinner I should be able to have my ashes spread there.

Q. Which of your personality traits would you most like to change? A. My impatience… dang this questionnaire is taking FOREVER! Q. Who is the most unusual member of your family? A. My Grandma Bev who just turned 90 (and by unusual I mean Awesome!) I love her! But let’s just say not everyone would want to do a road trip with her. She definitely has a lot of opinions which is one of the reasons she’s awesome. Q. If you could do something dangerous just once with no risk, what would you do?

Q. What’s one thing you’ve done that you would like to erase?

A. Eat as many carbs as possible for a year!

A. I would like to get back all the time I wasted worrying about silly things.

Q. What’s your favorite quotation? A. “I love you Mommy” ~ Riley Brady

Q. What does your perfect day look like? A. Sleep in, have no where to go, spend the whole day at home with my boys, maybe a new book and only wear pants with a drawstring.

Q. When you’re feeling down what do you do to feel better? A. Buy hardcover books that aren’t on sale.



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to show your mom your love for her than a getaway at the Element Omaha Midtown Crossing? The Element Hotel offers spacious suites, a rejuvenating environment, complimentary healthy breakfast and access to great shopping and restaurants at Midtown Crossing. Why go anywhere else for Mother’s Day? Book your room today!

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offers a wide assortment of beautiful gift boxes full of pure Belgian chocolates-selected by our staff or chosen specifically by you. We also make authentic gelato (Italian ice cream) on-site featuring a variety of the most popular flavors. Or, perhaps Mom would really love a dozen strawberries dipped in our own luscious Stam chocolate. Your choice!

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what she really wants...a gift certificate to Beyond the Vine for fresh flowers every month or new decor for the home.

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all year with the vintage charm of an heirloom glass flower. Diverted from the landfill, this vintage glassware was upcycled and given a second life. All items are handcrafted here in Omaha. Choose from our vast collection or let us upcycle your chipped or mismatched glassware into beautiful yard art.

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mother’s dayGIFT IDEAS HAVE MOM EAT FRESH with a gift card from Ingredient. INGREDIENT RESTAURANT 10317 Pacific Street - One Pacific Place 3201 Farnam Street - Midtown Crossing | Omaha 402-932-2544 |


“Mother’s Day Brunch” Saturday, May 7th! Treat Mom to a relaxing brunch, a day early, in historic, downtown Council Bluffs. Baked eggs or puff pancake will be served with fruit & breakfast sausage for just $10.99. Mimosas for $4.99. Brunch is available from 9-12:30. For reservations call 712-352-2022.

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the season for new looks, and what would Mom like more than some serious pampering? Our staff at Five Salon knows just how to help. Customize a gift card just right for your mom!

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of memories. With a gift card to, Mom can transfer old family films, videos and photos into digital media that can be shared with the whole family. Best of all, her new digital files will be stored in the Peggy Vault, preserving her memories forever.

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trends are traveling back to the 70˙s this year with wide leg denim! We love this look because it makes us look tall and lean. This style looks best with a tucked in shirt and wedges or heels. Denim forecast for men this spring: straight leg is in!

DENIM SALOON 4914 Underwood Avenue | Omaha | 402-885-8880



FOR SPRING, hair looks a bit “done but undone.” So think-less perfectly spiraled curls bouncing around

your shoulders, hilites that seem a bit grown out-and more in the direction of fresh, natural looking volume and refined natural body. Hot colors for hair & make up include all shades of purple & candy pink for lips.

FIVE SALON 10375 Pacific Street | Omaha | 402-715-5757

SPRING IS an absolutely beautiful, wearable and versatile season for

every woman this year. The color palete is across the board, soft pastels to bright prints. Styles range from fitted tops and shorts to flowing knits, blouses, long dresses and skirts. Pant styles range from skinny to a trouser, whether cropped or full length.

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-pale pastels, flirty florals, lots of lace details, and big statement earrings. Boho® long maxi skirts and dresses, tiny floral print, big floppy straw hats, stacks of bangles and vintage-inspired sunglasses. Cool and Comfortable-oversized boxy tops and dolman sleeves.

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birthstone of the month

CHERISHED THROUGHOUT THE AGES AS THE “QUEEN OF GEMS” the emerald symbolizes rebirth, fertility and youth. Ancient lore suggested emeralds contained healing and protective qualities, including improved eyesight, the promotion of wisdom and ensured a life of love and success. Emerald is a member of the beryl family and the birthstone for May.


Color is the first thing to consider when purchasing an emerald. A sister gem to Aquamarine, emerald ranges in color from yellow-green to dark bluish-green. Emeralds with strong saturation and a pleasant hue are typically the most valuable. Clarity is the degree to which a gemstone is free of internal inclusions and external blemishes. Clarity characteristics are a natural part of most emeralds, which is why they are clarity graded with some leniency. It is extremely rare to see an emerald completely free from inclusions. The inclusions in emerald are often referred to as “Jardin” meaning garden of inclusions. A gemstone that requires a bit more TLC, emerald is susceptible to breaking and chipping, so it is always safer worn around your neck or on your ears.


Most emeralds are fracture-filled with oil from the time they are mined, to hide some of their fractures and enhance their color. This is such a common practice, that it is rare to find an emerald that hasn’t been oiled.

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20 years OF FASHION


on a plane bound for Boston in the 1980s, a well-heeled Bostonian woman commented to my mother, with a mixture of incredulity and begrudging, that “your daughters are dressed really nice for farm girls.” I will confess, I love to get my hands dirty come spring. I have a kitchen garden in my back yard from which I happily pick tomatoes, green beans, lettuce, and even beets. But I have never lived on a farm, nor anywhere even close. Her comment, meant (perhaps) as a compliment, certainly revealed a common ignorance regarding Omaha, its topography and its fashion culture. Apparently she thought Omaha was a country hamlet and that farm girls only wore overalls or Daisy Dukes. Still the comment was revealing about fashion in the Midwest twenty years ago. We were decidedly behind the times in terms of fashion. Trends and styles that were all the rage on either coast took two or three years to matriculate to the Midwest, in part perhaps because Midwesterners tended to be more conservative in their dress, but probably more so due to a lack of immediate exposure.

THAT WAS THEN. THIS IS NOW. Flash forward to 2011. The world, with its colorful cuisine, music, and dress, is a much smaller place thanks to modern media and technology. Travel- both the literal and armchair varieties- the Internet, cable and satellite television, and the proliferation of media has created an exposure never before experienced to such an extent by so many. Omaha has become a source of fashion “buzz” now, even on the coasts. Old stereotypes, though they may have taken a long time to fade, have indeed given way to an emerging (and no longer begrudging) sense of respect for an evolving fashion class in and around the region. Among the reasons for such respect is an appreciation for the fact that “metro style” includes a lot of savvy. Indeed, the general consensus among Omaha’s fashion retailers is that Midwesterners still do not accept new trends merely because they are, well, “trendy.” That’s perfectly okay with SHEILA CHRIST, owner of SHE•LA’S in COUNTRYSIDE VILLAGE. She believes that her customers “think before they dress.” Sheila says her clients don’t blindly jump on the fashion band wagon, accepting every fad as fashion gospel. “My clients dress for themselves and not for others,” considering what works for their figures and their lifestyles,” Christ asserts. continued PHOTOS FROM METROMAGAZINE PAST ISSUES AND COURTESY OF OMAHA FASHION WEEK

during the past 20 years omaha has seen an expansion of its fashion culture, and accompanying it, an explosion of creative expression and commercial options

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FASHION 20 years of metro style STORY BY MOLLY GARRIOTT


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20 years of metro style “The Omaha buyer is a little more conservative” than his coastal counterparts,” says DAVID PARSOW, who- with LARRY GINSBURGco-owns PARSOW’S clothing store in REGENCY COURT. “A larger percentage of people are more aware of trends than used to be, though the Midwest is still a little ‘behind.’” Yet Parsow does not regard this as a backward “style-sense” but as a genuine fashion evolution, and he should know, having witnessed a lot of it in 36 years in the business. He attributes the ongoing conservatism not so much to historical Nebraskan attitudes and roots but to the city’s laid-back atmosphere. “We don’t have the cosmopolitan walking traffic like 5TH AVENUE [in New York] or RODEO DRIVE in Los Angeles.” Omaha’s night life is more casual, too. There are not as many places or occasions that necessitate dressing to the nines as there are on the coasts, and Omahans demonstrate some independence in not feeling bound to imitate those scenes. This also demonstrates a fashion evolution. Parsow says that twenty years ago the customer looked to the retailer for guidance on what to purchase. Today’s customer is savvy to fashion and knows exactly what he wants. It’s exposure. In the 80s it was MTV; today it’s shows like “PROJECT RUNWAY” and “WHAT NOT TO WEAR.” The more people see new design styles, the more normal they become, says KAT MOSER, owner of NOUVELLE EVE for 38 years. Moser agrees that her Omaha clientele is both adventurous and discerning when it comes to dabbling in current trends: “They will tell you want they want.”

EVOLUTION OF A FASHION CULTURE As far back as 20, 30, even 40 years ago, the CLARKSON FASHION SHOW was the city’s premier fashion event, says SHARON MARVIN GRIFFIN, chairman of the event’s 25th Anniversary show. So large in scope, it was hosted in the OMAHA CIVIC AUDITORIUM and eventually the PEONY PARK ballroom. Stores throughout the city participated. Larger stores would sponsor multiple volunteer models; smaller stores, just a few. The entire event was produced by an army of volunteers save the director, who was brought in from either coast. For the 25th Anniversary show, Griffin recalls, well-known designer to the stars, EDITH HEAD, was the production’s director. Head was famous for creating ELIZABETH TAYLOR’S red carpet designs. Capitalizing on this Hollywood connection, models took on numerous stars’ personas and wore Edith Head gowns down the catwalk. “That year even the dress rehearsal sold out,” says Griffin. Today, OMAHA FASHION WEEK is the city’s preeminent fashion event. Nouvelle Eve’s Moser has seen it stoke people’s interest in fashion, especially the work of local designers.


