Nebraska Nurses Foundation Board & Staff
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Anna Mackevicius

Interim President & 1st Vice President

Anna Mackevicius is a familiar face to nursing in Nebraska, serving as NNA President from 2016 – 2018 and in various other leadership roles over many years. We are thrilled to have Anna’s leadership experience, strong communication skills and expert project management on the Board. Her “inside perspective” on MSD/NNA/MIG operations is “helpful as the Nebraska Nurses Foundation considers future partnerships and collaborative efforts.” Her employment involves the management of multi-million-dollar contracts with federal agencies including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid and the Veterans Affairs. As a Project Management Professional, she handles tasks and projects – both ongoing and one-time occurrences – with consideration of time, resources, constraints, and scope. This perspective is helpful to support NNA/NNF collaboration to create stable, relevant, and sustainable organizations. Anna is serving as the Interim Chair and 1st Vice President for the Board.

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Sara Seemann

2nd Vice President & Nurse Member

It is a privilege to serve as 2nd Vice President after serving as the President of the Nebraska Nurses Foundation (NNF) for since 2016. I’m excited to continuing to serve on the NNF Board. We have a great group of individuals serving on the NNF Board of Directors. NNF serves as a valuable entity in the overall mission of benefiting and supporting the nursing profession throughout the state. Our primary responsibilities include raising funds and manage resources to support NNF’s mission and activities such as scholarships and practice grants.

I’m an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse – Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Emergency Department at Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln, NE. As an APRN-CNS I truly enjoy providing leadership in the development of comprehensive clinical practice standards, programs and services benefiting the patients, their families, and the clinicians. I have been active in the Nebraska Nurses Association since moving to Nebraska in 1996, serving in various roles. A few of those roles included: NNA President (2 years), NNA Budget & Finance Committee (8 years), NNA Convention Planning Committee (4 years), and District III Treasurer (4 years), NNF foundation (9 years).

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Teresa Anderson

Secretary & Nurse Member

Teresa (Terry), EdD, MSN, NE-BC is passionate about nursing and proud to be a Nebraska Nurse! As a nursing leader, she has been actively involved in both the ANA and NNA for over 40 years. She worked for the ANA and ANCC as a Magnet Program® consultant for over 12 years prior to establishing her own consultation practice. In addition to her nursing excellence work, Dr. Anderson, in 2020, founded Oculi Data, a national comparative database for nursing sensitive indicators. After several years as chair and member of NNA committees, Terry served as NNA President-Elect in 2011 and subsequently President from 2012 – 2016. She was recognized as the UNMC College of Nursing Distinguished Alumnus in 2016 and currently serves on the UNMC Alumni Association Board. She facilitated the incorporation of the NNF as a 501(c)3 non-profit and is passionate about the work that the NNF can do to advance nursing practice and education through scholarships and grants.

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Justin Gripp

Treasurer and Community Member

Justin Gripp has served the role of NNF Treasurer since 2020. Justin has a Doctor of Pharmacy and MBA from Creighton University. Justin is deeply committed to advancing the education and professional development of Nebraska’s nurses through his continued role on the Foundation Board. Justin works as a Pharmacist – Applications Analyst for Tufts Medicine, remotely supporting hospital systems with their Epic EHR needs. Justin also volunteers his time on the Nebraska Pharmacists Association’s Legislative Committee, Clerk of the his local Sanitary & Improvement District, and is the Treasurer/Secretary of his HOA. He is interested in the legislative process and its impact on the delivery of healthcare in our state. Justin is married to Susan, a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner DNP serving Omaha and Lincoln. They have one daughter together.

Douglass Haas

Fundraising Chair & Nurse Member

Douglass Haas is a Past-President of the Nebraska Nurses Association. Douglass received all of his nursing education from the University of Nebraska Medical Center – College of Nursing: BSN 2009, MSN 2015, PGC 2018, and DNP 2020. He is Double Board Certified by ANCC as an Adult/Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP-BC) and as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC). Douglass is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center – College of Nursing – Kearney Campus teaching in the Adult/Gero Acute Care NP program and the Accelerated BSN program. He has a faculty practice appointment with Lexington Regional Health Center as a Hospitalist NP.

