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Tom McClung is a native of Ohio where he attended colleges for his bachelors (College of Wooster) and masters (The Ohio State University) degrees. He then earned his doctorate at Michigan State University before moving to Omaha where he has worked since 1974.
Tom’s extensive experience in leadership roles has provided him the opportunity to assist individuals and organizations in such areas as adapting to change, handling conflict situations, and making good decisions consistent with planned strategic direction. In addition, he has extensive public speaking experience on topics related to leadership, business ethics, and managing generational differences in the workplace. His management experience has been in such diverse areas as information technology, client services, financial planning/budgeting, and strategic planning. He has worked in profit, nonprofit, and educational institutions which has included managing start-up operations, strategic growth planning, administrative functions, staff development, and business coaching.
Amy S. Brown is Senior Director, Process Optimization, Operations at the Frist National Bank. She joined the bank in 1996 and is currently focused on developing process improvement capabilities for the organization. She is deeply passionate about building healthy, vibrant environments which deliver sustainable results.
Previously, she served as Senior Vice President of Customer Care, Senior Vice President of Customer Experience, Vice President of Strategic Projects, Vice President of Human Resources and as a Business Consultant for First National Bank of Omaha. Prior to that she served as Second Vice President for First National Equipment Financing, a First National Bank of Omaha subsidiary.
Amy received her B.A. from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and serves on the Board of CASA for Douglas County where she chairs the Finance Committee. In her spare time she is the co-publisher and editor for Edible Omaha, a mission-based magazine focused on building a sustainable food system for the community. Amy is married to Dwayne Brown, founder and co-owner of Slate Architecture with offices in both Omaha, Nebraska and Helena, Montana.
Kathy Larsen is a certified facilitator, speaker, coach, and author of “77 Secrets to Leadership Success”, the “Bring Out the Leader in You Coaching Program” and the “Conscious Creation PlayBook”.
She works with organizations to create more happiness, health, and harmony in the workplace. She also helps people clear the way to more purpose, passion, and playfulness in everyday life!
The foundational principle of all of her programs is:
“What we THINK about we bring about…
What we FOCUS on we find…
What we FEEL becomes real.”
Kathy has been in business since 1991 and has 15 years corporate leadership experience in different departmental functions. She has a variety of options that she uses in working (playing:-) with individuals and teams to help them shift their focus and create more of what they want in their personal lives and work environments.
Most important of all…she has fun in the midst of it! So…her clients do too! Her high energy, real life stories, and interactive style moves people to make positive changes in their lives and work environments.
Stephanie Roob is a Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist at QLI in Omaha. She has focused her career on the human approach, dedicating time to a variety of different populations including trauma patients, burn victims, pediatric bone marrow transplant recipients, and renal patients.
In 2005, Stephanie joined the staff at QLI, the nation’s premier provider of post-hospital brain and spinal cord injury rehabilitation and care. As the Director of Nutrition Services, she monitors the health and wellness of over 200 individuals who have suffered catastrophic injury or neuromuscular illness.
In her role, she also serves as a member of QLI’s leadership team, whose sole mission is to promote excellence through program development, the recruitment and retention of a positive and engaged staff and the cultural wellness of the organization and its 350+ employees of varying ages, education levels, cultural backgrounds and career goals.
The result of this leadership and commitment to culture has garnered numerous awards for Business Excellence, Leadership, and Innovation, including the distinction of being voted Best Place to Work in Omaha six times, the Best Place to work for the Advancement of Women, the Best Place to Work - Sustained Excellence Award and the Greater Omaha Chamber Business Excellence Award for Innovation. On top of this, QLI’s exceptional culture has lead to incredible staff retention (turnover is 1/3 the national average for the industry) and unrivaled business outcomes.
Stephanie is a born mid-westerner and appreciates the depth of talent and commitment to community that Omaha has. Her passion for workplace culture and wellbeing has led her to her role with Culture AMBASSADORS. She is a devoted football fan and an amateur weight lifter who spends every free moment exploring the corners of the world with her husband and two children.
