Greater Omaha Chamber Announces 2022 Change Makers | News


The Greater Omaha Chamber Young Professionals today announced their 2022 Change Makers, sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). These four people will be honored at this year’s YP Summit on March 31.

“Omaha’s success is driven by young professionals who strive to make a difference for their communities. These Change Makers have all done something amazing and we are proud to recognize them here. The 2022 Change Makers are truly an inspiration and example to others,” said Ana Lopez Shalla, Senior Director of Workforce Development for the Greater Omaha Chamber.

Change Makers have been carefully selected for their commitment to the success of their community, their friends and family, and themselves by breaking down barriers and overcoming challenges through innovative and exemplary acts.

Note: All UNO affiliates can purchase a YP Summit ticket with a discount code before March 24.

This year’s changemakers

  • Theodore W. Johnson, MPA, Instructor – UNO Aviation Institute
  • Leah Whitney Chavez, Executive Director and Founder, World Speaks Omaha (UNO Alum)
  • Daniela Rojas Florez, Assistant Dean of Student Success, College of Saint Mary
  • DaShawn McGary, BSBA, Co-Founder and Director, Divine Living

Maverick Ties

Theodore W. Johnson, MPA, is an instructor at the Aviation Institute at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and is pursuing his doctorate in public administration. He is a hands-on educator and a pillar of DEI committed to the integral mission of moving the needle of equity in public and private sector entities. He has only been in Omaha for 18 months and is already creating lasting change to expand the horizons of racial and gender minorities within the UN and Omaha communities regarding aviation/aerospace and other STEM fields.

Leah Whitney Chavez is the Executive Director and Founder of World Speaks Omaha, a non-profit organization that breaks down barriers in our community by providing language access services and community education classes. Holder of a UNO bachelor’s degree in foreign language and literature with a concentration in Spanish, she is bilingual and from a very young age appreciated the Spanish language and Latin culture.

More change makers

Daniela Rojas Florez was born in Bogota, Colombia. She moved to Omaha in 2007. Daniela graduated from the College of Saint Mary with a double major in Art and Theology, as well as a Certificate in Medical Interpretation. She attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, where she earned her Masters in Higher Education Administration in the fall of 2020. Daniela is now the Associate Dean for Student Success at the College of Saint Mary.

DaShawn McGary is a native of Omaha, Nebraska, and recently graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, conferred with a major in Finance. He is co-founder and director of Divine Living, a home and community services agency through Medicaid, which provides assistance to community members with developmental disabilities.


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