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Founding Board:
The Lane Thomas Foundation

Matt Graves

Mr. Graves is currently the CEO of the Lane Thomas Foundation. Previously, he was employed by data and marketing company Infogroup for 9 years and served as Infogroup’s Chief Data Officer. Prior to Infogroup, he led Project and Operations teams for PayPal, Comcast and Fujitsu. He is involved in his community through St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Elkhorn, Nebraska, and also sits on the Board of Directors at the Omaha Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Graves has a bachelor's degree in Advertising from the University of Nebraska and an MBA from Regis University in Denver Colorado.

Melissa Graves

Mrs. Graves worked at Union Pacific Railroad for 14 years in various finance, sales and marketing roles. She resigned from Union Pacific to become a stay at home mom after her second child (Lane Thomas Graves) was born. She has a bachelor’s degree in finance and banking from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Dr. Jeffrey Gold

Dr. Gold is a nationally recognized leader and tireless advocate for transforming academic medicine and health care delivery. He became chancellor of one of the nation’s rising academic medical centers, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, on Feb. 1, 2014. He also chairs the board of UNMC’s principal clinical care partner, Nebraska Medicine. Prior to joining UNMC, Dr. Gold served as chancellor of the University of Toledo’s health science campus.

Dr. Gold graduated from the Cornell University College of Engineering, where he majored in theoretical and applied mechanics. He earned his M.D. from the Weill Cornell College of Medicine and completed his general surgery residency at The New York Hospital and Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Gold is a board-certified thoracic surgeon and specializes in adult and pediatric cardiac surgery.

Mark Conrad

As a Partner at Moneta Group, Mark finds his daily work assisting individuals, entrepreneurs and business owners to be tremendously rewarding. In 2018, for the second consecutive year, Mark was included on Forbes magazine’s annual list of America’s Top Next-Gen Advisors.  Chosen from more than 20,000 nominations, the list recognized 1,000 advisers born after 1980 who are considered future industry leaders. Mark was the top-ranking advisor among the 15 millennial advisors selected from Missouri and ranked in the top 200 overall.  In addition, Mark was recently named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s prestigious “40 Under 40” list in 2018.

Outside of the office Mark enjoys spending time with his family — wife, Cristal and their daughters, Claire and Avery — traveling, professional and college sporting events, and golf.

Stephanie Mattoon

Ms. Mattoon represents entrepreneurs at all stages of their business life cycle with respect to entity formation, shareholder agreements, securities law compliance, and mergers and acquisitions. She regularly advises companies and boards of directors on corporate governance matters, including fiduciary duties and conflict of interest issues. From time to time she represents minority shareholders involved in oppression disputes and negotiated buy-out transactions.

Ms. Mattoon has experience in counseling both franchisors and franchisees on state and federal franchise issues, including drafting franchise disclosure documents and negotiating the acquisition and resale of franchisee rights. She enjoys representing clients in a variety of industries, including technology, restaurant/bar, retail, nonprofit, renewable energy and telecommunications.

Ms. Mattoon received her Juris Doctor, with high distinction, from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 2005, where she was inducted into the Order of the Coif and the Order of the Barristers. While in law school, she was a member of the Nebraska Law Review and the National Moot Court Team, and was awarded the CALI Excellence For the Future Awards in Corporations, Employee Benefits Laws, Pretrial Litigation, Torts and Trial Advocacy.

Ms. Mattoon received a BBA in Marketing, magna cum laude, from Texas Christian University in 2002.

Dr. David Mercer

Dr. Mercer is the McLaughlin Professor of Surgery and Chairman, Department of Surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, as well as the Senior Vice President of Medical Services for Nebraska Medicine.

Dr. Mercer received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School and completed a residency in General Surgery at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Following residency, he was recruited to Houston, Texas in 1993 as a faculty member in the Department of Surgery at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. In 1998, he became Chief of Surgery at LBJ General Hospital, held the Jack H. Mayfield Chair, and was Division Chief of General Surgery at UT Houston when he left in July of 2009 to assume the Chair position at UNMC. In 2014, Dr. Mercer accepted the role of Senior Vice President of Medical Services for Nebraska Medicine in addition to his role as Chair and continues to serve in both positions.

Among the many professional organizations of which Dr. Mercer is a member are the American College of Surgeons, the Association for Academic Surgery, the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the Society of University Surgeons, the American Surgical Association, and the Society of Clinical Surgeons. Additionally, he is an honorary member of both the European Society of Surgical Research and the Surgical Research Society of Southern Africa and is a Past President of the Society of University Surgeons. He also serves as a Director on the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Family Medicine.

