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reast cancer. There are two words that continue to conjure fear in the minds of most women. But for those in the medical field, breast cancer represents progress. “We are seeing decreasing mortality in breast cancer because of the success of better screening and detection methods such as mammography,” says Katie Mendlick, M.D., radiologist at Alegent Health. It is estimated that early diagnosis in addition to improved chemotherapy, better surgical techniques and the advent of targeted treatment therapies have contributed to reducing breast cancer mortality by 40 percent or more, notes Mendlick. One of the most recent advances in the diagnostic arena that is improving detection involves the advent of digital mammography, which captures images in computer code, providing physicians with crisper, brighter images of breast tissue. Digital mammography is quickly becoming the new standard of care in diagnosis and is now available at most local Omaha hospitals. Digital mammography provides several advantages to film

mammography, says Mendlick. This includes better resolution, easier to read scans, increased accuracy and a quicker throughput time (the time from which the mammogram is completed until the time the radiologist reads the scan and makes a diagnosis) because it is all computerized. A recent study of thousands of women reported in the “New England Journal of Medicine” in 2005 demonstrated that digital mammography is more accurate than film mammography for detecting breast cancer in women with dense breasts, those younger than 50 and those who are premenopausal or perimenopausal. It is estimated that 30 percent or more of women have dense breasts. Usually, women under 50 as well as thin, smaller-framed women are more likely to have dense breasts. Digital mammography may also be more effective at finding tumors in heavy women with fatty breasts. Dense breast tissue is more difficult to evaluate because it shows up as white blotches on a mammogram film. Calcifications, which can be early signs of breast cancer, show up as very small white flecks. Irregu-

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Ruth Wassinger of Plattsmouth was once one of the 70 percent of Americans who do not exercise regularly. She had never in her life been athletic, not even in high school. After turning 50, Wassinger decided to start jogging. After much training, self-discipline and family support, she started entering marathons, starting with the Omaha Marathon in 2003. Wassinger encourages other women 50 and over to become active in her book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fit After 50: Getting Up and Running Physically, Mentally and Professionally.â&#x20AC;? In the book, Wassinger explains her running program and how it has helped her to relate to lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s challenges in a healthier way. When she started running, Wassinger found other areas of her life improved. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I became a better wife, mother, professional and public servant.â&#x20AC;? Amid preparations for the Boston Marathon, Wassinger found a walnut-sized lump in her breast and was diagnosed with cancer. Chapter 15 of her book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;When the Race Chooses You,â&#x20AC;? recounts this experience, which included a double mastectomy. Wassingerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OB/GYN doctor feels the positive attitude and focus she has from her long-distance running gives her a great advantage in dealing with the cancer. Wassinger is a financial planner. She also speaks to groups and promotes her book to encourage others to be "Fit After 50". For more information about her book and about Ruth Wassinger, see

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Making women’s health care a priority into the details and amenities that make a hospital Throughout Methodist Health System—Methodist experience more pleasant,” Korth said. Hospital, Methodist Physicians Clinic and Jennie Full-size rooms were constructed at Methodist Edmundson Hospital—attention is being paid to replicating the same floor plans, requisite equipment wellness for women in many different ways. One of and décor as the patient rooms in the new hospital. the most palpable examples of this initiative is the Doctors, nurses, staff and patients were then invited construction of an entire hospital and campus to tour the rooms and provide feedback on feasibility, dedicated expressly to women’s care. ergonomics, comfort level—anything and everything Building is currently under way at 192nd & that might affect patient care. Their responses are West Dodge Road for Methodist Women’s Hospital, helping to shape the hospital stays of future patients the first hospital of its kind in the region. The 74 because a positive obstetric and gynecologic experience will often result physicians and three nurse in a positive outcome. midwives, who currently All patient rooms in practice at Methodist the Methodist Women’s Hospital, are already slated Hospital will be private, to move to the new facility. with necessary equipment Heading up the new hospital and apparatus on-hand, is the energetic and highly but out-of-sight. Some focused chief operating rooms, such as those officer, Susan K. Korth, Ph.D. reserved for high-risk The new COO’s Rendering of the new Methodist Women’s Hospital at 192nd & West Dodge Road pregnancy patients, will professional and academic feature accommodations closely resembling studio credentials make her uniquely qualified for the job, apartments. but it is her creative and well-reasoned approach to this A Level IIIA Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) undertaking that is most compelling. will help alleviate the metropolitan area’s shortage “I want to go beyond the confines of ‘what’s been of beds for at-risk babies. In addition to maternity done’ and make ‘what can be’ something tangible,” services, the new women’s hospital will provide a full Korth said. range of gynecological services for women of all ages. The goal of the Methodist Women’s Hospital is to The new hospital will offer both men and women a provide excellence in personalized, family-centered host of outpatient diagnostics, while the 84th Street care through education and creative practice. Korth campus will continue to provide the core major services and her team intend to deliver on that goal. They’ve of cardiac and cancer care. Many green spaces have been planned for the campus, including a rooftop living garden. The garden will feature easy access for hospital beds, providing patients on mandatory bed rest a much-needed change of venue. Dr. Korth and her staff are working tirelessly to implement innovations that will benefit patients and personnel alike. They join colleagues throughout begun by looking at every aspect of care in the new the system in championing wellness for women facility through the eyes of the patient. and making Methodist Health System the leader in “Hospital visits and stays can be stressful for everyone women’s health. n in the family, so we’ve put a great deal of thought

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About Susan K. Korth Susan K. Korth has over 20 years of clinical and medical management experience, including five years at Methodist Hospital as a clinical supervisor in high-risk OB/GYN. Korth earned a bachelor’s degree in Health Administration from the College of St. Francis, a bachelor’s in nursing from the College of St. Mary, a master’s degree in Public Health Administration from the University of Minnesota and a doctorate in Health Care Administration from Pacific Western University. She joined Methodist from Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, where she worked in quality improvement. “I’ve been looking forward to a challenge like this since I began working in women’s health care. It’s a privilege to work with such an inspiring team.”

health lar masses, which are a sign of more invasive cancer, show up as indistinct interfaces. Both can be very subtle and difficult to detect. Digital mammography improves detection with these tumors because the image is crisper, can be magnified with the click of a finger and the image can be manipulated to improve readability. It is estimated that digital mammography can detect tumors that are as small as 4 millimeters in size, says Mendlick. Most women cannot feel lumps until they are a centimeter or larger in size (about a half inch). Tumors that are less than 20 millimeters in size are considered stage 1 cancer and have a 90 percent or greater cure rate. “Our primary goal is finding cancers in their earliest stages before they have spread to the lymph nodes,” adds Mendlick. “Every improvement in detection gets us closer to that goal.” Another advantage provided by digital mammography, says Rick Kutilek, M.D., radiologist at Nebraska Methodist Hospital, is that “now we can look at a mammogram scan immediately after it has been taken instead of waiting 15 to 20 minutes. This is especially beneficial in cases where we might want to get a second opinion, a quick double-read or for reading images at remote clinics.” The actual time it takes to perform a digital mammography screening is also reduced because the mammography technologist can see the image immediately, providing greater convenience for the patient as well as less radiation exposure. In the past, the technologist would take several pictures, leave the room for several minutes to develop the film and review it to ensure it was a good image before the patient could leave. Digital mammography eliminates those extra steps. Some hospitals are also using digital mammography in combina-

