Announcing our NEW Executive Director!
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As many of our Healthy Home Heroes know, our founding President and CEO Kara Eastman left OHKA in 2018. We are excited to announce that a search for our new Executive Director is over! Tony Vargas, our former Director of Marketing and Communications, has been serving as Interim Executive Director since March 2018. Under his leadership, OHKA has refined our strategic vision, set new goals, and strengthened existing relationships and developed new ones with partners and supporters. We look for Tony to leverage these achievements to help the organization and its community impact in Omaha and beyond.
"After an exhaustive, nationwide search, we are excited that Tony has accepted the position of Executive Director at OHKA," says Chris Swanson, our Board Chairperson. "We support his vision of expansion and diversifying our financial base, and he brings an unshakable passion for our work of providing a healthy home for every child."
Tony began his career as a public school teacher and has worked in the education and nonprofit sector for the last 10 years. He previously served on the Omaha Public Schools Board of Education. He was selected as a "Ten Outstanding Young Omahan" by the Omaha Jaycees, and a "Ten Outstanding Young American" by Junior Chamber International (JCI). Last year, he received ACLU's "Defender of the Bill of Rights" award. Last year he was selected as one of 59 National Presidential Leadership Scholars. He also serves as a state senator, representing District 7, where he has championed fighting for working families in Nebraska.
Help Tony and the rest of the OHKA team kick off 2019 right! Click on the button below to donate. We reached 128 homes in 2018 with our Healthy Home Assessments, let us reach even more in 2019.
Thank you for your continued support!
-The OHKA team
Children need more than just education to be successful; they need a healthy home environment so that they can become the best versions of themselves.
– Shannon Melton, Director of Health Programs