Recognizing Young Nebraskans

We are excited to announce our first ever Young Nebraskans Week awards, presented by Connecting Young Nebraskans and the Nebraska Department of Economic Development. We will be celebrating talented, influential young Nebraskans who are making a positive impact in their workplaces and communities.

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2020 Young Nebraskans Award Winners

Young Professional of the Year Award

A young professional who takes unusual or extraordinary measures to balance work, family, and life while positively impacting their community for the better. This young professional demonstrates qualities from all of the Young Nebraskans Awards categories.

JORDAN LAMBRECHT

Jordan is a Managing Partner at Pixel Bakery Design Studio in Lincoln, NE. It is very important to him to give back to the community that has given him so much; he credits where Pixel Bakery is today on bigger companies taking a chance on them and continues to find ways to pay it forward. When founding the company, he and his partners committed to taking on a non-profit client pro-bono every quarter, offering the selection up to a company-wide vote. He says it goes back to the idea of creating a better Nebraska, a better Lincoln. Another way that he supports the community by opening up the studio space and camera equipment to any person of color that’s interested in design, photography or video production.

Jordan is described as never giving up on anyone – not an employee, not a friend, not a member of the community. He’s always there for you and will do whatever needs to be done to take care of the people in his life. He and his partner run their company with their morality and ethics instead of cost analysis spreadsheets. Jordan has a lot of pride in where he’s from – he says he views Nebraska as home because he sees a future here.

Honorable Mention: MICHELLE OLSON

All Award Nominees

Aaron Schaben | AshLea Allberry | Diping Huang | Garry Clark | Hannah Borg | Jacob Mason | Jason Feldman | Kayla Schnuelle | Kiel VanderVeen | Mallory Gibreal | Melissa Price | Sarah Garrett | Thomas Windle | Travis Vo

Community Involvement & Impact Award

A young professional who has made significant contributions to the community through civic engagement, board or committee word, and/or involvement with charitable organizations and whose pioneering work and vision is impacting their community for the better.

ITZEL LOPEZ

Itzel is the VP of Advancement and Community Relations with the AIM Institute in Omaha, Nebraska. She has been described as unapologetically positive and genuine; she naturally connects with people and leads by example. Itzel feels really fulfilled by serving others. Since graduating college she has helped to organize the Omaha Cinco de Mayo festival, which brings together more than 70,000 people a year. She also serves at a homeless shelter, helps to translate at area schools and is a leader in a number of community organizations. She says, “find something that you really love and do it often.”

Honorable Mention: DIPING HUANG

All Award Nominees

Allisha A. Melroy | Andrew Christensen | Cassie Condon | Courtney Lierman | Dawson Brunswick | Delaney Rannells | Hailey Behlen | Heather Hultgrien | Jaden Butler | Jerrett Mills | Kelsey Ruwe | Kristen Milton | Mallory Gibreal | Melissa Smith-Graham | Meredith Wekesser | Seth Hulquist | Will Rahjes

Entrepreneurship & Innovation Award

A young professional who has brought an innovative initiative, product, or service to the market in an original way. This award aims to recognize achievers, innovators and makers, who have contributed significantly towards the development of a new business or idea.

RACHEL DALY

Rachel is the Owner of Innovative Rx Compounding Pharmacy in Kearney, Nebraska. She describes compounding as taking a medicine in its raw powder form and using chemistry to make it into a strength, combination, and dosage form that is customized and suitable for the patient – giving people options. She tackles medication problems creatively – turning medicine into lollipops, popsicles, oral syrup, topical creams when someone cannot swallow or has no IV access, and even dog treats (for our furry friends). Reacting to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rachel took initiative compounding hand sanitizer, spending 14 hour days at the pharmacy to meet demand. Rachel recognizes her opportunity to help guide others who are walking the path she once did. She says Nebraska is her home, “I take care of it and it takes care of me.”

