WHO WE ARE

The Nebraska State Stroke Association’s vision is to be recognized as a statewide resource to reduce the impact of stroke and enhance the quality of life of those affected by stroke. Our mission is to serve Nebraskans through stroke prevention, education, advocacy, and support services.

The Nebraska State Stroke Association’s vision is to be recognized as a statewide resource to reduce the impact of stroke and enhance the quality of life of those affected by stroke. Our mission is to serve Nebraskans through stroke prevention, education, advocacy, and support services.

Founded in 1985, the Nebraska State Stroke Association (formerly the Nebraska Stroke Foundation) is one of the nation’s earliest nonprofit organizations focused on stroke prevention. Karyl Newman of Lincoln founded the organization after her husband, Dr. Charles Newman, had a massive stroke on September 6, 1984, and died five days later. She used the donations received in his memory to bring her vision to life—that the number and severity of strokes could be reduced if Nebraskans knew more about stroke and the risks and warning signs.

The first meeting for the organization was held in Karyl’s home, which served as headquarters for a number of years. Incorporated in 1985, Karyl served as board president until the early 1990s. In 1990, with increasing success and growing support among health-care providers, the board hired its first executive director and opened its first office.

Through health fairs, public outreach, and printed information, the Nebraska State Stroke Association works to educate Nebraskans on stroke risk factors and stroke prevention; understanding the signs and symptoms of a stroke; the importance of acting fast when you think you or someone else has had a stroke; and how to cope with the aftereffects of stroke by providing resources to elevate the qualify of life for stroke survivors and family members.

The association also provides educational programs for groups of all sizes that show participants how to reduce their own risk of stroke, teach them to recognize the warning signs of stroke in others, and help them understand what to do when they see those warning signs. In addition, programs provide information on how to increase the quality of life for stroke survivors and their families. Up to 80% of strokes can be prevented, and this information can be lifesaving.

The Nebraska State Stroke Association provides all services at no charge. All donations received stay in Nebraska, working for Nebraskans. Please consider donating to our cause. Help us continue our work of striking out stroke in Nebraska. We are a 501(c)(3) organization, and your donation is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Our association is always looking for volunteers, and we have speakers available for presentations. Please contact us for more information.

Founded in 1985, the Nebraska State Stroke Association (formerly the Nebraska Stroke Foundation) is one of the nation’s earliest nonprofit organizations focused on stroke prevention. Karyl Newman of Lincoln founded the organization after her husband, Dr. Charles Newman, had a massive stroke on September 6, 1984, and died five days later. She used the donations received in his memory to bring her vision to life—that the number and severity of strokes could be reduced if Nebraskans knew more about stroke and the risks and warning signs.

The first meeting for the organization was held in Karyl’s home, which served as headquarters for a number of years. Incorporated in 1985, Karyl served as board president until the early 1990s. In 1990, with increasing success and growing support among health-care providers, the board hired its first executive director and opened its first office.

Through health fairs, public outreach, and printed information, the Nebraska State Stroke Association works to educate Nebraskans on stroke risk factors and stroke prevention; understanding the signs and symptoms of a stroke; the importance of acting fast when you think you or someone else has had a stroke; and how to cope with the aftereffects of stroke by providing resources to elevate the qualify of life for stroke survivors and family members.

The association also provides educational programs for groups of all sizes that show participants how to reduce their own risk of stroke, teach them to recognize the warning signs of stroke in others, and help them understand what to do when they see those warning signs. Programs also provide information on how to increase the quality of life for stroke survivors and their families. Up to 80% of strokes can be prevented, and this information can be lifesaving.

The Nebraska State Stroke Association provides all services at no charge. All donations received stay in Nebraska, working for Nebraskans. Please consider donating to our cause. Help us continue our work of striking out stroke in Nebraska. We are a 501(c)(3) organization, and your donation is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Our association is always looking for volunteers, and we have speakers available for presentations. Please contact us for more information.

