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O'Neill Heinrich Damkroger Bergmeyer & Schultz P.C.

Benjamin J. Wischnowski named Shareholder The law firm of O'Neill Heinrich Damkroger Bergmeyer & Shultz, P.C., L.L.O. is pleased to announce that Benjamin J. Wischnowski has been named as a shareholder in the firm. Ben has a business and estate planning practice which focuses on assisting clients with commercial transactions, corporate law, real estate transactions, business succession and estate planning issues. Ben graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2009, and received his law degree, with distinction, from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2012. O'Neill Heinrich Damkroger Bergmeyer & Shultz, P.C., L.L.O. provides legal services in the areas of business law, estate planning, real estate, banking, government, labor relations, employment and commercial litigation.

Children's Hospital & Medical Center

Kody Moffatt, M.D., Named Division Chief of Pediatric Sports Medicine Kody Moffatt, M.D., M.S., has been appointed division chief of Pediatric Sports Medicine at Children's Hospital & Medical Center. Dr. Moffatt has served as director of Children's Sports Medicine since 2013. With his additional experience as a pediatrician and athletic trainer, Dr. Moffatt helps guide and develop sports medicine policy on a state and national level as an advisor to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Nebraska School Activities Association. Kari Simonsen, M.D., MBA, pediatrician-in-chief and senior vice president of Pediatric Services at Children's, and chair of the UNMC Department of Pediatrics, announced the appointment on Jan. 1, 2021. "I'm excited to welcome Dr. Moffatt as division chief of Pediatric Sports Medicine," said Dr. Simonsen. "We look forward to his continued commitment to building our Sports Medicine program and working in collaboration with our Orthopedic Surgery and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation partners." "Dr. Moffatt's leadership in our community for many years positions him for success and his expertise will allow us to develop a formal training program to advance the science of pediatric sports medicine," said Christopher Maloney, M.D., Ph.D., executive vice president, chief clinical officer and physician-in-chief.

Mueller Robak LLC

Mueller Robak LLC Matthew T. Schaefer Timothy G. Hruza Mueller Robak LLC Nebraska's premier lobbying and government relations firm is pleased to announce that Matthew T. Schaefer and Timothy G. Hruza have become partners of the firm. Matthew T. Schaefer joined the firm in 2010 after graduating from the University of Nebraska College of Law with high distinction. Matt works with a broad range of clients, from some of Nebraska's most respected homegrown businesses to national technology companies that bring new innovations to the state. Matt also advises hospitals, professional associations, and political subdivisions on challenging public policy matters. Timothy G. Hruza joined the firm in 2018. Prior to joining the firm, Tim served as legal counsel to the Nebraska Legislature's Judiciary Committee. A graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Law with distinction, Tim spent three years in private law practice before becoming legal counsel to a Lincoln-based business association. In addition to his effective policy work, Tim is a regular contributor on Lincoln's news and talk radio station 1400 KLIN where he provides commentary and insight on national, state, and local political and sports news. Since 1985, Mueller Robak LLC has led some of the most complex legislative issues in Nebraska. Mueller Robak LLC is the largest and one of the most respected government relations firms in the region. The firm is ranked by U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" as a first-tier firm in Government Relations Practice, the highest possible ranking, and firm members William J. Mueller and Kim M. Robak each have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America in the field of Government Relations Law.

Awards

National Association of Insurance & Finanial Advisors

National Association of Insurance & Finanial Advisors

National Association of Insurance & Finanial Advisors

Terry Headley Receives Life Insurance Industry's Highest Honor John Newton Russell Memorial Award Chair, Paul Dougherty, presents Terry Headley the 2020 Award on December 4, 2020. The 2020 John Newton Russell Memorial Award was presented to Terry Headley, LUTCF, FSS on December 4, 2020 by the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. This is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an individual in the life insurance and financial planning industry. The award recognizes a lifetime of professional excellence, service to the industry and a commitment to ethical conduct. Terry K. Headley entered the life insurance business in January 1973 at age 19. He is the youngest Agent ever inducted into the Principal Financial Group Hall of Fame and has 45 consecutive Club qualifications. He is a Qualifying and Life Member of MDRT and consistent Court of the Table Qualifier. Terry held every office in the NAIFA-Nebraska chapter. He was inducted into the NAIFA-Omaha Hall of Fame and received the NAIFA-Nebraska Distinguished Service Award. He served in various rolls on the national level including serving as NAIFA's national President in 2010-2011. He has been interviewed by several major print media, appeared on Fox News and testified before numerous congressional committees, state legislatures, and state and federal regulatory agencies to provide expert testimony. Most recently, he testified at the White House on the Department of Labor fiduciary rule. He was named by Investment News as one of the "20 Most Powerful People" in financial services for 2011.

