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CHC-NE Celebrates Annual Meeting

Community Health Charities of Nebraska (CHC-NE) celebrated its annual meeting on Aug. 26, 2016 at the Omaha Country Club, sponsored by Children's Hospital and Medical Center. Brad Anderson, Alzheimer's Association Nebraska Chapter Ambassador, shared his family's story as the keynote speaker. Read more about Brad's story here.

Three Partner in Health awards were presented. The award recognizes those that actively promote the ongoing awareness of health and wellness, and serves as a model of how individuals, commerce, government or industry and the health sector interact to improve the quality of life for those in the community. Recipients were:
  • Jim Cada, Lincoln
  • Grand Island Express/GIX Logistics and Tom and Sue Pirnie, Grand Island
  • Ruth Register, Fremont
Additionally, several area business and community leaders were named to the CHC-NE State Board of Directors at the meeting:
Teresa Layton, Great Western Bank, was elected Board Chair Elect. Other Officers include: Craig Sall, First National Wealth Management, Chair of the Board; Clarence Nichols, United Republic Bank, Immediate Past Board Chair; Erica Hinrichs, ACI Worldwide, Secretary; and Ralph Davoli, Hancock & Dana, PC, Treasurer. Additionally, Mike Wade, Physicians Mutual Insurance Company, was elected to the Executive Committee.

The following individuals were also elected onto the State Board: Vicki Anzalone, Nelnet, American Diabetes Association of Nebraska representative; Homer Fouquier, Jr., Prudential Financial Services, March of Dimes, Nebraska & Western Iowa Market representative; J. Erin Hunt, HDR, at large; Stephen Jackson, Douglas County Health Department, Susan G. Komen Nebraska representative; Rondi Kinney, Community Representative, Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska Representative; Heather Kudron, Wells Fargo Bank, at large; Tom Neal, Nebraska Organ Recovery, Nebraska Kidney Association Representative; Mark Neilsen, Valmont Industries, Inc., Nebraska AIDS Project Representative; Paul Petera, TD Ameritrade, at large; and Chris Tooker, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc., Arthritis Foundation, Heartland Region, Nebraska Representative.

Offgoing Board members were also recognized: Cristina Castro-Matukewicz, Wells Fargo; Liz K. Crosson, Community Representative; Kerry Heinrich, Community Representative; Sharon McArdle, Methodist Women’s Hospital; Lori McClurg, Community Representative; Douglas Oldaker, Security National Bank; Stephen Peters, Private Practice Associates; and Brian Pickering, Community Representative.



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By Diane Petry For 44 years my sister Deb and I have shared just about everything – sweaters, friends, secrets – even our noses! Maybe that’s because we are twins. Our mother, like many women in that era, was given a drug called Diethylstilbestrol (DES) designed to prevent miscarriages. At that time, no one realized the horrible truth that “DES Daughters” like me and my sister would suffer higher rates of infertility, a rare form of cervical/vaginal cancer (adenocarcinoma) and perhaps more than two times the incidence of breast cancer! In May 2003, I found a lump in my right breast, and I immediately scheduled an appointment for a mammogram.







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