Dr. Kim Duncan

Dr. Duncan attended medical school at the University of Alberta in Canada and completed his General Surgery residency and a Master of Science in Experimental Surgery at the same institution. A residency in Cardiothoracic Surgery was completed at the University of Alberta Hospitals followed by fellowships in congenital heart surgery at Sick Kids in Toronto and the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street in London, UK.

Dr. Duncan was an assistant professor in CT Surgery at the University of Manitoba Health Sciences Center in Winnipeg, Canada, before coming to UNMC and Children’s Hospital in 1993. Currently he is a Professor in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Vice Chair for Compliance and Outcomes in the Department of Surgery.

Dr. Duncan participates in the CT Surgery and General Surgery residency programs at UNMC, including cardiac surgical simulation, and is the local Surgeon Champion for the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program.

Dr. Joann Schaefer

Dr. Schaefer is Executive Vice President at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska. She oversees the company’s Risk Adjustment, Health Network Services, Case Management, Reimbursement Strategy, Utilization, Quality, Pharmacy, Medical Policy and Wellness areas. Prior to joining Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, Dr. Schaefer served in a dual role as chief medical officer and director of the Division of Public Health for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services from 2005 to 2013.

Before that, she practiced family medicine and served as a tenured associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Creighton University Medical School. In her role as the state’s chief medical officer, she oversaw policy development and the regulation of the health care and public health system. She led a team of more than 500 employees to ensure the proper regulation of all health care facilities and professionals.

Dr. Schaefer is a respected health care and public health leader throughout the state and nationally. During her tenure at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, she has worked with her team on developing the necessary tools to help transform health care into a more patient-focused system. She also serves on community boards that share a similar purpose. Dr. Schaefer leads by example and believes a healthy lifestyle, along with a positive attitude, can make a difference in life and longevity. She is a liver transplant patient and has completed more than 25 half and full marathons and one 50k.

Dr. Schaefer graduated from Creighton University Medical School and is board-certified in family medicine. She has been recognized by both Creighton University Medical School and California State University-Fullerton, where she received her undergraduate degree, for her service and as a distinguished alumnus.

Patrick Gottsch

Mr. Gottsch is Founder & President of Rural Media Group, Inc., the nation's first and only media company devoted to serving the needs and interests of rural America. RMG owns RFD-TV, the company's flagship channel, along with FamilyNet and RURAL RADIO on SiriusXM channel 147. Launched in December/2000, RFD-TV is now distributed into over fifty million homes on cable and satellite.

Mr. Gottsch grew up on the family's farming and cattle feeding operation outside of Elkhorn, Nebraska, where he has been a life-long resident of the community, graduating from Elkhorn High School before attending Sam Houston State University on a baseball scholarship. Mr. Gottsch is the proud father of three daughters, Raquel, Gatsby, and Rose Marie, who are active in the family's media operations.

Julie Phillips

As Vice President of Herschend Entertainment Studios, Julie is responsible for building new growth opportunities for the company through expansion into television, film, publishing, digital media, licensing and more.  This diversification strategy includes the development and execution of projects based on existing IP, as well as new IP through partnerships and strategic acquisitions.  Julie began her career at Herschend in high school, when she developed the entertainment department at Stone Mountain Park.  Prior to returning to Herschend, she held business and creative roles with Miramax, NBC, Raytheon, and SeaWorld.  Julie also has consulted for multiple non-profits with regard to strategy. 

Organ donation is of personal importance to her as her sister has suffered from kidney failure since childhood and received multiple organ transplants.  Julie received her BS in Business Administration from Pepperdine University and her MBA from Harvard Business School.  She and her husband, Jake, live in Atlanta, GA with their two children, two dogs, and two cats.

Greg Oswald

As Senior Vice President – Global Operations at Lindsay Corporation. Prior to his current position, Greg was the Global Lean Manager for Dana Corporation. In his 16 years with Dana, Greg advanced his career by starting on the shop floor into being promoted to Global Lean Manager.

Greg recently celebrated his 11-year anniversary with Lindsay Corporation. Lindsay is a global company with a corporate office located in Omaha, NE.  Along with several US locations, Greg has responsibility for facilities in Europe, Italy, South Africa, Turkey, Brazil, and China. In his role with Lindsay, Greg has been instrumental in transforming manufacturing operations and becoming a world class organization. Greg is currently responsible for safety, quality, and cost management for the entire organization. Greg and his wife Lori reside in Omaha, NE and have two sons, Nathan and Justin. Greg and his wife Lori have a passion to help and develop children.