About the Omaha Jaycees
The Omaha Jaycees is the oldest young professional organization in the Omaha metro, building strong community leaders since 1921. We strive to create impactful change in the Omaha Community by creatively collaborating as ‘young professionals’ (21-40) to solve past, current, and future problems that we face as a city.
The Omaha Jaycees founded one of the oldest ‘young professional’ recognition programs in the country with TOYO – Ten Outstanding Young Omahans. The event, in it’s 86th year locally, grew nationally (TOYA) and internationally (TOYP).
Some of the other ongoing initiatives of the Omaha Jaycees are: Hometown Holidays benefiting the Nebraska Children’s Home Society, TOYO Teens awarding 10 scholarships annually, Beer & Bacon Festival with a revolving beneficiary, Tax Education Day starting March 2019.
What separates the Jaycees from other young professional groups is our commitment to improving our community. Plus, the Omaha Jaycees is part of the national and international Jaycees with chapters in over 175 countries.
Meet the Team
Nathan Jones joined the Jaycees in 2014 and enters his third term on the board as President in 2018. He’s an advocate for philanthropy, always looking for creative ways to positively impact the Jaycees organization and its affiliated causes.
By day, Nathan can be found networking and developing relationships with business professionals across the region, as he works to build his professional consulting firm: Assurance Business Solutions.
A refugee from Kansas, Nathan moved to the Omaha area in 2008 while attaining his BSBA from Midland University.
Married in the spring of 2016, Nathan and his wonderful wife Abbey have two beautiful twin girls. When he isn’t spending time with Abbey and their dog Molly, Nathan can be found outside enjoying the seasons and refereeing soccer matches.
Reporting to the Board of Directors. This position serves as key leadership team, and an active participant in making key decisions.
- Prepare and preside the organization’s monthly Board of Directors meetings
- Lead the organization’s monthly General Membership Meetings
- Oversee the VPs of Management, Membership, Individual Development,
Communication, and Community, as well as the treasurer and the secretary.
- Help in the appointment of non –elected directors
- Prepare the organization annual budget and submit a quarterly financial report to the board.
- Handle the day-to day administrative affairs of the organization.
- Report to the state and national organizations.
To be eligible for this position, the ideal candidate must be a member of the Omaha Jaycees for at least one year and have served in a VP capacity for the organization.
An active member of the Jaycees since 2018, Katie Bruno currently serves as Vice President of Membership for the Omaha Jaycees. As someone who is passionate about networking and building strong relationships, Katie seeks to engage other young professionals into becoming active community leaders while growing both professionally and personally.
A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Katie moved to Omaha to pursue her education. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration and a Master’s in Investment Management and Financial Analysis, both from Creighton University. A financial advisor for Morey & Quinn Wealth Partners, Katie spends most of her time working with her clients to build customized financial plans and investment strategies.
Outside of the office, she enjoys cheering on the Bluejays, traveling, crafts, and exploring all Omaha has to offer.
Reporting to the President and/or the Board of Directors. This position is responsible for the membership related activities and affairs of the organization.
- Develop growth and retention strategies for the organization
- Lead new members’ orientation; provide them with necessary educational
- Prepare and analyze membership reports
- Contact members prior to their membership expiration dates
- Work with the VP of Communication to promote the organization internally
- Oversea and promote Meet the Jaycees
- Organize social events
- Prepare sign-in sheets
An ideal candidate must be a member of the Omaha Jaycees for at least 9 months and have volunteered for either Meet the Jaycees or any other projects under membership.
Balkissa Mahamane works at Kiewit Corporation as a Business Transformations and Controls Analyst. She owns Excellence Insights LLC, providing organizational and financial services to small businesses thriving for operational excellence. Balkissa also co-owns a commercial cleaning business, 4CleaningSisters LLC.
Her drive for continuous improvement applies to her social life as well, where she promotes entrepreneurship, education and community service. She is a SCORE Volunteer, the Director of Finance for the Africa Leadership Summit 2019 and a fellow of the 2019 class of the New Leaders Council, Omaha Chapter.
