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Board & Staff

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2017 Board of Directors and Staff


Anne Hindery – Nonprofit Association of the Midlands, Chair

Tim Becker – Heartland Strategy Group, Vice-Chair

John Chapo – Lincoln Children's Zoo, Secretary

Curt Denker – Pinnacle Bank, Treasurer 

Jeanelle R. Lust – Knudsen Law, Past Board Chair

Board of Directors

Bart Dillashaw – Dillashaw LLC Law Firm

Robert Downey – Capital Humane Society

Corrie Kielty – Nebraska CASA Association

Liz Potter – Nebraskans for Civic Reform

Jane Mohling – Commercial Realty Group

Jill Wells – Nature Conservancy in Nebraska

Sara Woods – University of Nebraska at Omaha



Melissa Filipi, Executive Director

Jana Dietsch, Administrative and Data Coordinator

We are excited to announce Community Services Fund's new Executive Director, Melissa Filipi.

Melissa Filipi is a non-profit professional focused on connecting donors with those organizations that best embody their passions and values to build a lasting relationship and a stronger community. After spending more than 16 years working with non-profits to build integrated development and marketing plans, Melissa knows how to build sustainable support, provide for program growth, all while keeping the focus on the donor as the top priority.

Melissa has developed programs and processes from the ground up that increase overall support, create growth for programming capacity, and improve efficiency and accountability for organizations in the community.

Melissa has worked for animal welfare and environmental causes, as well as grant-making organizations. After 10 years as a board member, three years as co-chair for the annual Give and Gain Conference, and Vice President for Programming for four years, she currently serves as the President of Charitable Gift Planners of Nebraska as well as a committee member for the National Conference on Philanthropic Planning. 

Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts (International Affairs and French) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. After successfully completing the volunteer and employment-based requirements, as well as extensive testing in all aspects of development, she has maintained her designation as a Certified Fundraising Executive. 

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