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2005.10.10 > For Immediate Release
contact: Teresa Gleason - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: tmgleason@mail.unomaha.edu

Neighborhood Center Elects New Officers for 2005-06

Omaha - The Neighborhood Center for Greater Omaha has elected eight new members to its advisory board. 

They are Mark Simmons, Douglas/Sarpy County Extension Service; Anthony Harris, United Way of the Midlands; Kim Armstrong, Mutual of Omaha; Tom O'Connor, University of Nebraska Medical Center; Andrea Anderson-Lucas, North Omaha Weed and Seed; Patrice Pittman, Urban League of Nebraska; Steve Virgil, Creighton University; and Nebraska State Sen. Rich Pahls.

The center is the only comprehensive organization dedicated to strengthening and improving neighborhoods – along with the lives of the residents of Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie counties – through training programs, technical assistance, information and technological support.  Ronald Abdouch serves as the center's executive director.

"The Neighborhood Center for Greater Omaha is poised to assume new expanded leadership opportunities in our communities," Abdouch said.  "With the assistance of our advisory board, I am confident we will not only meet but exceed our goals and expectations."

The 2005-06 officers of the center's advisory board are as follows:
- Larry Johnson, president, Bent Creek Homeowners Association;
- Caletta Hodges, vice president, Highlander Neighborhood Association;
- Anne Hindery-Camp, secretary, Omaha Community Foundation; and
- Sara Woods, treasurer, University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS).

Returning board members are Ellen Fitzsimmons, Omaha By Design; Douglas Bisson, HDR; Tawanna Black, Destination Midtown; Robert Blair, UNO CPACS; Steve Brock, Hanscom Park Neighborhood Association; Eric Burgin, Monmouth Park Neighborhood Association; Donald Gross, City of Council Bluffs (Iowa); Mary Irwin, community volunteer; John Scott, William and Ruth Scott Family Foundation; Anadelia Lamas, South Omaha Weed and Seed; and Steve Scarpello, City of Omaha Mayor's Office.

For more information about the Neighborhood Center for Greater Omaha, contact Abdouch at (402) 561-7581 or rgabdouch@neighborhood-center.org, or visit the Web at http://www.neighborhood-center.org/.

The Neighborhood Center for Greater Omaha was established in 2001 by funding from The United Way of the Midlands; a consortium of the Lozier, Mammel, and William and Ruth Scott Family Foundations; and the Omaha Community Foundation's Fund for Omaha.  Its mission is to build capacity and strengthen neighborhoods throughout Douglas, Pottawattamie and Sarpy counties.  The University of Nebraska at Omaha and its College of Public Affairs and Community Service serve as the center's administrative and fiscal agent.

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