Meet the Board

Kassandra Mayo


Kassandra, an Omaha Native with 17 years of teaching under her belt, is dedicated to see Conceive
Nebraska’s mission grow.

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Heidi Andsager


Heidi graduated from nursing school in 2010 and then when back to receive her degree in business in 2015. She is currently working on her MBA.

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Scott Reinhardt


Scott is a Nebraska native and has lived in Omaha since 2007. He is married and he and his wife Becky have two children, which are the reason they have been involved with infertility awareness.

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Megan Gifford


Megan her bachelors in human and social services and work for DHHS as a DDBH surveyor. She is originally from Las Vegas, NV, yet grew up every where due to her dad being in the military. This year she will have lived in Nebraska for 21 years.

Stephanie Rief


Stephanie has been a childcare teacher in Millard for 6 years and resides in Council Bluffs, IA with her husband of 12 years Richard and their 3 year old son Colton.

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Julie Richt


Julie is an Omaha Native, who is an executive at a local Workers Compensation Insurance Brokerage. She graduated from Wayne State College in 2005 with a BS in Communications and Business.

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Sheena Stafford


Sheena, an Iowa native, and her husband Christopher's infertility journey began in 2012. After several miscarriages, doctors visits, pills, ultrasounds, tears and probably primal screaming, they welcomed their three children into the world.

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Richard Rief


Richard has been working in Omaha at Hiland Dairy for over 10 years. He resides in Council Bluffs with his wife and son, who they adopted after 9 years of infertility. He is also an avid outdoorsman who enjoys all things hunting, fishing and camping.

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Kristen Binder


Kristen is a Nebraska native who graduated from UNO with a Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Performance. Though she's an embroider and seamstress by day, she performs in musicals and sings by night.

Heather Irvin


Heather, a Nebraska native, has built her home in Omaha with her husband, Thomas, and their Siberian Husky, Kai’mi, after meeting about three years ago. After spending most of 2019 on a rollercoaster of trying to conceive with reproductive assistance, Heather and Thomas were so glad to find an equine-assisted therapeutic workshop funded by Conceive Nebraska and to later participate in a Support Group, also funded by Conceive Nebraska. Heather currently works as a K-8 Spanish teacher and hopes to obtain an MSW focusing on helping people struggling with infertility in a clinical context.

Nate Merriam


Nate has lived in Omaha Nebraska his whole life. He Has been married for 12 years to his beautiful wife. Joining the board of Conceive Nebraska and getting involved with different activities has been huge amount of support in his life as they go through infertility. He Would love to be there for people that need support during infertility in their life. Also from a male‘s perspective to be there for men during this Journey of Infertility.

Rita Merriam


Rita has lived in Omaha Nebraska most of her life. She has been married for 12 years and has 2 dogs. She has been doing hair for 9 years and also has been working in childcare for 4 years. Rita and her husband have been going through infertility for 8 years. They have also been waiting for an adoption for 4 years. Rita hopes by being apart of Conceive Nebraska she can give infertility a voice and to help women not feel alone during their infertility journey and the adoption process.

Lydia Loewenstein


Lydia, is a Kansas native. In 2014, Lydia and her husband Weldon moved to Papillion from the western part of Nebraska, bringing with them her 2 step-daughters and 3 fur babies. Their infertility journey began in 2010 after a devastating ectopic pregnancy and one miscarriage. The couple continues their treatment in hopes of expanding their family one day. Lydia is excited to be a part of Conceive Nebraska and help spread awareness about infertility issues and change socialites view on “infertility” so that it is no longer a taboo topic. She hopes that sharing her journey will encourage others to reach out and know that they are not along.

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