August 2018 Print

President's Message

Hello, and welcome to the 2018-2019 year of the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance (AFWA) Omaha chapter! It is with honor that I serve as your chapter president.

As I write my first president’s message I reflect on how I came to be a member of AFWA. I was introduced to AFWA in 2014 by Christi Olsen. One of the first meetings I attended was in August of 2014. What stood out to me the most at the meeting was how welcoming the members were. I decided to become a member in January of 2015. AFWA has blessed me with many opportunities for both personal and professional growth and has introduced me to new friends from across the country. I’m thankful for AFWA and am honored to spend this next year as chapter president.

Thank you to Annette Devine and Natalya Walls for leading me towards this role. It has been wonderful learning from your leadership over the past two years.

Thank you to the current board of directors who have volunteered their time to serve the chapter. Your time and dedication are truly appreciated.

Our goal for the year is to grow the chapter’s membership. I ask each our members and guests to think back to your first AFWA meeting. Who invited you to your first meeting? What was your first impression of AFWA? Why did you attend a second and third meeting? What lead you to decide to become a member? My hope is that you think back to that time to remind yourself of the excitement you felt when you were a new member. Share your experience with those around you and introduce them to the chapter.

I encourage your feedback and any ideas you may have for meeting topics, locations, speakers and ideas to grow the membership. You can make the most of your membership by volunteering your time to the local board, The Foundation of AFWA or AFWA LEAP. There are many opportunities available to you as a member to grow both personally and professionally.

We have a great year planned for you. Take a look at the meeting schedule and see which meetings you are interested in attending. I also want to remind you to register for the Women Who Count National Conference this October. This year’s event is a road trip away in Kansas City. The National Conference offers an impressive CPE schedule as well as a chance to meet other passionate AFWA members. Many memories are made that you don’t want to miss out on.

I will leave you all with an accounting joke for you to share – How do you know when an accountant is going through a mid-life crisis? She gets a faster calculator!

Thank you!

Ashley Huss


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Event Registration

2018-2019 Kick-Off Social

When:   Wednesday, September 5, 2018
              5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Where:  Arrange This N That
              4022 S 108th Street
              Omaha, NE 68137
Cost:     $40 / member
              $60 / non-member
Register no later than Monday, September 3rd.
Event Details
Kick-off the 2018-2019 AFWA year by joining us in creating a beautiful flower arrangement and make your own to bring home. On Wednesday, September 5th, Denise Meyers at Arrange This N That will teach us how to create a vase flower arrangement. Light snacks and drinks will be provided while you learn and create your vase arrangement.

Women Who Count 2018 National AFWA Conference

When:   Sunday, October 28, 2018 through Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Where:  The Westin Kansas City
              1 East Pershing Road
              Kansas City, MO 64108
Registration closes October 16th.


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Event Schedule

Thursday, October 18, 2018 – Personal Finance Luncheon
Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center (UNO Campus, 6400 University Dr S, Omaha, NE 68182)

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 – Healthy Living Luncheon
Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center (UNO Campus, 6400 University Dr. S, Omaha, NE 68182)

Thursday, December 13, 2018 – Wine Tasting Evening Social
Vino Mas (14450 Eagle Run Dr, Omaha, NE 68116)

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 – Tax Update Luncheon with Michael Seelhoff, CPA
DJ’s Dugout - Aksarben Village (2102 S. 67th Street, Omaha, NE 68106)

Thursday, February 21, 2019 – Pam Hernandez
Omaha Community Foundation (3555 Farnam St # 222, Omaha, NE 68131)

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 – After Tax Season Evening Social – Pub Trivia
DJ’s Dugout - Miracle Hills (777 N. 114th Street, Omaha, NE 68154)

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 – Annual PR Dinner & CPE Event
Omaha Country Club (6900 Country Club Rd., Omaha, NE 68152)


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Member News

Kelly Mann from Seim Johnson, LLP Selected to Attend AICPA’s 2018 Leadership Academy

Kelly Mann, CPA, MBA, was one of only 41 CPAs honored by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) as a member of the Leadership Academy’s tenth graduating class. Kelly was selected based on her exceptional leadership skills and professional experience for the four-day Leadership Academy program, which will be held from October 7-11 in Durham, N.C.
Kelly Mann is a senior manager at Seim Johnson, LLP who is responsible for leading engagement teams in planning and performing audit and attestation services for clients in various industries including not-for-profit, employee benefit plans, service, and insurance.  Kelly has developed numerous trainings and presentations for team members to enhance their knowledge and further their careers.
The AICPA Leadership Academy was designed to strengthen and expand the leadership skills of promising young professionals while they network with a peer group of talented and motivated CPAs. The Leadership Academy features career-development workshops and sessions with some of the accounting profession’s most prominent influencers, including Eric Hansen, CPA, CGMA, chair of the American Institute of CPAs, Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA, American Institute of CPAs president and CEO, Association of Certified Professional Accountants CEO, and Mark Koziel, CPA, CGMA, Executive Vice President – Firm Services, Association of Certified Professional Accountants.
To date, 310 CPAs have participated in the AICPA Leadership Academy, many of whom have gone on to take on leadership positions in their firms, businesses and volunteer organizations.

 August Anniversaries  
  • Jamie Brewer – 2 years


Get Involved!

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AFWA National News

Did you know?

AFWA offers CPE credit to its members through select monthly webinars.  Details on the webinars and availability of CPE credit can be found at

Upcoming Webinars

8/28/2018, 12pm – The Opiod Epidemic & The Role of the Financial Advisor (1 CPE, Specialized Knowldege)

Visit the AFWA National Events page for registration.


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Employment Opportunities

Have an employment or volunteer opportunity?  Ads in the monthly newsletter and on the Omaha AFWA website are free for members.


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Board of Directors

2018-2019 AFWA Omaha Chapter Board of Directors

President - Ashley Huss
Infinity CPA Group 

Past President - Annette Devine, FLMI, ACS
Woodmen Life

Treasurer – Star Rochell
Bland & Associates, PC

Secretary - Krystal Elms, CPA
Seim Johnson, LLP

Director of Programming – Jamie Brewer, CPA
Bland & Associates, PC

Director of Membership - Darlene Lynam
Woodmen Life

Director of Communication - Rebecca Goodwin, PMP
Bland & Associates, PC



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AFWA's Mission

To enable women in all accounting and finance fields to achieve their full potential and to contribute to their profession.

Empowerment  //  Integrity  //  Leadership  //  Passion

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