Meet the Development Team

Get to know some of the people behind the scenes

Meet the Nebraska Humane Society Development Team

Kathy Roum

Vice President of Development

A native Nebraskan and animal lover from the very beginning, Kathy grew up with animals galore. Her family had horses, pigs, cows, sheep, rabbits, cats and dogs; you name it! As her two boys grew, so did her experience with animals, adding frogs, lizards, fish, snakes and hamsters to her list! She has nearly as much experience in raising funds for important causes, like the American Lung Association and Habitat for Humanity, before coming to the Nebraska Humane Society (NHS). She loves her husband, Chad, and her children, but is most partial to her boy Gus, a German Shorthaired Pointer (pictured).

Contact Kathy for any questions related to major gifts, individual giving, vehicle donations, planned giving or corporate support


Tracy Bohrofen

Grants Manager

With her farm upbringing in Iowa, Tracy has been around animals her entire life. Pets then included cats, dogs and a llama! As llamas are not great in urban areas, Tracy’s pet choice now is her dog, Ruby, a Boxer mix. She has enjoyed her roles at non-profit organizations for most of her career. Prior to the NHS, Tracy’s experience in development and grants included Lauritzen Gardens and the Peter Kiewit Foundation. 

Contact Tracy with any questions regarding grants or the Combined Federal Campaign. 


Stephanie Diaz de Leon

Development Director

Born and raised in Lincoln, Stephanie entered the world asking for a dog! She has had many animals over the years, including a cat, dogs, newts, fish, snails, mice and hamsters. She and her husband, Ramon, have two dogs; Jack, a Sheltie, and Rusty, a Maltipoo (pictured). Stephanie has worked for several local non-profits and enjoys helping connect donors to their passions. She wanted to follow a passion of her own by helping improve the lives of the animals in her community. Stephanie has found her home, here at NHS.

Contact Stephanie for any questions related to individual giving, monthly giving or planned giving.


Gordon Krentz

Special Events Manager

Gordon loves animals and often finds himself in the middle of his pack! Ted, a Pug, and Homer, a Goldendoodle (pictured), along with Pug brothers, Norm and Hank, and Kess the cat, are NHS alums and uniquely complete the Krentz clan. “The animals find me, I don’t find them. It’s one of the dangers, or perks, depending on how you look at it, of working at the NHS – your family can and will grow very quickly.” 

Contact Gordon with any questions regarding special events and Friends Forever. He is also a good ‘matchmaker’ for those looking to add four-legged friends to their family.


Sandy Piper

Data Management Associate

Sandy grew up in Nebraska with at least one dog always by her side. She was a volunteer at NHS for five years, before deciding to join the team professionally. She has now been in her dream role for more than 12 years where she gets to work with numbers and be around animals. She has gained a love for cats and rabbits during her time at NHS – having multiples of each as officemates. Sandy enjoys going for walks and watching movies with her husband, Pat, and Briscoe “the Kid,” her German Shorthaired Pointer (pictured), who usually seats himself in the middle of the couch. 

Contact Sandy with any questions regarding matching gifts.


Mary Severin 

Data Management Associate

Mary is an Omaha native who grew up with a strong love for cats; however, her husband, Chuck, was not the biggest fan.Her love eventually converted Chuck, and they now have three cats named Willow, Mojo and Merlin, who are all NHS alums. Mary is also a huge fan of rabbits and has had several bun buns running in her office over the last 21 years. Mary originally started her career as a volunteer, but then dedicated her life to NHS’s mission. Mary is pictured with Dudley, a good friend’s dog (her cats don’t enjoy outings as much!).

Contact Mary with any questions regarding honor, memorial or celebratory gifts.  

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