2021 Board of Directors

Lili Shim

Lili is the Director of Operations at Cassling, an advanced partner of Siemens Healthineers. With over 25 years’ experience in the healthcare and financial services industries, she has implemented numerous change management processes to strengthen organizational capabilities. Her lifelong learning focuses on leadership and team development strategies — particularly when it comes to navigating speed bumps in the course of doing business. Lili joined HWN to meet other business professionals who share her enthusiasm for supporting one another in their career development journeys.

 One of the ways Lili spends her spare time is volunteering for organizations that further healthcare research, as well as packaging or preparing meals for those in need. Lili holds a BS in business administration from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and an MBA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She can often be found improving her golf game with her husband and sons!

Marketing and Secretary Co-Chair

Tonya has been in the financial services industry for over two decades and has had the opportunity to experience a lot of challenging, fun and diverse roles. Today, as an Assistant Director-Field Supervision, her role and commitment are to empower financial professionals to grow professionally and reach their awesome potential. Tonya feels that if a person has the tools and resources to convert their potential into success, she can help build toward that success together.

Tonya has her Bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University. She is active in GAMA, NAIFA- Omaha chapter and currently the President of Women in Insurance and Financial Services- Nebraska Chapter (WIFS). She is a nine-time qualifier for Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) and has achieved the Principal® Management Achievement Round Table (MART) in 2013. Tonya lives in Omaha with her husband David, a retired police officer, and their two teenage children, Melissa and Anthony.

Insurance products issued by Principal National Life Insurance Co. (except in NY) and Principal Life Insurance Co. Securities and advisory products offered through Principal Securities, Inc., 800/247-1737, member SIPC. Principal National, Principal Life, and Principal Securities, Inc. are members of the Principal Financial Group®, Des Moines, IA 50392. Tonya Mathison, Principal National and Principal Life Financial Representative, Principal Securities Registered Representative, Financial Advisor. t16111607bh

Sherry Thompson
Marketing and Secretary Co-Chair

Sherry is a communications consultant working with nonprofits and small businesses. She works extensively with Saving Grace Perishable Food Rescue, helping the seven-year-old nonprofit with communications and grant writing. During her career, she has worked as a communications manager, freelance writer, reporter, and editor in diverse corporate, newspaper, and nonprofit environments. Her work has received numerous state and national awards.

Her community involvement includes serving as secretary for the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary board and past president and high school communications contest director for Nebraska Press Women.

In her free time, Sherry enjoys traveling, volunteering in the community, crafting, and spending time with family and friends.

Sandy Gordon
Events and Program Chair

Sandy Gordon is the Catering Coordinator for Qdoba Mexican Eats in Omaha, Lincoln and Council Bluffs area. She has been working for Qdoba for over 7 years. Sandy is an Omaha native who went to Westside High School. She is married to Bruce who works at UNMC. They have 4 children ranging in ages from 40 – 29 and 7 grandchildren. They are very fortunate to have all of our children living in the Omaha area. As a Millard resident, Sandy believes in supporting local businesses to the best of her ability. Those who know Sandy, knows she doesn’t sit still well, so she has a side business called Sandy’s Stitchery where she embroiders baby clothes and gifts. She also likes to bake and unfortunately eat what she bakes. She’s been a member of HWN for about 5 years and thoroughly enjoys being a part of this organization and is proud to be on the Board!

Katie Hossner
Membership Chair

Katie is the Group Events Manager at The Amazing Pizza Machine, a family entertainment center in Millard. Her motivation is to discover what is important to her clients, facilitate fun and create JOY! Her natural enthusiasm encourages play and team spirit, which has been fundamental in her career and in the growth of those she has had the pleasure to work with over the years. She has 20+ years of experience in corporate management, leadership, planning, sales, customer service, and organization. She adores cuddling with her dogs. She is interested in mental health awareness, child and family welfare and environmental/conservation issues.

Jessica Thompson
Finance Chair

Jessica enjoys being actively involved in the community, spending time with family and friends, and spending as much time near water as possible. She has a two year old son named Jace and 10 year old Pomeranian named Macy. She thinks Pineapples are super cute and the world could never have too much chips & salsa.

Jessica graduated from the University of South Dakota from the joint accounting program in which she  earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Accounting. She then went on to earn, and currently holds her CPA, CFP, Series 66, and Life and Health licenses. Currently, Jessica is a CPA with Verdant Accounting where her focus is on tax planning and preparing tax returns. Her main goal is to make tax time as easy and stress free as possible for all of her clients.

 Carri Lyons
Web and Social Media Chair

Carri is the founder of Victory Lane Consulting , LLC.  She is a Health & Empowerment Coach empowering women to move out of their own comfort and challenge themselves by losing excess body fat, tackling a new hobby, creating new goals or just adding passion into their lives. She is a published author, national public speaker, 2-time Cancer survivor,  and angel mommy. Additionally, she is a world-traveler, 6-time marathon finisher and long-distance cyclist.

Carri is married to the love of her life, Edwin, who are both so thankful to be parents to their 7-year old Ethiopian daughter, Anavie Hope. Carri gives gratitude for her role with Heartland Women’s Network. 

Mindy Kidney

Mindy is a licensed residential REALTOR® at RE/MAX Results. She is a proud second-generation REALTOR® with over 16 years of licensed experience working in the real estate field.

While originally from the Kansas City Area, she moved to Omaha, Nebraska in 2002 to finish her Bachelors of Science at Grace University. After graduation, she bounced back to KC to be an office manager for a real estate firm then moved back to Omaha (for good!) in 2005 to marry her amazing husband and started selling Real Estate full time here in 2007.

In her first year of selling real, she received the Top Outstanding New Associate award from my company and has since consistently exceeded the industry average helping 30+ families make moves each year. Real Estate is not a hobby, it is her passion. She works tirelessly to sell homes and provide the best service in the industry. In her free time, she enjoys serving on boards, cooking for (and with friends), volunteering through Omaha Jaycees and snuggling her basset hounds, Magnolia and Juniper!

Raina Garcia 

Raina Garcia is a partner at Pixel Fire Marketing where she leads the Creative Services division. With years of experience in graphic design, web design, web development, and branding, her goal is to take the company’s creativity to the next level and help provide an all-in-one marketing solution for clients. She adds the assets of a keen design eye, project management skills, customer service talents as well as technical expertise. She also enjoys mentoring the new talent they bring to the team as the business grows!

Raina is passionate about her community and networking. She’s been involved in several networking groups and chambers in the Omaha area. This includes her role as one of the original members of Heartland Women’s Network since its inception in 2010. She served on the board for 9 years and is now serving as an Advisor.

Raina is a native of southern California and moved to Omaha in June of 2010. Nebraska is now home with her husband, Dave, their two cats (Boogie and Sadie) and their two dogs (Maybel and Maddie Sunshine). She enjoys the outdoors: walking, hiking, biking; reading a good book; game nights with friends and wine tasting.



Social Media Committee Member

      Ms. Lisa Tonjes Moritz


Events Committee Member

      Ms. Michele Magner

Membership  Committee Member
      Ms. Robyn Burnett

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