Delivering Infinite Book Shelves (DIBS) for Kids

Board of Directors

President – Blair Freeman Group

Ashley Kuhn is the President of Omaha-based construction and real estate services company Blair Freeman Group. Previously Kuhn was the Executive Vice President of White Lotus Group where she played a significant role in the evolution of the company from a startup to a well-known and reputable firm in Omaha. As a child, Ashley’s interest in real estate development was first sparked when she became fascinated with the differing conditions of real estate in her North Omaha Neighborhood. Her fascination led her to want a career as someone that is able to impact the face of real estate in Omaha. Ashley serves on the Board of Directors CREW Metro Omaha, is Chairman for Girls Inc.’s Girls Nite Out, is a Girls Inc. mentor, a member of the Omaha CRE Summit Planning Committee and the Secretary of DIBS for Kids’ Board of Directors. Kuhn majored in real estate/land use economics and investment finance at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where she received a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Regional Director – Gallup

Scott Brown is a Regional Director of Business Development with Gallup. Brown is responsible for Gallup’s mid-market business development strategy. He manages an international sales team and oversees delivery of Gallup’s consulting solutions, which help organizations create exceptional workplaces. Prior to his current role, Brown was a Senior Consultant and responsible for business development and management of Gallup’s healthcare client relationships. In this role, he worked with clients to align the right Gallup teams and solutions to overcome their organizational challenges. He excelled at helping his clients achieve improvements in human capital outcomes, talent selection, leadership development, succession planning, employee engagement, and patient and physician engagement. Brown received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and master’s in business administration from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and is on the University of Nebraska-Omaha faculty.

Certified Public Accountant

Carolyn joined the DIBS team in August of 2018 after taking a step back from her career as a CPA to be home with her two young children. Carolyn received both her undergraduate degree in accounting and her Masters of Professional Accountancy from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. With a focus on tax, Carolyn started her career with Deloitte, and spent the last 3 years with BKD, LLP.  Carolyn was a member of the Volunteer Committee for the United Way Young Professionals group during her time at BKD, and is eager to apply what she learned from the UWYP’s book trust initiative to the DIBS for Kids program.

President & Founder – Reality-Based Leadership

Cy Wakeman is a drama researcher, international leadership speaker, and consultant. In 2001, she founded Reality-Based Leadership. She is the author of three books: Reality-Based Leadership: Ditch the Drama, Restore Sanity to the Workplace and Turn Excuses Into Results (2010), NY Times Bestseller, The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace: Know What Boosts Your Value, Kills Your Chances, and Will Make You Happier (2013), and her new release No Ego: How Leaders Can Cut the Cost of Workplace Drama, End Entitlement, and Drive Big Results (2017). In 2017 and 2018, she was named as one of the Top Global Leadership Gurus by Global Gurus, a Top 100 Leadership Expert to Follow on Twitter, and was deemed “the secret weapon to restoring sanity to the workplace.” Cy lives with her husband and 8 sons in Waterloo, Nebraska.

Assistant Principal – Belvedere Elementary

Dr. Danita Webb has a passion for public education and a wealth of expertise and leadership. After spending years in the classroom as a teacher, Dr. Webb served as School Improvement Manager to Omaha Public Schools and now works as an Assistant Principal at Belvedere Elementary. In 2018, Dr. Webb was awarded Educator of the Year by Urban League of Nebraska Young Professionals. She has a long history of collaborating with the community and is particularly passionate about using research-based strategies and smart public policy to address the opportunity gap in high-poverty schools and neighborhoods.

Retired Teacher

Connie is a lifelong reader and learner who started reading at the age of four and never stopped. For 32 years she dedicated her life to inspiring young people to develop a passion for reading and learning. She is an advocate for public schools and teachers and believes strongly that kids need to get their hands on as many books as possible. 

During her career, Connie taught kindergarten, first grade, second grade, remedial reading grades K-8, and sixth grade reading and writing. She wrote reading and writing curriculum for grades K-8 and made presentations at the Iowa Reading Association. Connie led in-services to share information with teachers on strategy-based reading processes and writing across the curriculum. She was named Iowa Reading Teacher of the Year by the Iowa Reading Association in 1983. 

Connie has a BA in Elementary Education and Special Education from the University of Iowa and a Master’s Degree in Reading from Morningside College. She embraces the goals of DIBS for Kids and is learning forward to helping kids love to read.