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.
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 was a member of the leadership team when Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands was recognized as Mid-Sized Agency of the Year by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. 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) and the Steering Committee of the Mid Large Agency Alliance of BBBSA. Nichole is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and serves as Treasurer of the Nebraska Chapter of AFP.
Nichole presented on the topic of Nonprofit Leadership Succession at the Association of Fundraising Professionals International Conference in 2015.
Nichole was matched with her Little Sister Briana in 2006 and counts spending time with Briana among her favorite activities. 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
Vice President: Finance - AOS Energy/Gilbreath Capitol
First Data - VP Finance
First National Bank
Senior Vice President, Customer Data Management,
Consumer Banking Group
C3 Brands - Vice President Business Development
Union Pacific - General Director: Benefits and Service Center
Gavilon - Vice President: Human Resources
TD Ameritrade: Director - Marketing
Creative Planning, Inc. - Private Wealth Manager
Husch Blackwell LLP - Partner
ConAgra Foods, Inc. - Vice President - Tax
OPPD - Division Manager: Central Engineering
Union Pacific - General Director: Strategic Sourcing
HDR, Inc. - Vice President: Mergers and Acquisitions
Ervin & Smith - President and CEO
Millard Lumber - Building Solutions Specialist
Cox Business Communications - Director of Sales
Primrose of La Vista - Owner
McCarthy Capital - Vice President