Events Calendar

DEC
8

Holiday Lights Tour 2017

Friday December 8, 2017, 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

The Holiday Lounge - 7846 Dodge St. Omaha NE 68114

It's that time of year again! Get in the spirit by joining us at our annual Holiday Lights Tour!

DEC
23

AAO Volunteer's for Project Santa

Saturday December 23, 2017, 8:30 am to 11:30 am

Open Door Mission 2828 North 23rd Street East

Volunteer to sign up with AAO to help with Open Door Missions Drive-Thru Christmas by handing out Project Santa toys to the community’s needy and low income families.

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About AAO

All About Omaha is a local, non-profit organization comprised of young professionals ages 21-40 who are looking to get involved both civically and socially and enjoy all Omaha has to offer.

Our mission is simple; we want you to get involved! Omaha is an ever-growing, ever-changing city that continues to thrive thanks to the generous spirit of those who actively work to better our community. We work strive to create events and opportunities that allow members to network and make a difference. We focus primarily on Omaha awareness, community involvement and leadership development and we think you’ll find just about anything can fall into those categories.

We welcome natives, newcomers, and those returning home to come see what All About Omaha is all about!

Our Roots 

Dana Cohn, a twenty-something native of Omaha and founder of AAO, noticed upon her return home from college that many of her friends had moved away. Perplexed as to why so few young professionals chose to stay in Omaha, she saw the need to create an organization that ultimately, would keep young professionals here. Dana recognized a void in organizations offering outlets and involvement for this age demographic both socially and civically. In September of 1998, she and a number of friends gathered to develop the mission and bylaws of a fledgling idea called All About Omaha. The goal was to incorporate a broad base of community components and appeal to as many people in their 20s and 30s as possible. In March of 1999, All About Omaha officially received 501(c)(3) status and began work on their vision. Since that time, AAO has recruited hundreds of members, in-kind and corporate partnerships, as well as a visible identity in the community. In fact, the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce has touted AAO as “the single leading initiative aimed at keeping young people engaged and participating in the community”.

Get Involved

Want to meet us and learn how we’re working to define this city? Join us for our next event - we’re looking forward to meeting you!

Ready to join? Register or renew your membership here.

Meet Our Board of Directors

  • Ryan Ricke

    President

    Ryan is an Iowa native who received his undergraduate degree at Creighton University in finance and economics.  Thereafter he pursued his juris doctor at the University of Iowa College of Law.  Upon graduation, Ryan returned to Omaha to work as a corporate attorney with Fraser Stryker PC LLO.  In his free time, Ryan enjoys traveling, cooking, staying active, and cheering on the Bluejays.  Ryan joined AAO as a way to meet other young professionals in the area, and to further his involvement in the community.  Ryan is humbled by the opportunity to serve on the AAO board and is excited for what this next year has in store.

  • Mike Schudel

    Vice President of Leadership Development

    Mike is a Nebraskan, born and raised!  He earned his undergraduate degree from Baylor University and J.D. at UNL College of Law.  Mike also carries the professional designations of CFP, CLU, ChFC, and CASL.  Mike is passionate about education, professional growth and building the community and is looking forward to his role at AAO as VP of Leadership Development!  In his free time, you’ll find Mike staying active, working on his cars or relaxing with his two, fluffy dogs.

  • Nick Ross

    VP of Omaha Awareness & VP of Community Service

    Nick was born and raised in Omaha, NE. He is currently attending University of Nebraska at Omaha to receive his undergraduate's degree in Management Information Systems. He currently works for Douglas County as a Purchasing Specialist in the purchasing department. In his free time, he enjoys playing volleyball, seeing friends, cheering on local sports teams, and seeing a good movie. Nick is excited about his opportunity to serve on the AAO board while making an impact in Omaha community and creating new and meaningful connections with young professionals.

