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, President & CEO
Abby Lathrop, Chief Program Officer
Abiola Kosoko, Director of Marketing & Recruitment
Elizabeth Hansen, Chief Development Officer
Michelle Drake, Director of Operations
Tara Strawn, Finance Director

Leadership Team Bios

Nichole Turgeon

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.

During Nichole’s tenure as CEO the agency has received numerous local and national awards including BBBS Agency of the Year and BBBS Board of the Year, Greater Omaha Chamber Business Excellence Award and The NonProfit Times Best Small Nonprofit to Work for in the United States. These awards recognize the success of Turgeon and her board and staff team in continuing to grow Big Brothers Big Sisters impact in the community.

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 has served on a number of BBBSA nationwide committees and task forces including the Fund Development Committee, Leadership Development and HR Committee and the Brand Transformation Task Force. 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 first became a Big Sister in 2006 to Little Sister Briana. Nichole is currently a Big Sister to McKenzey and counts spending time with McKenzey among her favorite activities. Nichole has served on 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.

Abiola Kosoko
Director of Marketing & Recruitment

After graduating from Mount Michael Benedictine High School in Elkhorn, Nebraska, Mr. Kosoko received a bachelors from Creighton University for Communications and Spanish in 2009. His journey as a youth advocate began during his collegiate career, through the CU department of Health Sciences and Multicultural and Community affairs. Abiola spent time facilitating projects focused on youth interested in higher education. From there, Abiola spent time working communications and marketing for Lyman-Richey sand gravel and concrete. It was there he got in touch with his marketing skills and developed his multimedia company, Demo Lives. As an active member of the Omaha community, with a history of advocacy and mentoring, Abiola offers the marketing and communications strategies responsible for expanding the BBBS family.

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

Charles Nelson

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

Chris Enzolera
TD Ameritrade - Director: Marketing

Brian Zaversnik
McCarthy Capital - Vice President

Marnie Jensen
Husch Blackwell LLP - Partner (Attorney)


Jason Brett
American National Bank – Senior Vice President

Nathan Farmer
Creative Planning, Inc. - Private Wealth Manager

Brendan Flanagan
The Rush Market - Director of Finance

Bob Harry
Lockton Companies - Vice President

Silke Jasinski
Tenaska, Inc. - VP Finance

Eric Johnson
Conagra Brands - Vice President - Tax

Susan Lewis
Mutual of Omaha - Associate General Counsel

Kristine Martin
Cox Media - Vice President

Heidi Mausbach
Ervin & Smith - President and CEO

Brenda Paiz
First National Bank - HR Business Partner

Benjamin Ries
Leo A Daly - Electrical Engineer 

Mark Russell
Millard Lumber - Building Solutions Specialist

Nathan Scott
BKD, LLP - Partner

Amy Steffen

Ryan Steinbach
Union Pacific Railroad – General Director: Marketing & Sales

Cynric Whitaker
LinkedIn - Manager: LMS Support