American Physical Therapy Association Nebraska Chapter

American Physical Therapy Association Nebraska Chapter

Nikki Sleddens 2020 Achievement in Education Award American Physical Therapy Association Nebraska Chapter Congratulations to Nikki Sleddens, APTA Nebraska's 2020 Achievement in Education Award recipient. This award honors a member who's made service contributions to PT and the association by developing and delivering education experiences, improving the profession. Nikki is Director of Clinical Education for the UNMC PT program and has worked tirelessly in developing and engaging clinicians on state and national levels.

American Physical Therapy Association Nebraska

American Physical Therapy Association Nebraska

Dr. Lisa Black Mary Ellen Sacksteder Award American Physical Therapy Association Nebraska Dr. Lisa Black is APTA Nebraska's 2020 Mary Ellen Sacksteder Award recipient the association's highest honor. Black has distinguished herself in the area of clinical education serving as Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education at Creighton University. She's a nationally known credentialed clinical education trainer for practicing clinicians. She's held many national positions within APTA's Academy of Education. She's spent thousands of hours over 16 years practicing and teaching community-based health promotion skills benefitting dozens of community partners. She was named "Physical Therapy Educator of the Year" by physical therapy students recognizing her teaching and scholarship. She's demonstrated a strong record of collaboration and has published several peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. She's been involved in a national, multi-site study that describes novice to expert clinical reasoning in practice is innovative and longitudinal in nature, allowing future scholarly impact. Her expertise in clinical education and reasoning earned her the APTA Academy of Education's "Stanford Award." She's a most humble, mission centered role model for students and established clinicians.

American Physical Therapy Association - Nebraska

American Physical Therapy Association - Nebraska

Karen Abboud 2020 Physical Therapist Assistant Clinical Excellence Award American Physical Therapy Association - Nebraska Chapter Congratulations to Karen Abboud, APTA NE's PTA Clinical Excellence Award recipient. This award recognizes a PTA who's respected by peers, active in our state association, and contributes to PT in education, management, patient care or research. Abboud is known for her years as PTA Caucus representative and her work as the current Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education for Clarkson College.

Appointments

A new leader has joined Nebraska Medicine. Chief Financial Officer Stephanie Daubert announced the hiring of Bryce Brackle as the inaugural vice president of Finance for Nebraska Medicine. "I am absolutely thrilled to be joining Nebraska Medicine," says Brackle. "To join an organization that takes such tremendous pride in everything they do is very exciting. Every single person I have conversed with thus far clearly has a strong passion for Nebraska Medicine, and I can't wait to share that passion." "Bryce will drive Innovation with 'why' questions and challenge our way of thinking, in a good way," says Daubert. "He will bring a different mindset, skill set and tool set which will accelerate the development and execution of important strategies for the health system." Brackle comes to Nebraska Medicine after spending 16 years at TD Ameritrade where he most recently served as director of retail finance. He brings a comprehensive background in corporate finance and operations financial support, leading teams, and developing and executing financial strategies. "Growing up, I always wanted to be in health care, and I went to college with the intent of pursuing that dream," says Brackle. "I ended up developing an affinity for finance in college, received a degree in finance, and worked in financial services for 16 years. Now that I am shifting back to health care, I am excited about the opportunity to blend finance and health care together." Brackle's first day with Nebraska Medicine was Jan. 4.

New Hires

The Harry A. Koch Co.

The Harry A. Koch Co. is pleased to announce they have hired Joe Broekemeier as Sales Executive and Ag Director. Joe Broekemeier has 10 years of experience in commercial insurance with a majority of his time spent helping clients in the agriculture industry. At The Koch Co., Joe serves as the director of our agriculture division where he helps clients plan for the future and adapt to changes in the industry. Joe enjoys meeting the hard working people who keep our country moving and learning from their experiences firsthand. Joe has spent a majority of his life in small town Nebraska, his move to The Koch Co. has allowed him to return, and he is excited to be back. Joe is passionate about coaching and mentoring youth, because of the rewarding experience it is to watch them learn and develop lasting skills. He also enjoys time with family whether it is a birthday, Nebraska football watch party, or other fun event. Founded in 1916, The Harry A. Koch Co. is a local, privately owned insurance agency and broker with offices in Omaha and Lincoln. The Koch Co. team understands the value of trust, integrity, and knowledge when providing quality risk management and insurance services in the areas of Commercial Insurance, Employee Benefits, Surety Bonds, Personal Insurance, and Loss Control. We employ over 130 professionals and are within the top 10 largest bank-owned insurance agencies in the United States. Visit www.hakco.com to learn more about The Koch Co.

