Alumni Hall of Fame

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The 2016 Westside Hall of Fame Inductees

The Westside Hall of Fame Dinner on November 3, 2016 was truly a night to celebrate. Six prominent alumni were inducted into the Westside Hall of Fame; the highest number ever honored at this event

Westside Hall of Fame

Dana Bradford, Class of 1983

Dana serves as chairman and CEO of Waitt Brands and sits on the boards of Meritage Homes, Southwest Value Partners and Customer Service Profiles. Dana previously served as president and managing partner of McCarthy Capital. He earned his undergraduate degrees from the University of Arizona and his MBA from Creighton University. Dana has been active in the Omaha community through such organizations as Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority (MECA), Aksarben Future Trust (and Aksarben Village), he is a current governor of Knights of Aksarben, a board member of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce, Omaha Community Foundation, Robert Daugherty Foundation, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Ronald McDonald House, Nebraska Innovation Campus – University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and 75 North, an organization dedicated to revitalizing North Omaha. Dana played on the 1982 Sports Hall of Fame football team.

 

Mark Hasebroock, Class of 1978

Mark received his B.A. from the University of Nebraska, and his M.B.A. from Creighton University.  He became Managing Director at investment banking firm McCarthy & Co.  Mark founded Omaha-based Hayneedle.com, one of the nation’s largest online retailers of home furnishings.  He also cofounded GiftCertificates.com, Interface Web School and StraightShot.  Mark founded Dundee Venture Capital in 2010, investing in at least 32 seed stage, growth companies in Omaha, Kansas City, Chicago and Boulder.  His vision and investment sense have not only created $20 million plus in funds, he has helped countless Midwest businesses achieve success. 

 

Suzanne Hutchinson Verma, Class of 1995

Suzanne ‘Suzi’ Hutchinson Verma, MAMS, CCA provides facial prosthetic reconstruction to patients with disfigurements due to cancer, trauma and birth defects.   She also serves as President for the International Anaplastology Association, as well as Director on the Board for the World Coalition of Anaplastology.  Suzanne is currently based in Dallas where she works as a Certified Clinical Anaplastologist with the Center for Maxillofacial Prosthodontics and is an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University College of Dentistry.  Suzanne, an Iowa State University grad, also serves on the ISU Advisory Board and was recognized in 2015 with the Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

 

Pete Ricketts, Class of 1982

Governor Pete Ricketts has risen to the top in both business and politics.  Ricketts obtained his Bachelors degree and MBA from the University of Chicago, and then returned to Omaha to work at Union Pacific and his family’s business Ameritrade, Ricketts held several leadership roles including President and Chief Operating Officer, as well as serving on the TD Ameritrade Board of Directors.  Ricketts is also the founder of Drakon, LLC, supporting local entrepreneurs and startup companies, and serves as a Director for the Chicago Cubs.  His desire to give back to the community where he grew up has led Ricketts to several philanthropies; he is Director for both the Children’s Scholarship Fund Foundation and Nebraska Game and Parks Foundation, and an active member of the Catholic Church and associated groups.  Nebraska voters elected Ricketts the state’s 40th Governor in 2014. 

 

Mike Saklar, Class of 1964

Stan ‘Mike’ Saklar truly embodies the spirit of service we foster at Westside Community Schools.  Since graduating from Westside High, Mike has become a respected ambassador for tens of thousands of homeless men, women and children in our city.  He has devoted the last four decades of his life to service through the City of Omaha Planning Department and as the Executive Director of the Siena/Francis House. Without the assistance of any national organization, Mike has increased the SFH operating budget from $750,000 to $3.2 million; in 2013 alone, SFH provided 420,000 meals.  That same year, Mike actively helped 244 homeless families find stable, permanent housing.  He has also founded or volunteered with numerous civic organizations including Charles Drew Community Health Center, Mayor’s Fair Housing Advisory Group, and the Omaha Gladiators Athletic Association.  Mike received Creighton University’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award in 2010, and the 2013 Horace Award from Miracles Treatment Center.  He is a US Army veteran, a mentor to Asian-American student immigrants, and a father and grandfather to a new generation of Westside students.

 

William Trowbridge, Class of 1959

William ‘Bill’ Trowbridge was a standout athlete to his classmates at Westside High School.  To the rest of the country, he is a Poet Laureate with incomparable literary talent.  Upon graduation, William earned Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University.  He has successfully published nine works, housed in the Bennett Martin Public Library in Lincoln alongside Willa Cather and Mari Sandoz.  His 435 poems have been featured in more than 30 anthologies, textbooks and periodicals and his work has netted awards including an Academy of Poets Prize, a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from multiple institutions.  He is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Northwest Missouri State University where he spent nearly 30 years, and currently teaches in the University of Nebraska low-residency MFA in writing program. 

 

To see list of all Westside Hall of Fame Recipients, please view the Hall of Fame Recipient List.

Nomination Form


Every two years, Westside Community Schools and the Westside Alumni Association honor outstanding graduates and boosters by inducting them into the Westside Alumni Association Hall of Fame. The next Hall of Fame event will be held in the Fall of 2018 and we want to honor Westside graduates who have made significant professional accomplishments and boosters who have made noteworthy contributions or service to Westside.

Download the Alumni Hall of Fame Nomination Form

To see list of all Westside Hall of Fame Recipients, please view the Hall of Fame Recipient List.