January 2021 Print

Member Spotlight

Get to Know Elaine:

**When did you join AFWA? 
I joined in the fall of 1993
**What is your favorite part about being a member of AFWA?
I enjoy all the amazing women I have met
over the years both locally and nationally. I attended the AFWA National Conference for 25 years until I retired last year. I always came home energized by the intelligent and talented women at the conference. If I ever had an accounting question, I had a great network of people to reach out to.
**What was your first “official” job?
In high school I was a part-time accounting clerk for a local women’s
department store. Even got a generous employee discount on clothes!
**Where is your hometown? 
I was born in Wyoming, but have lived in Nebraska for most of my life. 
**Where is your favorite vacation spot and why? 
I enjoy visiting the Southwest states. The scenary is a beautiful mix of deserts and mountains. 


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Previous Events

January Presentation: Annual Tax Update

A huge THANK YOU to James Anderson and Katie Andrews of BKD that provided us great information related to tax changes/updates this year!

We appreciate the time that you each took out of your busy schedules to provide this valuable information to our group. 

AFWA Food Drive: UPDATE!

In the December Newsletter we were proud to announce that with everyone's generous donations, our Chapter was able to raise $925 for the Food Bank for the Heartland. Well.........
with the Omaha Chapter Board approval, we have matched 50% of these contributions making the new donated Grand Total: 

Omaha Chapter AFWA & the Food Bank for the Heartland appreciates everyone's support!

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Membership Anniversaries

January Anniversaries

  • Gail Endorf - 13 years

  • Mary Blaney - 2 years

  • Nicole Cooper - 2 years


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Member News



Share your News! 
Email Kari at: [email protected]!

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AFWA National News

February's Message from our National AFWA President~ Tyna Gaylor

Dear AFWA Members,

I am excited! We have a new Corporate Partner: ADP. This partnership includes integrating ADP representatives into chapters and networks, which will help AFWA grow with access to new contacts and to quality presenters. This partnership is the result of a local connection, referred to national, then developed over several months. ADP is not a company of accountants and finance professionals, but professionals with expertise in payroll and human resources, who qualify as Affiliate Members. Keep the idea of Affiliate Membership in mind to grow AFWA.  

The ADP partnership is a great example of leadership’s efforts to stabilize revenue through non-dues sources and illustrates our second priority: Money. The website now includes AFWA’s Premiere Partner Program with four levels of engagement, ranging from $1,000 to $10,000+. All relationships are unique, so customization is available to design partnerships that are the right fit for each organization.

Board initiatives include offering technical CPE webinars at a low cost to members, and next month, with a non-member price.  In January, two tax webinars were positively received by members, so please make sure to share on social media and forward invitations to colleagues.

Life Members came to AFWA’s aid a few years ago. To continue to engage them and recognize their support, an optional Life Member package of fun & benefits is under development. Consideration is underway to create sponsorship opportunities to elevate and leverage the talents of Women Who Count awardees.

Volunteers have come forward to provide input into adopting a simplified dues structure. The variation in chapter dues creates difficulty in implementing partnerships across the country and offering multiple-year dues structures, both which would strengthen AFWA’s competitive advantage.

The Board is working for AFWA and for you! Volunteer with us!
Tyna Gaylor
National AFWA President



Leading From A Distance – Anna Raney | FREE CPE for all members | February 16, 2021 at 1pm EST|

Chapter Chat | Membership Part 2: RECRUITMENT: “Selling your chapter – the power of ONE!” | February 23, 2021 12:00PM EST | 

For more information or to register: CLICK HERE



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Do you know someone who would benefit from an AFWA scholarship?
Would you like to be part of the scholarship review board?
Or perhaps, your company would like to be involved in the sponsorship of giving these scholarships to fine indivduals!

Whether you want to apply, be apart of, or give--
email: [email protected]  to find out more!

 *The Omaha Chapter Scholarship application will be available late February. Stay tuned for more information that will be coming out on how to qualify & where to apply!

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Other News

Friendly reminder to log into the member portal and ensure your contact information and communication preferences are up-to-date! To log into the member portal, click here

If you are having any difficulties logging into the portal, please contact our Director of Membership at [email protected] 

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Interested in Joining AFWA?

Did you know becoming an AFWA member has a TON of great benefits, like 20% off ALL Wiley Test Prep Products? If you've been thinking about becoming a member or renewing your membership, this seems like a great added bonus!

If you already are a member, login to your member portal for a list of the benefits being an AFWA member comes with. 

For more information about joining Omaha AFWA and becoming a member of AFWA, please visit http://www.omahaafwa.org/join.php.

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Check Us Out on Social Media

Like the "Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance - Omaha" Facebook page and follow @OmahaAFWA on Twitter and Instagram!

 Give us a “like” for event reminders, Tip Tuesday and Wellness Wednesday posts, accounting humor, and much more!
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Board of Directors

2019-2020 AFWA Omaha Chapter Board of Directors

President - Krystal Elms, CPA
Seim Johnson, LLP
Email: [email protected]

Past President - Rebecca Goodwin, PMP
Bland & Associates, PC

Co-Director of Programming - Amy Thompson, CPA
Rossitto & Associates, LLC

Co-Director of Programming - Chelsea Welch

Treasurer – Amanda Patrick, CPA
Seim Johnson, LLP
Email: [email protected]

Secretary - Courtney Teeter, CPA
Bland & Associates, PC

Director of Membership - Sarah Lucke
The Scoular Company
Email: [email protected]

Director of Communication - Kari Kindler
Aureus Group
Email: [email protected]



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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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