Nebraska/Iowa Chapter

Get Involved

Are you interested in volunteering? Give us a call at (402) 505-9901.

Chapter Contacts

Jason Anderson
Executive Director

BaiLeigh Leach
Community Manager

(Take Steps Omaha, Lincoln, Iowa)

Mandi Ersland
Senior Coordinator


2022 Board of Directors





Jim Boulay, Board President, Managing Shareholder, Lutz Financial






Ronna Zylstra, Finance Manager, HDR Inc.






John Gessert, JD, Nominating Chair, VP Concerto Family Office, Union Bank & Trust






Matt Swinton, Sr. VP, District Manager, Kiewit







Lisa Whalen, VP Client Relationships, Fiserv







Darcy Swope, Strategic Account Executive, Blue Cross Blue Shield NE







Mark Lehman, Finance Chair, Vice President, Physicians Mutual








Brent Pfeiffer, General Manager, PVS Structures






Tally Mertes, District Store Director, Hy-Vee







Jennifer Hegemann, VP Finance, Midwest Holding







Dr. Helen Fasanya-Uptagraft, Gastroenterologist, Midwest GI









Dr. Mark Kusek, Gastroenterologist, Children's Hospital







Chris Kline, SVP, Director of HR, Security National Bank






Dr. Katie Hutchins, Gastroenterologist, Nebraska Medicine






Rick Landenberger, President, Hartland Renewable Fuels







Ben Goethel, JD (Emeritus), VP, Sr. Fiduciary Advisor, Wells Fargo








Sam Kline, Manager Risk Assurance, KPMG










Aimee Loats, Nurse Supervisor, Unity Point








Adam Urness, Business Manager, Urness Hardware



Friends of the Foundation

Our Friends of the Foundation are companies who significantly invest in the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, Nebraska/Iowa Chapter. Special thank you to Midwest GI, Children's Hospital & Medical Center, Gastroenterology Specialties, and Kiewit for their commitment to our cause. If your company is interested in becoming a Friend of the Foundation, please contact Aaron at [email protected].


Camp Oasis

A fun place for learning, playing and healing... join us for summer camp! Learn more HERE.

Join A Committee

We are currently recruiting volunteers to assist us in planning our programs and events. If you are interested in being a part of a planning committee email [email protected].


Workplace Giving

Choosing the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation as the recipient of your workplace giving campaign is one very important way you can help find a cure for digestive disease. The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation is a member of Community Health Charities/Combined Health Agencies Drive (CHAD). 


Nebraska Combined Federal Campaign Contributor Choice #54818

Iowa Community Health Charities Contributor Choice #76035

Donate Stock

We accept stocks as donations, if you are interested in learning about this program, please contact the Nebraska/Iowa Chapter office today at (402) 505-9901, x3. 


Team Challenge Endurance Training Program

Run or walk a half marathon, train for a triathlon, or ride in a great cycling event at one our amazing destination races while raising vital funds for research. Join Team Challenge today!

To learn about Team Challenge, please visit!


spin4 crohn's & colitis cures

Join our #partyonabike and #pedalwithpurpose as we have the #power2cure. Join spin4 crohn's & colitis cures today!



268 N 115th Street, Suite 2
Omaha, NE 68154
United States


(402) 505-9901
(888) 422-3266

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