2012 Annual Meeting

UNO Alumni Association conducts annual meeting,
Appoints new board members and executive leadership

The UNO Alumni Association conducted its 100th annual meeting May 22 on the UNO campus, confirming its executive committee and electing new members to serve on its board of directors.

The university’s first graduating class, composed of 11 graduates, founded the Association at a banquet June 6, 1913. The Association is planning events and initiatives in celebration of its 2013 centennial anniversary.

Garrett Anderson (pictured) will direct the Alumni Association as 2012-13 chairman of the board. Owner of Anderson Print Group in Omaha, he earned an MBA from UNO in 1996 and joined the alumni board in 2008. Anderson is the 89th graduate to chair the Association board.

An annual retrospect presented at the meeting documented another successful year of growing the UNO alumni network (see http://unoalumni.org/2011-12review). For the third consecutive year the Association increased the number of direct contacts with alumni and students, topping 12,000 connections in 2011-12. Three event/programming projects the Association staged also earned awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education for a second straight year. Two of them were gold awards. The association’s communications also topped nearly 2 million impressions.

An Outstanding Service Award also was issued at the meeting to Kevin Munro (1986, AAA Nebraska), outgoing past chairman. He had served on the board since 2005 and was chairman in 2011. Director Appreciation Awards were issued to outgoing board members Dave Andersen (1977, retired) Steve Frantz (1983, Tributary Capital Management) and Jim Temme (1984, University of Nebraska Medical Center).

Executive leadership and new/renewed member information follows.

2012-13 Executive Committee    

Chairman of the Board
Garrett Anderson (1996), Anderson Print Group

Past Chairman
Laura Kapustka (1984, 1991), Lincoln Electric System

First Vice Chairman
Andy Rikli (2007), Westside Community Schools

Second Vice Chairman
David Craft (1990, 1992), Wells Fargo


Sarah Waldman (1994), Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Laurie Ruge (2001), Gordmans Management Company

Legal Advisor
Lou Anne Rinn (1977), Union Pacific Railroad

President & CEO
Lee Denker, UNO Alumni Association

First-Term Confirmations    

Chris Denney
Asst. Vice President, Treasury Services, Mutual of Omaha Bank
2005 BA in Business

Allen C. Hansen
Senior Vice President, Community Banking/Commercial Real Estate, First National Bank
1984 BS in Business


Shari Munro
Senior Manager, Frankel Zacharia LLC, CPA
1986 BS in Business

Steve Schmitz
Division Manager, information Technology, OPPD
1995 BCS, 2008 MBA

Second-Term Confirmations    

Susie Melliger
Principal, Aldrich Elementary School
1980 BS in Educational Administration, 1983 MS in Elementary Education


John Jesse
Associate Vice President for Finance, Creighton University
1984 BS in Business, 1990 MBA

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