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Digital Mammography A Breakthrough In Early Detection YOUR MAMMOGRAM. It’s the test you hope to pass with flying colors, but no one looks forward to the process. At Methodist Health System, we’ve made every effort to ensure that your experience with us is warm and caring. Our staff has one primary goal—to personalize your care. Our personal approach relies, in part, on our ability to provide you with the latest developments in breast care technology. It’s why we offer Digital Mammography. You no longer have to rely on the limits of film. What once appeared as a cloudy outline, now appears with a clarity that allows us to target the smallest abnormality. A digital mammogram is more accurate for dense breasts, which means you may not have to return weeks later for retesting. Digital images are helping capture indications of cancer at the earliest stages. Our interest in you and our devotion to your care is what sets us apart. Early detection is still the best weapon in the fight against cancer. Call for an appointment today. Methodist Physicians Clinic HealthWest 16120 W. Dodge Road Omaha (402) 354-0950

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Cheryl williams, m.d., radiologist at the nebraska medical Center who sees patients at the Olson Center for women's health

tion with computer-aided detection (CAD), which can provide even greater detection power. CAD is a highly specialized computer system that digitizes mammograms and will mark areas of concern that the radiologist can then assess more closely to determine whether they warrant further evaluation. “CAD is helpful because it takes the subjectivity away from reading mammograms and provides more consistency, says Kutilek. “It also provides a greater degree of confidence. I feel more comfortable calling a scan negative when I know that CAD has not marked anything as suspicious as well.” Studies have shown that CAD can improve detection by as much as 10 to 15 percent, says Kutilek. CAD is also a tool that can be especially helpful for physicians in clinics that perform a low volume of mammograms and therefore, lack the experience gained from reading thousands of scans annually at high-volume clinics. Other new sophisticated and techniques, such as ultrasound and MRI, which can be used in combination with mammography for special cases, are helping physicians narrow the gap in detecting tumors that might be missed by mammography. Ultrasound is used to get a closer look at a suspicious area of the breast. Breast MRI is particularly effective in detecting a tumor in a dense breast, but because of its costly price tag, breast MRI is usually reserved for high-risk women such as those with BRCA 1 and 2 mutations or those previously diagnosed with breast cancer, says Kutilek. Experience is another factor consumers should consider when having mammograms, notes Cheryl Williams, M.D., radiologist at The Nebraska Medical Center, who sees patients at the Olsen Center for Women’s Health. “Statistically, experience is incredibly important when it comes to reading mammograms,” she says. “Studies have continued on page 13

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shown that radiologists who read a lot of films and have been doing it for a long time find more cancers than less experienced physicians.â&#x20AC;? mammography can make a difference Getting regular mammograms is one of the best methods women can take to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages. Mammography can detect a tumor up to two years before you might feel a lump. A womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s risk for breast cancer increases with age. Women 40 years and older should get a mammogram every year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Younger women (those in their 40s) tend to have faster growing and more aggressive breast cancers for several reasons, including the fact that they have more hormones, which makes it even more important for these women to have their yearly mammograms,â&#x20AC;? says Mendlick. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A cancer can develop in less than a yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time. Getting a yearly mammogram will allow us to detect it at its earliest stages when it is most curable.â&#x20AC;? Breast cancer found in its earliest stages is 90 to 95 percent curable. Statistics show mammograms reduce cancer deaths by 20 to 35 percent in women between the age of 50 and 69 and by about 20 percent in women in their 40s.


â&#x20AC;&#x153;These screening methods are the best tools we have to help us detect breast cancer early and begin treatment,â&#x20AC;? agrees Dr. Williams. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For women, this means a greater chance of survival and more treatment options.â&#x20AC;? The American Cancer Society recommends that women in their 20s and 30s have a clinical breast examination as part of a regular health exam by a health professional at least every three years. Self breast exams should be practiced by women starting in their 20s. Healthcare professionals encourage women to get baseline mammograms at age 35 and annually after age 40. Women who have a family history of breast cancer should discuss their risk factors with their healthcare provider and consider screenings at an earlier age. Despite the successes in breast cancer detection and treatment, â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Cheryl Williams, M.D. as many as half of women still donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get an annual mammogram, says Mendlick. If finances are a problem, the state-funded program, Every Woman Matters, may be able to help. The program covers the cost of physical exams, routine preventive tests and mammograms for women 40 to 64 years old with low to medium incomes and no health insurance. For more information about the program, go to www.ever. H

These screening methods are the best tools we have to help us detect breast cancer early and begin treatment. For women, this means a greater chance of survival and more treatment options.

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omen who experience breast cancer and all its associated challenges have an inspirational event to look forward to each year, complete with good food, entertainment, laughter and tears. The Special Friends Breast Cancer Survivors’ Brunch began 14 years ago when Dr. John Edney, M.D., and his colleagues were determined to find a way to gather breast cancer survivors together to recognize their triumphs and courage. That was the beginning of an annual event, which has seen astonishing growth in the number of attendees in each succeeding year. In his medical practice, Edney has performed numerous breast reconstructions, so he is very familiar with the personal stories of survivors and their families. In establishing this event, he and his colleagues discovered a way for these women to celebrate their victories over breast cancer, while also providing an avenue for them to laugh and cry together and truly bond. “We thought it would be nice to have a celebration to honor their

treatment,” Edney said. “It especially helps the more recently diagnosed. They can see that women have survived breast cancer for many years and it gives them hope.” This year’s Special Friends celebration will be held on October 4 at Harrah’s Ballroom in Council Bluffs beginning at 9:00 a.m. Along with brunch, there will be a guest speaker, plenty of humor, recognition of survivors, door prizes and more. Invitations to the Special Friends celebration will be distributed in September to breast cancer survivors in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. Attendance is free for survivors and $20 per guest. A board member and former nurse of Dr. Edney’s, Peggy Hogan, has been an organizer for the entire 14 years. “Dr. Edney and Aesthetic Surgical Images had a concept in mind and wanted to have something that would celebrate their victory,” Hogan said of the survivors. Organizers of the first Special Friends celebration were Edney, Dr. John Heieck, M.D., Dr. Richard Bruneteau, M.D., and Fred Colanino, whose wife survived breast cancer. Invited were women and their fami-

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Cindy Clinch, a board member four years running and a friend of the Edney’s, said a moving part of the celebration is when women who have been diagnosed within the past year are asked to stand, then those diagnosed for 5 years or more, then 10 years or more, and it continues. They are then asked to be seated, except for those who were diagnosed long ago. It is encouraging to those newly diagnosed to see that many women have survived for many years, Clinch said. “It’s very touching and very heartwarming. I think the women enjoy the camaraderie.”

Dr. John Edney, M.D., is elated about this year’s guest speaker and entertainer for the Special Friends Breast Cancer Survivors’ Brunch. “Sylvia McNair is one of the world’s greatest operatic singers with an incredible spirit,” he said. She attended the Special Friends celebration five years ago, and at that time Edney asked her if she would host the event someday. McNair’s life has changed drastically since then. The opera singer was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, yet continued performing through all her medical treatments, persevering and never losing hope. A native of Mansfield, Ohio, McNair has performed with almost every major American and European orchestra and opera company since 1982. She is the recipient of two Grammy awards. McNair believes her greatest success above all else is that she is a breast cancer survivor. The current organizers are Dr. Edney, Pat Edney, Jen Edney, Cindy Clinch, Peggy Hogan, Mary Jo Langdon, Mary Lynn Schwietz, Frank Evans and Jane Brunckhorst. Dr. Edney said this is not a fund raising event, but is a celebration, although funds generated by the event have helped promote education and early detection and screening for breast cancer patients. Numerous donations and gifts are received from businesses, individuals and the medical community resulting in a generous quantity of door prizes that are given away during the event. For more information, contact specialfriends1994@gmailcom. H

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lies affiliated with their practice. More than 60 people attended the first Special Friends celebration, and last year the number of attendees was more than 800. Edney wants attendance to increase even more. He said it is not easy to describe what occurs when you have the spirit of that many people who have experienced what these women and their families have experienced, all in one room. This year’s guest host will be opera singer Sylvia McNair, a two-time Grammy award winner. Local entertainer Jim Kalal, who infuses humor into any event, will be Master of Ceremonies for the third year. “What women like is a mixture of crying and laughter,” Edney said.