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fwd/past then & now “The acceptance of Omaha Fashion Week was amazing,” Moser states. NICK HUDSON, owner of THE NOMAD and Executive Producer of Omaha Fashion Week, concurs. He says Omaha Fashion Week started as “an underground fashion movement” that has developed into “a huge and very vibrant event” that has been enthusiastically embraced by the city. “Omaha is such a giving, supportive community; it wants to give people a chance,” Hudson has witnessed. The city boasts a number of self-taught, passionate designers who lacked a showcase for their creativity. Omaha Fashion Week was founded to give these individuals a forum to present their work to an interested public. In its inaugural year 2008, Omaha Fashion Week had 12 designers. In this year’s event, 40 DESIGNERS will participate, and upwards of 7,000 PEOPLE WILL ATTEND. Says Hudson: “It is the biggest fashion event in the Midwest [with a reputation that] is starting to build and draw participants from nearby cities.”

GOING WITH THE FLOW Fashion is fluid, always changing. Very little remains the same. Local retailers are highly motivated to keep current with the latest trends in order to remain competitive, especially since more national box stores and chains have entered the Omaha market, yet local boutiques have managed to not only retain loyal clientele, but even expand their customer base. Fashion-forward dressers used to drive to Kansas City or fly to Chicago to shop. Not so any longer as the addition of shopping venues such as ONE PACIFIC PLACE and OAKVIEW MALL in the 80s, and– more recently– VILLAGE POINTE and the SHOPS AT LEGACY have contributed to the expansion of the region’s gallery of fashion offerings. The competition is good, Moser asserts. Locally owned, more intimate, independent retailers enjoy an ongoing reputation for personal attention and customer service. JOHN LINDLEY, owner of LINDLEY CLOTHING, has been in the business for 31 years. “We have to stay up to speed with style, but service sets us apart from many of the larger department stores and national chains,” he says. He and his three employees have 100 years of experience combined. And while the number of new stores entering the Omaha market makes for pretty intense competition, Lindley says he is grateful to be a part of this market which is more insular to difficult economic times than are the coasts. “Business has gotten tougher. There are so many places to spend your money. But younger people are shopping with us now, and people who are spending, are spending more,” he has found. “It’s a growing town. [We feel strongly that] we’re lucky to be in Omaha.” If one examines the number of local designers emerging in the metro area, those sentiments are would seem to be shared by many. With the infusion of so much national and international activity, the community’s “homegrown” fashion drivers have not only survived, but flourished. While doing so, they have also begun to “reverse the polarity” regarding how (and from where) great fashion and style innovations originate. Now, more that ever, Omaha is becoming an exporter, rather than merely an importer, of fashion trends and dynamic, stylish (and marketable) creativity. m 37

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MISSION STATEMENT: Omaha Nexus exists to raise awareness for Omaha-area non-profit organizations and to encourage philanthropic activity among people from all walks of life. HOW TO GET INVOLVED: Anyone interested in Omaha Nexus is welcome to attend any of our benefit events, charity selection events, or monthly meetings. For information about upcoming meetings, individuals can contact us through our website at QUALIFICATIONS: The founding Values of Omaha Nexus are “Passion for Omaha,” “Integrity,” and “Inclusivity.” With these tenets central to our operations, we welcome anyone to join us who shares our Values. ACTIVITIES/EVENTS THAT THE GROUP IS INVOLVED IN: Omaha Nexus partakes in a number of events, including its “Pay It Forward” event and “Who’s Your Omaha Nexu”s event. Other past events the organization has involved itself in are benefits for Arts for All, NAMI, Ted E. Bear Hollow, NAMI, HETRA, D.R.E.A.M. and more.

ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW: The mission of Youth Emergency Services is to serve homeless and at-risk youth by providing critically needed resources which empower them to become self-sufficient. YES runs an Emergency Shelter, Street Outreach Program, Maternity Group Home and Transitional Living Program. There are numerous ways for individuals and groups to volunteer for YES. The organization is also always seeking board members who: focus on the Vision, Mission and Goals of YES within their work; participate as a team member to advance the organizationa’s strategic plan by assuming governance and fiduciary responsibilities; attend and actively promote all YES fundraising events and functions; contribute time, professional talents, energy and resources to the mission of YES; serve at least one full two-year term; and assess the performance of board goals and chapter leadership. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: YES offers a number of volunteer opportunities to the public, including coordinating donations drives, cooking and serving meals, making repairs or doing yard work around the facilities; creating art projects with the kids; mentoring; and tutoring. Potential volunteers will need to fill out an application, and agree to a background check. To learn more about volunteer opportunities visit



patrick leahy HAVING LIVED IN OMAHA MY ENTIRE LIFE, I am very passionate about our community. I believe that Omaha is a great place to live, and I recognize that much of what makes Omaha strong is our community members’ dedication to each other. Keeping this in mind, my motivation to serve the Omaha community is no different from many who love the city like I do. I get satisfaction from helping individuals and groups within our area, and I also enjoy collaborating with fellow citizens with similar values and interests. One of my primary service involvements is through the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH). AOH is an Irish Catholic service organization which focuses its charitable efforts largely around supporting the children at the Madonna School. In addition to its support of the Madonna School, the AOH is involved with many events for families of all backgrounds throughout the year. Most notably, we organize Omaha’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade 39

eastern nebraska field representative U.S. SENATOR BEN NELSON and luncheon. I love being a member of the AOH because it supports a great cause, and it is an organization that makes the entire Omaha community proud. Of course, my ultimate call to service has been my experience in the U.S. Army and in public service. My work in these arenas has made me feel that I am improving the lives of those I serve every day. The Army has also helped me to develop leadership and team-building skills that I have been able to apply to my community involvements. Working for Senator Ben Nelson has given me the opportunity to connect with many individuals across Nebraska in order to identify and solve issues facing our community. In learning about the diverse challenges and experiences facing each one of us, my work in the public sector has given me an even greater appreciation of what it means to be from Nebraska. Serving the Omaha community has allowed me to grow both personally and professionally. I would encourage others who feel a similar call to service not to hesitate in getting involved-follow your passion now. One of my regrets is waiting for what I thought was the “right” time to start to get involved.There is no time like the present, and the sooner you get involved, the better off the community and someone’s life will be. Going forward, I will continue to serve until there is nothing left I can give. metroMAGAZINE • MAY 2011

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caleb rogers alex bodell architect • 29 SLATE ARCHITECTURE AFTER FIVE YEARS OF LIVING and working in the midtown area, I’ve grown to appreciate its nature and diversity. From neighborhood-toneighborhood, the identities of each community offer unique opportunities and amenities which cannot be duplicated in the suburbs. My vision for Omaha in the next two years is of a city which continues to bolster its core with exciting new infill and rejuvenation projects. These efforts will offer enrichment to the communities at the heart of the city with new retail and commercial opportunities, residential developments and infrastructure support. With our community’s increasing awareness of personal, community and world health, the improvements to Midtown offer sustainable choices for development, transportation and living which are unique to the area. With the continued expansion of suburban Omaha, I predict the heart of the city will continue to evolve as a destination with a spirit not obtainable in newer areas of town. As a young professional, this inspires me to continue to embrace the Midtown area.

founder/CEO • 23 HIGHLIGHT DESIGN WHEN I TELL SOMEONE that I recently moved to Omaha from California, they inevitably ask: “Why would you ever do that?!” As a start-up entrepreneur, Omaha offers a number of advantages to individuals like myself compared to the more high-profile technology areas, such as Silicon Valley. These advantages include the relatively low cost of launching a start-up and the interest of local businessmen to discuss and build ideas. Omaha is a unique city with excellent business development opportunities, but I find that it lacks a voice to communicate these opportunities to the rest of the country. Over the next two years, I’d like to see the community work to develop a stronger national identity that Omahans want to take ownership of. This would allow the rest of the country to understand why it’s great to live and work in Omaha. Easier said than done right? A good starting point would be next time you meet someone who recently moved to Omaha, say “Great move! What are you working on?”

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TWO YEARS FROM NOW, I ENVISION Omaha as a city that prospers in professional, entertainment, family and community opportunities. As a city that thrives on its Midwest values and traditions, I believe Omaha will continue to be a strong metropolitan city. The greater Omaha community currently has many new areas of development; I believe these areas will continue to attract a variety of people seeking everything from entrepreneurial ventures to people that are looking for leisure activities. I foresee the expansion of philanthropic and community programs that will enrich the lives of citizens in Omaha. Most importantly, I envision a healthier city with more active citizens and more options for physical activity. The Greater Omaha Young Professionals is a group that will play an active role in the expansion of all professional and community opportunities in Omaha. Collaboration between the Greater Omaha Young Professionals and other community members will be vital in allowing Omaha to be one of the top metropolitan cities in the Midwest.


OMAHA IS A WONDERFUL PLACE to live! There is so much to do and the people of Omaha radiate a welcoming midwestern hospitality. I have lived in Omaha my entire life and have seen many positive changes take place. Omaha is continuously growing and building new opportunities, in part, because of the cohesive collaboration with businesses and community members. My vision for Omaha over the next two years is to increase funding for education and to increase financial literacy. This would give the people of Omaha greater opportunities to achieve their dreams. As a result of these increases, there could be increased resources for students of all ages which may improve the learning environments that students work in. It may also increase assistance to those who struggle to afford to further their education beyond high school. These increases would benefit more than the students, it would benefit the community. The community would see an increase in their skilled workforce. With the new perspectives, there could be a positive impact to the decisions that influence the bottom line. Omaha values education and that is evident across the city. Omaha is full of amazing individuals and is a place I am proud to call my hometown.

