Sara Seamann

Sara Seamann

President

“It is a privilege to serve as President of the Nebraska Nurses Foundation (NNF) for the next two years.” She expressed excitement about the opportunity to participate in the on-going development of the Foundation and the services it will provide. “NNF will serve as a valuable entity in the overall mission of benefiting and supporting the nursing profession throughout the state. We have a great group of individuals serving on the NNF Board of Directors whose primary responsibilities include establishing the fund management structure for assets archived by Districts of the Nebraska Nurses Association. Another Board responsibility will be investigating and establishing the processes for funding nursing scholarships in collaboration with the Nebraska Nurses Association. I’m an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse – Clinical Nurse Specialist serving the Emergency Department(s) at Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln, NE. One of best parts about being an APRN-CNS is the opportunity to provide 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.”

Catherine Parker

Anna Mackevicius

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 bring Anna’s leadership experience, strong communication skills and expert project management to the Board.  Her “inside perspective” on MSD/NNA/MIG operations will be “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 will be helpful as NNF pursues available grants to promote its mission, and to support NNA/NNF collaboration to create stable, relevant, and sustainable organizations. Anna has agreed to accept the Vice President role for the 2020 Board.

Teresa L. Anderson

Teresa Anderson

2nd Vice President and Secretary

Terry has actively involved in NNA for years, serving as President from 2012 – 2016. She worked to establish the NNF as a 501() non-profit and is passionate about the work that the NNF can do to advance nursing practice and education through scholarships and grants. She will complete her term as 2nd VP at the end of 2018 and will be Secretary through 2019.

Johsua Hanshaw

Justin Gripp

Treasurer

Justin Gripp joins the Foundation as a Community Member and will also assume the role of NNF Treasurer.  Justin has a Doctor of Pharmacy and MBA from Creighton University and a BA in Philosophy, and minor in Chemistry from UNO. He is serving on the Foundation Board to help Nebraska’s nurses in furthering their education and professional development. Justin works as an informatics pharmacist for Bryan Health and part-time as a clinical pharmacist for Madonna Rehab in Lincoln. Both positions provide him ample opportunities to recognize the critical role of nurses in our hospital systems. Previously, Justin was the pharmacist at Crete Area Medical Center. Since 2013, Justin serves on the Nebraska Pharmacists Association Legislative Committee and is interested in the legislative process and its impact on the delivery of healthcare in our state. Justin is married to Susie, a Psychiatric-Mental Health RN-BC and currently a DNP Student in Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at the University of Missouri. They have one daughter together.

Dan Rock

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.

Joanie Nelson

Joanie Nelson

NNA Member

Joanie is an RN with over 30 years’ experience in acute care and a recent graduate from UNMC’s Master of Science in Emergency Preparedness program. Joanie is a member of ANA/NNA, the Disaster Medical Assistance Team for Nebraska (NE-1 DMAT as an intermittent Federal employee), the Association of Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Professionals (AHEPP), and the Medical Reserve Corp.   (MRC) for the Omaha/Council Bluffs region. Joanie now finds there is more time to be involved with professional organizations and volunteer work within the community. She was recently elected to Legislative Advocacy and Representation Committee (LARC) for the NNA, is interested in the legislative process, and how bills affect the Nursing profession. Joanie joined the Foundation Board to become more knowledgeable about the NNA organization and its leadership strategies. “The opportunity to network and learn from those already involved will greatly enhance my own satisfaction as a nurse, in one of the most respected professions.”

Alice Kindshuh

Catherine Parker

Nurse Member

Catherine is currently the Nurse Manager for Employee Health Services at Bryan Health in Lincoln NE, where she has been employed for over 30 years. As a member of NNA for about 30 years, Catherine has served in various leadership positions and on several committees at the state and district levels. She chose to serve on the Foundation Board “to help establish a solid and sustaining financial resource to support nursing students and nurses to further their education.”

Alice Kindshuh

Heather Jensen

NNA Member

Heather Jensen brings clinical nursing excellence and rural/regional experience to the NNF Board.  Her practice in North Platte, Nebraska has included multi-professional collaborative participation in administrative committees, curriculum management, and implementation of progressive staff engagement models. She appreciates the “focus of staff feedback” and has resolved to “make education an experience of staff growth and engagement.”  Heather received her BSN from Fort Hays State University and currently serves as a House Supervisor at Great Plains Health.

Douglass Haas

Katie Messner

Nurse Member – NPDC Representative

Katie has been an active member of NNA since 2010 and currently serves as the Chair of the Nursing Professional Development Committee and member of the NNA Board since 2017.  Through that position, she is an ad hoc member of the NNF Board serving as the liaison between the two corporations.  Katie has a BSN and MSN from the University of Nebraska Medical Center – Kearney, working as an adult/gerontology acute care nurse practitioner while completing her DNP.  Katie is passionate about “furthering the nursing profession as a whole” and enjoys the broad perspective of serving on both boards.

Jill Kiethermes

Jill Kliethermes

Foundation Manager (Contracted)

Jill serves as the Executive Director of the ANA Midwest Multistate Division and CEO of the Missouri Nurses Association (MONA). Jill also supports the Kansas State Nurses Association and the Missouri Nurses Association Foundations as manager of their programs and brings tremendous experience to her position as manager of the NNF.

Karen Harris

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.

Karen Harris

Kim Houtwed

NNA State Director

Kim has served as the State 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.