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The latest in home retail parties, Diva Girl, adds several new twists to keep women attending and booking events again and again. Diva Girl uses the concept of a “traveling boutique” to bring women the latest styles in women’s accessories and handbags. One of the key differences: no two parties ever have the same merchandise. Company owner Lesa Modde: “Ladies can host a Diva Girl Purse Party and entertain their friends at the same time.” Hostesses love the benefits of hosting a party. Modde added, “Our home purse parties have become social events for women all over the country. Women can easily select an item they fall in love with and actually take it home that night, versus waiting for the item to come in!”



Diva Girl is able to keep prices low (ranging from $32 to $49) due to its mass volume orders from manufacturers. Diva Girl sells more than 30,000 handbags per year! The low prices, along with the party atmosphere and no-presentation concept, make the purse parties popular social events, according to Modde. A recent HER Magazine article posed the question: “Faux: Is it a No?” With Diva Girl, the products are definitely not faux. “All too often, illegal or knockoff purses are sold through the avenue of home shows. We do not believe in selling knockoff merchandise and never will,” stressed Modde.

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Like many entrepreneurs, Modde is a hard worker who has put many long hours into her venture. She constantly thinks, talks, even dreams about handbags! During her precious downtime, she likes to spend time with friends and family, read good mystery books and watch Nancy Grace. Modde reveals her choice vacation locale: “I also love to travel and seem to have a preference for tropical, warm, sunny, sandy spots. My husband and my 8-yearold daughter Mackenzie both love to surf the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. It has become a family favorite!” Diva Girl operates out of a 3,000-foot warehouse located at 2615 S. 156th Circle. Modde says, “We are open to the public from 8:30 – 4:30 Monday through Friday. We have 65 Independent Fashion Consultants in 23 states and we are expanding rapidly.” To check out merchandise, to book a party or inquire about becoming a Diva Girl Independent Fashion Consultant, go to


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Since opening her women’s clothing store, The Other Woman, earlier this year, Omaha native Deborah Schultz admits she’s become somewhat of a workaholic. In addition to working the sales floor — helping her clients find just the right look — she does all the store’s buying, tagging, decorating and inventory. “…and I scrub the toilets,” she stated proudly. Running the specialty shop, which offers casual, dressy and formal wear styles for every occasion in sizes 12 and up, has become a family affair as well. “My husband, Mike, is a CPA, so he balances my checkbook,” Schultz said. “My sister, Melinda, is my exclusive alterations lady. Her husband, Pat, is my personal fix-it man and carpenter. My mother, Pryllis, makes my jewelry bags and buys a lot.” No doubt, she’ll find jobs for her two daughters and three grandkids someday…

Deborah Schultz

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It was Schultz’s husband, in fact, that got her started in the biz. After working for 10 years at the nowclosed Classy Lady, Schultz entertained the idea of filling the plus-size niche by opening her own shop and began checking out locations. “My husband came home and said he had leased the store in Legacy,” she said. “After I peeled myself off the ceiling, I realized that if he hadn’t given me that push, I’d still be mulling it over.” While consumed with the daily responsibilities of owning a business, Schultz said balancing family and work has been difficult. “No one outside my family is allowed in my dirty house right now, but I am having a great time at the store and I don’t very often forget a birthday,” she joked. She credits her daughter, Larissa, for “taking up the slack” at home. Serving her clients well is a job Schultz takes very seriously. She orders her styles in limited quantities so customers won’t see their looks repeated around town. She keeps a wide variety of stock on hand so there’s a style for every need. Above all, she said, “I want to be known as an honest, helpful, friendly shop owner who caters to her customers’ needs and will go the extra mile to get them what they want.”

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Though she describes herself as “scatterbrained and anal at the same time,” Schultz also considers herself brave. “I am proud that at my age I had the courage to step out of my comfort zone and take a chance.”


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Several years ago, as a restaurant and lounge owner in Wichita, Aubyn fowler discovered the great value of bartering. Through her membership in Tradebank, an international company which brokers the trade of goods and services between businesses and professionals, she was able to trade for building repairs, get needed equipment and supplies for her restaurant, even sell her home and pay the realtor’s sales commission through Tradebank.



Today, she is owner of the Tradebank of Omaha franchise, with more than 60 businesses trading over 170 different services. The franchise will mark its third anniversary this month. Born and raised in Omaha, Fowler was thrilled to have the opportunity to move home and start a new business that she truly believes in. “After seeing what Tradebank had done for my business, I decided that it was time to make a change,” she said. “I believe in trade and I know how well it works, and I want to help businesses succeed. I guess that’s the caretaker in me.” Founded in 1987 and headquartered in Lawrenceville, GA, Tradebank has a network of over 70 regions across the U.S., Canada, and East Central Europe. The company makes bartering simple and easy, and markets itself as a business solution in a strong, or in today’s case, a sluggish economy. Trading partners carry an identification card, similar to a debit card, which enables them to walk into any business in the Tradebank network and purchase goods and services. The company takes the guesswork out of trade by funneling new and continued business directly to your door. “Bartering not only fills what might otherwise be down time and helps eliminate excess inventory, but also brings cash referrals from their network of Tradebank partners,” Fowler said.

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The company is unique in that its partners don’t pay a broker fee until they spend their trade, keeping cash in their pockets. “I don’t believe that I should get paid until I’ve completed the full circle of trade for my trading partners,” she said. Fowler is especially proud of the quality of local businesses she assembled. “I search for only the best of the best in order to keep a strong and successful region of trade.” Fowler works long hours wearing many hats: recruiting new businesses, helping members connect, and brokering trades. She admits, “Sometimes it does get a tad hectic.” Still, she wouldn’t have it any other way. “Excellent service (is what) counts.”


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Darlene Nanfito has a master’s degree in business; yet, in 2005 she followed a dream to return to her Swiss heritage, and became the event coordinator at the John F. Kennedy International School in Gstaad, Switzerland. Darlene’s Omaha family prompted her return here in mid 2006 and within a year, fate and following another dream resulted in Darlene and her daughter, Nikki Nanfito, opening Turning Heads Salon and Spa in Cherry Hills Village. Turning Heads will celebrate its first anniversary, thanking its clients and welcoming new ones, with a Holiday Open House on November 15, 2008.

Darlene & Nikki Nanfito

Darlene and Nikki's inspiration for Turning Heads was her heartfelt passion for people and a belief that “everyone deserves to be pampered.” She manages Turning Heads, focusing her passion so that the Turning Heads clients receive what they deserve and expect, while Nikki’s “wonderful flair for style” helps set the salon apart from its competition. “Nikki is not only an extremely talented stylist but a wonderful person as well.” A “phenomenal team” of 10 stylists, estheticians, massage therapists and a barber round out the staff and lend their cutting edge services to the upscale salon and spa. An affinity for northwest Omaha led Darlene and Nikki to Cherry Hills, which they viewed as an untapped area for upscale salons. “I grew up nearby and so did Nikki. We both feel this is where our heart is,” she said. “Customers say how wonderful it is to have a salon and spa of our caliber in northwest Omaha.” Working with Nikki has been a joy, Nanfito said. “I am fortunate to see my daughter on a daily basis.” In addition to her salon responsibilities, Darlene said she has “the privilege of being my mother’s caregiver before and after work.”

