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 via email or phone (402-905-3435 office) for any questions related to major gifts, individual giving, vehicle donations 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 via email or phone (402-905-3428 office) 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 via email or phone (402-905-3438 office) for any questions related to individual giving, monthly giving, or regarding honor, memorial or celebratory gifts.  

Gordon Krentz

Special Events Director

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 via email or phone (402-905-3483 office) 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 via email or phone (402-905-3445 office) with any questions regarding matching gifts, brick or tribute gifts or ACH updates.

Jennifer Katz

Director of Legacy Giving

A native Omahan, Jennifer’s love and appreciation for all animals, companion and wild, started very early - too early to even remember. Three of her pets were adopted from the Nebraska Humane Society, two very good dogs and one very bad (but well loved) cat. Prior to joining the Nebraska Humane Society, Jennifer provided human resources consulting services to nonprofits, co-founded an award-winning start-up veterinary clinic and partnered with the charitably minded to make transformational gifts in support of higher education. Jennifer is honored to be able to bring her education and experience to the Nebraska Humane Society to help people and pets live better together.  

Contact Jennifer via email or phone (402-905-3486 office, 402-810-0026 cell) if you would like to know more about bequests, beneficiary designations, Donor Advised Funds (DAFs), Charitable IRA Rollovers, charitable annuities, charitable trusts and more. 

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