Balkissa founded La Grande Académie International Education, a unique human capital development model that supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for Quality Education. This project invites rural communities, from developing nations, into the global, diverse and progressive community of innovation; and equips them with tools and resources enabling them to defy poverty. She is an alumnus of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Program, where she was awarded for La Grande Académie School in Zinder, Niger. Balkissa promotes the Diaspora Cares Network calling the African Diaspora and friends of Africa to collaborate and leverage global resources to inspire their communities.
When taking a break from it all, Balkissa can be found traveling or craft making with her children.
Reporting to the President and/or the Board of Directors. This position is responsible for the volunteer activities and communities projects.
- Coordinate volunteers projects/activities
- Analyze volunteer opportunity requests and provide recommendations to
- Oversee the Omaha Jaycees projects: TOYO Teens, Hometown Holidays, Etc.
- Work with the President/Board to select project chairs
To be eligible for this position, the ideal candidate must be a member of the Omaha
Jaycees for at least 9 months and volunteered for any of the Omaha Jaycees projects.
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Reporting to the President and/or Board of Directors. This position is responsible for the
record keeping and the oversight of the organization’s financial transactions.
- Provide monthly financial reports to the board
- Assist the President in developing budget
- Provide quarterly reports to the COB/ board
- Responsible for account reconciliations, general ledgers, and “checks signing”
- Ensure checks are supported by an approved invoice and two signatures
- Ensure the financial integrity of the organization
Emily Boaz is the current Vice President of Management for the Omaha Jaycees. Originally from sunny San Diego, Emily resides in Omaha with her bordoodle, Charlie. She works as an HCM Product Owner at Kiewit Corporation translating business requirements to developers and implementing new technology systems. During her time with the company, she has successfully managed and completed multiple projects and rollouts that have helped the firm streamline existing processes. One of her proudest accomplishments was earning her CCBA Certification through the International Institute of Business last April.
After earning her bachelor’s degree in business administration, Emily was asked to move to Omaha to take on an assignment with Kiewit that was expected to last only one year. Little did she know at the time, Kiewit had other plans for her. After accepting a full-time position, she began looking for ways to meet other young professionals and get connected with the community. Emily found the Omaha Jaycees. Since joining the organization a few years ago, Emily is using her skills, drive and passion to run and execute projects that help the Omaha community and the Jaycees such as TOYO and Hometown Holidays. She is grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Jaycee’s leadership team and is currently serving as Vice President of Management.
Outside of the Jaycees and Kiewit, Emily volunteers for Teammates mentoring a 5th grade student. Also an avid tennis fan, Emily can be found hitting the courts multiple times a week or watching matches on tv.
Reporting to the President and/or the Board of Directors. This position is
responsible for the development and fundraising efforts of the organization.
- Lead the fundraising committee
- Oversee and promote the Beer & Bacon Festival
- Oversee and assist in the planning of the TOYO awards
- In-charge of ‘Omaha Gives’
An ideal candidate must have been a member of the Omaha Jaycees for at least 9months and volunteered / volunteering for the Beer & Bacon Festival and/or TOYO.
Brent Shishido is currently in his second term as the Vice President of communications. Brent designed and developed the current Omaha Jaycees website.
From Honolulu, Hawaii, Brent moved to Omaha to attend Creighton University where he received a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry, Master’s of Science in Human Anatomy, and is currently working on a Medical Degree. Outside of school, Brent enjoys programming, golfing, and finding new places to eat with his fiance, Brendy.
VP of Communication: Reporting to the President and/or the Board of Directors. This position is responsible for updating and maintaining the website for the organization.
- Updates website
- Manages social media accounts (Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook)
- Engages members for Jaycees events
- Assists board in making announcements to members
An ideal candidate must have been a member of the Omaha Jaycees for at least 9 months and volunteered for any of the Omaha Jaycees projects.