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Who We Are

Board & Staff

The Nebraska 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
  • Nebraska Stroke Task Force
  • Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska

  • Karyl Newman
Executive Committee
  • Kristy Weissling

    University of Nebraska-Lincoln

  • Steve Kinkead


  • Kari Hoeft

    Vice President
    Providence Financial

  • Tom Klein

    First National Bank, Lincoln, NE

  • Lucia Scheffel

    University Nebraska-Omaha

Board Members
  • Denise Gorski

    Member At Large
    Former NSA Board President

  • Sandy Clonch

    Member At Large
    Stroke Survivor Family Member

  • C.Leigh Hellbusch
    C.Leigh Hellbusch

    Executive Director
    C.Leigh is a Lincoln native and is familiar with the world of nonprofits. She has experience with fundraising and grant writing. C.Leigh leads a support group through the Lincoln Lancaster Department of Corrections. C.Leigh believes strongly in the importance of Nebraska Stroke Association's vision to be a statewide resource to reduce the impact of stroke and enhance the quality of life of those affected by stroke.
    In C.Leigh's spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Jason, and their two daughters.