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Carlos Acosta was born in Omaha Ne, and has lived in LaVista for the last 39 years. I actually grew up and bought a house 1 house away from my parents on the same street. I graduated from Papillion LaVista Monarchs in 1997. I attended Metro community college. I have two awesome children Isabella who is 18 and Gabriel who is 16. When I’m not trying to keep up with 2 teenagers I am very hard at work building a brand for HomeWise Roofing and Exteriors.

I have worked for HomeWise Roofing for 5 years. I started off as a Project Manager then after 2 years or so I moved to Networking and Business Development.

I am a board member with the Millard Business Association, and ambassador, President of a tips group, and also on several committees. I am also a member of the Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce and Ralston Chamber of Commerce, and hold ambassador seats with both chambers. I am the President of a Ralston Chamber tips group as well. I am very active in lots of chambers and several independent tips groups. I love to network and help build businesses up and grow relationships.

In my free time, I enjoy football, hanging with friends, and most importantly my family. We have dinners and watch games together and yell at the tv.

My name is Julie Kannas. I was born and raised in Omaha. I am a Millard North graduate. I am the mother of 3 boys and have 3 bonus/step kids. All but 1 of the kids are college age or older. I am an Enterprise Account Executive for Paylocity. I have been with Paylocity since 2014 and have been in the Payroll/HR technology space since 2002. I spend my days talking to HR Directors and C-Suite individuals of companies 500 employees and higher in Nebraska and half of Iowa.

My past volunteer positions have included: I was a member of the Millard Public School Board, the Millard Public Schools Alumni Board, I sat on the Millard Public School budget and action committee several times. I was the liaison between the Millard public school board and the alumni association board. I was part of the executive committee for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s light the night fundraiser for 3 years. I sat on the Executive Board for Dignity Home Care. I currently sit on the board nomination committee for 1000 Togolese. I am excited to help out in any way I can.

Jon is the founder of Veteran Horizons LLC, a C-Suite consulting firm based in Elkhorn, NE. Prior to Veteran Horizons, Jon was a CEO and Board Member in the energy/oil industry. Jon is also a retired officer from the U.S. Navy, serving on four continents in air and land campaigns. His personal commendations include the Meritorious Service Medal, four Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medals, Navy Achievement Medal and numerous unit and campaign awards.

He earned his undergraduate degree from the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis. Jon is a graduate of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Executive Leadership Program, earned a Masters degree from Central Michigan University (Business) and is a Graduate of the U.S. Naval War College in Strategic International Studies. Jon is also a Graduate of the Omaha Executive Leadership Program, Class 38.

He previously served as national President & Chair of the Board of Directors, for Veterans in Energy (VIE) from 2019-2021, and was elected to the board beginning in 2017. VIE is a national 501(c)3 organization providing guidance for Veterans in the energy industry. Jon and his wife are long participants in the Make A Wish foundation, and were honored to be the Make A Wish Nebraska Honorary Co-Chairs for the 2022 Blue Jean Ball.

Jon and his wife, Julie, have three children, Drew (instructing baseball and softball, Surprise, AZ), Delaney (Nursing School senior at Florida State University) and Chase (Northeast CC, Norfolk, NE on a baseball scholarship).

Kenneth Waters is a Director of Human Resources for Educare of Omaha, Inc. Ken has been an Human Resource professional for 25 years. He is a retired Air Force veteran of 22 years who served in three campaigns. Ken is a graduate of Syracuse University with a MBA. Ken is currently serving on the Advisory Council of Nebraska’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and previously the Board of Directors for Boots & Suits United, providing assistance to active duty service members transitioning into the civilian workforce through mentoring and career advice.

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Aly serves as the Director of Community Relations/Development for Angels Among Us — an organization whose mission is to provide financial and emotional support for pediatric cancer families living in and being treated in Nebraska. She feels lucky to have been involved with Bags of Fun since first coming to Omaha. She has a passion for helping children and families and enjoys being involved in an organization that allows kids to simply be kids and not worry about being sick.

Ryan Haney is a portfolio manager and First Vice President at UBS Financial Services. Ryan has been in the financial services industry for 20 years. He was a principle in the Haney Financial Group with his father Bruce Haney. Ryan is a graduate of Creighton University with a BSBA . Ryan has served on the board of BRAN (Bike Ride Across Nebraska), Northwest Rotary of Omaha, Development board of St. Pius the Tenth School, and the Skinner Baking Company.

Ryan is the father of two young boys and one young wife.

Andy Krause

Andy is the co-director of Bags of Fun Omaha and Gabby’s uncle. He is a native Nebraskan where he attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and received his Bachelors in Business Administration. As the owner of Sterling Group, a medical device distributorship, he has an established relationship with the Nebraska medical community. Andy is passionate about bringing this organization to Omaha and loves to serve as our “delivery guy”. He especially enjoys bringing smiles and laughter to our bag recipients.