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Meet the 2022 Award Recipients 

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The Bloc would like to thank all the nominees, nominators, and all our community partners and supporters. Only the nominees who stood out in their categories received the award but all the nominees are leading the way in our community and deserved the nomination. Last but not least, thank you to the Judges Committee and all our sponsors.

The Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Nancy Williams

Nancy Williams Company & Title: Co-Founder & CEO at No More Empty Pots

2022 Award Recipients

Yolanda Barney

Yolanda Barney Company & Title: Co-Publisher Revive Magazine Categories: Community

Sen. Tom Brewer

Sen. Tom Brewer Company & Title: Nebraska Senator District 43 Categories: Community

Willie Barney

Willie Barney Company & Title: President at Empowerment Network and WDB Resultants Categories: Community

Kim Mickelsen

Kim Mickelsen Company & Title: CEO at Bozell Categories: Business

Commissioner James Cavanaugh

Commissioner James P. Cavanaugh Company & Title: Douglas County Commissioner Categories: Community

Mayor Jean Stothert

Jean Stothert Company & Title: Mayor of City of Omaha Categories: Community

Wendy Goldberg

Wendy Goldberg Company & Title: Executive Director at Tri-Faith Initiative Categories: Community

Nancy Williams

Nancy Williams Company & Title: Co-Founder & CEO at No More Empty Pots Categories: Community

Ricky Simmons

Ricky Simmons Company & Title: Motivational Speaker/President at RCS Triumph Foundation Categories: Business

Glenn Johnson

Glenn Johnson Company & Title: Retired/Former General Manager at Lower Platte South Natural Resources District Categories: Community

Tracey Pearson

Tracey Pearson Company & Title: CEO Youth Care & Beyond, Inc. Categories: Business

Dr. Randy Bretz

Dr. Randy Bretz Company & Title: TEDx Lincoln Curator & Professor at Wesleyan University Categories: Community

John Chapo

John Chapo Company & Title: President Emeritus at Lincoln Zoo Categories: Community

Lisa Lee

Lisa Lee Company & Title: Lead Programmer for International Exchanges Lincoln Council for International Visitors Categories: Community

Commissioner Mary Ann Borgeson

Commissioner Mary Ann Borgeson Company & Title: Chair of Douglas County Board of Commissioners Categories: Community

Todd Duncan

Todd Duncan Company & Title: Chairman of Duncan Aviation Categories: Community

Robert Magoola

Robert Magoola Company & Title: Rector at UNL Categories: Community

Mark McHargue

Mark McHargue Company & Title: President of Nebraska Farm Bureau Categories: Business

Dr. Archie Clutter

Dr. Archie Clutter Company & Title: Dean & Director of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska. Categories: Innovation

Dr. Peter McCornick

Dr. Peter McCornick Company & Title: Executive Director of the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute (DWFI) at the University of Nebraska Categories: Innovation

Catherine Lang

Catherine Lang Company & Title: State Director-Nebraska Business Development Center Categories: Innovation

Bridget A. Hadley

Bridget A. Hadley Company & Title: Economic Development Manager at City of Omaha Categories: Innovation

Terry D. Sanders

Terry D. Sanders Company & Title: Executive Director of the Mildred D Brown Memorial Study Center & Publisher of The Omaha Star Newspaper Categories: Community

Gail McNair

Gail McNair Company & Title: Executive Director for Foundation for Lincoln City Libraries Categories: Community

Patrick J. Corrigan

Patrick J. Corrigan Company & Title: Chief Executive Officer at Access Bank Categories: Business

Modesta Gnininvi

Modesta Gnininvi Company & Title: African Mass Omaha | Founding Member Categories: Community

Scott R. Frakes

Scott R. Frakes Company & Title: Director of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services Categories: Community

Dr. Steven Schulz

Dr. Steven Schulz Company & Title: Associate Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Categories: Community

Debbie Lidgett-McCoy

Debbie Lidgett-McCoy Company & Title: Human Resources Specialist at North End Teleservices Categories: Business

Wayne Hudson

Wayne Hudson Company & Title: Chief Deputy at Douglas County Sheriff's Office Categories: Community

Debbie Gaspard

Debbie Gaspard Company & Title: Business Administration Advisor at Metro Community College Categories: Community

Colonel John A. Bolduc

Colonel John A. Bolduc Company & Title: Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol Categories: Community

Brad Moline

Brad Moline Company & Title: President and CEO, ALLO Communications Categories: Business

Dr. Chris R. Calkins

Dr. Chris R. Calkins Company & Title: Professor Emeritus, University of Nebraska Categories: Innovation

Judi Gaiashkibos

Judi Gaiashkibos Company & Title: Executive Director, Nebraska Commissions on Indian Affairs Categories: Community

Coach John Cook

Coach John Cook Company & Title: Huskers Volleyball Head Coach - University of Nebraska Categories: Innovation

Randy Behounek

Randy Behounek Company & Title: Senior Vice President and Head of Central Vendor Management Third Party Assessment at Bank of the West Categories: Community

Marc N'Da

Marc N'Da Company & Title: Owner & Senior Care Manager at Dignity Home Cares Categories: Business

Frank Morrison

Frank Morrison Company & Title: President at MORRISON FARMS NEBRASKA POPCORN, INC. Categories: Business

Jay Reiners

Jay Reiners Company & Title: Chairman of Nebraska Corn Board Categories: Business

Anthony Goins

Anthony Goins Company & Title: Director of the Department of Economic Development Categories: Business

Debbie Herbel

Debbie Herbel Company & Title: Agency Executive Director at Duet Categories: Innovation

Lynette Farhart

Lynette Farhart Company & Title: Previous Executive Director at Project Houseworks Categories: Nonprofit

Michele Magner

Michele Magner Company & Title: Founder & Owner at Inspired Senior Categories: Innovation

Dr. Ana Cruz

Dr. Ana Cruz Company & Title: Associate Professor, School of Communication at the University of Nebraska at Omaha Categories: Community

Anthony Gould

Anthony Gould Company & Title: CEO at AJC Categories: Business

Tonee Gay

Tonee Gay Company & Title: Executive Director at Midlands Community Foundation Categories: Nonprofit

Kristine Gerber

Kristine Gerber Company & Title: Making Invisible Histories Visible Project Director at Omaha Public School. Categories: Community

Maggie Nocita

Maggie Nocita Company & Title: Stephen Center | Lead Guest Services Categories: Nonprofit

Casey Putney

Casey Putney Company & Title: VP, Leadership Development at Business Ethics Alliance Categories: Nonprofit

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