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destination: METRO Street, just south of the OLD NAVY store, it is the area’s single farmers-only farmers market. Between 40 and 50 vendors sell cemented its status as a premier lifestyle their produce, eggs, cheese, and meat to center on Omaha’s landscape. It is home to people who want to know the origins of over 600,000 square feet of retail stores, their food. The market runs every Saturday numerous restaurants and food specialty from 8 am until 1pm through the first shops, boasts beautiful landscaping and Saturday in October. outdoor event areas, and includes Other community events include VINO entertainment opportunities such as AT THE VILLAGE on May 26 from 5-9. comedy clubs and a movie cinemaplex. “It’s becoming one of our signature events,” This much, people are aware. says Jones. This is the fourth year Village Pointe has hosted the evening of fine wine WHAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW is that and food sampling. OLLIE THE TROLLEY many people are not as cognizant of Village will be available to shuttle guests between Pointe’s commitment to community. participating KONA GRILL, JOHNNY’S “Village Pointe is great for shopping, ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE, FIREBIRDS dining, and entertainment, but it is so WOOD FIRED GRILL, CHEESEBURGER much more than that,” asserts IN PARADISE, BRIX, and FUNNY BONE KIM JONES, VILLAGE POINTE COMEDY CLUB. Red and white wines as MARKETING DIRECTOR. “Fostering well as appetizers for $3.00 are available at community is very important.” each location. Says Jones: “Vino at the Throughout the year, Village Pointe Village reminds people of the great dining sponsors several seasonal, community experiences at Village Pointe.” events and hosts numerous non-profit and On May 21, Village Pointe kicks off the charitable fundraisers. And after this summer season with the second annual protracted and bitter winter, people are OMAHA ADVENTURE. Working in ready to enjoy the out of doors. Village conjunction with the OMAHA Pointe, with its warm, Prairie-style CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU, it architecture and landscaped paths and showcases all the great attractions the city sidewalk, is ready to accommodate. has to offer visitors and citizens. All of the major tourist spots are represented. Visitors FOSTERING COMMUNITY Shopping can pick up coupon packets with discounts is, of course, especially brisk at the from Omaha Adventure participants and holidays, but Jones notes that the warmer Village Pointe merchants to get an temperatures see an increased population economical jumpstart on summer activities. at Village Pointe. In April, gardeners start MEMORIAL WEEKEND is the official planting the 20,000 annuals that grow in start of summer, and what better way to the lifestyle center’s gardens and welcome the sun and relaxation landscaping. As the flowers bloom, so does synonymous with summer than an pedestrian traffic. Easter events include outdoor concert. Village Pointe summer visits from the Easter Bunny at Center concert series, THE VIBES AT VILLAGE Court along with Easter storytelling. POINTE, launches with THE The VILLAGE POINTE FARMERS INNOCENTS from 6:30-8:30 pm on MARKET begins the last Saturday in April. Saturday, May 28. It’s a family-friendly Located on the corner of 170th and Burke evening of live music, face painting,


balloons, and refreshments. Held in the ALEGENT HEALTH AMPHITHEATRE, the Vibes is “our invitation to the community to come enjoy Village Pointe even if you’re not shopping,” says Jones. FOSTERING AWARENESS On the surface, commerce and entertainment may seem to be the driving force of lifestyle centers like Village Pointe. But the center’s mission is more inclusive. It also seeks to play a role in promoting the health and welfare of the community that patrons its stores and businesses. Increasingly, Village Pointe is offering to serve as a venue for and sponsor of local charitable events and organizations. ALEGENT HEALTH’S “BREAST HEALTH DAY,” highlighting breast cancer awareness and women’s health issues, will take place in October. Teens and shopping go hand in hand. But young people do more than just troll the malls in their free time. Village Pointe and the OMAHA JAYCEE’S acknowledge this fact with the TOYO TEENS AWARD, which recognizes ten outstanding young Omaha teens (TOYO Teens) for their exceptional volunteerism efforts. The ceremony takes place on the first Sunday in May at the Alegent Health Amphitheatre.

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A community event new to Village Pointe this year is the OMAHA JUNIOR LEAGUE’S HIGH HEEL DASH, slotted for Sunday morning, May 22, before the center’s stores are open for retail business. It’s a fun run down Village Pointe’s Main Street (Davenport Street) designed to raise money for various Junior League causes. “We are excited to be the venue for the High Heel Dash,” Jones states, who says Nebraska’s own MISS AMERICA, TERESA SCANLAN, will make a personal appearance. Shortly thereafter, on the first Sunday in June, Village Pointe will host CURE SEARCH, a walk for children’s cancer research. In the past, the center has helped the organization surpass its fundraising goals. Hopes are that this year’s event will continue that trend. Jones says that if Village Pointe’s space can be utilized by various groups to raise awareness for their respective causes, then the center is fulfilling its mission to be a valued member of the greater Omaha community. Certainly, Village Pointe is home to numerous stores and restaurants, many exclusive and unique to the Omaha market. But it is not just a West Omaha shopping center, Jones maintains. It is a lifestyle center that offers its visitors a chance to relax, enjoy a meal out, maybe take in a continued

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many omahans are aware that village pointe shopping center in west omaha offers a wonderful variety of retailers, restaurants, and entertainment venues. what’s less known is that village pointe also serves as host to a slew of charitable events in an ongoing commitment to community.



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movie or comedy show, while connecting with others through community awareness events. Village Pointe has a welcoming atmosphere: “people love just being here, listening to music, strolling, looking at the flowers in the summer, and sitting by the cozy fireplaces in the winter,” Jones observes. The center embraces that role, Jones adds, “we want to create a sense of place with something for everyone.” m

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may VILLAGE POINTE FARMERS MARKET Every Saturday through October 1st, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. TOYO TEENS AWARDS CEREMONY Alegent Health Amphitheatre Sunday, May 15, 3 p.m. VINO AT THE VILLAGE VILLAGE POINTE WINE TOUR Thursday, May 26, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. OMAHA ADVENTURE FAMILY EVENT Center Court and Alegent Health Amphitheatre 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. NEW JUNIOR LEAGUE OF OMAHA “HIGH HEEL DASH” Center Court and Village Pointe “Main” Street Sunday, May 22, 8 a.m. to 12n Visit for more info.

may-aug THE VIBES AT VILLAGE POINTE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Alegent Health Amphitheatre Saturdays, May 28 thru August 27, 2011, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free to the public. VILLAGE POINTE FARMERS MARKET Every Saturday through October 1st, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

jun INAUGURAL VILLAGE POINTE WINE FESTIVAL Friday, June 10, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. / Saturday, June 11, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. CURESEARCH - 4th Annual Milestones Walk for Childhood Cancer Saturday, June 4, 8 a.m to 10 a.m.


oct VILLAGE POINTE FARMERS MARKET – HARVEST FEST Saturday, October 1, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. End of market season celebration. BREAST HEALTH DAY (Tentative date) Saturday, October 15, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. . ADOPTION LINKS WORLDWIDE - OMAHA’S GREAT PUMPKIN Saturday, October 29, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. HALLOWEEN FUN DAY In conjunction with Millard South High School DECA Sunday, October 30, 2 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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the village pointe layout was a big draw for the high heel dash. the main street is well suited for spectators, it’s a well-known location, and provides entertainment surrounding the event in the form of restaurants and shopping. ~ CAROL WANG, CHAIR, OMAHA JUNIOR LEAGUE’S HIGH HEEL DASH

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APART FROM BEING an unsightly, uncomfortable and


sometimes painful malady, varicose veins can also be a harbinger of more serious medical issues.

to be “smarter than a fifth-grader” to understand that varicose veins can be explained using only the most rudimentary grasp of science.



STOPPING JUST SHY OF congratulating those who come for a consultation, Dr. Attila Csordas seems to be adept at finding the silver lining in every medical cloud. “You might call varicose veins a good thing,” the interventional radiologist with the Creighton Vein Center said with a wry wink. “That’s because what brings people to me is sometimes just the tip of the iceberg. Varicose veins are often the manifestation of more problematic issues with how blood moves through your body, issues that can eventually affect all of your veins in a way that is, by then, much more difficult to treat.” Although relatively rare, complications from varicose veins can lead to painful ulcers forming around the affected area, usually in the ankles. The appearance of such ulcers along with thrombophlebitis, a sudden swelling of the leg that can trigger blood clots, should cause the sufferer to seek prompt medical attention.

“IT’S ALL ABOUT GRAVITY,” said Dr. Scott Wattenhofer of Omaha Vein Specialists and Omaha Vascular Specialists. “It’s as simple as that. Arteries deliver blood to the extremities and veins return that blood (now in its telltale, oxygendeprived blue tint) to the heart to be reoxygenated and recirculated. The reason we see varicose veins most commonly in the legs is that it is an uphill battle from down there, and blood is a rather heavy liquid.” Muscle contractions in the legs act as pumps, and elastic vein walls help blood return to the heart. Tiny valves in your veins open as blood flows back to the heart, then close to stop the blood from ebbing backward. Age may cause valves to lose their “oomph”, and vein walls may become less elastic, allowing blood that should be traveling north to dwell in the south. Although the American South has always been known as the home of blue-blooded chivalry, the same cannot be said when it comes to blood that is quite literally blue if it pools in your veins, causing them to enlarge and become varicose.




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DEFYING Pregnancy is also a common cause of weakening in the veins. The total volume of blood in our bodies—well, maybe your body, but not the writer’s … that would really be a story of note if such an expectant condition were to occur—must necessarily increase during pregnancy, but it decreases in terms of flow from the legs to the pelvis.

ADVANCEMENTS IN TREATMENT The introduction of ultrasound and laser technologies, both doctors cited in this article agreed, have revolutionized treatment of varicose veins. Now usually the exclusive domain of decidedly painless outpatient procedures, today’s varicose vein treatments have all but replaced the once dreaded saphenectomy. More commonly known as vein stripping, the very name itself conjures cringe-worthy images that aren’t at all far removed from the realities of the now almost anachronistic practice. “That was a much more invasive procedure than we use today,” the Hungarian-born Csordas explained. “It seems an almost barbarously bloody thing to have done,” he said in pantomiming a motion akin to that of the huffing and puffing, cord-yanking action used to start a stubborn lawn mower. Dr. Wattenofer agreed. “Until a decade or so ago, we were employing techniques that hadn’t changed in over a century,” he said. “The advent of new technologies, once relegated perhaps to what were naturally weightier research arenas of, say, cancer or heart studies, means that new procedures and new techniques have spread throughout every corner of health care. That’s good news for those who have varicose veins.”

Endovenous ablation is the most common procedure today in the treatment of varicose veins. Using heat to close off a vein, nothing more than the smallest of needle punctures are required as a catheter is inserted to deaden the passageway. Over time, the body simply absorbs the treated vein as it does with any other minor scar tissue. Insurance policies vary by program, but a good rule of thumb is that strictly cosmetic procedures are rarely covered. Among the most common cosmetic treatments are those for spider veins, tiny blood vessels just below the skin’s surface, so named for their often arachnid-shaped appearance.

EASY, SAFE, PAINLESS Varicose veins, Dr. Csordas explained, affect an estimated 20 percent of women and eight percent of men. “Men tend to put up with medical things much longer,” Csordas said, “and by the time we see a lot of them they have big veins that bring really uncomfortable symptoms.” The price for ignoring such symptoms, especially among men? “That’s where we tend to see a lot more problems with ulcers that require treatment,” Wattenhofer said. “I tell my patients that nobody is going to die solely because of varicose veins. It’s not like we’re going to have to amputate a leg or anything like that. But I also tell them that there’s absolutely no reason to live with discomfort when treatment is so easy, safe and painless.” m


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• SPEAKING WITH CARE Last month, I focused on the yama of ahimsa in yogic practice. This article continues the journey


through the yamas and focuses on the second. That yama is satya, truthfulness in thought and word.

