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Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, MSLIS

Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, MSLIS, is the Community Outreach Liaison for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region. Her office is located at Creighton University’s Health Sciences Library. She is responsible for developing health information programs for underserved and vulnerable populations in six states, through developing effective and efficient partnerships with community groups. She created the “Bringing Health Information to the Community” web log that serves as a clearinghouse of information for grant information, web sites, and resources on public health, HIV/AIDS and more. Her content generation also includes web pages for minority health and low income populations. In 2005, Siobhan was named by Library Journal as one of the “Movers and Shakers” in the country. She also received the University of Illinois Graduate School of Information Science “Health Sciences Information Award” in 2003.


Susan Maheux

Sue Maheux has an extensive background in human resources and community education. She received a bachelor’s of science degree in psychology from Louisiana State University. She served as Director of Religious Education for four years at her church and then over a 12-year period with the Nebraska Methodist Hospital, held numerous positions in Human Resources. She has been Director of Employee Relations with Nebraska Methodist Health System since 1996. Sue is a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. She is a trained mediator and a graduate of the Center for Human Diversity Focus on Cultural Competency program. She joined the CHD Board because it provided an opportunity to use her skills and knowledge to promote cultural competence and diversity and continue to make a difference in people’s lives.


Beth Furlong, RN, Ph.D, JD

Beth Furlong is Associate Professor, School of Nursing, and Faculty Associate, Center for Health Policy and Ethics, Creighton University. She is a nurse, has a doctorate in Political Science and a Juris Doctorate. Her passion has been Community Health Nursing since 1971. She has had extensive experience in international nursing, including two Fulbright Fellowships in Jordan and Hungary; bioethics instruction in Lithuania, Republic of Georgia and Azerbaijan for the Open Society and Albert Schweitzer Institute; as well as consultant and conference presenter in many other nations including Poland. Dr. Furlong maintains involvement with a long list of civic and community organizations and along with the Center for Human Diversity (CHD) Board, is on the boards of the Visiting Nurse Association, Seven Oaks Housing, and the President’s Advisory Council for the University of Nebraska. Dr. Furlong considers working with CHD a community service and excellent continuation of her own education and development as a culturally competent, valued participant in the global community.


Michael L. Green

Michael L. Green is President and Chief Investment Officer of EverGreen Capital Management, Inc., a company he founded in 1989. He received a bachelor’s of science degree in economics and marketing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1970, where he also was co-captain of the Cornhuskers Big 8 and SunBowl championship team. His career trajectory began with eight years at the Omaha National Bank (now US Bank), during which time he obtained his Masters in Business Administration degree. Then he spent nine years as financial management at Enron Corp. and two more with Kirkpatrick, Pettis, Smith, Polian, Inc. In 1989, EverGreen Capital Management, Inc. became Nebraska’s first and only minority-owned registered investment advisor, specializing in managing assets for institutional clients. Michael developed an internship program to give minority college students experience in his sector of the financial services profession and has guide a number of young men and women on to successful careers. In 1993, he received the Business Excellence Achievement Award from the UNL College of Business; in 1997; he received the Western Heritage Museum’s African American Award. He currently is serving on a number of committees and boards, including the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee, Education Quest Foundation Board, and Chairman Tech High Auditorium Restoration Committee.


Freddie Gray

Freddie Gray is the Operations Director for Project Impact, a video production company she owns and operates with her husband. She is also an independent consultant in business management. Long-recognized for her involvement in her community, she has served or currently serves on an extensive list of key organizational boards including, the Omaha Public School Board, Douglas County Board of Health, the Omaha Public Schools District African American Achievement Council, John Beasley Theater Board of Directors, Nebraska Minority Public Health Association, Omaha Area Perinatal “Baby Blossoms” Collaborative Fetal Infant Mortality Review Team, Omaha Schools Foundation Board of Directors, grant review panelist for the Nebraska Arts Council, and many more. Freddie is a founding member of the Affinity Council (citywide coalition of African American, Latino and Native Americans who address the issue of equitable education for all students) and she is a Great Plains Public Health Leadership Institute scholar. A native of Omaha, Freddie brings her superlative history and of community involvement and social activist network to the mission and vision of the Center for Human Diversity.


Marta Nieves, MSW

Marta Nieves, founder of Journey Consulting, is a human and organizational development consultant with more than 22 years experience in teaching and training clients on delivering extraordinary customer relations and how to create a more productive work environment. Bi-lingual in Spanish and English, Marta is well-known for her work with diverse populations and styles. She is a veteran facilitator in cultural competence, change management, conflict resolution, team work and personal styles analysis (Myers Briggs). Marta has more than 17 years experience with not-for-profit organizations that include Girl Scouts, Girls Inc. and the National Conference for Community and Justice. In the for-profit arena, she served for 11 years as Director of Organizational and Staff Development at United Healthcare of the Midlands. Marta received a bachelor degree from Bellevue University, a master of social work degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and holds certifications in Neuro-linguistic programming. She currently is president of The Nebraska Federation of Business and Professional Women, Inc.; is an active member of Latinas Unidas, Nebraska’s leading organization for professional Latino women; and Nebraska Children and Families Foundation board. In 2004, Marta received the YWCA of Omaha Woman of Vision Award in the category of Human Service/Community Advocate. In 2005, she received the American Business Women’s Association Humanitarian Award.


Frank L. Hayes, CPA

Frank Hayes is founder and president of Hayes & Associates, LLC, a full service Certified Public Accounting and Consulting firm he founded in October 1983. He received a bachelor’s of science degree in Business Administration, Accounting from Creighton University in 1975. His post-graduate education includes completion of the Clark Atlanta University Small Business Executive Education Program in 1994; Dartmouth College Minority Business Executive Program in 1995 and a minimum of 40 hours of continuing professional education annually.

Today Hayes holds an Investment Advisor (Series 65) license and has more than 30 years of providing financial, management and tax planning strategies to individuals, businesses, not-for-profits and governmental agencies. His career includes four years service with the Internal Revenue Service (1975-1979) and four years with Golberg-Shrier Certified Public Accountants (1979-1983). His areas of expertise include performing audits, preparing financial statements and tax returns, developing financial and tax planning strategies, assisting with the development of business plans and providing human resource management consulting to a diverse list of clientele. Hayes has received “The Rotary Club Free Enterprise Award,” “Nebraska Society of CPAs Public Service Award” and the “Otto Swanson Spirit of Service Award, National Conference.” He is serving on or has served on the Creighton University Board of Trustees, Federal Reserve, Omaha District Office, Omaha Chamber of Commerce, 100 Black Men of America Executive Committee and the Nebraska Educational Finance Authority.