Founded in 1985, the Nebraska State Stroke Association (formerly the Nebraska Stroke Foundation) is one of the nation’s earliest nonprofit organizations focused on stroke prevention. Karyl Newman of Lincoln founded the organization after her husband, Dr. Charles Newman, had a massive stroke on September 6, 1984, and died five days later. She used the donations received in his memory to bring her vision to life—that the number and severity of strokes could be reduced if Nebraskans knew more about stroke and the risks and warning signs.

The first meeting for the organization was held in Karyl’s home, which served as headquarters for a number of years. Incorporated in 1985, Karyl served as board president until the early 1990s. In 1990, with increasing success and growing support among health-care providers, the board hired its first executive director and opened its first office.

Through health fairs, public outreach, and printed information, the Nebraska State Stroke Association works to educate Nebraskans on stroke risk factors and stroke prevention; understanding the signs and symptoms of a stroke; the importance of acting fast when you think you or someone else has had a stroke; and how to cope with the aftereffects of stroke by providing resources to elevate the qualify of life for stroke survivors and family members.

The association also provides educational programs for groups of all sizes that show participants how to reduce their own risk of stroke, teach them to recognize the warning signs of stroke in others, and help them understand what to do when they see those warning signs. Programs also provide information on how to increase the quality of life for stroke survivors and their families. Up to 80% of strokes can be prevented, and this information can be lifesaving.

The Nebraska State Stroke Association provides all services at no charge. All donations received stay in Nebraska, working for Nebraskans. Please consider donating to our cause. Help us continue our work of striking out stroke in Nebraska. We are a 501(c)(3) organization, and your donation is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Our association is always looking for volunteers, and we have speakers available for presentations. Please contact us for more information.

Founder

Kathy Newman

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Denise Gorski
President
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Kristy Weissling
Vice President
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Miechelle McKelvey
Secretary
University of Nebraska at Kearney

Tom Klein
Treasurer
First National Bank, Lincoln, NE

Mitzi J. Ritzman
Past President
University of Nebraska at Omaha

Board Members

Tom Bassett
Bassett Appraisals, Lincoln, NE

Keith Fickenscher
Stroke Survivor, Lincoln, NE

Timothy Hiatt
Kinsey, Rowe, Becker & Kistler Law, Lincoln, NE

Tammy Ward
Tammy J. Ward LLC, Lincoln, NE

Staff

Marcia Matthies
Outreach Coordinator

Affiliations

The Nebraska State Stroke Association strives to build relationships with individuals, doctors, hospitals, and organizations across Nebraska in the fight to prevent strokes. We actively work with these organizations and programs:

Lincoln Stroke Partnership
Nebraska Stroke Advisory Council
American Heart Association/ECC Programs

Founder

Kathy Newman

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Denise Gorski
Board Chair
University of Nebraska at Omaha

Mitzi J. Ritzman
Vice Chair
University of Nebraska at Omaha

Tom Klein
Board Treasurer
First National Bank, Lincoln, NE

Miechelle McKelvey
Board Secretary
University of Nebraska at Kearney

Board Members

Tom Bassett
Bassett Appraisals, Lincoln, NE

Jeannine Bryant
Changing Spaces SRS, Lincoln, NE

Cristy Marie Daniel
Nebraska Medicine, Bellevue, NE

Timothy Hiatt
Kinsey, Rowe, Becker & Kistler Law, Lincoln, NE

Kim Kallhoff
Hospice Community Care of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

Marcia Matthies
Nebraska State Stroke Association, Lincoln, NE

Kristi Wessling
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

Stephanie Wever
Stroke Survivor, Omaha, NE

Staff

Marcia Matthies
Part-time Outreach Coordinator

Affiliations

The Nebraska State Stroke Association strives to build relationships with individuals, doctors, hospitals, and organizations across Nebraska in the fight to prevent strokes. We actively work with these organizations and programs:

Lincoln Stroke Partnership
Nebraska Stroke Advisory Council
American Heart Association/ECC Programs
Gentiva “Safe Strides” Program

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