On my office wall are frames containing meaningful notes that people have written me over the years. One of my favorites was written by a young woman whose path has led her to a developing career in the non-profit realm. Several years ago, she was part of my daily life. Her note thanked me for the time, attention and encouragement that I gave to her during her teen years.

RIGHT SPEECH The concept of satya is not simply a matter of speaking words that are factually true. The concept is bigger in that it looks to right thoughts and right speech. Thoughts and words have significant power. Writers about satya suggest that we speak pleasant truth and avoid unpleasant truth. Right speech entails reflecting before, during and after our speech. Right speech avoids anything that is divisive, abusive or gossipy as well as that which is dishonest. In deciding whether to speak, one evaluates whether the speech is beneficial as well as factual. Also important is timing. Timing is particularly important upon the occasion when it is necessary to speak about a difficult subject. Right speech contemplates the impact of our thoughts and words and is practiced in conjunction with ahimsa, non-violence. Sometimes that which is true may be hurtful. For example, we should not tell a thief when we are going to be out of town.



I have a few similar notes. I keep them on my wall to remind me how important it is to express our belief in others and how much our encouragement can make a difference. As part of my practice of satya, I am seeking to choose my thoughts and my words carefully.

FOR THOSE WHO REALLY NEED ENCOURAGEMENT In recent years, I have had many opportunities to be around a variety of teens. Observing teen interaction and the adults to them is a reminder of how easily we can say something that assists someone on a positive path or something that sends them into a dark hole. In observing, I notice how readily we heap praise on those who are doing well. On the other hand, I note how quick we can be with our judgment and criticism to those who are overweight, have long hair or are challenged to match their clothes. Those who are struggling are those who really need some of us to stop and provide a word of encouragement or appreciation. I once focused on acknowledging good service and good efforts. I continue to do that but I have added a focus on finding a way to encourage those who are challenges to me.

LETTING GO OF THOUGHTS OF JUDGMENT Have you ever noticed how many conversations in a day focus on judgmental statements about others? I recently began a practice of simply noticing my

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thoughts about others. I chose to practice this for an hour early in each day. It was startling to realize how quickly observation can become a thought of judgment, which can then flow through to a statement that may or may not be accurate. Judgmental statements are often defended as being factual but judgment requires evaluation and conclusion. Many evaluations are done quickly without full knowledge. My goal for the next few weeks is to notice my judgments and then to actively question myself about whether I have all the information that I really need to make such a judgment, to question whether I want to make such a judgment and to be open to the idea that there is much that I don’t know.

Can you imagine what it might look like if we all walked through a day being open to all possibility about others? What if we chose particularly to refrain from negative judgments and instead thought of possibilities? What if we consciously found something both positive and truthful that we could say? What if we could all see that our judgments are not always the truth? They are simply conclusions and sometimes we make them too quickly.

SPEAKING THOUGHTFULLY RATHER THAN JUDGMENTALLY In speaking, we can learn to separate judgments from observation. Instead of saying “Person X is a jerk,” which is judgment, we could try, “I was challenged and hurt by the way that X spoke to me about the car.” Instead of saying, “This room is a mess,” we could try, “I note that all of the clothes are on the floor and that there are dirty plates lying around. My sense of cleanliness is challenged by the state of this room.”

Dixie Clark, MS, MSS, LPC is Director and co-founder of Morning Star Center, a holistic wellness center. A licensed counselor and ordained minister, she holds a masters’ degree in both counseling and spiritual science and is currently obtaining her doctorate in spiritual science. With over 26 years experience in mind/body therapies, she combines psychology and spirituality to help people release emotional blocks, heal past trauma and change limiting beliefs to open to soul awareness.

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We are all powerful creators. Often we just create in a negative way. Part of why we’re here in this physical form is to learn to use this power consciously in ways that serve our highest good. Some of you have heard of the Law of Attraction. Simply put, the law of attraction is whatever goes out comes back. Think of all of our thoughts, feelings and beliefs operating at different levels of energy, different vibrations. If we send out negativity or lower vibrations into the world through our thoughts and emotions, that level of negativity or vibration comes back to us. If we send out positive energy into the world and to other people, we attract that back. We are held responsible for what we create. That’s not a form of punishment. It’s simply how the Universe is structured. Let’s look at some of the ways we create our reality through thoughts, emotions and beliefs.

“THINK POSITIVE” Think about your thought patterns for a moment. How negative or positive do they tend to be? When you think of something that might happen in the future or that you want in your life, do you immediately create a positive or negative image about it or about yourself? There is an unconscious part of us that absolutely listens to everything we say. If we continuously create negativity through our thoughts and hold judgments against ourselves and others, it listens to us and puts energy into creating that. So, if we’re holding an image of not being able to do something or continuing to think in a negative way about it, guess what we create? The thoughts we have send a message to ourselves about who we are, hold a focus for what we create and help determine the level of vibration in our bodies. We can help create our own health and vitality by holding a positive attitude towards ourselves and others as that affects the quality and function of each cell in our body. If you use your thoughts and internal images as a reference point for what you’re creating, are they helping you create what you want or more of what you don’t want?

The feelings we experience are often the result of the thoughts that we’re having. However, sometimes these thoughts are so automatic that we’re not aware of them and can’t connect them as the cause of our feelings. The feelings we have are what carry the vibration out into the world and help create both our inner and outer experience. If we have an outcome we wish to manifest and feel very joyful and enthusiastic about it, the vibration we send out around that outcome is very strong and clear, and we are more apt to create that in our reality if it is for our highest good. On the other hand, if we have an outcome that we’re uncertain, apathetic or hold doubt about, it may remain a long time in the ethers. Think about the feelings you experience on a regular basis. Think about any negativity you may be holding on to from the past. What are you attracting into your life because of the vibrations you’re sending out?

DEVELOP YOUR BELIEFS The beliefs we hold are also a powerful factor in the creation of our reality. Beliefs form the foundation of our view of the world and our reactions to events. Often these are on an unconscious level. Our beliefs allow in love and abundance or keep us stuck in unsatisfactory relationships and scarcity. They can help us move forward or sabotage our change. The beliefs we hold shape our behaviors, our perceptions, our concept of who we are and the patterns we keep repeating. Examples of beliefs that empower us are “I trust the decisions I make…I am capable of handling life on my own…I deserve abundance.” Examples of beliefs that are limiting or hold us back include, “I’m not good enough…I must be perfect…Everyone must approve of what I do.” Change is difficult if there is an unconscious limiting belief holding the old pattern in place. According to Tony Robbins, “What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are.” Think about the beliefs you hold about money, relationships and your own worthiness. What are you creating with your beliefs?

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So, how do we become conscious creators? HERE ARE SOME SUGGESTIONS: • Become aware of your thoughts and channel them to a more positive focus. • Deal honestly with your feelings and get help in letting go, if necessary. • Set your intention to let go of judgments. • Hold images in your mind of what you want more of. • At the end of the day, ask yourself, “How did I create, promote or allow the experiences I had today?” (Be honest with yourself.) • Forgive yourself for believing you are less than Divine. • Hold the highest vision of yourself and be devoted to that daily. • Love yourself no matter what.

Life begins to flow when we learn to honor our path by loving who we are on it. Use wisely your power of creation. May we all awaken from the dream of our inadequate selves. If you’re interested in changing your reality and learning how to create consciously, call 402-884-0621.



Dixie Clark, MS, MSS, LPC is Director and co-founder of Morning Star Center, a holistic wellness center. A licensed counselor and ordained minister, she holds a masters’ degree in both counseling and spiritual science and is currently obtaining her doctorate in spiritual science. With over 26 years experience in mind/body therapies, she combines psychology and spirituality to help people release emotional blocks, heal past trauma and change limiting beliefs to open to soul awareness.

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“SPRING HAS RETURNED. THE EARTH IS LIKE A CHILD THAT KNOWS POEMS.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilk Outside my house and I hope outside of yours, spring is happening, that season of rebirth, surprise and fat new buds that remind us that we aren’t in charge. In early April we have to remind ourselves that we have nothing to do with the flecks of life around us, quickening in the strengthening springtime sun. Spring is independent of our compulsion to manage and direct. It’s beyond our reach. After the recent natural disaster, the thousands of lost and dead in the historic devastation in Japan, coupled with the new war in Libya, and daily reminders of loss, change and fallout, we need some perspective. To me, spring fills the banquet table of perspective before us. I’m already sweeping off my patio, sorting for my planting tools, and planning a trip to the garden store. Planting, even a single flower, can be restorative.

as he suggests in his subtitle, of “love, character and achievement.” It’s the stuff of so much of our deeper work. Brooks reminded me of philosopher Karl Popper’s distinction between clouds and clocks. Clocks are neat, orderly and sensible instruments. You can take a clock apart; something men like to do because clocks contain pieces you to stack, order, link and snap together. Men like the clocks of life. But, clouds are, in Brook’s terms, “irregular, dynamic and idiosyncratic.” You can’t hold or own a cloud. I think of those differences in our daily work with leaders. I often remind our CEO’s that they lead and live with both prose and poetry. Prose includes all of the skills, competencies and lessons we learned in the “hard school,” but poetry celebrates the ability to listen, to be really present with someone, to be empathetic and trustworthy, invites us to savor the ineffable. Daniel Goleman calls it “emotional intelligence.” I think of it as poetry.

