Meet the Team
Our team of five is eager and available to provide guidance and answer questions. While each of us oversees different components of our outreach, we work collaboratively to create the greatest benefit for the community.
Kim Armstrong - Community Programs Manager
Kim has been in Community Affairs since 2003 and feels like the luckiest person in the world because she gets to do what she loves most: work with nonprofits. Kim was voted “Most School Spirited” in high school and that school spirit continues with her daughters, Payton and Jordan, who are both cheerleaders. When she’s not the lead singer of a rock ‘n’ roll cover band, Kim’s time away from work is often spent watching her daughters cheer or spending time with their rescue dog, Wycombe. Kim and her husband, Mark, who is a carpenter and firefighter, enjoy traveling when their schedules allow, and can often be found on a cruise ship somewhere in the Caribbean.
Have a question about the Mutual of Omaha Foundation or the Board Placement Program? Contact Kim.
Valarie Finney - Community Affairs Coordinator
Valarie joined the Community Affairs team in 2005 and feels very fortunate to work for a company that invests so much in the community and its employees. As someone who is focused on the details, she loves logistics and figuring how to get from point a to point b. Outside of work, Valarie loves to be surrounded by friends and family. The team appreciates the fact that Valarie loves to bake – especially cupcakes! She’s an avid fan of all things Wonder Woman and the Nebraska Cornhuskers. She has a deep love for animals of all kinds, and if she won the lottery, she would create an animal sanctuary.
Have a question about Corporate Charitable Sponsorships or Arts and Museums Support? Contact Valarie.
Jay Warren-Teamer - Community Affairs Coordinator
Jay joined the Community Affairs team in 2016. The best part of her job is connecting employees to impactful volunteer experiences. She loves getting emails after a volunteer event asking, “How can I do more or get further involved?” Jay is married to Shannon, her high school/college sweetheart. Her favorite artist of all time is Prince, and her favorite song is “Adore.” Outside of work, Jay is heavily involved with two organizations that further connectedness and activism among black women: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and I Be Black Girl Omaha. She loves traveling, taking naps and shopping online for the best deal.
Have a question about Volunteerism or Employee Giving Programs? Contact Jay.
Barb Evans - Senior Administrative Assistant
Barb has been in Community Affairs since 2016 and appreciates the opportunity it provides to learn about the nonprofits in the Omaha/Council Bluffs area. Spending time with her three daughters and six grandchildren – and watching them play soccer – ranks high on Barb’s list of priorities. The green thumb of the team, she loves getting her hands dirty planting potted flowers and working on her roses. To relax, she loves spending time with her golden retriever, Sawyer. She owns every book Stephen King has ever written. With an ever-busy schedule, if she found herself with the gift of time, she would finally be able to read them.
Interested in setting up a meeting with someone on the team or requesting a site visit? Contact Barb.
Gail Graeve - Vice President of Community Affairs/Corporate Events
Reared in the Nebraska Panhandle, Gail settled “back east” in Omaha and can’t imagine a better place to live and work. She’s passionate about corporate philanthropy and thinks it’s good business to invest in the people and programs that make all of us stronger, wiser, healthier and engaged. In her free time, she plays the piano, sings and writes elevator music. As a wife and mother of two, their family enjoys traveling, cooking, volunteering and cheering for the best college football program in all the land. (Go Big Red!)