Omaha native Anne Meysenburg, 33, will start in May as the new director of Live Well Omaha, an organization she said is working toward establishing a network “that allows people to be healthy.”
For the past 5½ years, she has led the Kent Bellows Foundation, a nonprofit that lets school students of all backgrounds work with local artists to create artwork, develop critical thinking skills and create public artworks around Omaha, most notably a series of murals along the city's network of trails.
Outside of work, Meysenberg does what she can to support local businesses and nonprofits.
“My husband and I believe strongly in local everything,” Meysenburg said. “Restaurants, businesses, artists. It's a huge part of what we support in this community.”
1. Her 2-year-old golden doodle, Max.
Meysenburg and her husband, David Shreffler, looked for the perfect animal to adopt after they had a tough experience with a dog and had to give it up. They saw Max online and contacted the rescue group immediately.
“Max came over and we hung out with him, and when they were leaving we said we would think about it,” she said. “Then as they were walking with the dog to their car, David ran after them and said we'd take the dog.”
2. Llama pins.
“When my husband and I were getting married, we didn't take the same last name, and we struggled with what our family identity was going to be,” she said. “We had been joking about getting llamas and I kept saying no, and it became a joke.” The couple embraced their private joke and came up with a new identity: Team Llama. The buttons are a favor from the couple's wedding.
3. Book collection.
Meysenburg has always been an avid reader; this is just a small part of her collection. “Lately I've been reading about community building and public health and the ills of the processed food industry,” she said.
4. Bike helmet.
Meysenburg's husband got her a bicycle for her birthday and a helmet to match. “Biking has been an ongoing connection for my mom and I and between me and my city,” she said.
5. Peanut butter.
She can't live without it.
This particular variety, she said, “has cinnamon and raisins and doesn't have a lot of unnatural additives.” Meysenburg got the jar on a trip to New York at Peanut Butter & Co., where she went with a friend.
-- Compiled by Sarah Baker Hansen