I have reorganized the Mayor's office to provide excellent customer service to everyone. My staff is here to help and inform you. We all bring different backgrounds and experiences to our jobs.
CHIEF OF STAFF
Marty is a top advisor to Mayor Stothert. His law enforcement background makes him a key resource on public safety issues, which is a top priority for Mayor Stothert and her team. “The Mayor’s most important job is keeping our citizens safe and that’s been my responsibility for almost four decades, first as a deputy on patrol and later as Chief Deputy to the Douglas County Sheriff. Together with Mayor Stothert and her team, we will provide the resources and support to help our police officers, firefighters and first-responders and we will always remember the citizens we serve and protect.”
Marty grew up in south Omaha, graduated from Archbishop Ryan High School and the University of Nebraska-Omaha with a degree in Computer Engineering. He retired from the Douglas County Sheriff’s department in June after 38 years of service. For the last eleven years of his career, he was the Chief Deputy.
Marty’s experience in budget management, contract negotiations, personnel decisions and government operations and mergers provides leadership in these critical areas. He is also certified by the National Incident Management System. Marty has served on the DOTComm board and the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council.
Marty and his wife Jane have two children and a grandson.
DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF/ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Cassie grows Omaha. She works with the business and development communities and the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce to promote Omaha as a business friendly city. She is the Mayor's liaison with the Planning and Public Works departments, making sure current development projects proceed and new ideas are successful. "Omaha is a great place to live, work and do business. We need to aggressively recruit and retain businesses and people. This includes evaluating all aspects of development from land use to revitalization to amenities."
Cassie is a native Nebraskan. She attended the University of Nebraska Lincoln and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies and Sociology. She has a Master's Degree in Management with an emphasis on leadership from Doane College. Cassie is also a graduate of the University of Oklahoma's Economic Development Institute.
Before joining Mayor Stothert's staff, Cassie was the Economic Development Manager for the City of Omaha Planning Department. She has also worked for the Nebraska Department of Economic Development and was Executive Director of the York County Development Corporation.
Cassie is a member of the International Economic Development Council, the National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council, the Nebraska Economic Developers Association and Optimist International.
Cassie is an avid sports fan, especially Husker football.
DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF/COMMUNICATIONS
Carrie develops and delivers information on behalf of Mayor Stothert; news media releases and interviews, social media, event-planning, speech-writing, and proclamations. She also assists the Community Relations Team with special events and neighborhood and community meetings.
Carrie is a graduate of Omaha Burke High School and the University of Nebraska Omaha where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism. A college internship at KMTV led to a 34-year career in television news reporting, producing and news management. “I am lucky that I worked in television news in my hometown, not many journalists get to do that. A News Director once called me ‘the Smithsonian” of the newsroom. Knowledge of Omaha history, the newsmakers, and the issues Omaha citizens care about are important in television and now in public service.”
While at KMTV, Carrie led the station’s fundraising campaign to raise $100,000 for the City of Omaha’s first graffiti removal system. She also represented KMTV on the Omaha World Herald Branching Out committee, created after the October 1997 ice storm that destroyed trees across the city. KMTV sponsored neighborhood block parties for the next year to help neighborhoods recover and plant new trees. Those successes led to Carrie’s interest in community service.
Carrie has served on numerous boards and committees including the Omaha Community Partnership, Omaha Neighborhood Courage, Omaha Press Club Board of Directors, University of Nebraska Omaha Publications Board, and the Omaha Public Schools Career Center Television and Radio Advisory Board.
Carrie has three daughters. She enjoys gardening, baking and reading, especially biographies and non-fiction.
ASSISTANT COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
Brandi supports Mayor Stothert's transparent communication philosophy, producing content for the City of Omaha website and the Mayor's social media platforms. She works with the news media and represents Mayor Stothert at public events.
Brandi was born and raised in Omaha and graduated from Roncalli Catholic High School in 2009. She went on to obtain her Bachelor's of Science in Political Science from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
Civic and community engagement have been passions of Brandi's from a young age. She has worked on many national, state, and local political campaigns. She also has extensive experience in public affairs work specifically in areas of health care, insurance, public safety and immigration.
She is the founder of a local non-profit organization in memory of her mother, Omaha Police Officer, Kamie Preston. The organization aims to raise awareness about hereditary cancer syndromes while improving access to genetic testing. You can find more information about her organization at www.hereditarycancer.org.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her son, Peyton.
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE MAYOR
Amy is the "gate-keeper" to the Mayor's Office; coordinating schedules, events, and public appearances. She plans meetings with department heads and community organizations.
Amy loves the dynamic of the Mayor's Office, saying she "appreciates the challenge of a fast-pace office environment." Previously, Amy worked for the Lund Company, College of Saint Mary, and as an elementary school secretary.
Amy finds joy in spending time with her two children, and three grandchildren, as well as, gardening and listening to live music at Stinson Park.
As a member of the Community Relations team, Joel works in the community, listens to your ideas and concerns and advises Mayor Stothert on how to help you, your families, community organizations, and your neighborhoods. He is your connection to the Mayor.
Joel has lived and worked in Omaha since 1996. His career started with the Nebraska Department of Social Services where he worked as a social worker, then later joined the Douglas County Health Department as a Community Health Planner.
