David is an Omaha-native and a vocal advocate for Omaha’s public school teachers. He is adamant that schools must rethink the way they support teachers. This is based largely on his experience as a 1st grade Teach For America teacher where he served as a Founding Teacher of one of New Orleans’ highest-performing charter schools. David has experience helping launch or grow multiple other education reform organizations and was recently recruited by the education consulting firm Cross & Joftus to help Omaha Public Schools usher in one of its highest profile strategic initiatives. David was a Finalist for Tulane’s 2010 Urban Innovation Challenge and was recently named a Distinguished Educator by Turning Technologies. He holds a BSD in Architecture from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Francella joined the DIBS team in August 2015 as a member of our Founding AmeriCorps VISTA team. As a Sustainability Engineer, Francella will be helping build out our financial models to help predict program costs at various scales, then helping lead our fundraising efforts to meet those funding needs. Francella was born and raised in Plattsmouth, NE and holds a B.S. in Hospitality Management from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a minor in Leadership and Communications. DIBS has become close to her heart based on her own struggles with literacy in grade school and she believes that giving teachers necessary support is vital toward improving education. She’s excited to be part of the DIBS family and help the organization continue to grow to serve more families across the Omaha community.
Kylie joined the DIBS team in June of 2016 as a member of our AmeriCorps VISTA team. As a Growth Engineer, Kylie will help the DIBS team by evaluating and growing the program in areas of marketing, branding, social media, volunteers, documentation, and program evaluation. Kylie is an Omaha native, and received her B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications from Arizona State University. As a journalist, she’s had opportunities to connect with communities that deserve a spotlight, but even then she craved for work that more directly touched people in need. She grew up loving to read and believes that literacy, along with media literacy, is particularly vital in today’s mass of tangled information, and that more preventative measures should be taken to ensure everyone is equipped to sort through it.
Mitchell joined the DIBS team in June of 2016 as a member of our AmeriCorps VISTA team. As a Program Improvement Engineer, Mitchell will be helping the DIBS team by identifying areas the current DIBS Program can be strengthened for our teachers, students, and families while designing systems to make those improvements in the classroom. Mitchell is an Omaha native, and received his B.A. in Politics and Russian from Princeton University. As a congenital bookworm, Mitchell believes that every child, regardless of economic background should have access to the enjoyment and academic benefits reading can provide, and is excited to be working with a team dedicated to putting good books in the hands and homes of America's children.
Clayton joined the DIBS team in June 2016 as a member of our AmeriCorps VISTA team. As a Program Improvement Engineer, he will be identifying areas the current DIBS Program can be strengthened for our teachers, students, and families while designing systems to make those improvements in the home. Clayton is from Millersport, Ohio, and earned a B.A. in Political Science from Brigham Young University – Idaho. Much of his academic success throughout his life can be attributed to the several hours he and his siblings spent reading and playing “school” in the home when they were younger. When he heard the mission of DIBS, it resonated with him. He knew he needed to get involved.
Mike became DIBS' first elected Board Chair in March 2017. He brings extensive finance, law and governance expertise to our Board, including experience having served as the Board President for the Heart Ministry Center in Omaha. As Board Chair, Mike is helping to establish the strategic priorities of DIBS, and helping further establish our infrastructure as a social initiative. Mike is a tax director in the Omaha office of BKD, LLP. He provides a broad range of tax, accounting and business consulting services for individuals, closely held businesses and pass-through entities. His experience includes advising clients on organizational structures related to entity formation and succession planning, as well as developing tax-efficient strategies for corporate and partnership acquisitions and sales. More...He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants, the US Tax Court and the California and Missouri bar associations. Mike is a 2001 graduate of Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, with a B.S.B.A. degree in accounting, and a 2004 graduate of Creighton University School of Law with a J.D. degree.
Emily Lowndes joined the DIBS team in October 2016 after relocating from Kansas City to Omaha in August. Emily moved back to Omaha-her hometown-after completing a masters in public administration with an emphasis in nonprofit management from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Emily spent four years on staff at Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity in Independence, Missouri working to improve programs to better serve the nearly 30,000 college student members at 370 chapters across the country. She is excited to use her nonprofit management background and program management and evaluation experiences to help strategically grow and improve DIBS for Kids in the Omaha community. More...She is deeply passionate about sector collaboration and community engagement. Emily is an after-school volunteer at Completely KIDS and is an engaged member of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Greater Omaha.
