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Deryl Hamann is senior counsel to Baird Holm, LLP, a firm he joined after law school and one year clerking at the Federal Court in Lincoln. He received his J.D. cum laude from the University of Nebraska College of Law. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America in the categories of corporate law, taxation, and trusts and estates. He is former chair of the Advisory Committee on Ethics, appointed by the Nebraska Supreme Court. He is a former chairman of the Nebraska State Bar Foundation, the Nebraska Association of Bank Attorneys, and the Omaha Estate Planning Society. He is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Deryl is former chairman of Great Western Bank, Midland College, Bellevue University, Bethphage Foundation (now Mosaic), and Spectrum Financial Services where he currently offices. He was king of Ak-Sar-Ben 2011-2012. He is married to Ramona and has four children and three step-children. They collectively have 14 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. A reader of historical fiction and biographies, he and Ramona enjoy traveling. They have been to Europe, Egypt, China, Africa, and Hong Kong. Favorite destinations include Kenya and Cabo San Lucas.
Richard Holland was widely respected throughout the Omaha community as a philanthropic leader. The Holland Foundation has supported a wide variety of organizations, including the Omaha Performing Arts Society, Omaha Symphony, Opera Omaha, Child Saving Institute, Partnership for Our Kids, and Building Bright Futures. Richard was recognized for more than just financial philanthropy, however, choosing to invest his time and guidance in the many organizations and causes.
George Neubert is a respected museum director and curator as well as an internationally exhibited artist. He is currently director of the Flatwater Art Foundation in Brownville, Nebraska, which presents visual arts activities and programs. He served as the Director of the San Antonio Museum of Art from 1999 to 2004. Prior to this, George was the director of the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he combined aggressive acquisition with educational integrity and relevance. In 1980 he became the youngest Associate Director for Art in the history of the U.S. at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He is a frequent lecturer on American and contemporary art, museum philosophy, and museum management.
Nana Smith holds degrees from Yale University and the New York University School of Law. She practiced corporate and tax law on Wall Street with the firm of Cadwallader, Wickersham & Taft (where she met her husband, University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken) and later as a partner in the law firm of Woods & Aitken in Lincoln, Nebraska. She also taught corporate tax as an adjunct professor at the University of Nebraska School of Law. In 1997, she retired from the practice of law and became a stay-at-home mother to her three children, who are now teenagers. She serves on the boards of the Nebraska Arts Council, the Sheldon Art Association, the Museum of Nebraska Art and Medicine, an organization that raises funds for the fine arts department of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
A 1957 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Michael Sorrell received his medical degree in 1959. He joined the University of Nebraska Medical Center faculty in 1971. He is known nationally and internationally for his expertise in liver disease and transplantation and gastrointestinal disorders. He has published more than 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters and has co-authored five medical textbooks. Michael has received many honors in his field, including serving as chairman of the UNMC Department of Internal Medicine for 10 years. In 1980 he received the University of Nebraska Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity and has received numerous teaching and professional honors throughout his career.
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Del Weber is Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He served as Chancellor for 20 years during one of the university’s most active periods of growth, both physically and programmatically. Upon retirement from the University, he became President of the Omaha Community Foundation, serving from 1997 until 2002.
Del has been heavily involved in the Omaha community for almost three decades, serving on the board of several major entities, including the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, the Center for Human Nutrition, Norwest Bank, the Salvation Army, and the Strategic Command Consultation Committee, and the Board of Directors of the Omaha Public Power District for which he presently serves as Chairman. He served as General Chairman of the United Way Campaign and also as its Chairman of the Board. He has received several community awards for his service, and his professional affiliations have been numerous during his career in higher education.
Peter Zandbergen is an Executive Vice President at Union Bank & Trust. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Ethnography/Anthropology) and the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Colorado. He has served on numerous local Omaha boards, state of Nebraska boards, and national boards, as well as international Olympic sport commissions. He was a member of the U.S. Olympic Rowing Team (‘80, ‘84, ‘88), and served as President of the U.S. Rowing Association from 1988 to 1992. Pete served on the board of the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts for many years. Currently, he is serving on the Board of Directors of the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands (supporting arts, cultural, civic, health, and youth services), the National Rowing Foundation – NYC, and Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska. Pete enjoys nice people, dogs, nonprofit organizations, travel, and nice weather!