Honorable Mention: CHRIS BURMA

All Award Nominees

Andrew Norman | Andrew Vrbas | Billy Martin | Brittney Sladky | Haley Miles | Josh Holmquist | Mike Smith | Travis Powell | Valentina Obafunwa

Young Professional of the Year Award

A young professional who takes unusual or extraordinary measures to balance work, family, and life while positively impacting their community for the better. This young professional demonstrates qualities from all of the Young Nebraskans Awards categories.

JORDAN LAMBRECHT

Jordan is a Managing Partner at Pixel Bakery Design Studio in Lincoln, NE. It is very important to him to give back to the community that has given him so much; he credits where Pixel Bakery is today on bigger companies taking a chance on them and continues to find ways to pay it forward. When founding the company, he and his partners committed to taking on a non-profit client pro-bono every quarter, offering the selection up to a company-wide vote. He says it goes back to the idea of creating a better Nebraska, a better Lincoln. Another way that he supports the community by opening up the studio space and camera equipment to any person of color that’s interested in design, photography or video production.

Jordan is described as never giving up on anyone – not an employee, not a friend, not a member of the community. He’s always there for you and will do whatever needs to be done to take care of the people in his life. He and his partner run their company with their morality and ethics instead of cost analysis spreadsheets. Jordan has a lot of pride in where he’s from – he says he views Nebraska as home because he sees a future here.

 
Honorable Mention: MICHELLE OLSON
All Award Nominees:
Aaron Schaben | AshLea Allberry | Diping Huang | Garry Clark | Hannah Borg | Jacob Mason | Jason Feldman | Kayla Schnuelle | Kiel VanderVeen | Mallory Gibreal | Melissa Price | Sarah Garrett | Thomas Windle | Travis Vo

Community Involvement & Impact Award

A young professional who has made significant contributions to the community through civic engagement, board or committee word, and/or involvement with charitable organizations and whose pioneering work and vision is impacting their community for the better.

ITZEL LOPEZ

Itzel is the VP of Advancement and Community Relations with the AIM Institute in Omaha, Nebraska. She has been described as unapologetically positive and genuine; she naturally connects with people and leads by example. Itzel feels really fulfilled by serving others. Since graduating college she has helped to organize the Omaha Cinco de Mayo festival, which brings together more than 70,000 people a year. She also serves at a homeless shelter, helps to translate at area schools and is a leader in a number of community organizations. She says, “find something that you really love and do it often.”

Honorable Mention: DIPING HUANG
All Award Nominees:
Allisha A. Melroy | Andrew Christensen | Cassie Condon | Courtney Lierman | Dawson Brunswick | Delaney Rannells | Hailey Behlen | Heather Hultgrien | Jaden Butler | Jerrett Mills | Kelsey Ruwe | Kristen Milton | Mallory Gibreal | Melissa Smith-Graham | Meredith Wekesser | Seth Hulquist | Will Rahjes

Entrepreneurship & Innovation Award

A young professional who has brought an innovative initiative, product, or service to the market in an original way. This award aims to recognize achievers, innovators and makers, who have contributed significantly towards the development of a new business or idea.

RACHEL DALY

Rachel is the Owner of Innovative Rx Compounding Pharmacy in Kearney, Nebraska. She describes compounding as taking a medicine in its raw powder form and using chemistry to make it into a strength, combination, and dosage form that is customized and suitable for the patient – giving people options. She tackles medication problems creatively – turning medicine into lollipops, popsicles, oral syrup, topical creams when someone cannot swallow or has no IV access, and even dog treats (for our furry friends). Reacting to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rachel took initiative compounding hand sanitizer, spending 14 hour days at the pharmacy to meet demand. Rachel recognizes her opportunity to help guide others who are walking the path she once did. She says Nebraska is her home, “I take care of it and it takes care of me.”

Honorable Mention: CHRIS BURMA
All Award Nominees:
Andrew Norman | Andrew Vrbas | Billy Martin | Brittney Sladky | Haley Miles | Josh Holmquist | Mike Smith | Travis Powell | Valentina Obafunwa