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Besides people, Nanfito said her other passion is travel, and she hopes to one day live in Europe again. “I am proud of my Swiss heritage and wonderful relatives throughout Europe.” Right now, though, her focus is on her family and on her salon and spa, offering her customers “a retreat from the everyday.”


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Karri Hanna has a flood of wonderful things to say about her company, the Metropolitan Utilities District. As a marketing analyst, this is her job, but it’s more than that: her career and daily duties at the district are tremendously gratifying. As a HER Magazine advertiser, we work with Karri and it’s a pleasure to introduce her as a “face” of the company to our readers.



The Metropolitan Utilities District, created by the Nebraska Legislature in the early 1900s, provides water and natural gas to the metropolitan area and is the fifth-largest public gas utility in the United States. Hanna’s duties include educating the public on the benefits of choosing both natural gas and M.U.D.: “Many people aren’t aware that the Metropolitan Utilities District does have competition such as electricity. We, of course, want customers to choose gas because it’s the most efficient fuel and cleanest for the environment,” Hanna said. At 19, Hanna started her career at M.U.D. at the urging of her father. He knew it would be a secure job, and it has certainly proved to be a good professional choice. While working full time, she went back to school and got her bachelor’s degree, all while raising two small children. This accomplishment is what makes her most proud. Her career is a source of encouragement for any HER readers working toward the same goal. “Having great co-workers, family, and friends are what help me balance my family and work,” says Hanna.

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What else makes Hanna proud? “I produce the advertising you see in magazines, such as HER Magazine, television and radio commercials. I’ve created some of the scripts that are currently running. I also enjoyed doing voice-overs for some of our radio spots.” The best thing about M.U.D.? Hanna proudly states “We have the best-tasting water in the area, and…visitors to the city tell us that. If you travel much, you know what I’m talking about.”


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If you’re doing business in Omaha, the Buy the Big O! Show is the place to be! Every fall, legions of businesspeople flock to the region’s largest and most prestigious business-to-business trade show to showcase their products and services, check out new suppliers, and network, network, network! The 2008 Buy the Big O! Show, scheduled for Wednesday, October 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Qwest Center Omaha, is expected to bring 400 exhibiting businesses and more than 7,000 attendees together in one day. According to Chamber Director of Special Events Tracey Fricke, “This is proof that one-stop networking and marketing happen at Omaha’s largest B2B gathering.” The exhibitors who take part in the show vary widely from printers to travel agents to universities and communication specialists and everything in between. “It’s a great sampling of the amazing businesses we have here in Omaha,” said Fricke. “We work year-round to make this one day an outstanding day for business.” The Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce first produced the Omaha trade show, then known as the Entrepreneurial Business Fair, in 1990. The event, held at the Kiewit Center, was a resource for individuals interested in starting a business in Omaha. The show hosted 10 exhibitors and drew just 100 attendees. But, oh how the show would take off! After three years at Ak-Sar-Ben, the show moved to the Holiday Convention Centre in 1994. By that time, the show had grown to 120 exhibitors and had evolved into a marketing event, emphasizing the importance of doing business locally. Thus came the new name: Buy the Big O! Show. At the Holiday Inn, the show continued to blossom, growing from one ballroom to adjacent meeting rooms, and later, the hallways, accommodating 315 booths. In 2003, when space to expand at Holiday Inn had been exhausted, the event was moved yet again to Qwest Center Omaha. Last year, the Buy the Big O! Show floor plan was increased by 50 percent to allow for more creative layout and booth options. The larger area allows for more island exhibits and shorter exhibit rows, which help entice visitors to booths more effectively and improve visibility and traffic flow for exhibitors. Fricke is proud of what the Buy the Big O! Show has done for Omaha. “As the catalyst organization that ensures Greater Omaha is a vibrant place to live, work and enjoy, the Chamber promotes economic growth and provides a unifying voice for the business community,” she said. “The Buy the Big O! Show supports this mission of helping business be successful and thrive here in Omaha.” (402) 346-5000


Her Kids profile natalie tiehen hopes to instill a love of theater in kids of all ages through her business, School of Stars, in Westwood Plaza. The school offers acting classes, hosts theater-themed birthday parties, and puts on theater workshops and other arts programs for kids ages 3 to 18. Tiehen discovered her own love of theater at a young age. She began doing plays in middle school and developed her acting chops in the drama department at Ralston High School. She went on to major in theater at Creighton University, then earned a master’s in theater at the University of Central Missouri. She’s performed in various community productions as well as done some professional theater in her young career.

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School of Stars

Besides the arts, Tiehen’s other passion is kids. “I’ve taught children in a variety of ways…” she said, “through bible school, dance classes, theater workshops, science workshops, and birthday parties. With my experience in both areas, I decided to combine both elements into a business." “We know that theater is often an overlooked art, so we want to introduce it in a positive, kid-friendly way.” School of Stars is a proud business partner with Millard and Ralston Public Schools, and provides Artist in Residency Programs and workshops for Girl Scout troops and daycare programs. The school is unique in that it is the only in Omaha to offer both acting classes and theaterthemed birthday parties, which are all inclusive (set-up, decorating, treats, clean-up, goody bags all provided). “We have smaller-sized classes which provide more teacher/student interaction,” Tiehen said. “We also have a recital at the end of our sessions so that our students have the opportunity to shine individually.” Since it opened in October 2006, the school has operated as a family-owned business. Tiehen’s mother works as her assistant, and helps out in all of the workshops, planning for classes, setting up for parties… “A lot of the grunt work!” Her father has helped with the financial backing of the business. Her sister teaches some of the acting classes, and her older brother has helped drum up new ideas and was the inspiration for a Star Wars class and birthday party theme. When she’s not teaching or hosting a birthday party, Tiehen enjoys reading and spending time with friends – normal 20-something activities. She is also a true Big Red fan. “I love Nebraska Football.”

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Tiehen is most proud of what she’s achieved through her business at such a young age. “I love being able to connect with kids from so many different backgrounds and teach them all about theater. Theater is not often discussed in the classroom, especially at an early age. I’m glad to provide that outlet.”


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peeding on four wheels, pulses rising. Shoving, yelling, passing. Pretty much just like the West Dodge Express Lanes. This isn’t Omaha traffic. We’re talking about practice with the Omaha Rollergirls, Omaha’s roller derby organization which originated in 2006. The team practices and competes at SkateDaze, 132nd & B Streets.



