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We are a volunteer-powered organization which thrives on the generosity of hundreds of volunteers focused on improving the quality of life for not only survivors, but our community.  Our leadership team shares their time, talents and influence selflessly which is critical to the success of the organization and the survivors we serve. 

We continue to grow by the outpouring of business and organization support, a pay-it-forward spirit and the belief that supporting local survivors builds stronger families and creates a stronger community.

Board of Directors

Left to Right (Scott Leak, Barbara Hoffman, Cynthia Sturgeon, Malinda Jepsen, Dave Sturgeon) | Not Pictured:  Brad Konen
Photo Credit:  LCW Productions

Cynthia L. Sturgeon | President and Founder – 10 Year Thriver
Executive Consultant | B. S. Information Systems, University of Texas at Arlington, PMP Certification

Dave Sturgeon | Vice President
Retired Assistant Vice President Information Technology, BNSF Railway | University of Nebraska-Omaha

Brad Konen | Vice President Finance; Treasurer
Director of Business Planning & Analysis, American National Bank | Certified Public Accountant, Certified Global Management Accountant, B.S. Business Administration, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Malinda Jepsen | Vice President Technology; Secretary
Business Intelligence Specialist, Orion Advisor Services |B.A. Math, Dana College

Scott Leak, CFP® | Vice President Development
Director-Institutional Sales, TD Ameritrade | B.A. Psychology, Creighton University

Barb Hoffman | Vice President Community Relations; Secretary 5 Year Thriver
Lead Service Specialist, SilverStone Group | PHR and GBA Certifications


Executive Advisory Council

Dave Anderson, PhD | Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Dept. of Neurological Sciences, UNMC

Kathy Bressler, RN MN | Senior Vice President, CHI Health

Bob Cronin | Executive Vice President Product, D3 Banking, ICAN Executive

Patti Kahre | Executive Office & Community Relations Director, American National Bank

Brian Moen | Chief Marketing & Merchandise Officer, Oriental Trading Company

Stephanie Nichols, PHR, SHRM-CP | Senior Strategic Account Executive, United Healthcare

Dave Proksel | Nebraska Operations Manager, Vice President & Underwriting Counsel, First American Title Insurance Company

Jaime Rorie | CPA Manager, Hancock & Dana PC

Ryan Swartz MBA, CFP | Managing Director, Creative Planning, Inc.

Cassandra Zywiec | Owner/Principle, Mission Maven Marketing

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