Nebraska/Iowa Chapter

Get Involved

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

Chapter Contacts

Aaron Castens
Executive Director

BaiLeigh Leach
Community Manager

(Take Steps Omaha, Lincoln, Iowa)

Mandi Ersland
Senior Coordinator


2021 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






Jim Ewoldt, Store Director, Hy-Vee







Dr. Helen Fasanya-Uptagraft, Gastroenterologist, Midwest GI









Dr. Mark Kusek, Gastroenterologist, Children's Hospital







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




Ben Bemis, Sr. Vice President, American National Bank






Matt Stahr, President, Vital Decisions







Sam Kline, Manager Risk Assurance, KPMG







James Jones, Owner, AZYMTH









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 and Children's Hospital & Medical Center 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!


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



3606 N. 156th Street, #176
Omaha, NE 68116
United States


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

Upcoming Events


MyIBD Learning Webinar

May 20, 2021



Omaha Take Steps presented by Baxter Auto

June 5, 2021

Papillion, NE


Iowa Take Steps presented by QTC-QSI

June 26, 2021

Des Moines, IA


Lincoln Take Steps

September 25, 2021

Lincoln, NE
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