8.26.16 Issue

Mary-Beth Muskin, ADL Omaha Regional Director

There is much going on at the Omaha ADL-CRC office! One of those things is that Emily Newman will be stepping down from her position as Administrative Assistant to begin her doctorate degree at UNO in public administration with a focus in emergency management. Emily stepped into the position a year ago to assist with all the changes in the Omaha office and assist she has. Emily has been an integral part of the Omaha ADL-CRC team lending her expertise on all things Israel, writing articles to keep the community informed, while pitching in on all the day-to-day needs of running an office. Emily is also a trained ADL Facilitator with the Words to Action curriculum. This curriculum empowers Jewish students to address bias on campus, in their schools and communities. Emily has assisted in the development, implementation and delivery of the “Words to Action” program. While we are excited for Emily as she returns to graduate school, we are equally excited that she will remain an important part of our ADL-CRC family.

Emily’s position has been filled by Scott Kurz, who is well known in the Omaha theater community. He helped found and run the Brigit Saint Brigit Theater Company for the last 23 years. He has performed in over 100 productions. Scott is a multi-faceted producer and artist, an accomplished fight choreographer and combatant, as well as an award-winning actor and set and light designer. Inclusive in the management of the theater is his background in marketing, development and social media, all skills that lend themselves to the ADL-CRC.

In addition to his artistic pursuits, Scott spent five years helping manage the American Red Cross Midwest Call Center, coordinating multiple regions databases and re-tooling their predictive dialer platform. He also spent 15 years working in Early Childhood Education at the UNO Child Care Center and the First National Child Development Center, specializing in helping children with behavioral disorders. It was through this endeavor, helping young children and their families, that he received what he cites as his most treasured honor. He was awarded the Omaha Women’s Fund Outstanding Child Care Provider Award (the first male to ever receive the honor!)

Needless to say, we will truly miss Emily’s daily input at the ADL-CRC but are glad to be retaining her expertise as a facilitator. While we look forward to benefiting from Emily’s background in emergency management, we wish Emily all the best of luck in her future endeavors in school and otherwise, and we are thrilled to be welcoming Scott to our small but mighty team!