Margre Durham (memorial) – 1998 recipient
For 12 years, the late Margre Durham served as the first woman board member of the District 66 School Board and was eventually elected as the first female board president. Margre’s vision also benefited the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where she arranged for the collaborative project that eventually resulted in the university’s bell tower. At the Nebraska Humane Society, Margre’s initiative led to a campaign to build a new comprehensive facility. Joslyn Art Museum, Quality Living and the Salvation Army are but a few other organizations that benefited under Margre’s influence.
Mary Heng-Braun – 2005 recipient
For many years, Mary Heng-Braun served as program director and then executive director of Girls Inc. (formerly Girls Club). She helped build and was the first executive director of the Women’s Fund, and, in her work as senior director of donor services for the Omaha Community Foundation, she and OCF donors assisted countless women and girls in the Omaha community.
Marian Ivers (memorial) – 2001 recipient
Executive vice president of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, the late Marian Ivers was the first woman president of the National Association of Membership Directors of Chambers of Commerce. She was also vice chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. Marian was a founding member of many institutions, including the Women’s Fund of Omaha, the Institute for Career Advancement (ICAN), Shakespeare on the Green and the Omaha Network. Other institutions that Marian made a great impact on are Girls, Inc., YWCA (now WCA), University of Nebraska Medical Center and the UNO Chancellor’s Advisory Board.
Dianne Seeman Lozier – 2001 recipient
Formerly vice president of a major hospital management company in the Midwest, Dianne Seeman Lozier currently serves as corporate counsel for the Lozier Corporation. As a founding member of the Women’s Fund of Omaha, Dianne led the organization in its 1995 and 1996 endowment campaign and served as the board’s chair from 1997-1999. Dianne was also a founder of the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council and Project Harmony, in addition to being an active fund raiser for many other community organizations.
Maryanne Stevens – 2011 recipient
Dr. Maryanne Stevens is most known for having led College of Saint Mary through monumental changes as its president. From her early beginnings as a high school teacher, Maryanne earned her doctorate in religion and education, worked in administration for the Sisters of Mercy and chaired the Theology Department at Creighton University before being named to her current position. Also active in the community, Maryanne chairs the Madonna School for Exceptional Children board of directors and has served on the Women’s Fund board of directors where she led the Research Committee.
Mimi Waldbaum (memorial) – 2003 recipient
During more than five decades in Omaha, the late Mimi Waldbaum was involved with some 20 community organizations, most notably various United Way committees and bureaus, the Nebraska Committee on Humanities, the Anti-Defamation League and the Women’s Fund of Omaha. Mimi also worked in the political arena as staff assistant for U.S. Senator Ben Nelson from 2001-2002 and U.S. Senator Robert Kerrey from 1989-2000. Mimi was also a businesswoman and raised a family of three children.
Barbara Weitz – 2008 recipient
Barbara Weitz held a career as an award-winning faculty member of the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s School of Social Work from 1991 until 2005. As chair of the research committee for the Women’s Fund, Barbara guided the 2007 publication of a comprehensive study entitled Women & Leadership in Omaha. Among her many community projects, she served on the executive board of Building Bright Futures, was founding board chair of the Samaritan Counseling Center of the Midlands, and has served on the boards of many other notable institutions.
Gail Walling Yanney – 1997 recipient
As a physician, Dr. Gail Yanney practiced anesthesiology and was the executive director of the Clarkson Foundation. As a volunteer, she has played an elemental role as creator and founding member of the Women’s Fund of Omaha. In her work as founding president of the board of trustees, she has touched the lives of hundreds of Omaha women.