Beyond the drumbeat of really terrible news that can, if we allow it, put us in a real funk, I feel assaulted by a spate of new books that again remind me of my challenge to step into my life with some measure of understanding about what I can really change and influence, remaining clear about and what’s beyond my reach. One of my favorite critics and public intellectuals, David Brooks, has spent the last three years absorbing and synthesizing a tremendous amount of scholarship on childhood development, sociology, neuroscience, classic literature, and economics. The result is his new book, The Social Animal, which offers us a deeper look at our primal need for connection, affection, friendship and love, all through the story of an imaginary couple and their path from cradle to grave. I will write more about the book at another time, for I think it is especially wise in its’ provocative sense of “the hidden sources”

It takes experience and comfort with both elements and experiences to be fully human, and certainly to become a leader worth following. It parallels Popper’s sense of clocks (prose) and clouds (poetry), the dance of the predictable and the uncertain that make life so immensely curious and spring certain yet still rich with surprise. To my mind, these metaphors and models offer more than a simple framework for exceptional leadership. I think they give us handholds on the uneven path to maturity, to becoming a wise leader, parent, spouse, friend. James Gleick’s new book, The Information, which leapt into the literary consciousness as quickly as Brooks’, reminds us that “facts” just like quantum physics, have their own music. Information is far more than what you can find on Google’s army of servers. He writes that “information is the blood and

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the fuel, the vital principle” of the world. Everything from what we think to how we order life of earth is, in his terms, “information”. Nothing more, and yet, nothing less. I embrace the boldness of his thesis, for I think we live and love our way through the world with both clocks and clouds, prose and poetry, dreams and deadlines and passions and purpose. When we surrender our need to control, we can begin to really experience what’s around us. Only then can we be free to look up from our clocks to finally see the clouds, the horizon, and the morning mists.

Spring, as a season, affirms the wisdom of letting go, and the reminder that life persists. Life in a fresh new bud or a blade of grass reminds us that the seasonal cycle is older than recorded history and, yet full of rich and varied invitations to touch, smell and watch…and savor. Brooks and Gleick both provide provocative evidence of the richness and complexity of our experience on this earth and in this lifetime. By truly paying attention to this new season, especially when you can smell smoke behind the next hill we are once again reminded that, like spring, we can be renewed and refreshed. Clocks or well-learned prose only give us the vocabulary for change. Slipping into the poetry, the clouds, is an essential path to understanding that we, too, can grow anew. Rebirth of spirit, hope, plans, dreams, potential and possibility reside in the wisdom in the grass.

It takes heart and hope to lead. It takes paying attention to what’s around us in this new season to remind us of the power of renewal. We need it all now.

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Aristotle described wisdom as the most finished


form of knowledge. How does knowledge achieve this finished form? Brain research provides a clue. As brain cells make connections again and again, they begin to grow. This growth occurs in the form of dendrites which continue to branch out, sending out up to six branches. The first five branches are identical, but the sixth branch is unique in its ability to keep growing and seeking out new connections. This sixth dendrite allows us to go beyond straightforward factual knowledge, connecting facts and forming meaning. It is our six-sided dendrites that give us wisdom.

Marian Diamond, a neuroscientist at UC Berkeley, provides a scientific explanation for Dov Seidman’s observation. She describes wisdom as the product of experiential input into the cerebral cortex. This input is followed by integrative processes in the association cortices mixing with previously stored information resulting in new connections. She notes that “learning must take place before wisdom.”

KNOWING YOUR STRENGTHS Wisdom (Perspective) is one of twenty-four strengths in the VIA classification of character strengths and virtues (Peterson and Seligman, 2004). It is classified along with four other strengths of wisdom and knowledge, which include creativity, curiosity, open-mindedness and love of learning. While definitions of wisdom vary, wisdom can be viewed as a superior level of knowledge that is distinct from intelligence. Wisdom is a broad term that encompasses a unique combination of discretion, integrated thinking, experience and compassionate understanding.

AN UNEVEN JOURNEY Dov Seidman in his book “how: Why HOW We Do Anything Means Everything in Business (and in Life)” documents findings from his work with undergraduate students at Harvard University. He describes the process of attaining mastery as “The Paradox of the Hills of Knowledge.” As individuals moved from a basic understanding (Peak #1) to mastery (a much higher Peak #2), they go through a valley of confusion. In this valley, deep thought is required which is marked by connections, integration and synthesis. The paradox is that confusion extends beyond basic understanding and represents a higher level of knowledge. The journey to mastery involves a capacity to “power through” the confusion that exists beyond a basic understanding (Seidman, 2007).

While wisdom entails extensive learning and broad experiences, it is not a strength determined by age. Wisdom is displayed early in life with research providing evidence for the existence of what has been termed precocious wisdom (Hartman, 2000). Diamond explains that “some people can make broad, sweeping, wise decisions when they are young; others display their specific type of wisdom when they are old. Perhaps, intuition in the young is playing a powerful role or perhaps, the young have different combinations of the neurotransmitters in the synapses of their cerebral cortices to provide a more profound use of the incoming stimuli.” The late psychologist Thomas Gordon described the learning process in four key stages. The first stage is unconscious incompetence. This stage can be a comfortable place where we don’t know what we don’t know. The second stage is conscious incompetence where we know what we don’t know. We start to learn at this stage. Fear and frustration can emerge as we begin to realize what we need to learn which can be overwhelming and is the place where we may give up. Think back to when you first learned to drive. The details and sequencing of maneuvering a vehicle can be very challenging. However as you continue to practice you move to stage three: conscious competence. At this stage, we know what we know. Realizing that we have achieved a level of mastery, this stage is marked by a sense of relief. As we become more adept, we cycle back and forth between stage two and three until we move to the fourth stage of learning: unconscious competence. At this stage we are knowledgeable but unaware. After a few years we

don’t pay attention to all the details and elements of driving, we just do it. Most learning occurs in the middle two stages where it can be the most uncomfortable. Staying in learning when it is a struggle is not always easy, but is necessary to achieve the more finished form of learning known as wisdom.

PERSEVERANCE IS POWERFUL This brings us back to the quote from Albert Einstein. Neuroscientist Marian Diamond is one of only a few researchers to study tissue samples from Albert Einstein’s brain. She found that he had twice as many glial cells as normal males. Sticking with problems longer and pushing through the stages of learning resulted in wisdom evidenced in the structure of Einstein’s brain. Diamond, at age 84, teaches at UC Berkley and her introductory anatomy lecture is the most watched video (more than a half million views) on the university’s YouTube Channel.

Mastery and wisdom wait at the end of a courageous journey. Struggling in an area? Take a break. Identify an example of your own personal wisdom and map it backwards, noting your journey. Where did you find the courage to “power through?” What can you apply from that experience to your current circumstance? Then map some more of your experiences to discover your unique set of tools that have moved you from basic understanding to mastery and finished your knowledge into wisdom.

The Values in Action Inventory of Strengths (VIA-IS) is a self-report questionnaire that measures 24 strengths of character organized under six core virtues. The questionnaire takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and results in a printable report providing a rank order of strengths. The VIA-IS can be accessed free of charge at

Gordon Parry is the President of Aristotle Group, a firm dedicated to helping individuals, teams, and organizations achieve their full potential. In 2005, Gordon was one of 35 students selected globally to complete the first graduate program in the new field of applied positive psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. 53

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starting a new business: “should I buy a franchise?”

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first in a series of articles addressing strategies for entrepreneurs starting a new business. This article will focus on a type of “pre-made business” known as a franchise. When you purchase a franchise, you buy a mentor, a business system and a business partner. The franchisor provides you with a pre-built business. If you are looking for creative freedom or exclusive control, many franchises will not be able to accommodate; however, a good franchise, in a good location, can be one of the most successful businesses available to a new business owner. While the law provides certain special protections to franchisees, the Franchise Agreement will control your relationship with the franchisor. When considering a franchise, the following are important questions to answer: WHAT ARE THE COSTS? Understanding the costs of owning a franchise is often difficult. You will likely have an up-front franchise fee, a royalty on your sales, a contribution toward franchisor marketing expenses and required training costs. Further, you will incur indirect costs. You may have to purchase your advertising, raw materials, construction, inventory or finished products and services from the franchisor or their selected vendor. The franchisor is trying to maintain a consistent brand. That consistent brand will provide an immediately recognizable product or service to your customers, but that recognition comes at a cost.

HOW MUCH SAY DO I HAVE IN HOW MY BUSINESS OPERATES? It is very common for the franchisor to have the right to approve your business location, construction companies, advertising, the name of your business, the types of customers you can solicit and how much you can

charge. The franchisor will almost always control the look and feel of your business and require consistent branding. Because you are buying an established brand, you will have little say over how that brand will develop.

by mark a. williams The level of control exercised by a franchisor is usually not direct. The franchisor will not send a person to run your business. The franchisor will, however, often provide required training and require the right to approve your products, marketing, vendors and business plans. The involvement of the franchisor is the reason that many new business owners choose this format of business. The success rate of the franchise exceeds that of other start-up businesses. HOW DO I GET OUT OF THE BUSINESS IF IT ISN’T WORKING? You will usually be required to continue the franchise for a long period. You can usually renew the franchise as long as you are in good standing with the franchisor, pay an additional franchise fee and invest in “refreshing” your business. A franchise is a long-term commitment that usually ends with you selling your franchise or simply allowing the business to close. If you want to get out early, there may be substantial fees you have to pay. Even if your business fails and you have to close, it is possible that you will still owe money to the franchisor. For more information visit


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celebrating the arts


omaha • lincoln • council bluffs

out of the box

Outside K aneKO sprOuts at Lauritzen Gardens

{This is The mosT ambiTious

exhibiTion we’ve ever mounTed.

APRIL 29 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 15, 2011 A common thread is woven through many of Jun Kaneko’s major public works – at least the ones that are most easily accessible to us here on the prairie. Just visit the Holland Performing Arts Center, the MidAmerica Center or travel to Kansas City’s Bartle Hall convention center and the theme repeats; all evoke images of the most organic of works set against what may be considered decidedly un-organic backdrops.


