Board of Directors
I am a proud dad, husband, and the president of Nora's Nation! After seeing all of the joy and happiness that gifts brought to Nora I had a vision to bring that joy to others as well. My goal is to bring a bright spot to children during a time of despair. While Nora's journey has definitely been a life changing circumstance I continually try to push forward while finding strength from God. It has been incredible what God and Nora have taught me throughout the years.
I am currently a 3rd grade teacher at Woodbrook Elementary within the Elkhorn Public School District and a middle school track and field coach. Prior to teaching I had been a manager and personal trainer at personal training facilities for 15 years.
I really enjoy being able to spend time with my family; especially my two daughters! Besides spending time with my family I enjoy being active and I am a huge Iowa Hawkeyes fan!
I am the mother of survivor Nora. I have been personally impacted by childhood cancer, and have walked alongside dozens of other families through their journey as well. I am excited to be a part of Nora’s Nation to positively impact the lives of local pediatric cancer warriors.
I have been a Registered Nurse for 9 years at Nebraska Medicine. I am currently practicing as a Nurse Practitioner at Nebraska Medicine.
While I do not have a lot of experience in the nonprofit world, our family has been positively impacted by many organizations. We have seen first hand the joy and relief that this support can bring, and I am looking forward to having the opportunity to impact others in this same way.
As a Board member of Nora’s Nation I hope to enhance the organizations ability to be efficient, raise money and execute on our mission.
I currently wear many hats; Dad, Husband, Realtor, Landlord and Investor. After completing my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, I took on a variety of sales roles that allowed me to build a portfolio of investment properties and inspire others to do the same. I now spend a majority of my working hours helping clients grow their investment portfolios and personally investing in real estate rehab projects that turn terrible properties in to beautifully renovated homes for Omaha families. Within these roles, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a lot of supportive and successful people that I intend to convert to supporters of our cause.
Elaine serves as the Vice President of Administration at Goodwill. She has nearly 25 years of experience in the finance industry, and previously she was the COO at the Strategic Air Command (SAC) & Aerospace Museum. Elaine has also held several controller positions where she oversaw finance departments at multiple locations with budgets in excess of $50 million. Her expertise includes financial analysis, budgeting and strategic planning.
Although she has worked at for-profit businesses for the majority of her career, Elaine has spent the past eight years working for nonprofit organizations. She is an operations-focused leader who consistently looks to improve efficiencies and transparency for both internal and external customers.
I am passionate to be a part of Nora’s Nation, as I know firsthand the difference and positive impact that special gifts can have on young pediatric cancer patients who are in the fight of their lives. My 3 year old daughter, Lia, is battling pediatric cancer and is a friend of Nora’s. Nora has given our family so much inspiration and hope while we were new to the pediatric cancer world and learning to navigate our new normal. I will never forget Nora showing us around the Infusion Center where the patients receive chemo and being a “mother hen” to my daughter, who looks up to Nora so much.
I currently work for LinkedIn where I have been for 4 years. I specialize in our Recruiter suite of products for talent acquisition. Prior to starting at LinkedIn, I worked for 6 years in the healthcare staffing industry. My other full-time job is as a “Momcologist”, which keeps me very busy. Thankfully, my daughter is scheduled to end treatment in January 2022.
I am excited to be a part of paying hope and joy forward to others that we have received from organizations, who brought us light to the darkest of times, and to help be a part of changing the mindset of what a “cancerversary” can and should be to a family battling pediatric cancer. I want to help families celebrate their young warriors -- their bravery and resiliency -- and how far they have come on their cancerversary, instead of it being a day full of grief. I am looking forward to lifting their spirits and celebrating these truly inspirational warriors.
Deb has more than 30 years of marketing, communications, public relations and development experience. She is the Marketing Director for CUES Fund, a non-profit organization serving three inner-city schools. Prior to that, she was responsible for all marketing efforts at Cobalt Credit Union and directed marketing, sales, and development efforts at SAC Aerospace Museum. She held roles in business development at BH Media and communications positions at ConAgra Foods.
She attended Central High School in Omaha, Nebraska and focused on business administration at the University of Nebraska Omaha with an emphasis in marketing. Deb has three children - Amber, Jake, and Ali.
Her favorite activities include spending time with her two grandchildren - Nora and Addy Saltsgaver.