About Us

Mission

Christ-Centered Service to Seniors, Each Other and the Community.

That single focus guides everything we do—from the direction of our entire organization to the day-to-day decisions made by our professional staff. Here, we are called to serve others, to do what’s right. At our core, we are about respecting and providing dignity, safety and wellness for all. That is The Immanuel Way.

Christ-Centered Service to Seniors, Each Other and the Community.


History

Since 1887, Immanuel’s mission has been to serve our neighbors, to fill gaps in community health and services, and to express Christ’s love in our lives and work. 

We began as a Lutheran ministry, led by Pastor E.A. Fogelstrom and five Deaconesses. They were dedicated to “works of mercy” and established programs that cared for the community’s most marginalized—the sick, orphaned and elderly. 

Pastor Fogelstrom’s dedication flourished into the establishment of Immanuel Hospital and eventually to our family of retirement communities and senior services which serve people of all faiths throughout the Midwest.  

We are guided by the Nebraska Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) as a leader in retirement living and senior services. We are also a proud member of Lutheran Services in America (LSA), one of the largest health and human services in the country. The LSA network includes more than 300 members and touches the lives of one in fifty people each year. Learn more at www.lutheranservices.org
 

Board and Leadership

Our leaders believe every person deserves respect, safety and wellness. They lead by example, living the mission set forth by our founder.

Eric Gurley

Eric Gurley

Chief Executive Officer

Eric Gurley

Chief Executive Officer

Eric is the President and CEO of Immanuel.  He is a skilled financial and operational professional with more than 20 years of senior housing and health care experience, excelling in the areas of strategic planning, implementation and reporting. 

Eric served on the EAA Board of directors from 2005 to 2013.  He joined the EAA Foundation Board in 2015 and currently serves as the Vice President.  Eric re-joined the EAA Board in 2020 and is a member of the finance committee.  

He resides in Omaha, Nebraska with his family and is a member of the Omaha Symphony Board and finance committee, Lutheran Giving Board and finance committee, and Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries finance committee.

Julie Kaminski

Julie Kaminski

Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Julie Kaminski

Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

With a master’s degree in gerontological studies and nursing home administrative license, Kaminski has held leadership positions at LeadingAge Nebraska, Notre Dame Housing and Life Care Services. Her passion for seniors and service led her to participate as an adjunct instructor on aging and business at University of Nebraska-Omaha and Midland University. She has served on numerous aging committees including Advancing Excellence LANE, DHHS Advisory Board, the Medicaid Advisory Assistance Council, The Dreamweaver Foundation and Scripps Gerontology Center Alumni Advisory Board. 

Scott Bear

Scott Bear

Chief Financial Officer

Scott Bear

Chief Financial Officer

Bear is a dedicated leader with a strong background in healthcare finance. He has over 15 years of experience specializing in strategic, operational and financial planning and budgeting. Bear has a passion for developing great business relationships to create consistent supply chain processes for the effective acquisition of goods and services for the organization. Serves on the board of (LFMA) Lutheran Financial Managers Association.

Tammy Sealer

Tammy Sealer

Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

Tammy Sealer

Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

Sealer has over 20 years of experience in senior services administration including development and project management. Sealer is currently a member of the Nebraska Healthcare Association and LeadingAge Nebraska.

Rhonda Distefano

Rhonda Distefano

Vice President of Construction, Facilities Management & Environmental Services

Rhonda Distefano

Vice President of Construction, Facilities Management & Environmental Services

Distefano has nearly 30 years of experience in commercial construction. She brings the ability to create a vision of excellence throughout the construction, facilities management and environmental services areas of Immanuel. Distefano is a past board member of Habitat for Humanity.

Mark Iverson

Mark Iverson

Vice President of Community Operations

Mark Iverson

Vice President of Community Operations

Iverson has over 15 years of executive leadership experience in senior living, specializing in strategic operations that strengthen relationships across all levels of the organization. He is a seasoned professional and active member of the Nebraska Assisted Living Association.

