Milagro – when a community comes together
to make miracles happen for those in need.

Thursday, November 2, 2017
Hilton Omaha – Downtown, 1001 Cass Street, Omaha, NE 68102

Each November, OneWorld Community Health Centers invites its supporters to celebrate a healthier future for our community. Our annual Milagro Dinner is an opportunity to honor individuals and organizations who make Milagros (“miracles” in Spanish) happen for the most vulnerable children and families we serve. With the help of supporters like you, we can continue to provide quality, affordable care to all, regardless of status, identity or ability to pay.

The warm ambiance of our program provides the perfect opportunity to mingle and unwind as we recognize the good works of our volunteers and partners. Come for an evening of style and ease and leave inspired by the miracles that happen when a community works together.

This year’s Milagro Dinner will take place on Thursday, November 2, 2017 and will feature guest speaker Maria Teresa Kumar, who is the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of Voto Latino and an Emmy-nominated MSNBC Contributor.

Evening Program:
Cocktail reception and silent auction: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner & program: 6:30 p.m.
Guest speaker: 7:30 p.m.

Featured Speaker Maria Teresa Kumar

Maria Teresa Kumar is the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of Voto Latino, a leading national civic engagement organization targeting acculturated American Latino youth. Through innovative digital campaigns, pop culture and grassroots voices, Voto Latino provides culturally relevant programs that engage, educate and empower Latinos to be agents of change.

Kumar expanded Voto Latino from a public service announcement campaign to what is now a full-fledged organization that leverages new media, technology and celebrity spokespeople to mobilize Latino voters, encourage civic participation and change negative cultural stereotypes.

Ms. Kumar is also an Emmy-nominated contributor with MSNBC, and she hosts MSNBC’s new show, Changing America. She has been named by Fast Company as one of the 1000 Creative Minds in Business Worldwide for her unique uses of technology, media and celebrity to make transformative change and mobilize the fastest-growing group of Americans.

Honorary Chairs Mayor Jean Stothert and Dr. Joseph Stothert

Mayor Jean Stothert and Dr. Joseph Stothert have been involved in service to our community since they moved to Omaha in 1993.

Mayor Stothert is beginning her second term as mayor. She is Omaha’s 51st mayor and the first woman elected to the office. She previously served on the Omaha City Council and the Millard Board of Education. She is a member of the Salvation Army Board of Directors, the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency Council of Elected Officials, and the League of Nebraska Municipalities Executive Board. She has volunteered on numerous community boards.

Mayor Stothert has helped Omaha become a more welcoming city by caring for individuals and families in need by fostering their strengths and self-sufficiency. For decades, immigrants and refugee families have settled in Omaha and contribute to the important cultural diversity of our city.

Dr. Stothert is a trauma surgeon at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He has served as Medical Director for the Omaha Fire Department, Douglas County 911 and the Omaha Airport Authority. He is the Director of Trauma for the State of Nebraska.

The Stotherts have been married for 37 years. They have two children, Elizabeth and Andrew and are new grandparents!

Milagro Awards 2017

Kelly Nielsen, MPH, MS, CPH, CHI Health

As Division Director of Healthier Communities and Community Benefit, Ms. Nielsen leads community health needs assessment, implementation and reporting requirements for 16 hospital locations, and directs various system-wide health promotion and clinical integration strategies in childhood obesity, violence prevention, access to care, social determinants of health, and more. Kelly’s previous work with CHI included efforts within childhood obesity prevention including leading and partnering on programs to influence sustainable policy and environmental change in schools and child care environments, developing strategic communication campaigns around healthy living, and building community capacity to sustain prevention efforts. Kelly earned a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a Master of Science in Educational Psychology from Georgia State University. Her experience and education has focused on social and behavioral sciences with successful outcomes and experience in program planning, evaluation and monitoring; health impact assessment; strategic planning; and policy development and analysis. Kelly is a Scholar of the UNMC Great Plains Public Health Leadership Institute, and is certified in Public Health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE). Kelly notes that the success of CHI Health’s work and investment in the community is driven by a tremendously talented team, support from numerous internal staff and leaders, and dedicated and passionate community partners. CHI Health is honored to partner in this work that meets their Mission to create healthier communities.

Dr. Thomas McGinn, Midwest Gastrointestinal Associates

Dr. McGinn is originally from St. Louis, Missouri, and attended the University of Missouri at Kansas City’s 6-year medical program. His path continued further down Interstate 70 to Denver, Colorado, where he served an Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado Health Science’s Center and completed his training with a Fellowship in Gastroenterology at the University of Colorado.

In 1993, he moved to Omaha and accepted a job at Creighton University as an Assistant Professor of Medicine. In 1998, Dr. McGinn entered private practice with Gastrointestinal Associates, P.C. His practice is dedicated to the diagnosis and management of gastrointestinal disorders and includes a wide range of endoscopic procedures both diagnostic and therapeutic. He is board-certified in Gastroenterology, and has been a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Outside of his professional life, he enjoys his active family and attends many school events as possible. His hobbies include playing tennis, exercising and enjoying the Omaha Symphony.

Ruth Henrichs, Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska

Since 1984, Ruth Henrichs has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska, a community based organization with 18 office locations. Under her leadership, Lutheran Family Services has developed programs of immigration and refugee services, integrated health care, AmeriCorops volunteer services, mental health and substance abuse treatment, foster care, treatment for children who have been sexually abused, At Ease services for veterans, active military and their loved ones; and early intervention/prevention services for young parents at Centers for Health Families in Fremont, North Omaha, and Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Ruth is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of Lutheran Services in America, one of the largest networks of human service organizations in the United States. She has also served on the national Board of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service and the Immanuel Board her in Omaha.

Ruth and her husband, Richard, have three sons and 9 grandchildren. Ruth was raised on a farm near Scribern, Nebraska.

Passionate may be the best word to describe Ruth – she is passionate about the mission of Lutheran Family Services to: “build and strengthen individual, family, and community life.”

Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors

MILAGRO Sponsors
Michael and Susan Lebens

GLOBAL Sponsors

United HealthCare of the Midlands

Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Baird Holm Law Firm
Boys Town National Research Hospital
Building Healthy Futures
Cox Communications
Custom Computing Corporation
Dr. David Chait
Heartland Printing Solutions
Midwest Housing Equity Group
Quest Diagnostics
UNMC-Center for Reducing Health Disparities

Drew & Meredith Weitz
Fast Signs
Investors Realty, Inc.
Werner Enterprises


Sponsors current as of September 14, 2017

If you would like to bring more milagros to our patients contact Kelsey Brozek, at 402-502-8940 or, for more information. To purchase tickets or become a sponsor of this year’s Milagro dinner, please click here.

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