The ladies of the Omaha Rollergirls are no Nancy Kerrigans in terms of crying and whining off the rink. They’re no Tonya Hardings, but if they had sticks they might use them in a game if they were legal. They range in age from 22 to 42. I visited their practice and learned a lot about how they prepare and what it means to be an Omaha Rollergirl. To be a Rollergirl is to be a part of a committed athletic team. Members meet three times a week at SkateDaze. First, they gear up

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the Rump Roasters.” Let’s hope that becomes a tradition! The ladies also have a philanthropic side. They’re most proud of their fundraising for Relay for Life and Angels Among Us. Relay for Life is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and Angels Among Us benefits families with a loved one battling cancer. Why cancer charities? I asked Scarlett O’Scara: “In our derby family, it was nearly impossible to find someone who hadn’t had cancer affect their life in some way. We wanted to do our part for our friends, fam-

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with kneepads, elbow pads, wrist supports and helmets. Practices ily, and community, to ensure one day there may be a cure to this are a combination of warmup, workouts and scrimmages. “Ima horrible illness.” Game days also include raffles, for which one-half Firestarter” (every team member has a nickname) leads the workthe proceeds are donated to charities. outs, which work the core, quadriceps, inner and outer thighs and Games are outrageous with a circus quality. According to glutes. Of course, endurance and SkateDaze owner Scott Cernik, balance are helpful traits. up to 800 fans attend the the sOunds OF sCRimmage Clearly, the women love the matchups with teams from sport. The camaraderie is evident Oh come on, whatever! Go go go! Hey girl! On your Fort Collins, Colo., Lincoln, – during the scrimmage, I heard Oklahoma City, Okla., and much laughter and encourageTopeka, Kan. Scarlett O’Scara left! push her out, push her out! Out of bounds! ment along with good-hearted describes the vibe: “We have teasing (see sidebar). two announcers: Señor PelElbow in my boob! gotta go, gotta go! Outside! HEY! The team’s stage names carry ligro, who parades around in through to their game chara leisure suit out in the crowd, acters. Some of the more amusing nomers: Sharon Misery, Daisy and our DJ, Cool Cat, who makes witty comments throughout the Mayhem, Ms. Big Stuff, Eblastigirl and Doozer. bout. The crowd really gets into the game and is right next to the Team member Nicky Kress, “Nicrageous,” enjoys the activities action.” Ima Firestarter said the music is mostly alternative, rap, “no the team does as a group outside of practice and games. “We pride slow music or top 40.” ourselves in good sportsmanship. We invite the visiting teams for an See for the game schedule and more inforafterparty. The fans go, too. The visiting teams have started doing mation. This group of strong women encourages the community to this for us too at away games! We also go out for birthdays and we visit a game to see their show where they showcase their athleticism like going to Omaha Beef games. We even played dodge ball with while having fun and benefiting their community. H

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very Halloween, young and old alike get to live out a fantasy or just be silly in costume. With so many options, choosing the right one can be daunting! So, what should you consider when deciding? Follow the pros’ advice:

personalize, accessorize Stephanie McConachie, prop room specialist with Mangelsen’s, advises customers to take stock of their interests. “What are you into? You want the choice to reflect your personality and tastes.” Also, go gung-ho with accessories. “Instead of going with a cookiecutter costume, personalize it with a wig, a mask or makeup, or a prop. Make it your own.”

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from The Rose’s main stage productions. The or impede vision like adult masks often do. theater also stocks vintage costumes and For makeup looks, McConachie recommends rents accessories. using a liquid antiperspirant over the makeup “We don’t have the same costume in multo prevent smearing and sweating it off. tiple sizes,” she warns. Bragg’s advice: The With any costume (especially heavy, ornate early bird gets the worm. ones), the weather and what activities you’ll Duane Ibsen, owner of Ibsen Costume, an be partaking of should be considerations. “If internationally-known costume shop right there will be a lot of walking…. Or if the estabhere in Omaha, says his top tip to customers lishment is very crowded, you might not want is “Do a little footwork before you come in” something hot, or really big,” said Bragg. and have an idea of what you want to help you better Shop around cut down on shopping time. make an Original Chris Krohn, promotions and marketing Ibsen’s has a huge variety of adult theatriIf you go the “make it yourself” route, know coordinator for Nobbies, suggests taking a cal and masquerade costumes, including what you’re getting into, advises Karen Rice, month to shop around and get ideas. “And a former graphic artist who’s made numerconsider the amount that you want to spend,” historical figures, pop culture stars and mascots. Prices start at $40 and go up to $400 for ous costumes for her children. She recalls an he said, as costumes can get pretty pricey. a three-day rental. A small selection of kids’ airplane costume she made for her son out Costumes and accessories can be found at costumes is also available. Be forewarned: of cardboard, stucco, foam board and spray many retail outlets. Sweet and Sassy, a bou“We don’t rent licensed character costumes, paint. “The time was the worst part of it,” she tique-style store for girls in Papillion, carries such as Power Rangers,” he said. said. “I spent three weeks making it.” Though glitter, colored hair extensions, makeup and Group costuming, where a common theme well detailed, the costume had a major deother accessories to complete punk rocker, is followed, is popular. “We’re seeing a lot of sign flaw: the wingspan was too wide for the princess and pop star looks for your tween. people coming in for togas and men’s kilt doorway. “I had to take the wings off and use outfits,” Ibsen said. Pair dressing, as in a sapacking tape as a hinge,” Rice remembers. Shop, rent, return loon girl with a gunslinger or a disco couple, “This kept falling off, so I ended up using silver Consider renting, said Erin Bragg, costume is a fun way to go, he said. brads to rivet the tape on.” rental manager at The Rose Theater. “I think Making that costume, and others, defirenting is so much easier…you come nitely saved her money, Rice said. The biggest pick out what you need, pay think practical, be Safe plus, however, was a happy five-year-old. “It for it, become the envy of all Trying on is a must, Krohn said. “Make sure was exactly what he’d envisioned, and he your friends, then bring it back. you’re comfortable and able to move in this You don’t have to wash it, you costume…and if you choose one with a mask, knew I cared enough to work that hard.” Rice advises looking online or in magadon’t have to store it.” And the make sure you can see and eat and drink out zines for costume ideas and instructions. Uscraftsmanship and authenticity of of it if wearing to a party.” Also, many items ing household materials or shopping resale theatrical costumes can’t be beat! are non-returnable, so if it doesn’t fit, you’re stores can cut down on cost. Also, let your Most adult costumes at The Rose stuck with it. child choose the costume, so it’s a reflecrent for $45 to $75 a week, Bragg said. Make sure the costume can be worn safely, tion of their interests, not yours. Finally, “Be Kids’ costumes are also for rent. A credit especially with children. patient, and remember your child is not as card is required as a deposit. “Mangelsen's sells masks made specifically critical as you are.” H Most theater rentals come straight for kids,” McConachie said, which won’t fall off


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or women who want to feel healthier but have trouble sticking with healthy behaviors, Women Bound to Be Active just may be the perfect fit. The organization’s goals are to teach women to adhere to lifelong physical activity and help them feel good about themselves, all while reading a good book and talking with friends. Jennifer Huberty, Ph.D., an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, came up with the idea a few years ago while exercising on a treadmill and reading a book. It occurred to her that since most women love to read and talk with friends, combining the two activities with exercise was a logical way to help women become more active. She founded and now serves as director of Women Bound to Be Active, an exercise/book club designed to help women increase physical activity throughout their lives, which she believes will lead to greater self-worth and confidence and a better quality of life overall. The organization also serves as a research group, with behaviors of its participants studied and documented by UNO graduate students who facilitate the 8-months-long book club. The book club is about changing health behaviors and how a woman values herself, Huberty said. “This is not a weight loss program. This is about quality of life and feeling good about the skin we’re in,” she said. Weight loss information is only a small part of the program.

