Board of Directors and Staff
The Board of Directors for the Papillion Community Foundation is comprised of individuals who live or work in the community.
Jacob Betsworth - Board President
Jacob Betsworth is a Lieutenant for the Sarpy County Sheriff's Office. He is actively involved in the Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce through the Leadership Sarpy advisory board, volunteers for Police Athletics for Community Engagement, and is the recent recipient of the CHI Health Community Partnership Excellence Award. Jacob and his family are parishioners of St. Columbkille Parish and are proud to live and serve in Papillion and Sarpy County.
Travis Jacott - Board Vice President
Travis Jacott is an attorney with Adams & Sullivan, P.C., L.L.O. located in Papillion, with a focus on real estate development and transfers, litigation, and estate planning. Travis is a proud member of the Papillion Area Lions Club, Nebraska Bar Association, and Sarpy County Bar Association. He is a graduate of the Sarpy County Leadership Program and an active member of the Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce.
Mike Rukstalis, DVM - Board Treasurer
Owner and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine of the Papillion Animal Hospital. A graduate of Papillion La-Vista High School and longtime community member. Mike is active in the following organizations: Board of Directors for the Nebraska Academy of Veterinary Medicine; Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association member; American Veterinary Medical Association member; Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce.
Margaret White - Past President
Margaret moved to Papillion in 1986 certain that this was a two-year assignment for her Naval Aviator husband. However, the military through many changes in staffing extended his assignment and he retired shortly afterwards. With the start of Papio Fun Park in full operations in 1990, she has now lived in Papillion for more than 35 years spending 30 of those years owning and managing Papio Fun Park. Her 5 children have also claimed Nebraska as their home with 3 of them still living in Papillion. She has been actively involved in their school activities and now enjoys attending the various activities of her grandchildren.
A past president of the Papillion Community Foundation as well as beinginvolved with the Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce as a Gold Ambassador has kept her engaged in our community. She currently serves as a board member of the Ralston Area Chamber and is an active member of the Omaha Executive Association. She serves on the Sarpy County Tourism Committee and is a BEST partner with the Papillion LaVista Community Schools.
She has a BA degree in music from Bethany College, Bethany, WVa and a Masters in Music Education from Florida State University (go Seminoles!!). Music remains the focus of her life serving in the music ministry at St Columbkille Church and in her “free” time enjoys anything musical from a school music program to attending a Broadway musical.
Margaret grew up in Washington, D.C. and is 5th generation Washingtonian. When asked if she would want to return to D.C. to live, her response "a firm negative. Why return to the east coast when Papillion is my home."
Lowell Fergusonserves as the Assistant Vice President, Pinnacle Bank. He is actively involved in Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Past Chair, Sarpy County Chamber Young Professionals member, Lions Club Papillion board member, Papillion La Vista Schools Foundation Golf committee member, Teammates Mentoring Program member, and Habitat for Humanity yearly volunteer
William J. Biancoowner of Bianco Stroh, LLC. He is also an adjunct Professor at Creighton University; Presidential Appointee to the 1995 White House Conference on Small Business; Sarpy County Bar Association; YMCA Sarpy County Branch; Board of Managers; Member, Nebraska Diplomats, a Nebraska non-profit economic development corporation.
Adam Boehmer has resided and been employed in the City of Papillion for ten years. He currently serves as a police officer for the City of Papillion and previously, a Nebraska State Probation Officer out of the Papillion office. Family and community have always been a number one priority. When not patrolling the streets, Adam enjoys spending time with family, the outdoors, and working on countless DIY projects. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Omaha with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Utilizing both his professional and community involvement, Adam looks forward to continuing to serve the City of Papillion through this organization.
Travis David is in banking management. He is actively involved in Sarpy Chamber of Commerce and also sits on the board of the Papillion YMCA. He is very invested in the advancement of the foundation and the Papillion Community.
