Current and former boards/community service:
• Lincoln Partnership for Public Art
• American Craft Council
• University of Nebraska Foundation
• Women Investing in Nebraska
• Chair, Willard Community Center Capital Campaign
• Child Advocacy Center Board and Capital Campaign
Who has inspired you?
My mother was a woman whom I admired. I didn’t realize this totally until I became a mother. She raised six children without help, always had dinner on the table, and still had time to volunteer at her church and other organizations. She would take the envelopes door-to-door requesting donations for various causes, and also helped with Bingo at Madonna on Fridays. The person I most admire is Marc, my husband of 43 years.
Whom do you hope to inspire?
I hope that our daughters, nieces and nephews will look back and remember that I tried to make a difference in the lives of those who most needed help or a little boost. I am most interested in organizations that help children and families. If what I do can make their lives safer and more enriched, I feel I have made a small difference.
What does leadership mean to you?
Giving your best and living your values. Instilling in others a willingness to work together. It takes less time to accomplish something if we all have the same goal. I like being in a group and seeing how we all accomplished the goal.
What is your favorite quote or motto?
My mother always said “Get a grip,” and Marc always says to me, “There is no ‘I’ in TEAM.” These two quotes are both different, but when I become too emotional, I remember to “get a grip” and it makes me laugh. You can accomplish more working together with others than alone.
How would you describe a great day at work?
Working together with fun and driven friends and co-workers; working together on projects by setting goals and dividing up the work, then seeing the work completed.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received, and who gave it to you?
A former boss said to me “KISS – Keep It Simple Stupid, and don’t over-explain or over-complicate. Life is complicated enough.” Another friend said, “Forgive your friends their faults, or you won’t have any friends.” Focus on the positive, and you’ll have a lot more friends and fun.
What’s the highlight of your career (so far)?
I have worked on two projects that have been extremely rewarding. One was a capital campaign for the Child Advocacy Center, and the latest is the capital campaign for Willard Community Center. I am overwhelmed by the generosity of the people of Lincoln and Nebraska and their commitment to bettering our community.
How have you changed over the course of your career?
I used to say “yes” to anyone who called and asked for help with a project. Today, I want to focus on those that I think are really meaningful and will have lasting benefit. And, now with four grandsons, I want to spend time with them and work to have a positive influence as they grow up.