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Our Team

Board of Trustees

Trustees

Leslie R. Andersen

Chief Executive Officer, i3 Bank

Mogens C. Bay

Chairman, Valmont Industries, Inc.

Diane K. Duren

Former Vice President and Corporate Board Secretary, Union Pacific Corporation

Jane E. Miller

President and Chief Operating Officer, Gallup, Inc.

Carmen Tapio

Chief Executive Officer, North End Teleservices, LLC

Corporate Trustee

Stacy L. Nelson

Vice President, US Bank Private Wealth Management

Community Advisors

Trent Demulling

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Kiewit Corporation

Staff

Rebecca Bode

Director of Finance

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Rebecca Bode

Director of Finance

(402) 575-5792

As head of all things finance, Rebecca manages our accounting and financial reporting and oversees each financial step throughout the grantmaking process. She compares financial reporting to storytelling – and is dedicated to analyzing both our foundation’s financial story and the stories of our grantees. On the weekends, you can find Rebecca spending time in Beatrice and Norfolk with her husband, daughter and extended family.

Wendy Boyer

Executive Director

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Wendy Boyer

Executive Director

(402) 575-5786

Good leaders don’t just lead – they learn by listening to others. By listening to the passions, visions and concerns of our community leaders, Wendy leads by example. She knows the greater impact in our community starts with the efficiency of our team and works to strengthen and grow our foundation each day. A lifelong Omahan, she not only loves to build her community – she’s also a skilled sandcastle builder. Just ask her grandkids.

Stephanie Burkholder

Grants and Finance Assistant

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Stephanie Burkholder

Grants and Finance Assistant

(402) 575-5795

Working closely with our Grants Manager, Stephanie maintains our grants and assists our grantees and applicants. She also works with our Director of Finance in keeping track of payments, reports and records. Always up for a challenge, Stephanie loves to get her hands “dirty in data” and find the right path forward. It’s no wonder she also loves yoga, traveling and hiking with her dog in her free time.

Liz Codina

Community Investment Officer

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Liz Codina

Community Investment Officer

(402) 575-5785

Liz works with education and nonprofit leaders across Nebraska to build opportunities for students. Her background in higher education, nonprofit development and community leadership makes her a wonderful connection between our foundation and the larger education community. As a former Pell-recipient and first-generation college student, her own experience as a student motivates her to help create more opportunities for BIPOC communities, women and young professionals.

Laura Gano

Operations and HR Manager

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Laura Gano

Operations and HR Manager

(402) 575-5787

Laura can be described as a “Jane of all trades.” When it comes to office administration, human resources, vendor management, IT, finance, and even grants management functions, she loves finding solutions to make everyone’s lives a little easier. She considers herself successful if she can make her co-workers smile or laugh – no matter what type of day they’re having. When she’s not taking care of business at the foundation, she’s taking care of her two kids, foster dogs and helping to run a dog rescue.

Lori Garabrandt

Grants Manager

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Lori Garabrandt

Grants Manager

(402) 575-5788

A problem-solver at heart, Lori oversees the foundation’s internal grant processes and provides technical support to both our grantees and team. With years of grant-writing and nonprofit experience, Lori meets both big-picture and day-to-day challenges while keeping our foundation values in-check. Her can-do attitude extends all the way to her green thumb, which she claims can grow just about anything.

Jan Lechner

Executive and Program Assistant

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Jan Lechner

Executive and Program Assistant

(402) 575-5783

In supporting our Executive Director and Community Investment Team, Jan makes sure our team stays informed and that no detail is missed. Have a question? Jan has the answer. She loves spending time with her children and grandchildren and takes to heart the quote, “Have courage and be kind.”

Jennifer Olds

Community Investment Officer

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Jennifer Olds

Community Investment Officer

(402) 575-5793

Jennifer cultivates relationships with our grantees and potential grantees within the realm of economic development and opportunity. Jennifer finds strength in her network of passionate individuals – among both our grantees and our team. By staying informed about relevant issues in Omaha and Greater Nebraska, she sees the foundation’s direct economic impact within the community. Jennifer is also a skilled fisherwoman and chef and loves cooking up fresh fish and vegetables from the garden for her family at the lake.

Paul Ternes

Community Investment Officer

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Paul Ternes

Community Investment Officer

(402) 575-5782

Paul helps create places where Nebraska locals can live, work and play. Specifically in Omaha, he focuses on supporting arts and culture efforts. He likes to think he plays a small role in carrying on Peter Kiewit’s legacy by helping turn others’ bold dreams into reality – and is motivated by his faith and family. A certified Gallup Strengths coach by day and youth sports coach and scout leader by night, Paul’s leadership skills go a long way.

Pat Thraen

Community Investment Officer

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Pat Thraen

Community Investment Officer

(402) 575-5784

Pat focuses on youth development and STEM strategies and works with Nebraska nonprofit youth organizations to increase high-quality after-school programs. After 30 years with the foundation, she knows just how much of an impact the right opportunity can have on a student. When she’s not building relationships and resources with our foundation partners, Pat loves spending time outdoors – especially with her children and grandchildren.

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