Reverend Peggy Hall

Reverend Peggy Hall

Vice President of Mission and Spiritual Care

Reverend Peggy Hall

Vice President of Mission and Spiritual Care

Pastor Hall has been a compassionate leader in pastoral care for more than 25 years, guiding Lutheran congregations and agencies while championing Immanuel’s Mission and Cultural Initiatives. She is a member of the Clinical Pastoral Education Advisory Committee for Catholic Health Initiatives, board member for Radio Talking Books, and Midland University.

Jennifer Knecht

Jennifer Knecht

Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Jennifer Knecht

Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Knecht has extensive marketing experience with a senior services and healthcare background. Her resume ranges from local health care organizations, to tech companies, to marketing and advertising community pillars where she has held prominent leadership positions in growing brand awareness and overall positioning. Knecht’s expertise brings a mix of traditional marketing and innovative emerging tools. 

Colleen Maciejewski

Colleen Maciejewski

Vice President of Information Technology

Colleen Maciejewski

Vice President of Information Technology

Maciejewski has extensive information technology and leadership background. Through her executive positions at some of the area’s most prominent business leaders, Maciejewski gained expertise in IT and business transformation, program development, brand creation, mentoring, non-profit management, organization design and facilitation. She is a current board member for the Institute for Career Advancement Needs, and is involved in other philanthropic activities. 

Jill Nyquist

Jill Nyquist

Vice President of Resident Experience

Jill Nyquist

Vice President of Resident Experience

Nyquist has over 30 years within the healthcare and senior services industry. During her career she has held various positions from nursing to leadership and administrative positions. She serves on the board of the Dreamweaver Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to fulfilling end-of-life dreams for impoverished seniors with terminal illnesses.

Debra Wiens

Debra Wiens

Vice President of Human Resources

Debra Wiens

Vice President of Human Resources

Wiens has over 20 years in the human resources field, including strategic management, workforce planning, compensation and benefits, employee relations and occupational health & safety. She is a member of the Human Resource Association of the Midlands (HRAM) and Society for Human Resource Management.

Dr. Devin Fox, MD
Medical Director

Adam Kuenning
Corporate Legal Counsel

Cynthia A. Alloway
Retired - CHI Health Lakeside & Midlands Hospitals

Rev. E. Jon Benson
St. John Lutheran Church

Steven R. Bullock
Entrepreneur

Randal J. Burns
Foundation First Corporation

George A. Grieb
Retired - Creighton University

Eric N. Gurley
Immanuel

Kristen L. Hoffman, M.D.
Retired - Methodist Physicians Clinic

Scott J. Howerter
North Channel Capital

Bishop Brian D. Maas
Nebraska Synod ELCA

Clarence L. Nichols
Bank of Blue Valley

Susan E. Ogborn
Retired - Food Bank for the Heartland

Bruce A. Plath
Security National Bank

Jill M. Powers
Retired - CHI Health

Andrea M. Skolkin
OneWorld Community Health Centers, Inc.

Jane A. Tonniges
Retired

Delight Wreed Byrd
Retired - Bellevue University

Scott A. Bear
Immanuel 

Brenda Bergman-Evans
Retired - CHI Health

Betty G. Foster
Retired - University of Nebraska Medical Center

Dan R. Friedlund
Retired - Immanuel

Eric N. Gurley
Immanuel

Katherine M. Martens Stricklett
Creighton University

Jill M. Powers
Retired - CHI Health

Rev. Andreas Stein
St. John's Lutheran Church

Randal J. Burns
Foundation First Corporation

Rev. Kathryn K. Gerking
St. Timothy Lutheran Church

Eric N. Gurley
Immanuel

Kristen L. Hoffman, M.D.
Retired - Methodist Physicians Clinic

Guillermo "Bill" Huerta, M.D.
Methodist Health System

Bishop Brian D. Maas
Nebraska Synod ELCA

Mary J. Parker
Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging

Jill M. Powers
Retired - CHI Health

Delight Wreed Byrd
Retired - Bellevue University