Nebraska & Iowa Chapter Board

The Nebraska & Iowa chapter is currently seeking leaders to get involved as founding Chapter members. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Pam Devereux.

Nebraska & Iowa Chapter Board

Doug Brandstetter

Doug is a current junior at Creighton University in Omaha, NE, studying financial analysis. He was adopted at 4 months out of In’chon City, South Korea and raised by his adoptive parents, Dale and Chris. As a beneficiary of adoption, he understands the significance of this decision, one of the reasons he works for the NE/IA board, which he has served on since 2015.

Joseph Carney

Joey is a current Sales Manager for LifeLoop, a web-based company that connects families and residents at senior living communities across North America. He stays active in the community as a Big Brother for BBBS and as a Business Coach for incarcerated individuals across Nebraska for Defy Ventures. His hobbies include basketball, camping, and traveling.

Ryan Kunhart

Ryan has served on the Nebraska/ Iowa board since 2016, bringing his experience as the immediate past President of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands’ Service League and professional experience as an attorney with Dvorak Law Group, LLC in Omaha, Nebraska. Ryan enjoys traveling, golfing and attending local sporting events and concerts. He received his undergraduate and Juris Doctor degrees from Creighton University.

Bailey Knudtson

Bailey, her husband Kyle, and their two children live in Omaha, Nebraska. Her years of experience working and volunteering with children led her to serve with Gift of Adoption. In her free time, she enjoys reading, exercising, and cooking. She currently works as the Director of Finance at CoMc, LLC, and will receive her Masters in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska – Omaha.

Jill Perkins

Jill Perkins and her family recently returned to her home state of Nebraska after living in Chicago for many years. She and her husband are adoptive parents of two teen sons. Jill works in the Human Resources department of Plante Moran and lives in Papillion. In her free time, she can be found on the running trails or caring for her menagerie of pets. Jill has served on the Nebraska/Iowa board since 2015.

Benjamin Shepard

Benjamin, his wife Traci, and their children are from Council Bluffs, IA. They have five children, and they have been through the adoption process. Benjamin has been with W. W. Grainger, Inc. for over 15 years. He and his family love to camp and be outdoors. Benjamin is a founding board member of the Nebraska/Iowa chapter, and he has served since 2015.

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