Jessica Fitzgerald

NNA Liaison, NPDC & Nurse Member

Jessica has been a nurse for 20+ years. She started her career in the pediatric critical care unit at Children’s Nebraska in Omaha and realized early on her love and passion for educating and helping other nurses’. She received her BSN from Midland Lutheran college and her MSN in nursing education from Nebraska Wesleyan University. She went on to receive her Doctorate in nursing practice from University of Missouri- Columbia in leadership and innovation.

She has served in the role as charge nurse, clinical education specialist and assistant nursing director in the hospital setting throughout Omaha and Kansas City. Most recently she has been serving as an associate professor. With her experience as an NPD specialist, she enjoys working with the students but also with the faculty to make sure both are prepared to practice in today’s nursing profession. As an academic nursing leader, she leads by seeing the needs of her faculty and the community, making sure both are achieving at the highest point of their potential. She serves as a liaison with NNF and NPDC.

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Dan Rock

Community Member

Dan Rock loves nurses and knows how important they are. His wife is a Certified Diabetes Educator nurse at Nebraska Medicine. His aunt, an emergency department nurse, died in an ambulance-truck collision; two other aunts, his mother-in-law, and sister-in-law are also nurses. Last, but certainly not least, his mom was an extraordinary OB nurse at Bergan Mercy. Dan is a lawyer in Omaha helping families with wills and personal injury matters and represents health care facilities in employment matters including immigration. Dan is serving on the Foundation Board to help the nurses of Nebraska any way he can serving on the Foundation Board to help the nurses of Nebraska any way he can.

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Barb Petersen

Nurse Member

Barb Petersen is an DNP, RN, Nurse Practitioner with more than 25 years’ experience. Barb has her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Creighton University and APRN in the area of Family Practice from Clarkson University. Barb is the Chief Quality Officer at Great Plains Health in North Platte, Nebraska where she has direct oversight of quality, trauma, stroke, sexual assault SANE/SART, patient experience, and the clinically integrated network. She serves on the Legislative Advocacy and Representation Committee (LARC) for the NNA Region 1 representative, on the Lincoln County Rape and Domestic Abuse (RDAP) Board of Directors, the Great Plains Health Board of Directors, on the Clinical Review Committee at the North Platte Surgery Center.

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Maggie Baumann

Nurse Member

Maggie Baumann is a native to the Omaha area and has a strong desire for implementing positive change within the nursing profession. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Nebraska Medicine Center – Omaha and started her nursing career at Nebraska Medicine on the Cardiac Progressive Care Unit. Throughout her nursing career she developed a passion in nursing education and transitioned into the role of a Clinical Education Coordinator at Nebraska Medicine and served as a clinical adjunct instructor at College of Saint Mary. She obtained her Master of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Clarkson College in 2017 and then completed her Adult Gerontology/Acute Care Post-Master’s certificate in 2021. She currently works as a Nurse Practitioner within the Acute Care Surgery department at Nebraska Medicine.

Charlotte Lidgett

Nurse Member

Charlotte Liggett grew up as a farm girl in central Illinois, went to school in Indiana, and worked in Michigan for 12 years before moving to Nebraska. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Goshen College, Goshen IN; a Masters of Science in Nursing from Wayne State University, Detroit MI; a Masters in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green OH, and a Doctorate in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Creighton University, Omaha NE. After serving in nursing leadership roles at Hackley Hospital and Northern Michigan Hospitals, Charlotte was recruited to Lincoln, Nebraska in 1988 to serve as Vice President of Nursing at Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln NE. She worked for Saint Elizabeth and CHI (Catholic Health Initiatives) Nebraska for 26 years both as vice presidents in nursing and strategy development. In 2014 Charlotte transitioned to nursing education. She served Nebraska Wesleyan University as faculty in the nursing department for four years before assuming the leadership role of Chair of the Nursing Department, which she held for five years.

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Kim Houtwed

NNA Executive Director

Kim has served as the Executive Director of the Nebraska Nurses Association since 2019. Kim has a MBA from Nebraska Wesleyan and a BSN from Iowa Wesleyan. She brings considerable clinical and management experience to her position and serves as an Ex Officio non-voting member of the NNF Board.

Jill Kliethermes

Midwest Multistate Division CEO

Jill serves as the CEO of the ANA Midwest Multistate Division and Executive Director of the Missouri Nurses Association (MONA). Jill also supports the Kansas State Nurses Association, the Center for Missouri Nurses and the Nebraska Nurses Association.

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Karen Harris

Accountant/Financials (Contracted)

Karen is a 30-year accounting professional who has worked with non-profit programs on a city, state, and federal level.