Board Members


David Mayer, Board President

Dvorak Law Group, LLC


Gary Grote, Board Treasurer and Secretary

Bridgepoint Merchant Banking

Pete Hanley

SilverStone Group

Sandy Parker

Community Volunteer

Craig Pohlman

TSA Manufacturing

Steve Patterson

Nelson, Van Denburg & Campbell Wealth Management Group, LLC

Melissa Hegarty

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Jennifer Amis

Encounter Telehealth

Cyndy Peacock

Methodist Hospital Foundation

Jeanie Jones

Community Volunteer

Harlan Falk

Great Western Bank


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.

Sandy is a member of the Downtown Omaha Rotary Club. She and her husband 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 college-aged son, Chad.


Program Coordinator


Karen Brodhead


In December 2003, Karen became a receptionist at Execu-Suites.  ” I love the people at Execu-Suites and have enjoyed meeting the entertainers and working with Merrymakers.  In my free time I love to read, watch movies, craft  and spend time with my three adorable grandchildren.”