Leading Us in the Right Direction

From our Leadership Team to our Board of Directors, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands has a compassionate and dedicated
group of individuals on our side that are willing to do whatever it takes to help change children’s lives for the better.

Leadership Team

Nichole Turgeon, CEO
Abby Lathrop, Chief Program Officer
Elizabeth Hansen, Chief Development Officer
Brad Kirshenbaum, Director of Marketing & Recruitment
Michelle Drake, Director of Operations
Tara Strawn, Finance Manager

Leadership Team Bios


Nichole Turgeon
CEO

Nichole Turgeon began her career with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands in 2005 as Development Director. As Development Director, Nichole worked with the CEO and Board of Directors to substantially grow the resources available to Big Brothers Big Sisters to serve children facing adversity. During her tenure as Development Director the agency’s revenue more than doubled leading the way for growth in program size and quality. Nichole’s success in transforming Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands’ finances as well as her strategic thinking as a member of the agency’s leadership team led to her identification as an agency leader. Nichole has served as CEO since 2011.

Nichole has been recognized as a 2010 Ten Outstanding Young Omahans by the Omaha Jaycees and was a 2011 recipient of the 40 Under 40 Award of the Midlands Business Journal. Nichole is a graduate of Leadership Omaha (Class 32) and the Omaha FBI Citizens Academy (Class 11). She serves on the nationwide Fund Development Committee of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) as well as the nationwide Leadership Development and HR Committee. Nichole is the Co-Chair of Mid-Large Agency Alliance of BBBSA. Nichole is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Nichole has presented at numerous national, regional and local conference including AFP International and the Mentor Summit.

Nichole was matched with her Little Sister Briana in 2006 and counts spending time with Briana among her favorite activities. She is also involved in the Women’s Fund of Omaha and Leadership Omaha committees. Nichole is a Sustainer member of the Junior League of Omaha and a graduate of the Junior League’s Leadership Academy. Nichole received her BBA in Marketing Resource Management from Pacific Lutheran University in Washington and attended Lancaster University in the United Kingdom. Nichole received her MA in Philanthropy & Development from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota. Nichole is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE).

Abby Lathrop
Chief Program Officer

Abby Lathrop, Chief Program Officer, joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands in 2003.
As Program Director, Abby is responsible for supervising program staff that recruit, interview,
screen, and train potential mentors. She directs the intake of all Little Brothers/Sisters, the
matching process, as well as ongoing match supervision. Abby also oversees the collection
and reporting data for the various programs. Through her many years of experience with Big
Brothers Big Sisters, Abby has held many positions. Those include Partnership Coordinator
and Associate Program Director.
Abby received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and is a certified
trainer in the Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets. She also works closely with
the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America program staff on pilot initiatives that BBBSM has been
selected to participate in, including Enhanced School Based Mentoring, Hispanic Leadership
Network, Strength of Relationship Survey, and Program Outcome Measures. Abby is originally
from Central Nebraska, where most of her family still resides.

Elizabeth Hansen
Chief Development Officer

Elizabeth Hansen Chief Development Officer joined Big Brothers Big Sisters in 2013 as the Events and
Alumni Engagement Manager. She was promoted to Chief Development Officer in 2015. As Chief Development
Officer she is responsible for the agency’s fund development program including: donor stewardship,
donor acquisition, and fund raising events. She also manages the grant solicitations and major gifts
from individuals, corporations, and foundations.
Elizabeth earned her Bachelor’s degree from The University of Nebraska at Lincoln. She is a member of
the Association of Fundraising Professionals Nebraska Chapter. She has three boys and enjoys running
and lots of outdoor activities.

Board of Directors


Board Leadership

John Gilbreath
President
Vice President: Finance - AOS Energy/Gilbreath Capital

Shirley Spieker
Past President
First Data - VP Finance


Charles Nelson
Treasurer
First National Bank
Senior Vice President, Customer Data Management,
Consumer Banking Group

Brendan Flanagan
Secretary
C3 Brands - Vice President Business Development


Steve Kessler
Governance
Union Pacific - General Director: Benefits and Service Center

Members

Ron Cardenas
Member
Gavilon - Vice President: Human Resources


Chris Enzolera
Member
TD Ameritrade: Director - Marketing


Nathan Farmer
Member
Creative Planning, Inc. - Private Wealth Manager

 

Bob Harry
Member
Lockton Companies - Vice President

 

Silke Jasinski
Member
Tenaska, Inc. - VP Finance


Marnie Jensen
Member
Husch Blackwell LLP - Partner


Eric Johnson
Member
Conagra Brands - Vice President - Tax


Anthony Kreis
Member
HDR, Inc. - Vice President: Mergers and Acquisitions


Heidi Mausbach
Member
Ervin & Smith - President and CEO


Benjamin Ries

Member
Leo A Daly - Electrical Engineer 


Mark Russell

Member
Millard Lumber - Building Solutions Specialist

Diana Tedrow
Member
Cox Business Communications - Director of Sales

Theresa Thibodeau
Member
Primrose of La Vista - Owner

Ursula Treinen
Member
Community Volunteer


Brian Zaversnik
Member
McCarthy Capital - Vice President