Mark Jimenez, a former Winners Circle Goal Buddy, has accepted the role of Co-Captain at Kellom Elementary. Jimenez truly enjoys volunteering for an organization dedicated to the success of children. “I like the fact that Winners Circle works to encourage and support younger children in setting and pursuing goals in and outside of the classroom.”
In his professional life, Jimenez has been in banking for the past 12 years and for the last five, he has served as a branch manager for Great Western Bank . As a child, Jimenez spent time on the island of St. Vincent and the Dominican Republic, where his parents were missionaries. “I’ve been blessed by more people than I could mention, who have encouraged or mentored me,” he says. “This is my opportunity to give back to our young people at an age when they need encouragement and support the most.”
Another former Goal Buddy, Cameron Lind, has taken the position of Captain at Field Club Elementary and has great respect for all of his fellow Winners Circle volunteers. “They volunteer because they sincerely want to make a difference in the lives of the kids,” he says. Of course, Lind’s favorite part of Winners Circle is the students and he takes particular pleasure in helping them celebrate their successes. “There are very few things in life more satisfying than the smile of a child, and we see those smiles when they share with us their success in reaching their goals.”
Professionally, Lind works as a Talent Management Specialist at Omaha Public Power District. A teacher to the core, Lind has held a variety of professional positions which have allowed him to utilize his unique skills, including director of youth programs at the American Lung Association, teaching positions through Omaha Public Schools, Iowa Western and Metropolitan Community Colleges, and diversity/leadership training with First Data Corporation. Lind has a lot of talent as an actor and has appeared in numerous community theater productions and over 50 local and national commercials and training films.
Maria Valentin is brand new to the Partnership and is serving as a Winners Circle Captain at Jackson Elementary. Valentin loves that Winners Circle allows her to be a positive influence in the lives of Omaha youth. “It creates an opportunity for me to motivate and empower students so they can see themselves living a successful life.
When Valentin isn’t volunteering with Winners Circle, she works in the ConAgra Foods Corporate Community Affairs Department. Valentin has more than 18 years of experience in community relations, management and volunteerism and is eager to share her professional experiences with Winners Circle students.
Ronald Jefferson Jr. will be serving as a Winners Circle Captain at Field Club Elementary and is excited for his new role with the program.
Growing up, Jefferson attended school in the OPS district and obtained his Bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Jefferson currently works at Omaha Public Power District as a programmer, assisting in maintaining and creating enterprise systems. Jefferson is active in his church, serving as the band leader at Ambassador’s Worship Center and was recently married this past June. Jefferson says he is eager to be able to encourage, support, and reward the accomplishments of Omaha youth and is proud to be a part of the Winners Circle program.