PEOPLE

Staff

Amy Ryan
Executive Director

Amy Ryan was raised in North Omaha by her parents, a teacher and a small business owner. After college, she served as a women’s advocate and director of children’s programs at the Newhouse Shelter for Domestic Violence. She returned to Omaha in 1995 to pursue a graduate degree in counseling psychology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Prior to beginning her full-time duties as the theatre’s executive director, Ryan owned and operated a successful Benson restaurant, The Pizza Shoppe & Pub, for 22 years. In 2005, she opened the Pizza Shoppe Collective, an event venue connected to the restaurant.

Ryan was named SCORE’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2007 and received 40 Under 40 recognition from the Midlands Business Journal in 2009.

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Board of Directors

Aaron Weiner, Vice President
Abrahams Kaslow & Cassman LLP

Teri Corcoran, Secretary
Stephen Center

Kara O’Connor, Treasurer
Morgan Stanley

BC Clark
Metro Omaha Women’s Business Center

Liz Kerrigan
Greater Omaha Chamber

Tower Kountze
Presbyterian Ministry

David Maenner
CBRE | MEGA

Dominique Morgan

Michele Shearer
Habitat for Humanity of Omaha

Watie White
Watie White Studios

Tyler Wilcox

Jack Zerbe
University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media

Amy Ryan, Ex Officio
Benson Theatre