Venture further — and back in time — to New York City’s Park Avenue for Kaneko’s temporary 2008 installation of a group of head-turners from the Head series, and even the landscaped median of Park Avenue could do only so much in terms of offering a natural canvas when Gotham’s columns of cold steel, concrete and glass dwarfed the greenery with its palette of monotone grays. All that has changed with Outside Kaneko, the effort that places the internationally acclaimed artist’s work throughout the sprawling vistas and lush environs of the Lauritzen Gardens. big Show. big Canvases. “This is the most ambitious exhibition we’ve ever mounted,” said Spencer Crews, Lauritzen Gardens’ executive director, “You may commonly think of his work as being in ‘hard’ areas and that’s one of the reasons we are so excited about Outside Kaneko. There’s such a natural feel to his work. All those organic forms and shapes … it’s a perfect match for us.” In what is the largest assemblage to date of Kaneko’s work in a single-site exhibition, over 30 sculptures and about 20 two-dimensional works have sprouted inside and out in the fertile ground of the 100-acre botanical garden located east of 10th and Bancroft streets. continued 55

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Fertile ground? There are, of course, exceptions. Some of the most compelling sights are those of pieces that seemingly levitate above koi ponds and other water features. The exhibit is curated by Troia Schonlau of Kaneko’s studio and showcases a memorable spring for fans of the artist who was born in Japan and came to America in 1963 before later making Omaha his home. a summer of Celebration. Kaneko’s work will also be featured this month in OPERA OMAHA’S production of Madama Butterfly. His set and costume designs for the opera first premiered on the ORPHEUM stage in 2006 before going “on tour” at opera companies across America. He has since designed the 2008 OPERA COMPANY OF PHILADELPHIA production of Fidelio and is now putting the finishing touches on lending his signature look to yet another original production, The Magic Flute at the SAN FRANCISCO OPERA. A series of educational, cultural and artistic programming surrounds Outside Kaneko. Specially guided tours are available through September 14. The August 6 & 7 Earth and Fire event features local ceramic artists interacting with the audience by allowing some the opportunity to make their own Raku pot in the process that uses the fire and smoke of natural materials — no bulky kilns needed for this one — to render variegated designs on pottery. Staging Outside Kaneko has been an eye-opener, even for the seasoned administrator who, as an accomplished landscape architect, already knew a thing or two about line, form and scale. “Troia and Jun and everyone at the studio have been great to work with,” Crews said, “but I’ve surprised even myself when looking at things through an artist’s eyes. I am accustomed to looking at things through ‘horticulture’ eyes, the eyes of a landscape architect. I look at manipulating the environment one way, and Troia and Jun see the same thing through a different lens. I’ve learned to look at the exhibit from a totally different perspective. It’s served as a reminder that all of us are artists in some way, and I feel personally richer having been through this. I know that Lauritzen Gardens is also definitely richer as an organization.”

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Artistry aside, Outside Kaneko posed challenges of a different sort.

are arTisTs in some way.


“We’ve done many smaller things over the years, but this is a giant step for us,” Crews said. “The logistics of using huge cranes to handle such monumental pieces and everything else that had to come together has been something of a herculean task for us.” continued

~ Spencer Crews


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{There’s such a naTural feel

Lauritzen Gardens}

To his work.

all Those organic forms and shapes… iT’s a perfecT maTch for us.}

spirit of Omaha. eyes of the World.

~ Spencer Crews

Outside Kaneko is just another example of the “only in Omaha” phenomena for a city known for harnessing the power of the very best in community partnerships. “The spirit of cooperation and collaboration in Omaha is such that one sometimes has to pause to actually stop and re-think it to truly appreciate it,” said Crews. “We are so good at what we do as a city that we almost have to be reminded how unique that is and how lucky we are as a community.” Just as Omaha will be the center of the aluminum bat baseball world with the College World Series in June, Lauritzen Gardens will rank high among the centers of the art world throughout the summer. “Jun, being an Omaha-based artist, only adds to our excitement and the appeal of the project. It’s doubly exciting because we have two Omaha-based institutions — and Jun is also certainly an international institution in his own right — coming together on something that is not only unique for Omaha, but unique for anyone, anywhere.

{we are so good aT whaT we do as a ciTy ThaT we almosT have To be reminded how unique ThaT is and how lucky we are as a communiTy.


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June 10, 11 and 12 Downtown Omaha Farnam Street 10th to 15th Streets Browse and buy original artwork from 135 juried artists including beautiful paintings, jewelry, ceramics, glass, photography, fiber and more. View the complete Artists’ Gallery at w w w . S u m m e r A r t s . o r g 57

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20 years OF APPLAUSE

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allthe about arts

The Play’s the Thing The Great Plains Theatre Conference returns to the metro, May 28th through June 4th, attracting a national group of master artists and premiering the works of new and emerging playwrights. I’m especially looking forward to it as I have the opportunity to participate in one of the playlabs as I did last year. The playlabs offer the opportunity for playwrights to hear their play performed and receive feedback from groups of other playwrights, directors, actors and the public. Last year, good friend and Hastings College theatre professor, Jim Fritzler, asked my wife and me to participate in a reading of Fortune’s Child by Mark Scharf, a Baltimore playwright. We had a great time doing the reading and, especially, meeting Scharf and getting to know him while he was in town. We met for one intense rehearsal the day before we performed the play. The actual reading was remarkable as other directors and the general public had the opportunity to ask questions, comment and critique the play while Scharf was present.

Omaha’s Favorite Annual Festival Returns June 10-12 THE SECOND WEEKEND IN JUNE, THE 37TH ANNUAL OMAHA SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL WILL FILL THE STREETS OF DOWNTOWN OMAHA WITH ART, MUSIC, CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES, FOOD AND MORE. A wide variety of exquisite artwork created by more than 135 juried artists from across the country will be available to browse and buy. Selected from a pool of more than 400 applicants by a jury of local and regional art professionals, this year’s artists represent 30 states in the U.S. For a sneak-peak at the artwork available at the year’s festival, visit the Artist Gallery online at The Festival’s Featured Artist, Omaha watercolorist Katrina MethotSwanson, created an original oil painting depicting colorful cut flowers to represent this year’s event. The vibrant orange, pink, red and gold flowers shout summer while the red brick background evokes the Festival’s urban location in downtown Omaha. While at the Festival, the public will have the opportunity to interact with local artists and watch live artist demonstrations. Presented in partnership with downtown art galleries, Omaha’s ArtSeen will feature clay-throwing, lamp work, glass beading, paper-making and more in tents interspersed throughout the Artists’ Market. Those inclined to make and take their own art can participate in an ecofriendly art project provided by the American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA). AIGA members will oversee the repurposing of billboard vinyl into attractive bags. Demonstrations will also be provided by prominent local artists affiliated with the Omaha Clay Works, Passageway Gallery, Old Market Artists Gallery and others.

This year, Marty Skomal, Director of Progams for the Nebraska Arts Council, is directing one of the plays and he asked me to be a part of that reading. The play is Provenance by Daniel Weber. Weber is a Vice President and Associate Creative Director of the global ad agency, Publicis, in New York City. His play is particularly fascinating and intriguing. Provenance revolves around a mysterious case of vintage champagne that may or may not be connected to the plunder of Nazi-occupied France by Adolf Hitler’s troops. A French wine expert, a social-climbing film maker, his winestudent wife and a first generation American hotel/vineyard owner are all part of the mystery. In this story of greed, forgery and war, no one presents a true picture of who they really are. We think the audience will not only enjoy hearing the play read, but will have a good time trying to figure out the truth. At this writing, rehearsals have just begun. Unlike last year’s play with only one rehearsal, Skomal has scheduled several run-throughs and has also traveled to New York to meet with Weber. Other actors involved are Mike Markey, Pippa White and Suzanne Withem. Our playlab performance will be Monday, May 30th at 3:30 P.M. on the Fort Omaha Campus of Metropolitan Community College. The playlabs are free and open to the public. In addition, evening performances are held throughout the week in venues and cultural sites across Omaha. This year UNO, Creighton, the Holland Performing Arts Center and KANEKO are the locations of these special activities. This year’s honored playwright is Lee Blessing, and two of his plays, Fortinbras and A Walk in the Woods will be presented on Thursday and Friday, June 2nd and 3rd. There are general admission tickets for these evening performances; $15 Adults, $10 Students, Seniors and TAG Members. How fortunate we are to live in this thriving, theatrical community and to be host to this national event each year!


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April 8th, the Nebraska Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure held their annual “Putttin’ on the Pink: A Party with Promise” cocktail event. Over 200 people attended the event at the Baxter Ford Showroom, which featured a silent auction, special Pink Martinis and catering by Kevin Newlin of Releve’ Passione. Carol Wang of KMTV Action 3 News and Dave Webber, Baxter Ford Spokesperson, shared emcee duties for the evening. The Affiliate recognized the top 26 Race for the Cure fundraisers as the Pink Honor Roll and three Pink Tie Guys (male supporters of Komen Nebraska): Jeff Funk, Jim Mulhall and Dave Kozel. Additionally, during the reception, the Komen Nebraska Affiliate announced the 2011 Community Grant recipients. The recipients are all organizations dedicated to serving women and their families in their fight against breast cancer. For more information on the Nebraska Affiliate, visit or call 402-502-2979.


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April 2nd, Christian Urban Education Service sponsored “The Gathering,” a benefit for Sacred Heart School. The theme of the event was “Art in Heaven” and located at the Embassy Suites La Vista. Organized by event co-chairs Mary and Scott Carollo, Lisa and Rob Johnson, and Trish and Royce Maynard, guests enjoyed a night of awards, an auction and live music by Acoustic Groove. Nikki Boulay of Star 104.5 was the Mistress of Ceremonies and Monsignor James Gilg, superintendent of Catholic Schools, provided the Invocation. Father Tom Fangman spoke and presented awards to Doug Nielsen, Nadine Casebolt and Gloria Thompson for their outstanding gifts of time and energy that they provide to the students of Sacred Heart. The auction featured pieces of artwork submitted from photographers that represented the heavenly theme. All proceeds will help provide increased financial support to the school. The Christian Urban Education Services (CUES) is a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of business and civic leaders who support inner-city education. For more information about Sacred Heart School and CUES, visit

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April 9th, the Douglas County Historical Society held its inaugural event, Century of Fashion: Luncheon and Vintage Runway Show. Over 120 guests attended the show and luncheon, which was held at the Swanson Conference Center of Metro Community College’s Institute of Culinary Arts. Susan McLain, owner of Yesterday’s Lady, presented many fashionable clothing and accessory items dating back from 1870 to 1970. Culinary Arts students at Metro Community College prepared the lunch.

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Board President, Bryan Zimmer, honored Mary M. Maxwell with the first “Women Defining History” award. She formally served as the SCHS Board president and is well known in the community. Proceeds form the event will support the preservation of the Douglas County Historical Society’s vintage clothing collection, which includes over 2,000 clothing items. For more information on the Douglas County Historical Society, visit

Bryan Zimmer and Mary M. Maxwell

Norman Choat and Aida Capellan

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jamsboree benefiting the heart ministry center


March 14th, JAMS Restaurant held JAMSboree, an event benefiting the Heart Ministry Center. During the event, cocktails and dinner were served. The event raised over $11,000 for the center with its sold out event. The evening was generously donated by Mark Hoch, owner of JAMS, who closed the restaurant for the evening. All guests received an event t-shirt, which were donated by Sirius Computer Solutions and designed by June Advertising. Chairmen of the event were Maria Sauvageau and Nancy Neary, who are also directors of the Heart Ministry Center’s Board.

