Board Members


David Mayer

Dvorak Law Group, LLC


Gary Grote

Bridgepoint Merchant Banking

Craig Pohlman

TSA Manufacturing

Steve Patterson

Nelson, Van Denburg & Campbell Wealth Management Group, LLC

Melissa Hegarty

Nothing Bundt Cakes

William Cutler

Heafey-Hoffman-Dworak & Cutler Bel Air Chapel

Harlan Falk

Great Western Bank

Pete Hanley

SilverStone Group

Sandy Parker

Community Volunteer


Executive Director

Sandy Lemke

Sandy Lemke is the Executive Director. She previously has worked as a writer and editor at Omaha Magazine, a local publishing company that she owns with her husband Todd. The company produces about a dozen local publications. In previous years, she held executive assistant positions with MidAmerican Energy and the City of Omaha Mayor’s Office. 

Sandy is originally from Bellevue and attended the University of Nebraska. She has been personally involved in community events such as the UNO Women’s Walk, the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben and many other organizations as part of her work over the years.

She and Todd enjoy traveling and are members of two branches of the International Wine and Food Society. They are members of St. Columbkille Catholic parish in Papillion. The Lemkes have a grown daughter, Casey and a teenage son, Chad.


Program Coordinator


Nicole Brown

Nicole Brown was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. Nicole graduated from Bellevue University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, and a minor in Business Organization. Nicole loves to plan and organize events! In college Nicole worked as an infant care provider at Apple Tree Orchard Preschool and Childcare, and helped with marketing for Fareway Food Stores.

In October 2015, Nicole became the Manager of First Impressions at Execu-Suites. Nicole said, “I love working at Execu-Suites, and I am very excited to start working for Merrymakers!” She added, “In my free time I love to read, travel, try new things, and warm weather. I am a huge Husker fan, and I love sports.”