August/September 2017 Print

President's Message


“It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent." Madeleine Albright.

Our theme for the 2017-2018 year will focus on "Women Count". What we say and do make does make a difference. It is important for each of us to find our voice and support one another.

Hello, I am Annette Devine your 2017-2018 President. I feel fortunate to have a team of women on the board focused towards ensuring your membership with AFWA is beneficial. As a team we are committed to providing educational, networking and social opportunities. We listened to your feedback and will be making changes to our meetings. Meeting times will rotate between early evening and the lunch time. More opportunities will be provided for you to network with other women professionals. The price for meetings will vary depending on the speaker and or activity.

Our first meeting will be a social event and is scheduled for September 28th at The Makery. We will have an opportunity to break out the creativity hiding inside and create a craft to take home. You'll have plenty of time to visit with your fellow peers and share your summer stories.

Plan on joining us at our meetings and helping us make your time meaningful.

Annette Devine

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Event Schedule

Save the date!

Thursday, September 28th at 5:00pm - Social @ The Makery
The Makery (12100 W Center Rd, Omaha)

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - Breast Cancer Awareness Panel
Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center (UNO's Main Campus)

Monday, November 13, 2017 - Top 10 Travel Destination in the US
Regency Lodge (909 S. 107th Ave., Omaha)

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - Regulatory & Economic Update Meeting
Security National Bank Headquarters (1120 S 101st Street, Omaha)

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Health & Fitness Tips for Women
Prairie Life Fitness (2275 S. 132nd Street, Omaha)

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - Social & Special Activity
Tactical 88 (15350 Shepard Street, Omaha)

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 2018 Annual Public Relations Dinner & CPE Event
Omaha Country Club (7056 Country Club Rd, Omaha)


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Event Registration

Social @ The Makery!
We are kicking off the 2017-2018 year on Thursday, September 28th at The Makery!

When:   Thursday, September 28, 2017
              5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Where:  The Makery
              12190 W Center Rd
              Omaha, NE 68144
Cost:     $35 / member
              $45 / non-member
Register no later than Tuesday, September 26th.

Event Details
We will decorate reversible wooden blocks just in time for the holiday season. Come enjoy a fun craft, light appetizers, wine and a great time! We look forward to seeing our members and guests!

Tickets are available at the link above.  Once you have registered for the event please choose your wooden block design at

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Employment Opportunities

Director, Corporate Accounting and Controller

Location: Omaha, NE

In this role you will lead a team of 8 and provide financial and regulatory reporting that allows Executive leadership to make timely decisions made upon reliable information. By leading the Accounting organization you will be be accountable for the development of your team and creating a vision in alignment with best practices shared with the rest of the company.   

Visit for additional details. 

Have an employment opportunity to post?  Ads are free for members - please contact for more information! 

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Member News

June Anniversaries  
  • Heather Bazen – 11 years
  • Kailey Riskowski – 4 years
  • Ellen Rowland – 8 years
  • Yulia Dergal – 4 years
  • Emily Nave – 6 years
  • Sheryl Fitzgerald – 3 years
  • Natalya Walls – 5 years

 July Anniversaries  
  • Katie Brabec – 4 years

 August Anniversaries  
  • Jamie Brewer – 1 year

 September Anniversaries  
  • Elizabeth Dudzik – 30 years
  • Annette Devine – 13 years
  • Amy Thompson – 25 years
  • Julie Engel – 8 years
  • Chris Carlson – 21 years



 Congratulations to the 2017 AFWA Omaha scholarship recipients:
  • Nicole Cooper – Certification Scholarship
  • Ashton Lindsay – Undergraduate Scholarship
  • Emily Pawoll - Undergraduate Scholarship


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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

9/21/2017, 3pm – Your Body Says it All: Reading Nonverbal Ques (1 CPE, Communication)
11/30/2017, 8pm – Hey, I’m Over Here: 7 Tips to stay relevant (1 CPE, Personal Development)
12/14/2017, 3pm – Keep on Going: 6 Tips for increasing motivation (1 CPE, Personal Development)


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Interested in Joining AFWA?

Please contact or any Board member if you are interested in joining the Omaha Chapter of AFWA.
You may also access membership information at: 


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Check Us Out on Social Media

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Board of Directors

2017-2018 AFWA Omaha Chapter Board of Directors
President - Annette Devine, FLMI, ACS
Woodmen Life
President Elect & Vice President - Ashley Huss
Infinity CPA Group
Past President - Natalya Walls, CPA
Bland & Associates, PC, CPAs

Treasurer - Jamie Brewer
Bland & Associates, PC, CPAs
Secretary - Krystal Elms, CPA
Seim Johnson, LLP
Director of Programming - Amanda Braasch, CPA
Director of Membership - Darlene Lynam
               Woodmen Life
Director of Communication - Rebecca Goodwin
Bland & Associates, PC, CPAs


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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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