  • Brad Kirshenbaum

    Vice President of Membership

    The time of the year dictates the city from which Brad appears to call home. In the fall you can find him in his Big Red best, sporting the colors of his Omaha, Nebraska roots. Come summer time, he is bleeding Cubs blue from the 10 years he spent at Loyola University Chicago for undergraduate and graduate school, and giving architectural boat tours on the Chicago River (Think Vince Vaughn in 'The Break-Up', but on a boat). In 2014, the siren song of home called him back to Omaha, where he currently works as the Project Manager at a local youth mentoring organization, Partnership 4 Kids. During his free time, Brad can be found attempting to conquer crossword puzzles, running, taking in whatever sport is in season, and talking to his dog, Gunther, as though he's a human being. He is passionate about growing the city of Omaha and its young professional community.

  • Jacqueline DeLuca

    Secretary

    When you see Jacquie at a Creighton basketball game, there is no doubt she spent a large amount of time on 24th and California. Jacquie moved from northeastern Oklahoma to Omaha to attend Creighton University and, subsequently, Creighton University School of Law. After graduating from law school in 2011, she moved to Missouri to work as a federal judicial law clerk, an opportunity very few attorneys get the chance to have. She returned to Omaha in 2013 and now works as a litigation attorney at Fraser Stryker. Her work at Fraser Stryker has resulted in Super Lawyers selecting her as a Great Plains rising star in both 2015 and 2016. In her free time, Jacquie enjoys pampering her two beagles, distance running, and cheering on Bluejay basketball. Jacquie is honored to serve on the AAO board and is excited to work with AAO to give back to the city she now considers her home.

  • Nicole Lohaus

    Treasurer

    Nicole was born and raised in Omaha. She earned her undergraduate degree from Creighton University and masters degree from Bellevue University. Nicole currently works as a Demand Planner for Valmont. In her free time she enjoys staying active, spending time with family and friends, reading, and traveling. Nicole is excited to serve on the Board as Treasurer and give back to the community! 

  • Justin Hayse

    VP of Torchlight

    Justin Hayse was born and raised in Omaha, NE. He attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he received his undergrad degree in Business Management with a minor in Marketing. Currently working full-time at AAA, he also runs his own business which involves subcontracting for various government jobs. Justin is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Omaha Alumni Chapter.  He is also involved in numerous activities that support the youth of the Omaha area. In his free time he enjoys playing softball, and watching the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Dallas Cowboys Football teams! He is very excited to come back this year to build AAO and make the Torchlight Ball a success once again.

  • Suzie Heffernan

    Board Member

    Suzie is from Corcoran, MN and earned both her undergraduate and masters degrees from South Dakota State University. She moved to Omaha a few years ago and currently works for BioTAB Healthcare as a Compression Sales Specialist. Suzie is also active in Omaha Downtown Rotary and is the previous Secretary and currently serves as their Young Professionals Chair and also served on their Board. Her true passion is helping Omaha’s youth, which she helps to accomplish by being a mentor and serving on the OPS TeamMates Board, and coaching Burke Varsity Softball. In her free time, Suzie loves to travel, stay active on the lake by wake boarding and paddle boarding, and play sand volleyball with friends. Suzie is excited to serve on the board to expand AAO’s outreach and can’t wait to meet and connect with more young professionals that want to create new friendships and have a meaningful impact in their community.

  • Alyssa Trumbull

    Past President Adviser

    Alyssa is from Scottsbluff, NE and graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She recently moved to Omaha to join Mutual of Omaha Financial Advisors as a Training & Recruiting Specialist. She is fortunate to have met many great people through AAO that helped her transition smoothly into the Omaha community and looks forward to helping others do the same. Alyssa also serves on the CASA Guild and as a Budget District Director for Kappa Alpha Theta. In her free time, she enjoys teaching Jazzercise fitness classes, golfing, traveling, going to concerts, and watching sports—especially Husker football! Alyssa is excited to serve on the board to expand AAO’s outreach and continue networking with young professionals that want to make an impact in their community.