Inclusive Communities Announces Third Cohort of LeadDIVERSITY Advocates

AAF Nebraska congratulates Daryl Anderson, Creative Director at Clark Creative Group. Daryl serves as AAF Nebraska’s Chairman of the Board. Daryl has been accepted in the Inclusive Communities’ LeadDIVERSITY program as a 2021/22 class advocate.

Contact: Maggie Wood, Executive Director
(402) 871‐9935  

News Release 

July 28, 2021 (Omaha, NE) – Inclusive Communities is proud to announce the 2021/22 class of  LeadDIVERSITY advocates. LeadDIVERSITY, is a year-long program designed to build a network of  leaders (referred to as Advocates) dedicated to creating opportunities and solutions related to  diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Midwest region. Advocates receive exceptional skills  training to move their workplaces and communities forward. Business Development Manager  Tena Hahn Rodriguez says, “It redefines leadership both for the folks who participate and the  organizations and businesses they represent.” 

Last year the COVID-19 pandemic pushed the second cohort into a fully online facilitation  format. However, this third cohort will experience a return to in-person monthly sessions. The 31  Advocates selected, comprise an inclusive sample of the Omaha Metropolitan Area’s diverse  community representing various identity and affinity groups. Of the participants, 81% identify as  female while 19% identify as male. In addition, 54% identify as BIPOC. The cohort is a mix of  various industries including corporate, nonprofit, public sector/government, education,  healthcare, and the restaurant industry.  

Hahn Rodriguez says, “LeadDIVERSITY is a way for professionals to be intentional about creating  change. We’re excited to begin this inclusive leadership journey with our third cohort. We’ve  seen how our past Advocates have gone on to successfully implement inclusive practices at their  workplaces and advance equity in their communities. And we’re certain that this cohort is ready  to do the same.” 


Introducing the LeadDIVERSITY Advocates of 2021/22:  

Daryl Anderson, Creative Director, Clark Creative Group
Cody Brookhouser-Sisney, Attorney, McGrath, North Mullin & Kratz PC LLO Cruz Cabrera, Director of Diversity and Access, Omaha Children’s Museum Shari Collins, Training Specialist, Farm Credit Services of America
Ana Diaz-Orozco, Community Engagement Coordinator, Office of Latino/Latin American Studies,  University of Nebraska at Omaha
Alexis Dickerson, Manager of African American and Latinx Education/Licensed Medical Health  Practitioner, Planned Parenthood/Omaha Integrative Care (respectively)
Julie Dierberger, Paul Sather Distinguished Director, Service Learning Academy, University of  Nebraska at Omaha
Lauren Foster, Director of Quality of Life, Greater Fremont Development Council Ireydisa Gomez-Hall, Family Engagement Specialist, Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative Wendy Hamilton, Chief Development Officer, Girls Scouts Spirit of Nebraska Janique Hayes, Administrative Coordinator, Creighton University
Andrea Haynes, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and District Operations, Westside  Community Schools
Raheem Jackson, Senior Continuous Improvement Specialist, Omaha Public Power District Gina Langel, Director Continuous Improvement, Metropolitan Utilities District Tess Larson, Program Associate, The Sherwood Foundation
Scott Lloyd, Co-Founder, COO, Miso
Vanessa Martinez-Hernandez, Business Services Coordinator, Heartland Workforce Solutions Collette Nero, Principal, Omaha Public Schools
Caitlin Osborn, Deputy Director, Amplify Arts
Ericka Payton, Assistant Principal/Program Director, Westside Community Schools – West  Campus
DerNecia Phillips, Principal Consultant/Founder, Nelson Mandela Elementary – OPS Jamie Reyes, Transportation Director/Rail Safety Manager/Legal Counsel, Nebraska Public Service  Commission
Connie Schaffer, Director – UNO Center for Faculty Excellence, University of Nebraska at Omaha Deb Shaw, Diversity, Community and Recruitment Leader, Partnership4Kids Tina Struck, Senior Associate, Koley Jessen PC LLO
Pernell Toney, Talent Acquisition Manager, Farm Credit Services of America Chris Tooley, Director, Culture and Engagement, Methodist Health System Leah Whitney Chavez, Executive Director, World Speaks
Crystall Williams, Staff Chaplain, Nebraska Methodist Hospital
Melissa Wurth, Executive Director, Omaha Girls Rock
Sam Zeineddine, Human Resources Director, Midwest Maintenance Co., Inc.


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