Women Bound to Be Active is in its fourth year, and any woman who meets the criteria can join. A new study starts each year in September with a fresh group of women age 19 or older, with 20 women per group. The cost is about $100 per participant to pay for the books, a pedometer and an exercise diary, in which steps are counted and logged. Huberty said at the beginning of every session, members are given an agenda and syllabus. She selects an average of seven uplifting books each year, both fiction and non-fiction, which include best sellers, textbooks and humorous selections. Many of the same books are used each year. “We always talk about physical activity and health; just a little about nutrition,” Huberty said, adding that they always spin the discussions toward positive behavior. Initially, each group meets for one hour a week to discuss positive behaviors relating to assigned books; later, meetings are held once every two weeks. Further on in the program, participants are introduced to a few exercise activities during the meetings. The clubs end in the spring with a party and contract signing ceremony, whereby members promise to continue their new healthy habits. Participants also answer questionnaires about the program, and responses are incorporated into the research study This year, book club meetings are being held at six locations

throughout the Omaha area, including metro YMCAs, the UNO campus, various gyms, and the UNMC Center for Reducing Health Disparities in north Omaha. The use of these facilities is free, thanks to generous sponsors. Melissa Kelly, the UNO graduate student manager of Women Bound to Be Active for the past three years, said this program changes lives. Each year, she cannot predict who will stay in the program, and she finds it exciting to see who remains and is ready to make a change in their life in the end. Logging steps is an important aspect of the program. “I’ve seen women becoming a lot more aware of their physical activity behavior and just how much they don’t do,” Kelly said. Cec Farnsworth, a former participant who previously thought of fitness as strictly exercise, has learned a great deal about nutrition and now walks regularly and enjoys water aerobics. “You’ve got to keep moving,” she said. “I am extremely busy. (Through this program) I got a focus in how to fit exercise into a busy schedule.” She believes this is an ideal program for people who think they’re too busy to exercise. Lori Lemmers completed the book club a year ago. She joined because exercise was never a part of her life, and there were always 10 or 20 pounds she wanted to drop. She now works out two or three times each week with a personal trainer, appreciates the value of weight training, takes the stairs at work and parks further away to walk more. “I’ve toned up and gone to a more healthy lifestyle,” she said, adding that she has found ways to exercise that are painless. While working on her master’s degree, Beth Gruber conducted follow-up interviews with 30 participants in 2007. Their ages ranged from women in their 20s to those in their 70s. She noticed a recurring theme that emerged. “Their perception of exercise changed,” Gruber said of the participants. “They realized they could enjoy it.” Walking, taking the stairs and gardening were incorporated into many of their lives, and one participant went from phone conversations with her daughter a few times each week to walking and talking with her instead, Gruber said. Most participants share a commonality in that they are people who start and stop behaviors, Huberty said. A primary reason for this research is that she wants women to adhere long-term to physical activity. She is pleasantly surprised by the feedback she has received. “I didn’t think women would flock to it as much as they have.” Many former participants have stuck with the exercise, continue to use their pedometers, and still keep in touch and meet regularly on their own. H

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For more information, contact Dr. Jennifer Huberty or Melissa Kelly at (402) 554-3395 or e-mail them at An informative web site can be found at One of Huberty’s studies was recently published in “Women and Health” where sources cite that women in the U.S. are less physically active than men, and only four out of ten women participate in the recommended amount of physical activity. Dr. Huberty wants to change those statistics and get women moving. She also hopes to turn this into a business one day.


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ave you missed John Carroll in The View from Omaha? Well, he’s baaa-ck! Carroll, our favorite Survivor, is back with “He Said, She Said” with Jill Thomas (aka JT from Q98.5 FM). In the pages of HER Magazine, John and Jill carry on their real-life banter. It’s all in good humor, so we pick a timely topic and let them have their say. This issue, they dish about Sarah Palin, Republican vice presidential nominee.

John Carroll: Let’s set the ground rules... I am always right and you are always wrong, ok? Jill Thomas: What’s new? John Carroll: Where should I start, Troopergate or that whole sexy librarian look? Jill Thomas: Here’s an idea...start with something that matters to the campaign...her daughter’s pregnancy! Then, we can get to the silly her abilities, and accomplishments!

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John Carroll: Her accomplishments? Which of the three are you referencing, being the Mayor of Boogerholler, her twelve minutes as Governor or the fact that she makes a mean Moose Stew? Jill Thomas: She’s been involved with local politics since 1992! She is a Governor with an 80% approval rating! She manages a state with an 11 Billion dollar budget. What I am impressed with most is that she makes a mean Moose stew...and she probably gathered all the ingredients... by herself!


John Carroll: Yeah and probably shot the damn thing with her AK-47 while renewing her NRA pledge!

Jill Thomas: There you go...starting rumors and spreading half-truths! That’s why it’s so hard to get to the bottom of keep piling on more bull. John Carroll: Well, that’s why you got your boots on. Denial is a beautiful thing. In all seriousness, I actually really dig her. She’s smart, accomplished, and beautiful, loves her family and has great legs! The big problem is that... she’s not a Democrat! Jill Thomas: Ha! I’m surprised Obama doesn’t use that against her! ...Besides, It’s way more fun to banter about the little things...she’s new to us...and, we’ve already digested all the little skeletons in the closet about Obama, McCain and Biden...just fresh meat for the masses! John Carroll: You know only a woman could get away with calling another woman fresh meat! I may vote for her simply because she doesn’t own a pantsuit! Jill Thomas: Fashion! We need more space! John Carroll: I will send you a photo of her in an Ally McBeal miniskirt! She looks just like Caribou Barbie! Jill Thomas: John… you are just so wrong!

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t’s big business to make natural products. This was not always the case: “Thirty years ago we were thought of as freaks,” said Nancy Hurley of Jane’s Health Market. Now, she has two locations in Omaha. The “natural” market has boomed: Jane’s has plenty of competition from the likes of Whole Foods Market. What is “natural”? Hurley carefully looks at ingredient lists before deciding what to stock. To help consumers decide, an organization has been formed to set a standard for the word “natural”: the Natural Products Association. This association devised a certification program and a seal for product labels. Several manufacturers are coming on board with this organization's certification process. “People want natural products because they are good for them and good for our environment,” said Debra Short, president of the Natural Products Association. “But anyone could claim their product was ‘natural,’ even if it had 100 percent synthetic or petroleum-based. That wasn’t fair to consumers or to companies who make truly natural products, and this seal will help end all that confusion.”

Products must follow strict guidelines set out by the Natural Products Association to merit bearing the seal. The criteria include, but are not limited to: • Product must be made up of at least 95% truly natural ingredients or ingredients that are derived from natural sources • No ingredients with any potential suspected human health risks • No processes that significantly or adversely alter the purity/effect of the natural ingredients • Ingredients that come from a purposeful, renewable/plentiful source found in nature (flora, fauna, mineral) • Processes that are minimal and don’t use synthetic/harsh chemicals or otherwise dilute purity • Non-natural ingredients only when viable natural alternative ingredients are unavailable and only when there are absolutely no suspected potential human health risks The full set of criteria can be found on the Natural Products Association website at H

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Marjorie Maas Making her Mark with Palette Promotions