A former journalist and radio news personality, Linda Galindo made the shift to consulting, speaking and writing about accountability 20 years ago. Galindo speaks nationally on the topics of accountable leadership and creating the culture change to bring about an accountable organization. She serves as faculty for The Governance Institute and the Institute for Management Studies. She speaks to leadership conferences nationally, is the author of The 85% Solution: How Personal Accountability Guarantees Success – No Nonsense, No Excuses, and was co-author of the recently released book Where Winners Live.
David is a partner and chair of the management committee at the Kansas City law firm Berkowitz Oliver. He practices primarily in the area of complex business disputes and deals with issues of board governance and fiduciary duty claims. His civic activities include serving as a founding board member of The Alliance for Childhood Education; member of the education committee of the Nelson-Atkins Museum; and member of the advisory board of the Spencer Art Museum. He chaired the education committee of The Civic Council of Greater Kansas City for a number of years and is an emeritus board member of The Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics. He is on the board of The Francis Family Foundation and is a trustee of the Murphy Charitable Fund.
Aaron Johnson is currently the General Counsel of Tetrad Property Group, LLC, a full service real estate development company. Prior to joining Tetrad Property Group, Aaron was in private practice for over thirteen years, practicing primarily in the corporate finance, private business and lending areas. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Police Athletics for Community Engagement, an athletic program serving at-risk youth, and has served as a volunteer youth baseball and basketball coach. Aaron is a graduate of Leadership Omaha Class 36. He received a B.S. in Business Administration from William Jewell College and a J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law.
Attorney Audrey Griebel serves as Associate In-House Counsel for Fidelity National Title Group in Omaha, Nebraska. A native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Ms. Griebel earned her B.S.P.H., majoring in Community Health, from Indiana University. She subsequently earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and is licensed in the State of Ohio. Ms. Griebel is a member of the Omaha Jaycees, Omaha Symphony Guild, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands, and the Omaha Bar Association.
Kimberly recently relocated to the Omaha area after accepting a claims counsel position at Fidelity National Title. Originally from Memphis, TN, Kimberly received her undergraduate degree in International Trade from Mississippi College in Jackson, MS before earning her J.D. at the University Of Tennessee School Of Law in Knoxville, TN. In her free time she enjoys playing volleyball, learning to cook, and being outdoors. She is excited about finding new ways to connect with and serve her new Omaha community.
Laura Pryor is a PhD student at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education. She is a student in the Quantitative Methods and Evaluation program and focuses on understanding and implementing the quantitative methods that most appropriately evaluate the impact of education and youth development initiatives. Prior to her current academic career, Pryor served as a Teach for America corps member in Greater New Orleans. Her teaching experience motivates and grounds her current research and evaluation work, which spans the contexts of federal teacher evaluation programs, early childhood education initiatives, and juvenile offender reentry services. More...Pryor is entering the second year of her PhD program and holds and B.A. in Urban Studies from UC Berkeley as well as a Master’s of Urban and Regional Planning from UC Los Angeles.
Roy Patterson serves as the President of Patterson Family Group. He previously worked in private equity and merchant banking. Roy graduated from the University of Denver with a Masters of Science in Finance. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Tom is an investment professional for McCarthy Capital, an Omaha-based private equity firm. He is responsible for complex financial valuations, company and industry analyses, and the structuring and execution of investments. Previously, Tom worked as an investment banker for BMO Capital Markets in New York, NY, where he worked on a number of mergers and acquisitions, debt financings, and equity financings for companies in the education, technology, and business services sectors. Tom graduated summa cum laude from Villanova University with a B.S. in mechanical engineering and minors in business, finance, and mathematics.
Shonna Dorsey is a Co-Founder and the Managing Director for Interface Web School. She was born and raised in Omaha and is an alumnus of the University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO) where she earned both Bachelor's and Master's of Science degrees in Management Information Systems (MIS). Her career includes training facilitation, project management and application development. Shonna is also a Leadership Omaha program participant, and was a 2014 recipient of the 40 Under 40 Award through the Midlands Business Journal and is deeply passionate about education, technology, and about helping build Omaha's emerging technology startup community.
