University of Nebraska Foundation announces new board directors

The University of Nebraska Foundation welcomes three new members to its board of directors. Ivan Gilreath of Scottsdale, Arizona, Sandra Massey of Scottsbluff and Susan Thaden of Omaha have been elected to serve for three-year terms. The board of directors consists of volunteers who meet at least three times a year to oversee the business affairs of the foundation.

“The University of Nebraska Foundation is grateful for the volunteer leadership of its board which comprises talented and engaged professionals who each bring their unique skills and knowledge to our organization,” said President and CEO Brian Hastings. “Our entire team looks forward to working alongside this committed group.”

The foundation also announced that Anne Hubbard and Thomas H. Warren, Sr., both of Omaha, were reelected to serve a second three-year term on the board. Charles D. Fritch, M.D., of Bakersfield, California, has concluded his term.

Ivan Gilreath
Ivan Gilreath received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Business and received an MBA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Business Administration. He serves as president and CEO for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Versed in strategic planning, growth initiatives, diversity initiatives and community engagement, he is past president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands in Omaha, Nebraska. He has also served in leadership roles for global bank ING and for Mutual of Omaha.

His service to the university has also included the UNMC Chancellor’s Board of Counselors and the UNO College of Business Administration National Advisory Board.

Sandra Massey
Sandra Massey is a two-time graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she received a bachelor’s degree from the College of Arts and Sciences and a master’s degree in adult and continuing education from the College of Education and Human Sciences.

She is senior vice president‒director of human resources for Platte Valley Financial Services in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Her additional HR background includes service with Alliance Data/Vertex Business Services, J.R. Simplot Company, Target Corporation and ITT Sheraton Hotels.

Her additional University of Nebraska service has included the University of Nebraska-Panhandle Alumni Association board of directors, University of Nebraska Alumni Association board of directors and the UNMC Chancellor’s Board of Counselors.

Susan Thaden
Susan Thaden is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she received a bachelor’s degree in communication from the College of Arts and Sciences. She is the founder and CEO of two businesses built around service and growth. Client Resources Inc. (CRi) was started in 1999 and became a leading partner for IT talent and solutions in the Midwest region.

In 2015, she launched a new company from the innovation lab of CRi called From Now On (FNO). It is centered around the sports tech sector and has developed FanX, a mobile solution that helps organizations engage their fans and enthusiasts.

Thaden’s community involvement and leadership includes serving organizations that are at the intersection of IT, community and workforce development. She serves on the University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Information Science and Technology Advisory Committee and is chair of the Women in IT Fund Task Force at UNO.

See the entire list of volunteers who serve on the board of directors or on one of its committees.

Sue Thaden headshot

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