About First Responders Foundation

About First Responders Foundation

Mission

The mission of the First Responders Foundation is to serve and honor all our first responders and their families, build appreciation and respect for their work, and enhance public safety.

Vision

Our 2025 Vision:

  • Lead the area in advocacy and community support for all first responders and their families.
  • Critically support maintenance and enhancement of public safety in the Greater Omaha Area.
  • Expand this support and advocacy regionally by 2025.
  • Help realize Omaha’s 2040 strategy of “People, Place, Prosperity”.
Programs

Programs: Overview/Categories

The First Responders Foundation supports Law enforcement, Firefighters, Dispatchers, EMTs, Medical Personnel, and Veterans.

Programming includes behavioral health services, physical fitness programs and classes, chiropractic services, med management, and more, to serve and honor first responders and their families.

While the First Responders Foundation Headquarters is located in Omaha, Nebraska, first responders and their families across the United States are welcome to participate in programming and events. Programming is available in person or through telehealth, telefitness, and behavior health sessions via Zoom and other virtual technology.

All Programs
First Responders Foundation Events

Events: Overview

The First Responders Foundation hosts community events that help fund programming, build appreciation for the work of first responders, and promote public safety. Popular annual events include the Guns & Hoses Boxing Event and the 9/11 Luncheon of Honor.

Upcoming Events
Brief History

Brief History

The First Responders Foundation is rooted in 9/11 remembrance. Co-founders Ray Somberg and Jerry Hoberman were reflecting on the first 9/11 on September 11, 2001, and how first responders often are taken for granted until tragedy strikes. The two men vowed to make a difference and started the First Responders Foundation in 2008. The Foundation is a social impact organization centered around appreciation and support for first responders and their families.

Read more about Ray Somberg (2018) and Jerry Hoberman (2019) when they were inducted into the Ancient Order of Saint Florian and Saint Michael.

First Responders Foundation Impact Report

Annual Impact and Letters

2019 Annual Impact Report
2019 Annual Fund Letter
2018 Annual Impact Report

First Responders Foundation Staff

Major General Allen W. Batschelet, USA (Ret.)

Major General Allen W. Batschelet, USA (Ret.)

President and CEO

Jodi Teal, Director of Development

Jodi Teal

Director of Development

Jason Workman

Jason Workman

Director of FRST

Gina Mowat, Director of Events

Gina Mowat

Director of Events

Patrice Monnier

Patrice Monnier

Director of Social Media

Diann Swigart, Coordinator of Community Engagement

Diann Swigart

Coordinator of Community Engagement

Reina Cloyd, Intern

Reina Cloyd

Intern

First Responders Foundation Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Gary Steiner, Chairman of the Board

Gary Steiner

Chairman of the Board

Major General Allen W. Batschelet, USA (Ret.)

Al Batschelet

President and CEO

Mary Rosenthal

Mary Rosenthal

Vice President

Debbie Bremer

Debbie Bremer

Secretary

Jim Hanson, Jr.

Jim Hanson, Jr.

Chairman Emeritus

First Responders Foundation Board Members

Mike Fahey

Mike Fahey

Charles V. Sederstrom

Charles V. Sederstrom

Todd Sears

Todd Sears

Gary Gates

Gary Gates

Dr. Paul Schenarts

Dr. Paul Schenarts

Leria Bray

Leria Bray

Dr. Mike Wagner

Dr. Mike Wagner

Christian Bohrer

Christian Bohrer

Ex-Officio & Liaison

Assist. Chief Tim McCaw, OFD
Ex-Officio & Liaison

Assistant Chief
Tim McCaw, OFD

Lt. Sherie Thomas
Ex-Officio & Liaison

Lt. Sherie Thomas, OPD

Founders

Ray Somberg
Co-Founder

Ray Somberg

Jerry Hoberman
Co-Founder

Jerry Hoberman

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Major General Allen W. Batschelet, USA (Ret.)
President and CEO

Major General Allen W. Batschelet, USA (Ret.)

