The purpose of ynpnGO’s Emerging Nonprofit Leader award is to recognize a current ynpnGO member who has a strong sense of vision, has passion and commitment, and inspires passion and commitment in others. The nominee must work for a nonprofit organization and be a member of ynpnGO. Nominees will receive a separate application that must be completed in order to be officially considered.
2019 Nominations are now closed. Please look back here for 2020 Nominations!
2019 Emerging Nonprofit Leader Award Recipient: Katie Cunningham
Katie Cunningham is a nonprofit professional driven to ensure educational equity and access to higher education in Omaha. Since 2013, Katie has worked for College Possible, a college access and success organization that supports talented, capable students from low-income backgrounds to and through college graduation. As Program Director, Katie leads both the high school and college programs serving nearly 750 high school and 1,500 college students this year.
A graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (B.A.) and the University of Missouri-St. Louis (M.Ed.), Katie taught 3rd in 4th grade in St. Louis Public Schools with Teach For America and credits her time with AmeriCorps as a life changing experience.
Katie is an active member of the Junior League of Omaha, a member of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce YP Council, a 2019 New Leader’s Council fellow, and enjoys distance running. Katie and her husband Chris welcomed their first child, Julian, this May.
2019 Emerging Nonprofit Leader Award Finalists
Teresa serves as the Marketing & External Affairs Manager for MENTOR Nebraska, a nonprofit that fuels the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships throughout Nebraska. In her role, Teresa is focused on creating a culture of mentoring through community collaboration. She leads a city-wide mentor recruitment campaign, engages organizations and businesses in the mentoring movement, and brings public awareness to the value of mentoring young people. In addition, Teresa leads trainings on deepening relationships, mentoring best practices, screening volunteers, and trauma-informed care. She also supports advocacy efforts, external affairs, fundraising, and organizational operations.
Outside of work, Teresa is a member of the Junior League of Omaha, Young Nonprofit Professionals Greater Omaha, and the Friends of Nebraska Children Board of Directors.
Teresa earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism & mass communication and kinesiology & health from Iowa State University. As part of her education, she interned for Muscular Dystrophy Association, HCI Care Services, and Iowa State’s Community Partnership for Health. Teresa is a proud graduate of Portland University’s Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring.
Recent graduate of the Nonprofit Leadership Institute, 40 Under 40 recipient, Currently serves on Mayor Stothert's Millenial Advisory Committee and is participating in Leadership Omaha.
Itzel Lopez is the VP of Operations & Corporate Communications at the AIM Institute, Omaha’s only non-profit dedicated to local tech talent education and career development. Founder of Maria Bonita Mexican Cuisine, Itzel has taken traditional Mexican cuisine to another level, operating food trucks. Those who know Itzel personally, say she's an active member of the Hispanic community and has played a key role in the growth of the annual Cinco de Mayo Omaha festivities. Born and raised in Mexico, Itzel and her family moved to Omaha when she was 12 years old.
2018 Emerging Nonprofit Leader Award Recipient: Rebecca Armstrong Langle
After getting her undergraduate degree in political science, Rebecca went on to get her master's degree in public administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Upon Sen. Nelson’s retirement in 2012, Rebecca began working for local nonprofits. She has focused on fundraising and marketing in her nonprofit roles. Currently, Rebecca is the Vice President of Development at Nebraska Children and Families Foundation.
Outside of work, Rebecca is active with the League of Women Voters and sits on the alumni advisory board for UNO’s MPA program. Rebecca is a proud alumni of the New Leaders Council, and also served on their board as communications chair.
Rebecca is passionate about education and equality issues. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Ryan, and dog, Delilah.