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.
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.
In her new role, Mrs. Schwartz will be 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. “It will absolutely be my honor to work with the Foundation’s Board, donors, and community partners to continue to make Papillion one of the best small cities in America” comments Mrs. Schwartz “and I am very excited about this opportunity to serve the community of Papillion.”
Laura and her husband of 30 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.
Margaret WhiteBoard President
Margaret is active in the Papillion Community and she owns and operates Papio Fun Park. She is also involved with Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce Gold Ambassador; Ralston Area Chamber of Commerce, Board Member; Omaha Executives Association, Board Member; St Columbkille Church – Music Ministry; Papillion LaVista Community Schools BEST partner; Sarpy County Tourism Committee
Curtis RaingeVice President
Curtis is a Community Service Manager with the Sarpy County Sherriff's Office, he is retired from the USAF. He is also involved in Past President Papillion Area Lions Club; Heartland Family Services of Sarpy County Advisory Committee Member; Foster Grandparent Program of Eastern Nebraska Member; Papillion La-Vista Optimist Club Member; Tri-City Food Pantry Board Member; Papillion LaVista Schools Foundation – Board Member; Nebraska Citizen Corp; Echoes Softball Association, Vice-President.
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.
Executive Board Member at Large
Lori Thomas joined the Papillion Community Foundation in February of 2017. She has 19 years experience in the health and wellness field and a diverse background with a variety of experiences and roles. Early in her career she worked at Union Pacific Railroad in health promotion and as a Personal Trainer and Fitness Director at her local YMCA. She then joined the team at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska as their Onsite Wellness Coordinator for nine years where she ran the onsite fitness center as well as designed, coordinated, and evaluated all internal wellness programs and initiatives. Lori expanded her reach in the field by accepting a position with Arthur J. Gallagher as a Regional Wellbeing Consultant where she worked with clients of all sizes based in a four-state region. In early 2017, Lori was honored to be recognized as one of the Top 25 Health Promotion Professionals in the nation by the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA). Lori is now a Strategic Account Executive with Interactive Health where she strives to make a lasting positive impact for her clients and in the wellness field as a whole.
In her free time, Lori enjoys spending time with her family. As a wife and busy mom of four (Logan-11, Austin-9, Lexi-8, and Liam-6) there is always something to do, especially during baseball season as all three boys play ball! The entire family shares a love for animals as is evident with their two dogs, a cat and two bearded dragons as pets. Lori also has family that work as zookeepers at the nationally acclaimed Omaha Henry Doorly zoo and spends much of her free time there! She loves to get lost in a good book and is a life-long Philadelphia Eagles and Nebraska Huskers fan. Lori is an active member in her community serving on the Executive Board of Directors for the Papillion Community Foundation and a member of the PTO at her children’s school. Past roles have included being on the Metro Omaha Tobacco Action Coalition Board, the Young Professionals Connect Board of Directors at BCBSNE and serving 8 years as a Volunteer Coordinator for WELLCOM's Trek Up the Tower event. Lori is proud to call Papillion her home and serving the community through the work of the Papillion Community Foundation.
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.
Joyce Stanglenis retired and is active in Papillion Junior Women’s Club; Papillion Garden Club; Member of the Foster Care Review Board; Douglas-Sarpy Extension; Master Gardener.
Mark VanderheidenOwner/Office Manager of Gina V Physical Therapy. He is a Member of the Downtown Papillion Business Association; American Legion Post 32 member; Papillion Area Lions Club member; Papillion LaVista Schools Foundation Committee Chair; Jr Titan Football Board Member.
Travis David is the Banking Center Manager for Core Bank. His office is located on 121st and Center. 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.
Mike Rukstalis, DVM
is the owner of Papillion Animal Hospital. He 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.
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.
Mike Neuzil is a retired Vietnam veteran and retired from the City of Papillion after 16 years of service. So many Papillion organizations have benefitted from Mike's help. He has been a member of the PCF Board for almost 3 years. His dedication and service can be seen throughout the community - he serves on the Tree Board and is very active at St Columbkille Parish.
Not pictured: Jodi Culp