Al joined the foundation in October 2017. He is also a principal and co-founder of Horizon Strategies, LLC. He enjoyed a successful, 35 year career in the United States Army in a variety of leadership and staff positions with the 1st Armored, 1st Cavalry, 3rd Infantry, 1st Infantry, and 4th Infantry Divisions. Command positions included Commanding General, V Corps, Deputy Commanding General 4th Infantry Division and Commanding General United States Army Recruiting Command. Key staff assignments included service on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Training, U.S. Army Europe, Director of Operations, Plans and Exercises, United States European Command and Chief of Staff, United States Strategic Command, at Offutt, AFB, NE.

Al served on many combat tours including Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Operation Joint Forge and multiple tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as commander of the 4th Infantry Division Artillery, and as the Chief of Staff, 4th Infantry Division and Multi-National Division-Baghdad.

He holds degrees from Iowa State University, Army War College and the Army Command Staff College.

Jodi Teal, Director of Development
Director of Development

Jodi Teal

Jodi joined the foundation in June 2019 and has over 15 years of non-profit experience. She earned her degree in Human Resources and Family Science from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Postbaccalaureate Certificate of Paralegal Studies from the College of St. Mary. She completed UNO’s Certificate in Fundraising Management and has served in various business positions including Donor Relations, Grant Writer, Event Manager and Volunteer Coordinator.

Jodi is a Certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, and is a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, both through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International.

Jason Workman
Director of FRST

Jason Workman LIMHP, LMHP, LADC, CCTP

Jason has a passion for first responders and started the First Responders Support Team (FRST) Program as a volunteer. Jason is a licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Clinically Certified Trauma Professional. He has a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Grace University. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Nebraska Omaha working with the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Jason’s experience includes working with first responders for the last thirteen years as a Law Enforcement Chaplain, and he is the Regional Clinical Director for the state Critical Incident Stress Management Team. Jason has also served as a firefighter/EMT in Northern California, Child Protective Services (Investigations), Nebraska Department of Correctional Services and Nebraska State Probation.

Gina Mowat, Director of Events
Director of Events

Gina joined the foundation in June 2016. She earned a degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and worked as a Technical Project Manager at First Data before embarking on her 15 year career as stay-at-home mom.

She started her time with the foundation as Executive Assistant to co-founder, Ray Somberg, which allowed her the opportunity to realize her talents and passion for event planning and management. She moved into the position as Director of Events in 2018 and says that she has the best of both worlds – “I work with amazing people doing amazing things and I have the flexibility to be focused on my family too”.

Patrice Monnier
Director of Social Media

Patrice Monnier, Director of Social Media

Patrice joined the Foundation in March 2019 with over 20 years experience in sales and marketing. Her experience includes working in sales for American Airlines and the Industrial Label Corporation.

Patrice was the Assistant Director of the Phoenix Academy, private K-8 school, where her responsibilities included website and social media management. She has a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of NE-Lincoln.

Patrice is the spouse of a retired law enforcement officer, who currently works in private security, and she is passionate about serving and supporting first responders and veterans, and their families.

Diann Swigart, Coordinator of Community Engagement
Coordinator of Community Engagement

Diann Swigart

Diann joined the Foundation in February of 2020. Previously, Diann worked 25 years at First National Bank as a Mortgage Closer, and also in the Bank Card Division. When looking for a meaningful place to volunteer, Diann thought about all the times first responders came to her mother’s rescue in her later years. Diann thought volunteering for the First Responders Foundation was a great way to pay it forward. She began volunteering in 2016 and found it very rewarding. She received the First Responders Foundation’s Volunteer of the Year Award in 2018, and later that year became the Volunteer Coordinator. Diann says, “Now I am blessed to have a job serving as the Community Engagement Coordinator for the First Responders Foundation.”

Reina Cloyd

Reina Cloyd, Intern