Joel also volunteers with organizations including Catholic Charities, Juan Diego Center, Goodwill Industries, the UNMC South Omaha Shared Clinic, UNMC Mobile Clinic, Creighton South Omaha Clinic and One World Community Health Center. Joel is bilingual. Twice a month, he writes a column for the Mundo Latino Omaha newspaper on current city issues.
COMMUNITY RELATIONS DIRECTOR
Drey leads the Community Relations team to address community and neighborhood matters. With three years experience on the Mayor's Hotline, Drey is familiar with issues of public concern and knows how to resolve them quickly. He appreciates the evolving needs of the community and finds great satisfaction in working with community leaders to be an effective steward for Omaha residents.
Originally from Seattle, Drey moved to Omaha with his wife, who is completing medical school at Creighton University. Drey attended Cal State-Bakersfield and recently earned his Master's in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
In his free time, Drey participates in two soccer leagues, spends time with his wife and their two dogs, Coby and Saren.
This avid Kansas City Chiefs fan and Millard South graduate is the friendly voice on the phone when you call the Mayor's Hotline.
Daniel deals with an array of issues; street maintenance , code enforcement, and neighborhood concerns, to name a few. Daniel says, "I enjoy the responsibility of solving community problems. It is rewarding to watch city government run effectively."
Daniel attended Morningside College in Sioux City, IA where he earned a degree in History and played on the soccer team. He earned his Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He continues to share his passion for soccer through coaching youth.
Through his involvement in the church, Daniel has traveled the world serving others; including Sierra Leone, Mexico, and Belize. His mission work ranges from improving buildings to supporting orphaned and underprivileged children.
TJ is a graduate of Creighton Prep High School and attended the University of South Florida-St. Petersburg where he majored in Economics and Anthropology.
Last year, TJ enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and graduated from the School of Infantry at Camp Pendleton in May, 2015. He currently serves in the USMC Reserves as a 0311 rifleman.
TJ helps Omaha residents navigate city government in his role on the Mayor's Hotline. He enjoys the challenge of problem-solving and finding solutions for citizens. TJ says the key to success is "maintaining strong relationships with the public and city departments to ensure prompt issue resolution."
He enjoys attending local festivals in Omaha's diverse neighborhoods.
With her smile and outgoing personality, Chelsea ensures your first impression of the Mayor's Office is a positive one. She is the first to greet you in the office or on the telephone.
Born and raised in Omaha, Chelsea graduated from Millard West High School in 2003 and earned her Master's in Criminology from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
Chelsea takes pride in having finished the Omaha half marathon and is actively training for another race. She also cherishes time spent with family, friends, and Colby, her black lab.
Gail leads the Mayor's grant writing team. Under her leadership, the City of Omaha has been awarded more than $284,000,000 in grant funds that help maintain city and community programs and provide needed tools and training to the city departments and employees. Through her work, Gail interacts with neighborhood and community groups to assess the needs of our community and match those needs with grant opportunities.
Gail has been successful in managing grants from the Department of Homeland Security, the Nebraska Crime Commission, the Mayor's Neighborhood Grants and many others. She has served under four administrations.
Gail is an active community volunteer, serving on civic boards that advise law enforcement, juvenile justice, domestic violence and community and neighborhood revitalization. She was a member of the 2008 Nonprofit Executive Institute.
Caroline was born and raised in northern Ireland. She completed her undergraduate work in London, where she majored in Finance. She came to Omaha in 2010 for graduate school at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. There she earned her Master's degree in Criminal Justice.
As a grant writer, Caroline uses both degrees daily as she completes applications specifically in areas of law enforcement, crime prevention, and public safety. She says she "appreciates the ability to collaborate on opportunities for the betterment of the community." Caroline attends many community meetings to develop and maintain important relationships.
In addition to her love for reading, Caroline also enjoys biking and golfing.
Phil grew up in Hannover, Germany and ventured to Omaha as a foreign exchange student in 2004. During that time he met and married his wife and became a U.S. citizen in 2012.
In the Mayor's Office, Phil applies for Homeland Security grants and coordinates the Mayor's annual Neighborhood Grant Program. He takes pride in seeing the positive impact his work has on our city saying, "grant dollars make a substantial impact on the quality of life in a neighborhood; providing a community park bench, replacing trees, or supporting the citizen patrol boost neighborhood pride and make people feel safe."
Phil is currently working on his Master's in Political Science from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
Melanie is a Captain in the Omaha Fire Department, assigned to the Mayor's office where she specializes in research and grant writing for the fire department and emergency preparedness.
Melanie began her career as a volunteer for a rural fire and EMS service after high school and attended Creighton University where she received her paramedic training and a Bachelor's Degree in Emergency Services. Prior to joining Mayor Stothert's staff, Melanie served as the Omaha Fire Department's Infection Control officer for 5 years and has worked extensively with the Omaha Metropolitan Medical Response System, the Douglas County Health Department, the Douglas County Emergency Management Office and metro area hospitals on emergency preparedness. She volunteers annually for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and maintains her certification as a nationally certified paramedic.
Melanie is married and stays busy with three daughters. Her family is also active in rehabilitating, fostering and training animals.