Immanuel Leadership & Board

Executive Leadership & Board of Directors

Our passion is obvious in every member of our leadership team. From the executives who guide us day in and day out, to the members of our Board of Directors who keep us connected with the community, these people not only believe in our mission, but also live it every day. Together, we are all part of something bigger than ourselves.

Immanuel Executive Leadership

Eric Gurley
Chief Executive Officer

Gurley is a skilled financial and operational professional with more than 20 years of senior housing and health care experience, excelling in the areas of strategic planning, implementation and repo...

Gurley is a skilled financial and operational professional with more than 20 years of senior housing and health care experience, excelling in the areas of strategic planning, implementation and reporting. Currently a member the Omaha Symphony Board, Omaha Chamber of Commerce Board and Executive and Finance Committees.

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Julie Kaminski
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

With a master’s degree in gerontological studies and nursing home administrative license, Kaminski has held leadership positions at LeadingAge Nebraska, Notre Dame Housing and Life Care Servi...

With a master’s degree in gerontological studies and nursing home administrative license, Kaminski has held leadership positions at LeadingAge Nebraska, Notre Dame Housing and Life Care Services. Her passion for seniors and service led her to participate as an adjunct instructor on aging and business at University of Nebraska-Omaha and Midland University. She has served on numerous aging committees including Advancing Excellence LANE, DHHS Advisory Board, the Medicaid Advisory Assistance Council, The Dreamweaver Foundation and Scripps Gerontology Center Alumni Advisory Board. 

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Scott Bear
Chief Financial Officer

Bear is a dedicated leader with a strong background in healthcare finance. He has nearly 13 years of experience specializing in strategic, operational and financial planning and budgeting. Bear has ...

Bear is a dedicated leader with a strong background in healthcare finance. He has nearly 13 years of experience specializing in strategic, operational and financial planning and budgeting. Bear has a passion for developing great business relationships to create consistent supply chain processes for the effective acquisition of goods and services for the organization. Serves on the board of (LFMA) Lutheran Financial Managers Association.

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Tammy Sealer
Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

Sealer has over 20 years of experience in senior services administration including development and project management. Sealer is currently a member of the Nebraska Healthcare Association and Leading...

Sealer has over 20 years of experience in senior services administration including development and project management. Sealer is currently a member of the Nebraska Healthcare Association and LeadingAge Nebraska.

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Rhonda Distefano
Vice President of Construction, Facilities Management and Environmental Services

Distefano has nearly 30 years of experience in commercial construction. She brings the ability to create a vision of excellence throughout the construction, facilities management and environmental s...

Distefano has nearly 30 years of experience in commercial construction. She brings the ability to create a vision of excellence throughout the construction, facilities management and environmental services areas of Immanuel. Distefano is a past board member of Habitat for Humanity.

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Mark Iverson
Vice President of Community Operations

Iverson has over 15 years of executive leadership experience in senior living, specializing in strategic operations that strengthen relationships across all levels of the organization. He is a seaso...

Iverson has over 15 years of executive leadership experience in senior living, specializing in strategic operations that strengthen relationships across all levels of the organization. He is a seasoned professional and active member of the Nebraska Assisted Living Association.

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Reverend Peggy Hall
Vice President of Mission and Spiritual Care

Hall has been a compassionate leader in pastoral care for more than 15 years, guiding Lutheran congregations and supporting a large health care organization’s patient care programs for spirit...

Hall has been a compassionate leader in pastoral care for more than 15 years, guiding Lutheran congregations and supporting a large health care organization’s patient care programs for spiritual care. She is a member of the Advisory Council at Alegent Health Systems and Faith Community Nursing.

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Jennifer Knecht
Vice President of Marketing and Communications

Knecht has extensive marketing experience with a senior services and healthcare background. Her resume ranges from local health care organizations, to tech companies, to marketing and advertising co...

Knecht has extensive marketing experience with a senior services and healthcare background. Her resume ranges from local health care organizations, to tech companies, to marketing and advertising community pillars where she has held prominent leadership positions in growing brand awareness and overall positioning. Knecht’s expertise brings a mix of traditional marketing and innovative emerging tools. 