Debi Walker, Michelle Morrison and Katie Mullen

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Kevin Jackson, Pam Finn, Jacque and Tom Donovan

Jim VanHauer and Lori Anderson

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April 7th, ICAN held its 18th annual Women’s Leadership Conference at the Qwest Center. Over 1,800 professionals spent the day discussing leadership demands and philanthropic responsibilities. Sandy Drendel and Katrina Becker co-chaired the event, and Gail Werner=Robertson was the honorary chair. Keynote speakers included “Eat, Pray, Love” author, Elizabeth Gilbert; Fortune magazine editor-at-large, Pattie Sellers; and the former Irish President, Mary Robinson. Mike Horsman, president of Western Heritage Insurance Co., was presented with the Tim Rouse Advocate for Women in Leadership Award, Judith Haecker was awarded the ICAN Legacy Award for her work with ICAN, and Omaha-based Cassling received the Best Places to Work for Advancement of Women Award.

Katrina Becker, Gail Werner Robertson, Mary Prefonatine and Sandy Drendel

Amy Leeds, Sarah Grobbelaar, Mary Prefontaine, Amy McLaughlin and Lisa Kaplan

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April 9th, Mount Michael Benedictine Abbey and School hosted its 22nd annual “Night of Knights” featuring both silent and live auctions. The school’s Now is the Time capital campaign was kick started by a special pledge of $1 million from 1979 graduate and current CEO of NetSuite Inc., Zach Nelson and his wife Elizabeth. The campaign will place efforts to increase its endowed funds, address infrastructure needs and upgrade learning, residential and co-curricular facilities.

Cindy and Brian Engel, Abbot Michael Liebl, O.S.B. and Dr. Bill and Debbie Thomas

Co-chaired by Dr. Bill and Deb Thomas and Brian and Cindy Engel, “Night of Knights” hosted over 630 guests. Honorary chairs were Dr. Bob and Susan Recker and the special guest of honor was Lyle E. Strom. Mount Michael Benedictine School is a Catholic collegepreparatory residential/day school for young men committed to academic excellence. For more information on Mount Michael, visit

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March 4th, the Restore Omaha Conference and Exhibition Opening Reception was held at the Ambassador Apartments in midtown Omaha. The event drew in over 480 attendees. Event attendees toured one of the 2,800-square-foot penthouses and a two-bedroom model unit along with observing ornamental ironwork, 1920s light fixtures, mosaic tile and original hardware throughout the building. The Ambassador’s owners are working hard to bring the 1928 property back to its original glory. “Restore Omaha is all about teaching and motivating people to restore and preserve older buildings,” said Nicole Malone, Restore Omaha committee chair. “We are happy to see the Ambassador Apartments being brought back to life and hope the work the developers are doing inspire others to restore architectural gems like this one.” For more information, visit

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March 31st, the UNO athletic department hosted its third annual Night with the Mavericks fundraiser event at the Embassy Suites La Vista. UNO showed off its new primary and secondary logos that will debut when the department officially begins its reclassification to Division I next fall. Almost 400 people were in attendance and heard former national champion Nebraska volleyball coach Terry Pettit speak. At the end of the event, UNO student-athletes delivered t-shirts sporting the new logo to everyone in attendance. In addition, a hockey jersey featuring the new logo was auctioned off, raising $5,000 for scholarships and program enhancements. For more information on UNO athletics, visit

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March 26th, the Omaha Press Club Foundation presented its 54th show, “SchlegelKegger.� Held at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, over 560 people were in attendance raising $1,100 in scholarship money for journalism students at UNL, UNO and Creighton Universitiy. Executive Producer, Chris Christen, got inspiration for the show from the retirement of the Reverend John Schlegel as president of Creighton University. Terri and Jack Diesing, Jr. were honorary chairs as Stephanie Horeis served as the arrangements chair for the dinner and Keith Allerton made his debut as artistic director. The show featured members of the local media sharing their confessions with a barkeeper at the SchlegelKegger Tavern. For more information about the Omaha Press Club, visit

Keith Allerton and Becky Noble

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March 24th, the Heartland Chapter of the American Red Cross hosted a Red Carpet Premiere at Aksarben Cinema to introduce the new clubred. Created for Young Professionals, clubred is a new way to become involved with the Red Cross’s services through volunteering and fundraising. The Red Carpet Premiere hosted around 60 guests and 26 attendees signed up to become new clubred members. Guests were treated to cocktails, horsd’oeuvres, Jones Bros.’ red velvet cupcakes and free prizes throughout the night. Additionally, Aksarben Cinema gave out one VIP movie pass to those who signed up to be a member, which is good for free movies for the winner and a guest for an entire year. For additional information about the American Red Cross, visit To learn more information about clubred, call 402-343-7700 or visit

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Olivia Wiley, Michaela Algya, Jessica Mizaur, Faith Fossett and Tonya Sucher

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March 31st, the Opera Omaha Guild held the event, Butterfly’s Closet, at KANEKO’s Bow Truss. The event featured silk kimonos, hoary (short kimono jackets), obis and scarves brought from Japan especially to be sold at this event. Over $10,000 was raised with approximately 150 people attending the event. Butterfly-theme jewelry, note cards, orchids and tea cups were also sold. Hiro 88 provided sushi and other Japanesestyle hors d’oeuvres. The event was a three-way cooperative venture between KANEKO, Opera Omaha and Lauritzen Gardens, focused on the art of Jun Kaneko. Chairmen of the event were Jenn Locke, Sheila McNeill and Jillian Tuck. For more information on Opera Omaha,

out to Village Pointe for the Omaha Adventure Family Festival. There will be face painting, balloon art and crafts. at the live concerts by the String Beans! See what’s happening this summer at Omaha’s top attractions and pick up an Omaha Adventure Coupon Book filled with more than $50 in discounts! Visit Media Support provided by WOWT, Channel 6.



nebraska coalition for lifesavsing cures tribute luncheon


April 4th, the Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures honored Walter and Suzanne Scott at the ninth annual tribute luncheon at Happy Hollow Country Club. Over 200 guests attended the event and over $50,000 was raised to support the NCLC. The luncheon chairman was Judy Haecker. Speakers included president of the NCLC, Sanford Goodman, chairman of the board, Richard Holland, and executive director, Victoria Kohout. Senator John Nelson was also in attendance.

Suzanne and Walter Scott

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Chancellor Harold Maurer, Michael Yanney, Gail Walling Yanney, Beverly Maurer, Walter Scott and Suzanne Scott

Dick Holland

Margaret Kirkeby Batt, Victoria Kohout, Jessica Brummer and Rick Boldt Photos by Andy Hoig and courtesy of Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures

Look Who’s Sheltering Shelter Pets!

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Calling Kids who love Critters Camp Kindness is for You! Slots are going fast for our summer day camps that are a tail waggin’ good time. Camp Kindness runs in weeklong, half-day sessions during June and July. Campers aged 6 to 12 get a chance to meet shelter veterinarians and watch them do surgeries, learn hands-on lessons about dog training, see wildlife and find out why wild animals don’t make good pets, and also create all sorts of animal crafts. It’s a week of fun “tail-erd” for young pet lovers. Check for more details and easy online registration at

Don’t Shop, Adopt! Looking for a dog with manners? Don’t want to potty train a pup? Just like Mogens and Cindy Bay, you can find the perfect pet for your family at the Nebraska Humane Society. Conservative estimates put 25 percent of the dogs in the shelter as purebred. And every age and coat pattern, from calico to tabby, is represented by shelter cats. While some pets do end up at the shelter due to issues, a majority are here through no fault of their own, because someone simply couldn’t keep them. And here’s food for thought: When you adopt you give two deserving animals a second chance--the one you take and the one who can take his kennel!

Mogens and Cindy Bay with Molly

Mogens and Cindy Bay Mogens and Cindy Bay were missing canine company. Their much loved Labrador retriever, Penny, had passed away after 14 wonderful years of companionship. “We knew we wanted another dog, but we didn’t want to start over with a puppy,” explains Cindy, “so the shelter was the obvious option.” In October they met Molly, a four-year-old black lab with a happy temperament and polite manners who knew how to sell herself. “We love her,” says Cindy, “it took a few weeks to get our routines down on when we eat and sleep and go outside, but she’s bonded to both of us and it’s working out wonderfully.” Molly has her own space when both Mogens and Cindy are out without her, but she’d rather have family home. “She has two-and-a-half acres to enjoy as well, but she rarely stays outside without us,” says Mogens, “she’s really a family oriented dog.” gives you all the info!

For more information go to “Programs and Events” on the NHS Website at, or call 444-7800 ext 273.

savethedate may May 12 LUNCH & LEARN A benefit for Uta Halee Girls Village The Uta Halee Girls Village Guild presents their 3rd Annual Lunch & Learn, this year featuring Ngum Suh, sister of Ndamukong Suh, whose program will focus on how to set goals for your life and balance all you do. Qwest Center – Omaha – 11:30 A.M.

May 13 ART ON TAP A benefit for Joslyn Art Museum Joslyn Art Museum’s Young Art Patrons (YAP) will host Art on Tap, an evening of beer tasting, food tasting, and art tasting! The event will benefit the Museum’s education programs and future exhibitions. Joslyn Art Museum Omaha – 8:00 P.M. Visit

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A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN A benefit for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland Join the Friends of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland for an evening of artful plates and wine pairings, silent and live auctions and a raffle drawing. Proceeds support reproductive health care and education for women, men and teens. TD Ameritrade Park Omaha – 6:00 P.M. Call 402–557–6681.

OMAHA–COUNCIL BLUFFS HEART WALK Benefitting the American Heart Association The Heart Walk is a fun and inspirational event that educates the public on achieving ideal health, while raising funds for the lifesaving research and educational programs of the American Heart Association. Stinson Park at Aksarben Village Omaha – 10:00 A.M. Visit

GREAT PLAINS THEATRE CONFERENCE MCC once again brings acclaimed playwrights and emerging artists to the heart of the country to share their work. This sixth annual event features Lee Blessing as honored playwright. MCC Fort Omaha Campus – Omaha

May 16 THE PARTNERSHIP FOR OUR KIDS GOLF TOURNAMENT A benefit for The Partnership for Our Kids In addition to a gorgeous day of golf on the green, participants at this event receive a fabulous barbeque lunch, an opportunity to perfect their game with an OCC golf pro, a chance to win an exclusive sports fan raffle package, team awards, and much more. Omaha Country Club Omaha – 12:30 P.M. Call 402–930–3026.

