Nonprofit Association of the Midlands Announces 2020 Program Participants

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Nonprofit Association of the Midlands Announces 2020 Program Participants

The Nonprofit Association of the Midlands (NAM;, which supports more than 600 nonprofit organizations in Nebraska and southwest Iowa, has announced the 2020 class of nonprofit participants for its Nonprofit Executive Institute (NEI) and Rising Leaders Institute (RLI).

Created in 2007, NEI is an 11-month training program that develops nonprofit leaders’ skills and strategies to enhance organizational sustainability and transform the communities they serve. The program focuses on capacity-building seminars to develop ethical, innovative, prosperous, strategic and visionary public leaders. The 2020 class was selected by the NEI Leadership Team, which includes volunteers from the nonprofit sector who have successfully completed the program. The following area nonprofit leaders make up the 2020 class:

  • Michaela Ahrens, Autism Action Partnership
  • Jeremy Bouman, RISE
  • Alexis Bromley, ONE Omaha
  • Emily Cox, Maha Festival
  • Eric Crawford, Heart Ministry Center
  • Heather Creevan, Nebraska Recycling Council
  • Barb Farho, Youth Emergency Services
  • Donna Faust Aman, Outlook Enrichment (Outlook Nebraska)
  • Ashley Flater, MICAH House
  • Cesar Garcia, Southside Redevelopment Corp.
  • Glennay Jundt, Habitat for Humanity of Council Bluffs
  • Kat Ludwick, Omaha Girls Rock
  • Marjorie Maas, SHARE Omaha
  • Meghan Malik, Women’s Fund of Omaha
  • Tahnee Markussen, The Lozier Foundation
  • Carolina Padilla, Intercultural Senior Center
  • Carole Patrick, Visiting Nurse Association
  • Dulce Sherman, Whispering Roots, Inc.
  • Linda Twomey, Siena Francis House
  • Rachel Wester, Midwest Innocence Project

In addition to the NEI class, NAM announced 15 leaders for its 2020 Rising Leaders Institute, a partnership with the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Greater Omaha to enhance the leadership capacity of young Omaha nonprofit professionals. RLI is a one-year program that provides young professionals with skills to obtain a nonprofit leadership position through mentoring and facilitated discussion with experts. The following leaders were selected:

  • Craig Beck, OpenSky Policy Institute
  • Brittany Burling, RISE
  • Katie Cunningham, College Possible
  • Tamara Dwyer, Metro Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless (MACCH)
  • Abby Hughes, Nonprofit Association of the Midlands (NAM)
  • Gina Keplinger, Nebraska Writers Collective
  • Andrew Klinkenborg, Fontenelle Forest
  • Eyerusalem Lemma Gehringer, Women’s Center for Advancement
  • Brittney Livingston, Nebraska Children and Families Foundation
  • Katherine MacHolmes, Inclusive Communities
  • Nichole Murphy, Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership (ENCAP)
  • Caitlin Osborn, Amplify Arts
  • Juan Padilla, Omaha Community Foundation
  • Shelby Rust, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Tommy Young-Dennis, Nebraska AIDS Project

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