2020 Award Winners
We're Proud to Present these Award Winners
Weysan Dun - 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award
Weysan Dun was a FBI Special Agent for 30 years, retiring in 2012. He was the Special Agent in Charge (SAC), or chief executive, of three different FBI field divisions during his career. During his tenure as the FBI SAC in New Jersey, he led a series of public cor ruption investigations, thus being named the "Most Politically Powerful Person in New Jersey for 2009" by NJ Politiker.com.
Mr. Dun received numerous awards during his FBI career, includ ing the Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award recognizing the top 5% of federal senior executives; this award is conferred by the President of the United States based on sustained leadership and accomplishment. He also received the US Attorney's Law En forcement Coordinating Committee (LECC) "Advancing Justice and Cooperation in Nebraska Law Enforcement" Award in 2002, the Illinois State Police Director's Award of Distinction in 2007, an Honorary Doctorate from Yeshua University in 2007, and the Nebraska FBI National Academy Associates "Centurion Award" in 2018.
Mr. Dun currently serves as a Commissioner of the Nebraska Crime Commission. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Omaha Police Foundation, the University of Nebraska Medical Center Chancellor's Board of Counselors, and a publicly elected Trustee/Director of the Sarpy County Sanitary and Improvement District 255. He volunteers with the American Red Cross and is an active member of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI; the FBI National Academy Associates; the American Legion, J. Edgar Hoover Memorial FBI Post 56; and a lifetime member of the FBI Agents Association.
Mr. Dun served as an active duty U.S. Army Military Intelligence Officer where he attained the rank of captain and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal prior to being Honorably Dis charged. He and his wife of 35 years, Linda, live in Omaha.
Diane Good-Collins - 2020 Distinguished Service Award
Diane Good-Collins, director of Metropolitan Com munity College's 180 Re-entry Assistance Program (180 RAP), began her formal education while incar cerated at Nebraska Correctional Center for Wom en. When released in 2003, Diane continued her studies and began her 17-year career at Metropoli tan Community College (MCC). Diane has worked in various areas including TRiO, Adult Education, Academic Affairs and managed the MCC SouthExpress. Diane and the twelve-member 180 RAP team have provid ed education, training, transition and employment support to over 5,200 incarcerated and re-entry individuals in Nebraska since 2015.
Diane is a member of the American Correctional Association Pro fessional Education Council and the Nebraska Coordinated Re-entry Initiatives Workgroup.
Police Athletics for Com munity Engagement (PACE) is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization that provides free athletic pro gramming and education al camps to underprivi leged, at-risk youth in Omaha, Council Bluffs, Bellevue, Papillion, LaVista, and Ralston. Youth are coached by law enforcement officers from the Omaha Police Department, the La Vista Police Depart ment, the Sarpy County Sheriff's Office, the Nebraska State Patrol, the Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Office, and the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. In 2019 PACE had 5,894 youth participate in free soccer, baseball, flag football, cheer, basketball, cross-fit, and camp programming. This represents a remarkable increase from the 1,983 participants PACE had in 2016. PACE is funded with sup port from generous donors and grant awards.
Deputy Chief Scott Gray - 2020 Alumni Achievement Award
Deputy Chief Scott Gray is a 24-year veteran of the Omaha Police Department. He was promoted to Deputy Chief in 2017 and currently oversees the Uniform Patrol Bureau(UPB), the largest division of the department with nearly 600 officers. He served as the Rapid Deployment Force Commander from 2008 to 2015 and is an active law enforce- ment firearms instructor. He is a current member of the Omaha FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Deputy Chief Gray earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Nebraska Omaha, a master’s degree in management/organizational leadership from American Military University, and a graduate certificate in Criminal Justice from the University of Virginia. He is a gradate of the FBI National Academy, Session 255; the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Omaha, Class 38; and the Major Cities Chiefs As- sociation, Police Executive Leadership Institute (PELI) Session VII. Deputy Chief Gray is currently participating in a fellowship program at Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform.
He received the Police Lifesaving Medal for his actions at Von Maur, where an active shooter killed eight store employees and customers in 2007. He received the Ribbon of Excellence for work in the Training Unit and has re- ceived six OPD commendations. In 2017, he was awarded the HS-MACA Community Engagement Award from Creighton University, and in 2014, re- ceived the Outstanding Leadership Award from ABIDE Church. Deputy Chief Gray was awarded the Omaha Coalition of Citizen Patrols Rapid Response Team Officer of the Year Award in 2006 and 2007.
Deputy Chief Gray is the chair of the City of Omaha Homeless Task Force. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Creighton University’s Center for Promoting Health and Health Equality, Douglas County Board of Health, and the HOPE Center for Kids. He is a past president of the Metro Chiefs Association, and current advisory team member for Omaha 360/Empowerment Network.
Creston Ashburn - 2020 Rising Star Award
Creston Ashburn graduated from UNO in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice and a minor in English. He began employment in Septem ber of 1993 as a probation officer in Cass County. While in Cass County he supervised adults and juve niles placed on probation. He also wrote pre-sentence and pre-dispositional investigations. In 2000, he transferred to the Sarpy County adult probation office. For a short time, he supervised adult offenders convicted of felony and misde meanor charges. He then covered a case load of high-risk drug offenders.
In 2005, Creston was hired as the Drug Court Coordinator for the probation district. At that time, Sarpy County had two Juvenile Drug Courts and was in the process of starting an Adult Drug Court. Creston helped develop and implement the Sarpy County Adult Drug Court, and in 2017 helped to develop and start the Sar py County Reentry Court. In 2019, he helped to implement an Adult Drug Court in Cass County. His contributions extended to the juvenile side as well, where in 2015 he organized and completed an evaluation with the National Council of Family and Juvenile Court Judges to help bring Nebraska in line with the national standards being issued.
Creston has been on the Supreme Court Committee for Problem Solving Courts since 2008. On the state level, Creston has been on committees that have developed strategic plans for Problem Solv ing Courts, committees to create the State Standards for Problem Solving Courts and DUI and Reentry Courts.