Get to know our Board of Directors!
When did you join the Board of Directors?
Any position you currently hold on the board/have held on the board:
What are you most proud of accomplishing during your time on the board? If you’re one of the newest members on the board, what do you hope to accomplish?
Being one of the newest board members, I am looking for being able to bring diverse voices, diverse faces, and be an inclusive museum. I have also been a part of one of the upcoming exhibits called Game On. Super excited about leaving a mark in the Omaha community.
I was born in Los Angeles, But Omaha is life.
What things interested you as a child?
WWF wrestling and skateboarding. I was so deep into Tony Hawk and trying to do a kickflip. I'm actually still involved in the skateboarding community. What brought me into the skateboarding community is the camaraderie on wanting to land a trick or learning something new. It's a sight to see.
What did you want to be when you grow up?
I wanted to be the next Michael Jordan... but I realized that was over when I couldn't jump more than 6 inches off the ground... I am also 5'9.
What was your first job?
My first job was at Dillard's in Council Bluffs, Iowa. I was a Men's Shoe Salesman.
What do you do now?
I am currently working in Digital Advertising. I work on accounts like Walmart, Walgreens, JC Penney to name a few. I work toward hitting their goals, reaching a new audience, and also pitch new ad formats.
Tell us about your family:
I have two daughters. A 6-year-old named Camila and a fiery 2-year-old named Elena.
They are my world. Camila is in ballet and loves to pirouette when asked to. Also, she doesn't know how to skip. Which is adorable to me. Currently, she is working on her own fashion line featuring Barbie as her top model. In April she wants to have a lemonade stand! Elena is learning how to count to 10. How could I forget my dog son, Omar. my 9 month old Boston Terrier. He is a joy to have.
Share a memory you have of visiting Omaha Children’s Museum:
I think this is more a memory of Camila's, but she loves two places, school and the Children's Museum. When we are heading Downtown she knows we are heading to the Children's Museum. She somehow KNOWS. With that being said, I know this Museum has left a great impression on her.
What are three words that best describe Omaha Children’s Museum:
Quality, Embrace, Learn.
When did you join the Board of Directors? 2019
Any position you currently hold on the board/have held on the board: Development Committee
What are you most proud of accomplishing during your time on the board? I am proud to be able to provide strategic communication counsel that supports the Museum's growth and image during this time. In addition, I am still proud to have lead the Guild to its largest, most successful Benefit in terms of revenue raised.
Your hometown: Omaha, NE
What things interested you as a child? Exploring outdoors, reading, being active and challenged. Pushing forward to advance to the next challenge, going to camp in Colorado for five weeks at a time starting at the age of 10 and working to raise the money to pay for myself to go. :)
What did you want to be when you grew up? A veterinarian or sports nutritionist
What was your first job? Babysitting newborn triplets and a 1 year-old toddler. Then cashier at Champs Sporting Goods.
What do you do now? I own a Lifestyle Public Relations firm with national-based clients. I employ 15 women across the country and have mastered the art of working from home and encouraging my team to do the same - working a flexible schedule to maximize efficiency with client projects for maximum impact.
Tell us about your family: I will celebrate my 15 year anniversary this summer to my Texan husband Chase. We moved to Omaha 9 years ago, and the OCM Benefit was the first non-profit event we attended. I am the mother of three children - ages 12, 9 and 6.
Share a memory you have of visiting Omaha Children's Museum: I visited many times as a child, but my most memorable was with Christopher Reeve and the dinosaurs.
What are three words that best describe Omaha Children's Museum? Imagination. Joy. Inspiration.
Sherman P. Willis
When did you join the Board of Directors? January of 2016.
Any position you currently hold on the board/have held on the board: Board President; Past Secretary/Governance Chair
What are you most proud of accomplishing during your time on the board? Further diversifying the Board and Staff
Your hometown: Houston, TX
What things interested you as a child? Reading, cooking, school organizations
What did you want to be when you grew up? An attorney
What was your first job? Telemarketer for a tuxedo shop
What do you do now? State Farm agent, adjunct professor at Creighton Law School, adjunct instructor at Metropolitan Community College
Tell us about your family: Married for 17 1/2 years, with three kids: Cicely - 10; Titus - 7; Leonard - 4
Share a memory you have of visiting Omaha Children's Museum: My wife and I first visited OCM in 2010 when she was expecting our first child. We attended a fair for new and expecting mothers. We knew then that OCM was a special place and that we were very fortunate to have such a gem in Omaha. Coincidentally, we also met several people that day who would set in motion my eventual service on the OCM Board.
What are three words that best describe Omaha Children's Museum? Resilient, foundational, anchor
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