Gwenn Aspen is a long time advocate for vulnerable youth. She has volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate in Douglas County for more than five years and serves as a Board member of the Omaha Healthy Kid Alliance. Gwenn is a leader in the Omaha community and an outspoken proponent of ensuring that every child in Nebraska has access to a high quality education. Along with her husband, Gwenn founded, owns, and operates a successful business, Certified Property Management. Gwenn and her husband live in Omaha with their two beautiful daughters, both in elementary school.
Rick Bettger is an Omaha business-owner with a passion for the education of urban youth. He is the vice-chairman of the board of CUES and was instrumental in helping that organization expand its mission from supporting one school to three Catholic schools in Omaha. Rick is also the chairman of the advisory board for Holy Name School. He has guided an effort that started five years ago, when the school was near closure, to where it is now thriving with a growing enrollment. Rick has testified before the legislature about the merits and success of school choice for children living in poverty. Rick and his wife, Jennifer, are members of the Archbishop’s Committee for Development where Rick serves on the Education Committee. They live in Omaha with their three daughters.
Franceline Bostrom was born and raised in Medellin, Colombia, she earned her degree in food engineering, and international business education. Franceline came to Omaha in 2004, attending UNO and becoming a U.S. citizen in 2008. Franceline is an expert in food commodity exports. She and her husband are happily raising their two bilingual children in Omaha. She enjoys volunteering at her son’s daycare and her daughter’s school. Franceline is very proud of her culture, where great education is the best option in order to succeed.
Mariama Issoufou is the co-founder and CEO of Miracle Hills Primary Care Center. Mariama has the expertise of designing, implementing and evaluating programs with an emphasis on maternal and child health among minority populations. Mariama earned a bachelor degree in community health education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and later a Master of Public Health from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. While working for Americorps, Mariama served the community through EMPOWER program and the Community Health Living Index (CHLI) research project. Mariama is married to a physician with four amazing children and loves to travel around the world.