President's Message
Community Council Members

Today, our Community Council, which consists of 12 influential leaders, is helping us create innovative changes in health care. We work closely with them to ensure we are meeting the community's evolving heath care needs. We stand with them, working together, to help Nebraskans build healthier lives and honoring the spirit of our early health care pioneers.

Robert Barth

Robert Barth is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Ameritas Life Insurance Corporation. Bob is a Certified Public Accountant and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Nebraska.

   
Russell Bayer Russell Bayer is the Chief Financial Officer and co-owner of Data Support Systems, Inc. Russell received his Master of Science degree in Business Administration from Boston University. He serves as Chair for the Council.

 

 

Mark Butler, MD

Mark Butler, MD, is a family medicine physician with Family Health Physicians. Dr. Butler graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and did his residency with the Lincoln Medical Education Foundation Family Practice Program.

 

 

Bob Caldwell

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Bob Caldwell is President and COO of WRK Real Estate, LLC. Bob has a law degree and a Master of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska. He serves on the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Board, Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development, Lincoln Children’s Zoo Board, Capital Casualty Board, and the Board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka where he serves as Vice Chairman.

 

 

Juan N. Franco

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Juan Franco is Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. He is also serving as Interim Executive Director of Nebraska Campus Compact. Juan received his Ph.D. in counseling and guidance from New Mexico State University.

 

 

 

Deepak Gangahar, MD

Deepak Gangahar, MD, is a thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon and President of Nebraska Heart Institute and Nebraska Heart Hospital.

 

 

Rick Lange

Rick Lange is a former partner in the law firm Rembolt Ludtke. LLP, where he is now of counsel. Rick earned his law degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law.

 

 

Keith May

Keith May is the Executive Vice President of the lending division at Union Bank & Trust Company. Keith earned his graduate degree in banking from the University of Washington.

 

 

Steve Navin

Steve Navin is a 37-year veteran of the banking industry; most recently he served as a regional President for Wells Fargo. Steve earned a graduate degree in banking from Southern Methodist University. 

 

 

Natalie Peetz 

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Natalie Peetz is president of Peetz & Company, a government relations firm providing consulting services for federal, state and local issues. A graduate of the University of Nebraska, Natalie served with Governor Kay Orr and spent thirteen years as Vice President for Public Policy at the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce.

 

 

Eric W. Pierson, MD 

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Eric Pierson, MD, is a neurosurgeon in Lincoln, Nebraska. He completed his residency in neurological surgery at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine and is certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery. In addition, he is a clinical associate professor of neurosurgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.