Our team works statewide on behalf for our 22 member charities. If you would like us to connect you with the a specific health charity, want more information on how to become involved in our employee giving campaigns or just have a question, contact us.

  Michelle Grossman  President & CEO Phone: 402-614-8500  Michelle joined Combined Health Agencies Drive (CHAD) D.B.A.  Community Health Charities of Nebraska in 1997. In 2006, she became the President and Chief Executive Officer. She received her BS from University of Nebraska at Kearney and lives in Omaha with her husband Gregg and their fur children.

Michelle Grossman
President & CEO
Phone: 402-614-8500

Michelle joined Combined Health Agencies Drive (CHAD) D.B.A.  Community Health Charities of Nebraska in 1997. In 2006, she became the President and Chief Executive Officer. She received her BS from University of Nebraska at Kearney and lives in Omaha with her husband Gregg and their fur children.

  Caris Kenny  Director of Community Partnerships Phone: 402-614-8500  Caris has worked for CHC-NE since 2005. She is grateful for the friendships that she has made while working in Greater Nebraska and continues to be inspired by the many kind, hardworking and generous individuals who contribute in so many different ways to help others. Caris enjoys hiking, nature photography, leisurely swimming and stretching and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Bob, have two children and a yellow lab named Puddy.

Caris Kenny
Director of Community Partnerships
Phone: 402-614-8500

Caris has worked for CHC-NE since 2005. She is grateful for the friendships that she has made while working in Greater Nebraska and continues to be inspired by the many kind, hardworking and generous individuals who contribute in so many different ways to help others. Caris enjoys hiking, nature photography, leisurely swimming and stretching and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Bob, have two children and a yellow lab named Puddy.

  Kari Hooker-Leep  West Central Director Phone: 308-398-0127  Kari is the West Central Regional manager, who offices out of Grand Island. She has been with Community Health Charities of Nebraska since 2005. Kari’s hometown is Grand Island, and she received her degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is passionate about health, fundraising and volunteering. Her family is currently a combination of loving rescues, including two older cats, a kitten, a yellow lab mix and a border collie mix.  

Kari Hooker-Leep
West Central Director
Phone:
308-398-0127

Kari is the West Central Regional manager, who offices out of Grand Island. She has been with Community Health Charities of Nebraska since 2005. Kari’s hometown is Grand Island, and she received her degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is passionate about health, fundraising and volunteering. Her family is currently a combination of loving rescues, including two older cats, a kitten, a yellow lab mix and a border collie mix.  

  Mark Feit  Lincoln Director Phone: 402-475-2770  Mark Feit was born in Lincoln and grew up in Beatrice. He spent 20 years in radio, most recently co-hosting the Morning Show on KFOR for six years. In 2012, Mark left for the non-profit world, working for the Great Plains/Nebraska Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association for three years before joining Community Health Charities as the Lincoln Director in 2015. He’s married to Bailey, a math teacher at North Star High School. They have two dogs, Lewie and Billy.

Mark Feit
Lincoln Director
Phone: 402-475-2770

Mark Feit was born in Lincoln and grew up in Beatrice. He spent 20 years in radio, most recently co-hosting the Morning Show on KFOR for six years. In 2012, Mark left for the non-profit world, working for the Great Plains/Nebraska Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association for three years before joining Community Health Charities as the Lincoln Director in 2015. He’s married to Bailey, a math teacher at North Star High School. They have two dogs, Lewie and Billy.

  Shannon Castillo  Director of Finance Phone: 402-614-8500   Shannon, CPA Inactive, graduated from Doane College in 2009 with degrees in Business Administration and Accounting before beginning work at Seim Johnson in Omaha. At Seim Johnson, she was a senior auditor working primarily with non-profit organizations for four years. Some of the work she did there included the CHC audit. She started at CHC-NE as the Director of Finance in 2013. She and her husband, Jared, have two children, Griffin and Nora.

Shannon Castillo
Director of Finance
Phone: 402-614-8500


Shannon, CPA Inactive, graduated from Doane College in 2009 with degrees in Business Administration and Accounting before beginning work at Seim Johnson in Omaha. At Seim Johnson, she was a senior auditor working primarily with non-profit organizations for four years. Some of the work she did there included the CHC audit. She started at CHC-NE as the Director of Finance in 2013. She and her husband, Jared, have two children, Griffin and Nora.

  Whitney Lake  Director of Marketing Phone: 402-614-8500   Whitney is originally from the Denver area and moved to Lincoln in 2004. She received a degree in Journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has worked with Community Health Charities since 2011 and works out of both the Omaha and Lincoln offices. In addition to managing CHC-NE's marketing efforts, she also helps with fundraising in the Lincoln area. She and her husband, Nathan, have a son, Broderick, and a Sheltland Sheepdog, Shelby.

Whitney Lake
Director of Marketing
Phone: 402-614-8500


Whitney is originally from the Denver area and moved to Lincoln in 2004. She received a degree in Journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has worked with Community Health Charities since 2011 and works out of both the Omaha and Lincoln offices. In addition to managing CHC-NE's marketing efforts, she also helps with fundraising in the Lincoln area. She and her husband, Nathan, have a son, Broderick, and a Sheltland Sheepdog, Shelby.

  Cyndi Focht  Admin. Assistant Phone: 402-614-8500   Cyndi became CHC-NE's Administrative Assistant in 2017. She has been familiar with CHC’s important work for a long time, however, as her father was involved with the non-profit (then called CHAD) during its earliest years. Cyndi grew up in Omaha and received her BFA from Kansas University. She enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering at her church, hiking and creating projects with mosaic tiles.  Cyndi and her husband, Dallas, have three grown children, and a daughter-in-law.

Cyndi Focht
Admin. Assistant
Phone: 402-614-8500


Cyndi became CHC-NE's Administrative Assistant in 2017. She has been familiar with CHC’s important work for a long time, however, as her father was involved with the non-profit (then called CHAD) during its earliest years. Cyndi grew up in Omaha and received her BFA from Kansas University. She enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering at her church, hiking and creating projects with mosaic tiles.  Cyndi and her husband, Dallas, have three grown children, and a daughter-in-law.