The Heartland Chapter of JDRF, Omaha/Council Bluffs Office, recently announced its newly elected members to the Board of Directors.

Elected to a first two-year term are Bob Begley, Vice President of Lockwood Development; Kate Grabill, Professional Volunteer; Steve Loftus, Group Enrollment Coordinator for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska; and Othello H. Meadows, III, Executive Director of Seventy-Five North Revitalization Corp.  Begley, Grabill, Loftus and Meadows join the existing members of the Board, who were elected to second and third two-year terms, including:  Kathy Merwald, Vice President of Product Marketing for Infogroup; Chris Richardson, Director of Facilities for Telvent in North America; Courtney Vacanti, Realtor with CBS Homes; Jess Zeiss, Principal of the Institutional Sales Team for First National Capital Markets; Josie Abboud, Vice President of Methodist Hospital; Randy Burns, President/CEO of Foundation First Corporation and its subsidiary Foundation First Bank; Lindi Janulewicz, Marketing Director for Interiors Joan and Associates; Mike Robino, Senior Financial Advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors; Chuck Tomek, co-founder of Nebraska Emergency Medicine; and Matt Walsh, Commercial Lending Officer with Security National Bank.

Also joining the Heartland Chapter of JDRF, Omaha/Council Bluffs Office as the Executive Director is Brevard Fraser.  Fraser moved to Omaha in mid-2011 from Atlanta, where she managed the Southeast regional philanthropy program for Deloitte LLC for 10 years.  Fraser worked with key Deloitte non-profit partners including the United Way, Junior Achievement, College Summit and many other non-profit organizations.  Fraser brings a wealth of corporate philanthropy experience to the JDRF Heartland Chapter and will be instrumental as JDRF continues to expand their reach in Nebraska and move JDRF’s mission forward.

For more information about the Heartland Chapter of JDRF, please call Lindi at (402) 330-0685 or go to