Kathy Swensen, M.A., is the founder of Swensen & Associates. Swensen & Associates creates customized job simulations that measure leadership skills in a group of candidates. Companies use the results for leadership identification and development, succession planning or to make promotions to the next rank in an organization. Swensen & Associates develops simulations that measure performance at every rank, from front-line supervisor to top executive. The job simulations include exercises such as a performance-based interview, an interview simulation which measures the candidate’s ability to motivate an employee or resolve client or customer issues, and a written exercise requiring candidates to handle in-box items at the target level (such as employee or customer complaints, requests from other divisions in the company, items requiring analysis and recommendations, and indications of performance problems in their assigned division/business unit). These simulations measure how well a candidate would perform at the next level in an organization.
Kathy gained her experience as a Training Coordinator for a local company, a Director of Education and Training for a nonprofit, and as a Senior Associate Consultant for a national company. She has experience in training, organizational development, researching and writing policies, and in developing assessment centers.
She serves as Director of Membership for the Association of Talent Development, Nebraska chapter and also belongs to the Organizational Development Network.
She is married with two children, Britta and Danny (both 2016 graduates!), and shares her home with a gentle hundred pound Yellow Lab, Sammy, and a fierce ten pound cat, Lady. When not working, she loves to swim and read, although not at the same time.
Beth Schmidt is the Vice President of Process and Project Management at Mutual of Omaha. She has responsibility for the analysis and delivery of projects that support New Business processes. She also has a team of lean process improvement facilitators who engage in everything from major business unit transformation to project process mapping.
In addition to having a passion for software development and process efficiency, Beth is passionate about high performance cultures. She jumped at the chance to attend the first meeting to discuss the formation of the Omaha Culture Ambassadors for the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded individuals. She is a certified facilitator of culture change for Mutual of Omaha, and a Master Culture Champion.
Prior to joining Mutual of Omaha, Beth was the Director of Application Development at Farm Credit Services of America which has steadily been one of Omaha’s Best Places to work. She holds a Master’s Degree from Drake University in Adult Learning and Organizational Performance with a dual emphasis in Leadership, and Training and Development.
Beth is married and the mother of five, the three youngest of which are triplets. She has (out of sheer necessity) mastered the art of family calendar management and carpool organization!
Lori Thomas joined Arthur J. Gallagher & Company in August, 2016 as a Regional Wellbeing & Engagement Consultant. Prior to joining the Gallagher team, Lori worked as Wellness Coordinator for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska for almost nine years helping them achieve Platinum Well Workplace status four times consecutively. Lori has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Health Promotion Professionals in the country by the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) and is a change agent in the health/wellbeing field with over 15 years of experience.
In her role as Regional Wellbeing & Engagement Consultant, Lori’s primary focus is to provide her clients the support they need to develop total health promotion and wellbeing practices with strategic design, implementation and evaluation of their wellbeing initiatives. She believes that building and maintaining a culture that creates and encourages opportunities for employees to obtain whole person wellbeing are key to attracting and retaining an engaged, resilient workforce. Lori’s passion for life and commitment to excellent customer service makes her a trusted advisor to both clients and her Gallagher teams.
Lori is a graduate of Winona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science with a Health Promotion emphasis. She is a Certified Health Coach through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and serves as secretary on the Metro Omaha Tobacco Action Coalition (MOTAC) board of directors.
Victoria Graeve-Cunningham recently established the ThriVinci Consulting Group, a is a nonprofit organization committed to making communities a better place by offering nonprofit and charitable institutions organizational effectiveness consultants at free or reduced rates. When obtaining her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Biology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2008, she fell in love with Omaha and found numerous ways to stay involved after graduation. She currently serves on the Chamber of Commerce's Young Professional Council, the Junior League of Omaha, and Sigma Kappa Beta Omega’s Advisory Board, while fostering dogs for Midwest Dog Rescue Network.
Our vibrant city and opportunities for professional development encouraged Victoria to stay in Omaha for her advanced education. Currently, she works as an adjunct instructor for UNO while she is pursuing her doctoral degree in the Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology. Before receiving her Master of Arts degree in I/O Psychology in 2015, she received her Master of Business Administration and Master of Science degree in Bioscience Management from Creighton University in 2011. Her main areas of research include the study of workplace engagement and burnout, change management, process cycle efficiency, nonprofit sustainability, and civic engagement.