Jerrod White was born and raised in Papillion. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Jerrod started his banking career with a teller position in 1995, and worked with finance lending and compliance before moving into operations and branch management. Now, as Market President for Citizens State Bank's new Papillion location, Jerrod White is deeply committed to excellence in serving the customers of Citizens and serving his community through his involvement with non-profit organization and activities in the Sarpy County area.
Peggy is recently retired after 33 years with SACFCU. She is also involved in – Sarpy County Relay for Life – Chair; Papillion Junior Women’s Club member.
Megan Nemitz was born and raised in Scottsbluff, and Papillion feels similar to her hometown! A graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a masters from Doane University, Megan works in the non-profit sector at Immanuel Communities, leading their digital marketing initiatives. Megan has worked in a variety of tech companies and start-ups, and has a passion for using technology in marketing!
When she is not working, Megan enjoys spending time at home with her husband, cooking, reading, catching a game at Werner Park, and walking around Prairie Queen Rec Area!
CEO of Midwest Laboratories continues to build on Midwest Laboratories rich analysis history. Under, Brent’s leadership, the company had its best year ever in the year of the pandemic. Brent gives credit to his wonderful team that focuses on a “People First” mentality with respect to their employees and their innovative science and dynamic service.
Is a Director of Strategic Accounts at FNTS located in downtown Omaha. He has over 15 years of experience in the IT industry. He also serves on the Leadership Sarpy advisory board, volunteers as a youth baseball coach, and is co-chair for the Omaha Information Technology Council (OITC). After graduating from the University of Nebraska - Kearney (UNK) he moved to the Omaha metro area where he started his family. Matt has lived and embraced Papillion since 2013. When Matt is not working he likes golfing, hunting, baseball, traveling, biking, boating, and cheering on the Huskers/Chiefs/Royals.
Laura L. SchwartzExecutive Director
Laura Schwartz started with the Papillion Community Foundation in July of 2017. Schwartz comes to the Foundation with over 26 years of experience in wellness, customer experience and philanthropy. She is a passionate community advocate and has been a resident of Papillion for 19 years. Her corporate experience includes roles at Hewlett Packard Corporation, Prairie Life Fitness and Papillion LaVista Community Schools. Her duties included wellness development, project management, program planning, policy compliance and process development, event planning and fundraising. As a military wife for over 28 years she chaired numerous family support groups, Yellow Ribbon Events, and completed Family Readiness Group certification that focused on budgetary management and ethics.
Mrs. Schwartz is responsible for implementing the policies and directives of the Board of Directors and overall growth strategies of the Foundation. She will concentrate on monitoring and increasing the Foundation’s Assets. She will also work closely with the City of Papillion, donors, other nonprofit organizations, corporate leaders as well as engaged citizens to continue to strengthen Papillion through creative philanthropy, vision and leadership.
Laura and her husband of 32 years Gerry, have two sons. When she is not working at the Foundation Mrs. Schwartz enjoys time spent being active with her family, cooking and DIY projects.
Joseph B. Hunter
Joe Hunter started with the Papillion Community Foundation in February of 2020. He comes to the Foundation with a previous background in project management, customer service, and human resource acquisition. Joe has lived in Papillion since 2007. He is a Class of 2016 graduate of Papillion La Vista High School where he was involved with Monarch Broadcasting, SkillsUSA, and NJROTC. Currently a student at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, Joe is pursuing a degree in political science and nonprofit management. Joe has a deep-rooted interest in nonprofit organization and management. He utilitizes these skills not only at the Foundation but also by serving as Secretary of the Papillion Downtown Business Association and as a Member-at-Large for the Papillion 150 Executive Committee.
In his role, Mr. Hunter will be responsible for assisting the Executive Director in bringing the policies and directives of the Board of Directors to life. Along with assisting in managing communication platforms and the Foundation’s financial systems, Mr. Hunter assists in strategy-crafting and implementation procedures to achieve the Foundation’s mission.
When Joe is not at work, he spends his time with family, on his studies, and playing golf.