December 2017 Print

President's Message

We kicked off the 2017-2018 year with a social meeting on September 28th, at The Makery. Here we were able to network and find our creative side. It amazed me how talented you all are. Thank you to those who attended this fun evening.

In October we were moved by the panel participants who shared with us their stories and experiences on breast cancer. We learned about a local organization Project Pink'd, Inc. They are a volunteer-powered charitable

501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping survivors thrive by supporting the mind, body and spirit of those diagnosed with breast cancer in Nebraska and Western Iowa. We presented Project Pink'd with a donation of $100.

Again thank you to those who were able to attend.

Our lunch meeting in November focused on the topic of travel. I don't know about you but I truly enjoy traveling and learning about the history and culture of the place I visit. Connie Miller from Your Travel Center shared her expertise and recommendations on how to ensure your next travel is enjoyable.

At each business meeting we will be giving away a book "Women Count". To be eligible you need only attend the meeting.

We started an ideas basket at the November meeting. If you have any ideas/thoughts/suggestions on meeting topics, locations for meetings or how we can gain more membership, we welcome you to fill out a card and drop it in the basket.

As mentioned at the annual conference this year the emphasis for AFWA is on Connecting/Advancing/Leading. Your Omaha AFWA chapter leaders are committed to supporting all women now and in the future. We need your help to do so by supporting our mission, sharing your talents and attending events.

Annette Devine

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Updated Bylaws

Omaha Chapter #101 Bylaws Update: The Board recently reviewed the Chapter Bylaws to determine if amendments were needed to align the chapter with the 2016-2017 National Bylaws amendments, and the needs of the Omaha Chapter. The National Bylaws that are currently in place influence the Chapter’s Bylaws, therefore, we are providing notice of potential changes to the bylaws of Omaha Chapter #101.

Per Article XII – Amendment of Bylaws, Section 1. of the Omaha Chapter #101 Bylaws, we must provide notice of proposed amendments to each Chapter member at lease forty-five days prior to the meeting to vote. The proposed amendments will be provided to Chapter members via email.

We will vote on the proposed amendments at the January business meeting on Wednesday, January 24, 2018.  We encourage all members to attend the January meeting to vote on the proposed amendments 


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Event Schedule

Save the date!

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 22, 2018 - 2018 Annual Public Relations Dinner & CPE Event
Please note the date change.
Omaha Country Club (7056 Country Club Rd, Omaha)


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Event Registration

Regulatory & Economic Update Meeting

When:   Wednesday, January 24, 2018
              11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Where:  Security National Bank
              1120 S. 101st St.
              Omaha, NE 68124

Cost:     $20 / member
              $30 / non-member
Register no later than Friday, January 19th.

Event Details
One of the biggest topics in the news right now is tax reform; which everyone has a lot of questions on.  We hope that you can join us for a Regulatory Update in January presented by Dr. Aaron Crabtree from UNL and Bryan Slone from Koley Jessen.  They are sure to answer a lot of those outstanding questions on tax reform and other pending regulations. 

Presenter Bios

Dr. Aaron Crabtree
Dr. Aaron Crabtree completed his PhD at Virginia Tech in May 2004, after receiving his master’s degree in accounting from Virginia Tech in 2000 and his bachelor’s degree in management from Emory and Henry College.
Crabtree’s research examines initial firm cost of debt, specifically how taxes and audit-related characteristics influence creditors and rating analyst’s perception of the firm. His papers have been published in Auditing, A Journal of Theory and Practice, Journal of the American Taxation Association, Journal of Accounting, Auditing, and Finance, Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, Advances in Accounting, and Journal of Accountancy. Crabtree was promoted to Associate Professor in 2010 and awarded the KPMG Faculty Fellowship.
In May 2014, Crabtree began serving as Interim Director and was promoted to Director of the School of Accountancy in April 2015. He now leads the School in its efforts to conduct valuable research and educate young minds to prepare them for their future careers in accounting.

Bryan Slone
Bryan Slone has over 30 years experience including governmental and private practice tax experience in the United States and Germany.
Bryan previously served as Tax Counsel to a Member of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee during consideration of the 1986 Tax Reform Act, Assistant to the Commissioner (Legislative Liaison) of the Internal Revenue Service, co-founding partner of a law firm practice in Berlin, Germany, and a tax partner and office managing partner in Nebraska at Deloitte.

In addition, he is a former candidate for Governor of Nebraska. Bryan provides advice to clients in the areas of federal and state taxation, tax dispute resolution, international tax and transfer pricing, bankruptcy tax, mergers and acquisitions, corporate law, and government policy and administrative procedure.

Bryan has served domestic and international clients particularly in the financial services, manufacturing, transportation, consumer products, and technology industries.

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Previous Events

September Event - Social @ The Makery

To kick off the 2017-2018 year we had a networking event at The Makery. In additon to socializing and enjoying refreshments, we made reversible wooden block decorations.


October Event - Breast Cancer Awareness Panel

At our October meeting we were very happy to present the local non-profit Project Pink’d with a $100 donation on behalf of the AFWA Omaha Chapter & our wonderful members. We got to hear from several individuals about all the wonderful work that they are doing for this non-profit and we thought that we would share some of that information with the rest of our members that were not able to attend the meeting and hear about all the wonderful things first hand. 

Project Pink’d was started right here in Omaha by Cynthia Sturgeon, who is also a breast cancer survivor. This organization was created to help provide tools & resources to a growing number of individuals who are or have been diagnosed with breast cancer. They provide all types of support and networking to survivors throughout Nebraska and Western Iowa from the time of their diagnosis to end of life. Just a few of the many wonderful programs that they offer are assistance for survivors who are having a hard time paying their bills, whether that be utility bills, mortgage, groceries, prescriptions, etc.; they offer traditional beauty assistance as well for wigs, scarves, caps, radiation and skin care products, and post-mastectomy bras; they offer counseling sessions and many wellness programs on nutrition and cooking and yoga. They also give out jars of hope to area hospitals to hand out to individuals that are undergoing cancer treatments to help them throughout the process. 

A growing number of women are impacted by this disease each year, whether that be themselves or a loved one, and this wonderful organization and resource is available to every single one of them. It was very humbling to hear about all the work that this organization has done and continues to do for the growing population of survivors in our area. If anyone is interested in learning more about this organization or supporting them in any way, feel free to visit their website. 

Women Who Count National Conference

The 2017 AFWA Women Who Count National Conference was held in Washington, D.C. at the end of October. The Omaha chapter had seven members attend.

It was a terrific experience socializing with other AFWA members from across the Nation and exploring the sites of Washington, D.C. Many new ideas were shared during this event and we are excited to implement them to our own chapter.


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Employment Opportunities

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


Volunteer Opportunities

Mutual 1st Federal Credit Union
Mutual 1st FCU in Omaha is looking for volunteers to serve on the Supervisory Committee. Click Here for additional information.

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Member News

 October Anniversaries  
  • Cindy Brack – 1 year
 November Anniversaries  
  • Lorraine Kolasinki – 5 years
  • Michelle Sagar – 5 years
  • Suzanne Rasmussen – 2 years
  • Julie Engel – 8 years
 December Anniversaries  
  • Amy Neiman – 3 years
 January Anniversaries  
  • Megan McMurry – 1 year
 February Anniversaries  
  • Leanne Kaiser – 5 years
  • Ashley Huss – 3 years

Member Involvement

Looking to do more in AFWA?  Let us know!

We are looking for members to volunteer on our committees to help make meetings and events the best they can be.

For more details on how you can get involved, send a message to or talk to one of the Board Members.


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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

12/14/2017, 2pm – 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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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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