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Colleen Maciejewski
Vice President of Information Technology

Maciejewski has extensive information technology and leadership background. Through her executive positions at some of the area’s most prominent business leaders, Maciejewski gained expertise...

Maciejewski has extensive information technology and leadership background. Through her executive positions at some of the area’s most prominent business leaders, Maciejewski gained expertise in IT and business transformation, program development, brand creation, mentoring, non-profit management, organization design and facilitation. She is a current board member for the Institute for Career Advancement Needs, and is involved in other philanthropic activities. 

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Jill Nyquist
Vice President of Home and Community Based Resources

Nyquist has over 30 years within the healthcare and senior services industry. During her career she has held various positions from nursing to leadership and administrative positions. She serves on ...

Nyquist has over 30 years within the healthcare and senior services industry. During her career she has held various positions from nursing to leadership and administrative positions. She serves on the board of the Dreamweaver Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to fulfilling end-of-life dreams for impoverished seniors with terminal illnesses.

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September Stone
Vice President of Health Care Services

Stone has an extensive leadership background in areas of clinical, educational and regulatory support with a strong history of aligning effective operations with health care ensuring the highest lev...

Stone has an extensive leadership background in areas of clinical, educational and regulatory support with a strong history of aligning effective operations with health care ensuring the highest level quality of service and care. She is affiliated with numerous organizations which include: American Health Care Association, American Assisted Living Nurse Association and Center for People in Need.

 

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Debra Wiens
Vice President of Human Resources

Wiens has over 20 years in the human resources field, including strategic management, workforce planning, compensation and benefits, employee relations and occupational health & safety. She is a...

Wiens has over 20 years in the human resources field, including strategic management, workforce planning, compensation and benefits, employee relations and occupational health & safety. She is a member of the Human Resource Association of the Midlands (HRAM) and Society for Human Resource Management.

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Immanuel Board of Directors

Rev. Carmala J. Aderman
Luther Memorial Lutheran Church

Jeffery D. Akerson, M.D.
Bellevue Medical Center

Rev. Dr. Dennis A. Anderson
Former Bishop, ELCA, Nebraska Synod

Rev. Dr. David L. deFreese
Mosaic

George A. Grieb
Former Financial Executive

Eric N. Gurley
Immanuel President & CEO

Kristen L. Hoffman, M.D.
Former Physician, Methodist Physicians Clinic

Suzanne L. Hruza, M.D.
Radiology Consultants of the Midwest, P.C.

David A. Jacox
Former CEO of Mosaic

Robert J. Lanik
Former CEO of CHI Nebraska

Bishop Brian Maas
Nebraska Synod ELCA

David C. Mussman
West Corporation

Bruce A. Plath
Security National Bank

Jane A. Tonniges
Former Medical Professional

Michael R. Williams
Williams-Deras & Associates

Delight Wreed Byrd
Bellevue University

Immanuel Affordable Board of Directors

William P. Austin Ed. D.
University of Nebraska at Omaha

John W. Breckenridge
Immanuel Resident

Michael C. Faber
University of Nebraska Medical Center

George A. Grieb
Former Financial Executive

Eric N. Gurley
Immanuel President & CEO

Katherine M. Martens Stricklett
Creighton University Medical Center

Michael W. McDannel
Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance

Jill M. Powers
CHI Health

Rev. Judith L. Rainforth
Former Pastor of First Lutheran Church

Mark L. Schultz
Immanuel Senior VP & CFO

Immanuel Vision Foundation Board of Directors

Rev. Dr. Dennis A. Anderson
Former Bishop, ELCA, Nebraska Synod

Bonnie J. Burnett
CHI Health

Randal J. Burns
Foundation One Bank

Eric N. Gurley
Immanuel President & CEO

Guillermo “Bill” Huerta, M.D.
Pulmonary Medicine Specialists, P.C.

Bishop Brian Maas
Nebraska Synod ELCA

Clarence L. Nichols
United Republic Bank

Bruce A. Plath
Security National Bank

Jane A. Tonniges
Former Medical Professional

Delight Wreed Byrd
Bellevue University