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rt on the Pointe, is a fine arts fair at Village Pointe and was held in September this year. Now in its third year, the woman behind this successful event is marjorie maas, owner of Palette Promotions. “Marjorie has a finely-tuned sensitivity to quality presentation and has been instrumental in building Art on the Pointe into an established Village Pointe signature event,” says Kim Jones, Village Pointe Marketing Director. “I’ve so enjoyed the energy and enthusiasm she brings to every facet of this event, which she sustains through the many months in advance it takes to plan and execute this show. She truly believes in each artist’s talent and work and loves interacting with each of them.” Art history and marketing are not a typical

combination in college pursuits. But then, Maas is not a typical young woman. She knows what she loves and she knows what she’s good at, and she’s proven able to blend the two using a palette of talents, like inks in pure, strong colors, and a stroke that is both sensitive and sure. In fact, brushes used in traditional Japanese sumi-e painting have a core of stiff bristles and soft, absorbent outer bristles—a wonderful metaphor for Maas herself. Palette Promotions is a well-chosen name for the company Maas formed in 2005. Her clients and calendar are as varied as the marks in a painting. Maas handles individual artists, arts organizations, and small businesses, with tasks as finite as crafting a resume or as multifaceted as an ongoing

marketing program. Her focus is not exclusively art, but rather the creativity she can offer to clients. The name was chosen by Maas and her husband, her sounding board for many decisions. The logo was created with close friend Diane Wanek, a graphic designer. “Aesthetically, I wanted a human mark,” said Maas, “and I liked the tie to my Japanese ethnicity.” When she’d make just the right stroke, she felt a click of satisfaction. The impetus for forming her own business, however, came from the news that she was pregnant. “It wasn’t about my need to be an entrepreneur,” she says. “It was about the quality of life with my family.” Her experiences had prepared her for the move, and the timing was right. “I felt that there was a hand guiding my life,” she says.


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rie’s knowledge and love of art is informed by her personal experience of having an artist in the family. I appreciate how she runs her business—she has a real understanding and compassion for artists.” It’s that level of personal caring that defines Maas. She knows marketing and she knows the arts, but she values relationships. She is the type who calls you “Dear” and means it. She counts herself lucky to have four sisters, close friendships, and professional colleagues—“We talk things out!” Her parents were strong models in her upbringing. “My mother [a massage therapist] has always worked in a caretaking capacity.” Her late father “was first and foremost a man of integrity.” And there was “Auntie Sara” who guided the family on cultural pilgrimages around Washington, D.C. Reflecting on Palette Promotions, Maas says the most fun was a sushi contest promoting Madama Butterfly for Opera Omaha. And most gratifying? Maas is proud of her role in the Teen Dating Violence Awareness Campaign last February. R.E.S.P.E.C.T.2 launched the multifaceted program, including billboards and radio announcements, as part of its ongoing effort to address violence in the relationships of children here in Omaha. “I felt that I could make a difference,” says Maas. A career helping people realize their goals, a home filled with love and encouragement. It’s a beautiful composition, framed with faith, experience, and self-determination, and lit with a touch of excitement. Who knows what the next day will bring? H

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That guidance had taken her to her first job at Mid-America Center, where she was part of the team that opened the facility in 2002. “There’s nothing like it,” she says. “There are so many details, and there’s just the beginnings of protocol. Everybody’s in it together—it’s very exciting. I did some of everything—MidAmerica was my grad school.” After two years though, she found she missed the arts and took on public relations and promotions at the Omaha Symphony. She enjoyed being active in the arts milieu, but in late 2005 she reached the Parenthood Crossroads. “I was contemplating our future when I got three offers for freelance consulting,” she says. It was a start. Two of those clients are still active today, R.E.S.P.E.C.T.2 and Nebraska Choral Arts Society. Other clients and connections include Nebraska Shakespeare, Hot Shops Art Foundation, Omaha Entertainment & Arts Awards Inc., and many others. “I have campaign pictures and posters on my office walls,” she says. “They remind me of how much I’ve learned, and of the fun I’ve had in this career.” The first Art on the Point is an example of a hard-won lesson. Severe weather caught the artists unprepared, and six were affected. Since that day, Maas analyzes the shopping center from a meteorological rather than a media perspective, and practices prevention. “Certain areas are windier,” she says. “I really learned that the artists are my customers. I make sure that they are well taken care of at every moment.” This is attested to by her sister, Leslie Iwai, a well-known artist, “Marjo-



Diane Mattern Putting the Boing in Life!

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ischievous eyes peek at me from under a tousle of long bangs. The face is sunburned, the hair is kinky and green. Yes, green, as in Boston fern. The face belongs to one of the garden pots at the entrance to Diane Mattern’s studio where she shapes surface bonding cement into rounded pots. Some get an elfin face—each one unique. Others, left whole, are globes. Imprinted with leaves and vines, the world they reveal is the garden. They come in a range of sizes, and vary in color and texture. But all have an organic sensibility, a lighthearted agenda, and the touch of the artist’s hands. Mattern herself has some of these characteristics—natural, ingenuous, and playful.

Like her metal pieces she is both stubborn and flexible. It seems a combination of skill and magic when she locks a 3/8” steel rod into a vise and bends it into curls as easily as she might curl a tress of baby hair around her finger. These long, coiling shoots are patinaed or painted and bundled, becoming the irresistibly ebullient sculptures she calls Boings. All this takes place in a 2200-squarefoot bay filled with wheeled work tables; tools called band saw, belt sander, drill press, pneumatic hammer, oxyacetylene torch, winch, wire feed welder, chop saw, a propane forge; and bags of cement, bottles of patina, rods of different sizes; copper, steel, and aluminum sheets. The office has file

cabinets, a coffee pot, and two glass kilns. The space is big enough for individual offices, too, and nascent dreams of an artists’ colony. Several artists work in the bay/studio, and Scouts come in for workshops. The principals are Mattern and Peggy Ritschel. In fact, it was Ritschel who inspired Mattern and others (many women) who have taken her classes at Metro Community College. (Ritschel’s sculpture, Reaching, graces the roundabout entry at Village Pointe.) Mattern is one of 47 regional artists selected by jury for participation in Art on the Pointe, a fine arts fair at Village Pointe. “Her work is graceful,” says Ritschel. “She loves doing it and that comes through. People come to fairs looking for Diane’s work.” Mattern


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does love sculpting, and she loves the chance to live a self-directed life. She can work around the demands of a large family, set goals and make them come true. “I’ve lived in shifts,” says Mattern, “corporate, landscaping, art.” Laid off from her first career in advertising, she established her own landscaping business. “I always loved playing in the dirt,” she admits. Over the years, though, the physical demands added up, and at the same time she became increasingly aware of her clients’ desire for complementary garden art. Her classes switched from horticulture to art. Mattern’s initial hesitancy in Ritschel’s welded sculpture class soon turned to admiration, then friendship, and finally professional collaboration. Her eyes, which are the color of her palest green patina, light up when she says, “I like a challenge. But I want my sculpture to be accessible and fun. I play with line, texture, color. Each sculpture is unique, and can connect you to nature.” Mattern loves watching orioles, and may be thinking of them when she shapes a bird bath or feeder. One particularly challenging—and rewarding—undertaking was creating Trees of Knowledge with North High School students for the Bemis Center’s TEAM project. It is now installed at the Charles B. Washington Branch Library. H

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t has been an epic few years for Girl Scouts, not only in the state of Nebraska, but across the entire United States. Girl Scouting has undergone unprecedented changes, one of which was the realignment from 312 national councils, down to 109 larger and higher capacity councils. In Nebraska, that meant that five ‘legacy’ councils came together as one organization now known as: Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska. Girl Scouts is also transforming their programs to better align with the life experiences of today’s girls. Girl Scouts has always been about developing girls’ leadership skills. Now we are doing it with more input from girls. The buzz you will hear in the coming months is about the New Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Girls have spoken and we are listening. The new leadership experience will guide girls on a life-long path: to be leaders with courage, confidence and character when they speak out on issues they care about


and take active roles in their communities; when they make the most of their strengths and feel empowered to make a difference in their lives and beyond; and when they act with integrity and compassion, making decisions that promote their well-being and others’, as they continue to make the world a better place. It is the Girl Scout mission in

action; carried forward by our members, starting at the wise, young age of five. The New Girl Scout Leadership Experience identifies three keys to leadership. They are discover – girls understanding themselves and their values and using their knowledge and skills to explore the world; Connect – girls caring about, inspiring, and teaming up with others locally and globally, take action – girls acting to make the world a better place. In Girl Scouting, it’s not just about what girls do, but how they do it and what they accomplish in the process. If this sounds intriguing to you as a parent, a former Girl Scout or someone who would like to participate as a volunteer in Girl Scouting, please let us know. As Girl Scouts approaches our 100th anniversary, we are meeting the needs of girls in this ever-changing world and want your help. It’s your world too…together we can change it. For more information visit our website at H