Promotions

Hancock Dana announces promotions Conner Hardy Cecilia London Tatiana Credit Ben Varilek Jesse Brickner Jeff Faltys Connor Mullen Dan Torczon After interning with Hancock Dana for the past year, Conner Hardy has been promoted to Associate and will start full time with the firm. A recent graduate of the University of Nebraska Omaha with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration in Accounting, Conner will focus on preparing individual income tax returns and expanding his technical knowledge and skills. Cecilia London has been promoted to Associate at Hancock Dana. London joined the firm in 2018 as an intern and has gained experience in preparing individual and business income tax returns along with involvement in the firm's accounting & auditing line of business. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska Omaha with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration in Accounting and recently completing a master's degree this semester. London is working toward her CPA license and has completed one section of the exam thus far. After completing an internship with Hancock Dana, Tatiana Credit was hired as a full-time associate in 2019. She has increased her skills and responsibilities with both tax and audit engagements in the past year and has been promoted to Senior Associate. Credit is a graduate of the University of Nebraska Omaha with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration in Accounting and a master's degree in Accounting as well. Throughout 2020 she studied and completed all sections of the CPA exam. Ben Varilek has been promoted to Senior Associate with Hancock Dana after joining the firm last year. With the growth of the firm's Client Advisory Services line of business, Varilek has been heavily involved in prospective client meetings. In addition to his skills in preparing individual and business income tax returns, he is a member of the firm's data analytics team. After joining the firm in 2014 as an intern, Jesse Brickner has been promoted to Manager. A University of Nebraska Omaha graduate, Brickner has been integral in the firm's scheduling committee and tax line of business, as well as recruiting. He has taken on a role as a coach for several staff members this past year. As an experienced CPA, Brickner works with individuals and closely-held businesses with tax planning and implementation of strategies for long term success. A graduate of Wayne State College, Jeff Faltys has been promoted to Manager. With many years of CPA experience, Faltys works with individuals and small to mid-sized businesses to build efficient tax strategies and accounting structures. He has been actively involved in outside business development groups, along with many firm initiatives such as the scheduling committee and tax line of business. In 2020, Faltys has taken on the role as a coach for several staff members to further expand their professional skills. Connor Mullen has been promoted to Manager. As a graduate of Creighton University and a seasoned CPA, Mullen works closely with individuals and businesses to minimize current and future tax burdens. In 2020, he was been involved in a variety of training for new staff and accepted a role as a coach for the newest staff. Connor has been an integral piece in the firm's scheduling committee, tax line of business, and implementing new firm processes. With more than 14 years of experience, Dan Torczon has been promoted to Partner. After joining the firm in 2016, Torczon has been involved with a variety of firm initiatives including the scheduling and tax line of business committees along with involvement in the recruitment of new hires. As an experienced CPA, Dan works closely with S-corporations and partnerships on tax planning and tax return filings while also managing large audit engagements.

Assurity announces promotions in legal, marketing departments

  Assurity is pleased to announce the promotion of Jill Fiddler to vice president, general counsel & secretary and Scott Zagurski to vice president marketing & digital experience.

In her new role, Fiddler oversees Assurity's legal matters, focusing on regulatory interpretation and guidance, commercial contracts, and privacy and security law. She joined Assurity in January 2019 following more than a dozen years at Woods | Aitken LLP, where she earned partner status. While attending the University of Nebraska College of Law, Fiddler served as managing editor of the Nebraska Law Review.

Since joining Assurity in July 2016 as senior director of marketing, Zagurski has been the architect of several projects to enhance the company's digital marketing and fulfillment capabilities, as well as the company's 2019 rebranding efforts. He previously held marketing, digital media and web roles with Baxter Auto and Mutual of Omaha.

"We are fortunate to have associates of Jill and Scott's caliber and experience working for us in these important roles," said Tom Henning, chairman, president and CEO. "I know under their leadership, these areas of the company will continue to significantly contribute to the company's success."

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