May 22 NEBRASKA TOUR DE CURE Benefitting the American Diabetes Association This event features routes of different lengths for riders of all skill levels. Whichever route you choose, Tour de Cure is a ride, not a race, so take it at your own speed and enjoy the journey. At the finish you will be welcomed back with cheering volunteers, great food and more. Sarpy County Fairgrounds – Springfield Call 1–888–DIABETES x6886.

May 14 CABARET 2011 A benefit for Child Saving Institute This year’s event is themed “Wild and Crazy” with entertainment by actress and comedienne, Melissa Peterman. Don’t miss it! CoCo Key Convention Center Omaha – 6:00 P.M. Visit

May 14 MAN & WOMAN OF THE YEAR A benefit for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society This event is the culmination of a ten– week campaign in which individuals in the community held their own fundraising campaigns to help LLS fund blood cancer research and provide education and support services for patients and their families. The Gala includes live and silent auctions, food, cocktails, music, and the announcement of the Man and Woman of the Year. The Hilton – Omaha – 6:30 P.M. Visit 75

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jun June 1 AFRICAN–AMERICAN LEADERSHIP AWARDS & GALA Hosted by the Urban League of Nebraska Celebrating 22 years of honoring and recognizing African–American leaders, this year’s ceremony will feature National President and CEO of Urban League, Marc Morial, as keynote speaker. Hilton Omaha – Omaha – 6:00 P.M. Call 402–453–9730.

June 2 HUMANITARIAN DINNER A benefit for Inclusive Communities This year’s event features guest speaker Soledad O’Brien, acclaimed Special Investigations correspondent and host of CNN’s “In America” documentaries. Embassy Suites – La Vista – 5:45 P.M. www.inclusive–

June 3 MOUNT MICHAEL DJ SOKOL MEMORIAL GOLF CLASSIC A benefit for the Mount Michael Alumni Association Tiburon Golf Course Omaha – 12:30 P.M. Call 402–253–0950 or Visit

June 3 JAMA 2011 GALA A benefit for the Joslyn Art Museum Association JAMA will host its annual gala fundraiser for Museum education programs, this year celebrating the exhibition Joslyn Treasures: Well Traveled and Rarely Seen. Joslyn Art Museum Omaha – 6:00 P.M. Call 402–661–3821.

June 3–4 CATTLEMEN’S BALL Benefitting UNMC Eppley Cancer Center and local healthcare The Cattlemen’s Ball is the state’s premier fundraiser in the fight against cancer. Country music star Sara Evans is the featured performer at this year’s event. The theme of this year’s ball is “Plowing Cancer Under”. Harry and Doris Knobbe feedlot – West Point, Nebraska Visit


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SAND IN THE CITY A benefit for the Nebraska Children’s Home Society Foundation The fun starts with 350 tons of sand dumped into the middle of downtown Omaha! From there corporate teams compete to build the best 15–ton sculpture. The public is invited down for a free weekend of fun – see the sculptures, vote for your favorite and enjoy great food and an interactive Kid Zone. Parking Lot at 10th & Capitol – Omaha Visit

OLLIE’S DREAM 2011 A benefit for Ollie Webb Inc. Enjoy an elegant evening of tasting wines from around the world, live jazz music and silent and oral auctions. Mutual of Omaha Dome Omaha – 6:30 P.M. Call 402–346–5220.

GOLF CLASSIC Benefitting Hope Center for Kids Champions Run – Omaha Call 402–341–4673 x1003.

PRAIRIE LIFE FITNESS PROJECT HARMONY GOLF INVITATIONAL Benefitting Project Harmony Range practice and a box lunch will open the day, followed by a 1:00 p.m. shotgun start. Following the 18–hole round, golfers will enjoy a barbecue dinner highlighted by tournament awards, pin prizes, raffle and mulligan drawings, and the inimitable wit of emcees John Knicely and Dave Webber of WOWT. Indian Creek Golf Course Omaha – 11:00 A.M. Visit

June 10 PINOT, PIGS & POETS A benefit for Camp Fire USA It will be “Hog Heaven” again at this event where guest chefs showcase their culinary skills with an extensive array of gourmet port dishes complemented by highly acclaimed pinot noir wines. Happy Hollow Club – Omaha

June 11 ON THE ROAD A benefit for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands Enjoy the Fish Heads at this year’s event themed Life’s a Beach. Stinson Park at Aksarben Village Omaha

June 14 CORK THE FORK – A WINE INFUSED CATERING CHALLENGE Benefitting the Greater Omaha Chapter National Association of Catering Executives This event features two competitions. The first will showcase the culinary talents of local member chefs. The second challenge is a tablescape competition. Institute for the Culinary Arts Omaha – 6:00 P.M. Call 402–778–6317.

June 11 WINE AND JAZZ 2011 A benefit for the American Red Cross Attendees at this event will taste a fine selection of wine and beers throughout the evening, accompanied with great food and live jazz by the George Walker Trio. The night’s events will also include exciting live and silent auctions featuring an array of well sought–after items. Ameristar Casino Ballroom – Council Bluffs – 7:00 P.M. Visit

The Westside Early Learning Center The Westside Foundation is currently accepting enrollment applications for The Westside Early Learning Center at Underwood Hills. The Center will feature toddler, half-day and full-day preschool programs and a unique curriculum that will focus on nature and the arts. Space is limited. For more information or to register a child, contact Stephanie Vavruska at 402-390-8207 77

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changes embracethe

vibrations • with sue moon


Expect a few bumps in the road even though it is a lovely month full of flowers and warmer weather. Uranus (unexpected) is next to Lilith (shadows) and that can bring up some unusual behaviors in people. Because they are in the sign of Aries, look for brash and rash behaviors to come out of nowhere. We are feeling the deep pull of Pluto retrograde until September 16, 2011. What this will allow you to do is mull over what the lessons from Pluto are that you can regenerate from anything if you are willing to put in the work. There is a nice infusion of planets in Taurus this month that feels a little indulgent even lazy at times and we all deserve that once in a while. Take advantage of the strength that Jupiter (abundance) and Mars (power) are giving you the first half of the month. For all there is an awakening happening and that is the Neptune into Pisces for many years to come. Don’t fight that, let go of what you can and embrace the future of a kinder and more inclusive planet. It starts with each of us, no kindness is too small to affect change. Think kind thoughts for the world and all of its peoples.


mar - apr 19

Strong month for rejuvenation of body/personality, caution against impulsive/out-of-character changes as some shadow parts about who you are may unexpectedly bubble up and shock others. The New Moon at the month’s beginning should be a time of rededicating yourself to being the best you can be.


apr 20 - may 20

Shadows come raging up out of nowhere and mostly in your dreams. Some dream analysis could be helpful to reveal inner changes trying to manifest now. Any self-help program you start this month will move you closer to your goals. Many changes are ahead … some of which you are not aware of.



juL 23 - auG 22

Rock ‘em, sock ‘em with the power of your mind and beliefs! Just don’t overwhelm them so much you begin to lose a friend or two. This spring you have been a gutsy orator, but are you right or just opinionated? Let the power of your spiritual intuitions start to guide you now, and leave other people’s beliefs behind.


You really should be having the time of your life with friends. And now that spiritual Neptune has moved into Pisces in your house of achievements/career, watch for many idealistic turns and shifts at what you have come here to accomplish, especially in your career.


may 21 - jun 20

This is such a spring for your career, simply super-charged! Towards months-end relax and unwind with good friends. You need a rest from your life. The New Moon of the 2nd is ideal to focus on what you want to do next with your career and then see some manifestation of that by the month’s end.

Ok, so work has been a drag, but that will change towards the month’s end. The New Moon on the 4th wants you to re-evaluate your daily schedule and put more fun in there. Stress does not suit you, and you really need to relax more. Your home will undergo some pretty radical and idealistic changes in the years to come due to Neptune moving into that sector.

capricorn dEC 22 - jan 19

auG 23 - SEp 22

There are not too many people undergoing the radical changes of you, dear Virgo. It will let up a little towards the month’s end, and then you can start to digest all of the deep and profound changes you have been going through. This is a deeply felt month for you, and your committed relationship sector is about to change in the years to come. Some of your dreams will come true.

libra may 21 - jun 2


nOV 22 - dEC 21

You can start to have more fun later in the month and might even consider a vacation. Neptune, so dreamy and creative, albeit illusive, will now fog or heighten your mind in the years to come. A very idealistic energy comes with that. You are one of the most grounded of signs, but in the years to come your focus will be on higher forms of thought and spirituality.

aquarius jan 20 - fEb 18

SEp 23 - OCT 22

As Neptune (creativity) in Pisces (dreamy) has entered your house of health and work, you can start to feel a deep spiritual revival in that area. Take good care of your feet as Pisces rules the feet. We get a little scattered or day-dreamy and accidents happen. Still loaded with Aries energy in your partnership/enemy house, be kind and just don’t step on any toes.


OCT 23 - nOV 21

The New Moon in Aries on the 4th will stimulate creative ways of improving your workplace and your health. Toward the month’s end the focus will be on keeping the peace with your relationships and indulging in a few fantasies. As Neptune (dreamy creativity) moves into your house of loving your life you are in for some rare and exotic times. You are in for a very nice journey with that.

Not too sure where all of this change is leading you, eh? Well, the planets suggest that you re-do your finances and much more. Change is happening in the way you present yourself and interact with others. Your communication this month will be intense but soften towards the end. Your best shot is to let go of the past and embrace the next phase of your life.


fEb 19 - mar 20

You, of all the signs, will now undergo tremendous change as your ruling planet Neptune marches, or should I say, flows into your basic self-body/personality. This will start a chain reaction of change so thorough as to completely transform you into the spiritual leader you naturally are. The coming years will see you emerge as a radiant butterfly. There are a few pitfalls to watch for–delusion and illusion.

Sue Moon has been a student of astrology since 1972 and is an experienced journeyman and practitioner in a number of life enhancement disciplines. You can find her astrology materials and dailies at and on Facebook. She is locally based at Bright Spirit Center • 78

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