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context,” she explains. “Even at the start of my career, my understanding of how to best help individuals in my practice was shaped by the many environmental forces operating in their lives. It’s the bias I have always brought to my work. The question of how do I best help people have a sense of their own empowerment and their individual ability to shape their lives has always been central to me. I concluded that I could have greater impact if I also developed an expertise in solving the business challenges that both

not-for-profit and for-profit organizations face.” And thus, her consulting career began. So what compelled this Ivy Leaguer (she earned her B.A. in Psychology at Brown University) to lead the team at YWCA Omaha? “It’s very simple for me,” she says leaning forward. “Whether you are referring to the employees of an organization, or the clients that the organization serves, there is nothing in this world that I value more than helping people reach their highest and best potential. So to be a part of the YWCA and to work with such a talented group of people with the shared mission of empowerment within the Omaha community . . . what more could I ask for?” “I was drawn by the great collaborative spirit I see here,” she continues. “I want to take the great excitement and energy radiating from the staff and board and take it into the community. They have built a strong foundation here, with an expert staff and recognized DBT program (Dialectical/Behavioral Therapy, proven effective with those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), and lots of plans for growth. We plan to host webinars for clinical and advocacy workers addressing the issue of secondary trauma. We are working in collaboration with UNO to build awareness of dating violence on campus. We are expanding our program educating adolescent boys to choose nonviolence, and much, much more. It’s a very exciting time. I want to take this momentum and desire to grow and move forward.” “I’ve sat on both sides of the table—in the non-profit and for-profit business worlds— and the YWCA strikes me as an organization that is one of Omaha’s best kept secrets, regarding potential and talent. That’s why I’m here.” H

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he doctor is in . . . and she’s ready to give a booster shot to Omaha’s oldest and largest women’s organization. After a comprehensive search and interview process, Natalia Peart, Ph.D., has been named YWCA Omaha’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). She started her new position last month. A graduate of the University of Maryland with a Doctorate in Clinical and Community Psychology, Dr. Peart (pronounced “peert” with a long ē) is a seasoned business leader and strategic planner in both the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors. Prior to joining the YWCA, she developed and directed organizational programs, consulted on best practices in leadership, and taught at the university level. In addition to her clinical work, she has extensive business experience, offering her expertise as a consultant to several prominent entities, including The Gallup Organization. In fact, it was as a result of her consulting work with Gallup in Washington, D.C., that she began consulting at Omaha’s Gallup office in early 2007. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Program at Lutheran Family Services. Born in Central America and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Dr. Peart is “exactly the kind of visionary leader the board had hoped to secure for the organization,” enthuses YW Board of Directors President Laura Fender, Vice President of Financial Reporting at Mutual of Omaha. “Not only does she have the skills and experience to lead the agency into the future, she also truly believes in our mission of empowering women and eliminating racism. We are delighted to be working with her.” Dr. Peart’s double focus in clinical and community psychology, along with her


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Baked mashed aCORn squash (Servings: 4) 2 acorn squash 1 t sea salt, melted 1 t black pepper 3 ½ t unsalted butter Wash squash and cut in half lengthwise. Scrape out seeds. Place cut side down in shallow pan with small amount of water. Bake at 350˚ for 20-25 minutes or until just tender. Scrape out squash into a bowl and mix in butter, salt and pepper.

Project: Pork Happy Pigs Make a Tastier Dish

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few years ago, I made a great discovery — Pork from happy pigs tastes better! Now, what makes for a happy pig? It’s a pig that eats natural food, has room to roam around, and leads an ordinary pig life! These pigs have but one bad day; however, they don’t even know it’s bad because they are quickly put to sleep. Lately, I’ve been getting my happy pork from the Beulahland Farm, either at the farmer’s market or through a coop website, Beulahland Farm is a member of the American Berkshire Association and a breeder of high quality, purebred Berkshire feeder pigs and breeding stock. The hogs are raided naturally outdoors with portable housing. They never have medicated feeds, routine antibiotics or growth hormones. What this means to us is good eatin’! I went to work creating a BBQ sauce that would be a good complement to this great pork. I came up with a wonderful mustard, apricot and bourbon sauce. One of the secrets is to use a fruit-sweetened preserve. I find it has a much better natural flavor and is not too sweet. And the bourbon finish is wonderful! To accompany this flavorful main dish, I served baked acorn squash, mashed with butter and seasoned with salt and crack pepper. H


BBq PORk With aPRiCOt BOuRBOn sauCe (Servings: 6) bbQ Sauce 3 t olive oil ¼ C diced onions 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 t cider vinegar ½ C whole grain mustard ¼ C dijon mustard ¾ C apricot fruit preserves 1 t bourbon 2 pounds pork shoulder, cut 1” thick Olive oil spray Salt and pepper Heat olive oil in skillet. Add onion and garlic and cook until soft. Add cider vinegar and simmer 3 minutes, stirring to make sure onion and garlic do not burn. Add mustards and apricot preserves with olive oil spray and sprinkle with salt and pepper. On a very hot grill, sear pork for 1 ½ minutes on each side. Turn one side of the grill off (under the pork, so it is now indirect heat). Brush on BBQ sauce, close cover and cook 10 minutes, turn pork over and brush with the BBQ sauce, close cover and cook for 10 minutes. Take off pork when internal temperature is 145˚. Let rest and serve with BBQ sauce on the side. If you do not have a grill, sear your pork in a skillet, then put in a 300˚ oven on a rack on a baking sheet to catch drips.

It s ladies night at The Durham Museum, so get a jump on your holiday shopping and enjoy some great tips on how to survive the holidays in style. • Enjoy a holiday-themed fashion show emceed by Amanda Mueller, Anchor for KPTM FOX 42 News. See styles from locally owned boutiques Carol Fosse Contemporary Apparel, Deniz Shoes and Accessories, Kajoma s Fashion Boutique, Pura Vida Blue, Runway Boutique and The Other Woman, with music compliments of DJ JVC • Purchase unique gifts from some of the area s most talented artists, including jewelry, pottery, blown glass, and other one-of-a-kind gifts

thursday, 11.06.08, 5 - 9 PM • Look like a pro in the kitchen this holiday season after a cooking demonstration with Judy Gilliard, food talk show host of Judy a la Carte on NewsRadio 1110 KFAB and Food Editor for Her Magazine, and Karl Marsh CRC, Executive Chef for Omaha Steaks • Learn how to make the holidays sweet with delectable dessert ideas and gourmet chocolates from the masterminds behind Sweets of Eden, Coowner and Chocolatier Tina Tweedy and Co-owner Bryan Tweedy • Get a holiday make-up and hair makeover from the experts at Seven Salon • Pamper yourself with a massage from the professionals at Absolute Serenity Day Spa

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