Welcome to the Nebraska/Iowa chapter! We proudly serve Nebraska and Iowa by funding IBD research, raising awareness, and providing education and support to IBD patients.

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Staff Contacts:

7701 Pacific Street, Suite 305
Omaha, NE 68114

Phone: (402) 505-9901
Fax: (402) 505-9931

Tovah Domenick
Interim Take Steps Manager


Ruby Lanoux
Regional Education & Support Manager
(651) 919-2424 x2

Kerstin Nickodem
Development Coordinator

(651) 919-2424 x1

Aaron Castens
Area Executive Director
(651) 917-2424 x5

Nebraska/Iowa Chapter Board of Directors:

Ronna Zylstra, Board President
Director of Accounting, ACI Universal Payments

Luke Christiansen, CHC-Nebraska Statewide Representative
Manager, Client Collaboration Systems, Union Pacific

John Gessert, JD, Nominating Chair
Vice President & Senior Trust Officer, Union Bank & Trust

Diane Kocovsky, APRN, Chapter Medical Advisory Committee, Chair
Boystown Pediatric Gastroenterology

Susan Card

Dan D'Alessandro
Global Electronics Manager, Deere & Company

Jim Ewoldt
Store Director, HyVee

Lisa (Randall) McSharry
Regional Specialist, Dex One Interactive

Janeane Whitney
Loan Manager, U.P. Connection Federal Credit Union

Chapter Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC)

Douglas Brouillette, MD
Midwest Gastrointestinal Associates, PC

Dawn Ebach, MD
University of Iowa 

Robert Kizer, MD
Alegent Creighton

Diane Kocovsky, APRN

Mark Kusek, MD
Children's Hospital & Medical Center

Steven Polyak, MD
University of Iowa

Renee Young, MD