Mark Rathouz works on projects at Quantum Workplace, an Omaha company that delivers smart employee engagement tools that help make workplaces awesome. He's interested in helping organizations discover their own unique mix of employee support tools and transform their workplace cultures. He resides in Midtown Omaha with his wife and daughter.
Shane Reiser, former COO of Startup Weekend, current cofounder of Your Ideas Are Terrible startup innovation consultancy and cofounder of Startup Genome, a startup community building non-profit. As COO of Startup Weekend, Shane created the training program for Startup Weekend facilitators, trained over 100 facilitators around the world and organized and facilitated 60+ events, including internal events for Fortune 500 companies. Shane has been implementing lean methodologies in his work over the past 4 years at two venture-backed startups (Kohort and Dwolla) and in his current nonprofit, Startup Genome. More...Shane engages corporations to teach and practice entrepreneurial innovation methods. These methods help corporations innovate through experimentation, customer development and prototyping to get solutions to the market faster and more reliably.
T. M. Michael Williams has served as Pastor of Risen Son Baptist Church since January 1990. In addition to preaching, teaching and administrating he has served fourteen years in various roles at Summer Bible Camps. He has served the Omaha Community on the Southeast Area Police Advisory Board; He is the immediate past President of the Interdenominational Ministerial alliance serving from 2012 to 2016. He led the IMA in hosting numerous candidate forums, working for economic inclusion and serving as a member of the Omaha Public Schools Strategic Planning Committee.
LaShera joined the DIBS team in August 2015 as a member of our Founding AmeriCorps VISTA team, and is now serving as an Advisor for the program. As a Program Improvement Engineer, LaShera designed ways to improve the DIBS program for the families we serve. LaShera is a native of South Carolina and currently lives in Colorado. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Winthrop University with a minor in Anthropology. She then served in AmeriCorps NCCC for two years. As a first generation college graduate LaShera loved the idea for DIBS having seen the disparities in our education system throughout her life. She is excited about making DIBS something that can change the way others think of teachers and literacy.
David is the Managing Director of Straight Shot, a technology startup accelerator headquartered in Omaha, NE. Born and raised in the small Western Nebraska town of Sutherland, David moved to Lincoln to pursue a Business Administration degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Nebraska College of Law. Following law school David took a position as the Deputy Communication Director for the Omaha Mayor’s Office where he got a firsthand look at the inner workings of municipal government. More...In 2012, David was hired as the seventh employee of MindMixer – a civic tech startup founded by two Omahans – in the role of Account Manager where he worked with clients across the nation. Over the next two years, David helped create and lead the Client Services division which was tasked with the company’s onboarding, support, and product utilization responsibilities. David saw Straight Shot as an opportunity to bring together two facets of his experience – community building and new business venture creation – and became the Managing Director in 2013. Outside of work, David is active in the community by serving on the Greater Omaha Chamber's Board of Directors, the Omaha Public School’s Career Education Advisory Council, the Advisory Board for The Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic at the University of Nebraska College of Law, as well as the Metcalfe Park Neighborhood Association.
Matthew Breunsbach joined McCarthy Capital in March of 2014. His primary responsibilities include sourcing new investment opportunities, complex financial valuations, company and industry analyses, and the structuring and execution of investments. Prior to joining McCarthy Capital, Matt worked as an investment banker covering business services and industrial clients in Credit Suisse’s Chicago office. Before graduate school, he worked in management and financial roles in the business services, real estate and banking industries. More...Matt received his B.S. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, graduating with Highest Honors.
Scott Brown is a Channel Manager with Gallup. He is responsible for business development and marketing of Gallup’s products for small to mid-sized organizations and faith-based organizations. In this role Brown manages an international sales team and oversees marketing of Gallup’s open-enrollment education programs and e-commerce solutions. Prior to this, Brown was Senior Consultant with Gallup responsible for business development and managing client relationships in Gallup’s healthcare practice. In this role he worked with clients to strategize and help align the right Gallup teams and solutions to improve his client’s organizational challenges. More... He focused on 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 Masters in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society.
Jason McGee currently serves as Assistant Executive Director of the Hope Center for Kids. His 14 years of professional experience in behavior health, juvenile and family services, community programs, organizational development and training has taken him to 4 states and several organizations before landing at the Hope Center in 2012. Jason has a degree in General Studies with a focus on Sociology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Jason is a husband and father and remains active in his church and the creative arts community in Omaha, NE.