Restoring Dignity Board
Alana Schriver, President
Alana Schriver received her MPH with an emphasis in Global Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Alana worked as a community health promoter overseas before returning to her home state of Nebraska to work in refugee resettlement. Over the years, she has provided direct guidance to resettled refugees as they navigate new American systems, such as: immigration, housing, healthcare, law enforcement, and education. Additionally, Alana provides professional development for community service providers working with newcomer populations and has presented at city, state, and national level conferences. She is currently the Senior Manager of Community Initiatives at Refugee Empowerment Center, one of Omaha’s refugee resettlement agencies, using her experience and connections to expand programs and partnerships in order to maximize client potential and joy. In addition to being Board President of Restoring Dignity, Alana also serves as Secretary of the Omaha Refugee Task Force, and on the Board of Cornerstone Nonprofit Healthcare. Her free time is spent gardening, beekeeping, and traveling.
Claire Herzog, Vice President
Claire Herzog has been working with refugees in various capacities for almost 20 years, including resettlement, early childhood, and mental health. She graduated from UNO with a Master in Social Work and Public Administration. She is currently a social worker with Omaha Public Schools. Claire has been involved with Restoring Dignity since shortly after its inception and has thoroughly enjoyed being part of its growth and progress.
Leah Sawyer Baker, Secretary
Leah Sawyer Baker has worked with refugees in various capacities for eleven years. She graduated with her Masters in Social Work from Boise State in Boise, Idaho, and has worked with refugees in Idaho, Minnesota, and Nebraska. Leah was the Refugee Resettlement Program Manager at Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota from 2014 – 2018 and oversaw the Reception and Placement Program for all refugee arrivals in both the Minneapolis and Saint Cloud offices welcoming an average of 700 refugees in the state each year. Leah completed an internship with the State Department, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) in Washington, D.C. working in refugee admissions and spent five months living outside of Karenni Camp One along the Thailand and Burma border. Leah is currently the school social worker at Bancroft Elementary School in Omaha, Nebraska. Outside of work, Leah is a fan of women’s soccer, going for walks, taking Zumba classes, and learning new plant based recipes to prepare on the weekends!
Mary Blaney, Treasurer
Mary Blaney serves as Controller of Burlington Capital and oversees the day-to-day activities of the Finance department. She is also responsible for internal controls over financial reporting. In addition to her financial duties, Mary is also a member of the Investment Committee for Burlington’s Ag-Venture Fund. Prior to joining Burlington Capital in 2017, she was an auditor with a national accounting firm, focused on financial service clients. Mary graduated from University of Nebraska at Omaha with a BSBA with a concentration in Accounting and a BA with a concentration in Spanish and has an active CPA license in Nebraska. Mary’s free time is spent with her active family enjoying the outdoors and playing sports.
Pamela Finn serves as President of Business Development for Burlington Capital. Her focus is working on current business holdings of and for Burlington Capital, in addition to investor relations for FundVI. Ms. Finn works to create business strategies to facilitate company growth and develop strategic relationships with our business partners and potential customers. She is a successful entrepreneur with more than 30 years of experience as a business owner of a design and manufacturing company, and has extensive experience overseeing financial, leadership and operational aspects of companies and organizations. Ms. Finn has been active in the investment management of a global portfolio of real estate and also served as a consultant, leveraging business knowledge to assist not-for-profit organizations, small businesses and international sourcing clients succeed.
Refugee Advisory Committee
We are in the process of gathering members for our Refugee Advisory Committee. Check back soon for updates!