The Board of Directors is charged with fulfilling the mission of the Women’s Fund by identifying and researching major issues impacting the lives of women and girls in Omaha.

Renee Black – President

Principal and Senior Event Planner
planitomaha inc.

The Women’s Fund is important to me because: “I want to live in a community/city where women and girls are treated with mutual respect, appreciated for their opinions and talents and supported without judgment in whatever endeavors they choose. I wish for my colleagues, friends and young women to know that leadership, integrity and personal success do not have a specific gender in mind and that women can do great things when resources, ideas and support are available.”

Melanie Morrissey Clark – Vice President

President
Clark Creative Group

The Women’s Fund is important to me because: “Of the tremendous impact it has on the lives of women and girls in our community. I was fortunate to have become involved in this organization very close to its inception, and watching it grow these past couple of decades has been one of my great joys. Whether they are striving to increase financial stability, eradicate domestic violence or stamp out STDs, when it comes to doing the right thing for women and girls, the Women’s Fund has always been bold and tenacious, and I am honored to be part of it.”

Jill Thomsen – Secretary

Program Director
National Organization on Disability

The Women’s Fund is important to me because: “It focuses on the most pressing challenges facing women and girls in Omaha.  The organization is a truly collaborative partner with other critical stakeholders to address these challenges, and brings together thoughtful, informed, engaged and diverse contributors to advocate effectively on behalf of our community’s women and girls.”

Kimberly Cappellano – Treasurer

Vice President, Fiduciary Advisory Specialist
Wells Fargo

The Women’s Fund is important to me because: “The organization is multi-faceted when it comes to providing resources and awareness to issues facing children, women, and families.  I am proud to be part of an organization that is dynamic, diverse and wants to make a difference in our community.”

Moniki Cannon

Founder
Gunn & Cannon Empowerment

“I want to be a part of something that moves the needle and leaves a legacy; the momentum and future goals of the Women’s Fund gives me hope!”

Gail DeBoer

President/CEO
SAC Federal Credit Union

 

 

Renee Fry

Executive Director
OpenSky Policy Institute

The Women’s Fund is important to me because: “The Women’s Fund uses data and research to support systemic change, empowering women and girls in our community”

Tracy Johnson

Attorney
TKJ Compliance Consulting

The Women’s Fund is important to me because: “The Women’s Fund is important to me because it is an unbiased, research based organization tirelessly dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls in our community by raising awareness and facilitating positive change.”

Jess Moore

General Director of Network Development

Union Pacific Operating Department

 

 

 

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General Counsel
First National Bank

The Women’s Fund is important to me because: “the work they are doing positively impacts the lives of women and girls in Omaha.  The Women’s Fund spotlights issues that affect women and girls and supports organizations that are dedicated to making a difference.  It stays connected to the issues in our community through research and surveys and works with a variety of partners to find solutions and influence change.”

Judy Ricketts

President 
TDAmeritrade Clearing 

“A community where every women and girl has the opportunity to reach her full potential” is a noble and meaningful mission.  When we start locally, we can have exponential impact on our women and girls, on the state and on the country.”

Kandis Schissel

Investment Associate
Merrill Lynch

The Women’s Fund is important to me because: “It is an organization that supports and encourages women and girls in our community.  I appreciate the fact that the Women’s Fund does research to determine what issues women and children are facing, and then  acts on that research, both on their own and through other organizations.”

Tifany Somer-Shely, MD

OB/GYN, MPC
Methodist Physicians Clinic

The Women’s Fund is important to me because: “It supports women of all ages in our community to become stronger, more independent thinkers and leaders.  It strives for equality and fairness.  It educates both young women and men regarding issues that are pressing in today’s society.  I am honored to be chosen to be a member of the board and look forward to assist in carrying out it’s mission.”

 

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Associate General Counsel
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska

The Women’s Fund is important to me because: “I am interested in learning about the issues impacting women and girls in Omaha and how to make a positive impact. I am excited to have the opportunity to be part of an organization that inspires growth and change for the betterment of the women and girls in our community.”

Aileen Warren

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance and Director of Human Resources

University of Nebraska Medical Center

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Senior Marketing Consultant
KETV

The Women’s Fund is important to me because: “The organization’s mission is in line with my personal mission to uplift young girls and women in all areas of life.”

Cheri DuryeaCheri Duryea – Legacy Liaison

President
Duryea Strategic Marketing

The Women’s Fund is important to me because: “We focus on a wide range of issues from domestic violence to leadership, and the organization touches women and girls in all age groups and economic situations. Being involved with the Women’s Fund is very fulfilling and allows me to feel that I am helping our community become a better place to live.”

Krissy Hamm – Circles Liaison

Owner/Producer, Unpaved Road Productions Inc.

The Women’s Fund is important to me because I want to live, work and raise my children in a community that protects and supports women, and honors their experiences and unique perspectives. I have deep respect and gratitude for all that the Women’s Fund does to enrich the lives of women and girls in the Omaha area, as they are working towards solutions to social issues that matter the most to me. There is also a very exciting movement in Omaha of women rising as leaders, fighting for underprivileged women, and bringing other women and girls up with them. The Women’s Fund is such a strong force in that movement and I am honored to be a part of that.

Meggan Thomas – Circles Liaison

Development Officer
Habitat for Humanity 

The Women’s Fund is important to me because other women have fought for the rights I have today, and I do not want to be part of the generation that does not carry their work forward to the best of our collective ability. We have much further to go to make sure that no woman in our community is limited by an unhealthy relationship, pay discrepancy, lacking opportunities, misinformation, exploitation, and limited resources. Melinda Gates recently said, “Girls and women don’t just benefit from progress, they drive it.” This defines the Women’s Fund to me.