Voting Board Members
Nancy Brookhart has ataxia, an inherited form, but not specifically identified. Nancy is committed to learning about ataxia and learning to live well, with humor and grace, in spite of it. Nancy is a wife, mother and grandmother, a proud Midwesterner who lives in Iowa but is an honorary Nebraskan.
Dan Gard- CPA (Treasurer)- Dan is currently the Treasurer of Nebraska Ataxia. Dan joined the Board after being introduced to the members of the Board and learning of the mission and benefits that the organization provides to ataxians and looks forward to helping the organization grow and mature. Dan has an undergraduate degree from Creighton and an MBA from UNO. He is currently working in the Finance Department at Nebraska Medicine. Dan is married to his wife Beth and they have three young children.
Scott Moore-Scott is currently a board member who became interested in supporting Nebraska Ataxia’s mission as a person with a disability and as a longtime friend of Linda Snider. Scott himself is a person with a disability since the age of 18 after he became a paraplegic as a result of car accident. Scott is a partner in the Baird Holm law firm and specializes in disability discrimination law in all areas with a focus in employment, housing, and ADA work. Scott hopes he can use his personal and professional experience to continue Nebraska Ataxia’s great work in the community.
Michelle Moragues- Michelle is proud to be on the board for Nebraska Ataxia, she truly values giving back to those in her community. Although she does not have a personal connection with anyone living with ataxia, she has witnessed how devastating it can be to those affected after traumatic brain injury. Working at QLI, Michelle has served individuals affected by traumatic brain or spinal cord injuries for almost 19 years. Besides giving back to her community, Michelle enjoys shopping, is a serial dater (not by choice) and LOVES to spend time with her family. She is often spending her time helping a family member with a home project, shopping with her mom or continuing her reign as world’s best auntie to her niece and nephews. Always says yes and loves to be helpful to anyone who is in need—and will always try to brighten the room—if it calls for glitter, Michelle is your girl!
Elizabeth Remmen- (Secretary)- One of Nebraska Ataxia’s first board members, Elizabeth has been heavily involved in the organization since its inception. As a college roommate at Creighton University with Co-Founder, Linda Snider, she spent time with Linda’s family, including one summer living in their basement. Exposed to ataxia via Linda’s father, she became very familiar with the disease and how it affects not only the individual, but the family as a whole. A marketer and graphic designer by trade, she loves watching movies, is a voracious reader, and follows Bluejay basketball like a true alum.
Corie Sass, LCSW- Corie is a social worker by trade, and does consulting and facility support for a local Non-Profit organization, Vetter Health Services. She is married to husband Andy who is a nurse for Methodist Health System. Together they have 2 boys – Jake and Elliott. Elliott was diagnosed at age 2 with a rare form of ataxia called Ataxia Telangiectasia. They found Nebraska Ataxia shortly after Elliott’s diagnosis and it has been such a blessing for their family. Corie is honored to be part of a wonderful organization.”
Mark (Skippy) Sidwell (President) – Mark is a Co-Founder of Nebraska Ataxia. He is happily married to the fantastic Linda. He’s the caretaker of an Ataxian and therefore is passionate about its mission and moving the organization forward. He’s a computer programmer at CSG in Omaha, Nebraska and his hobbies include scuba diving, biking, and anything that involves having fun.
Mark Slattery, CFS– Mark is a partner at Trusted Wealth Partners offering securities and advisory services. He is a member of FINRA/SIPC. He graduated from Creighton University and is married to his high school sweetheart Julie and has three daughters, Erin, Megan and Emma. He enjoys golf, hunting, travel, and fishing.
Mike Summers, MD- Vice President –Mike is a board-certified pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine physician. He currently serves as the Section Chief of Sleep Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center/Nebraska Medicine. He sees and manages all progressive neuromuscular/movement disorders (ataxia, ALS, MD etc.) patients at Nebraska Medicine. Additionally, his professional interests include improved clinical effectiveness and effective leadership. He and his wife, Allison, live in Omaha. They have a daughter, Isabella, who is at Marian High School. His hobbies include photography, playing ice hockey and home renovation projects.
Linda Snider-Sidwell, MD is a Co-Founder of Nebraska Ataxia and currently serves as a board member of the National Ataxia Foundation. Linda’s passion is helping others live life to the fullest. Linda is a physician by training and also has ataxia. She lives her life showing that although she has ataxia, ataxia does not define who she is. She is a force of nature and her motto is: join her or get out of the way. She is a scuba diver, book lover, foodie, dancer, and traveler.
David Thomson- (Advisor to the Board of Directors) became the Program Manager for the Midwest Rivers, Trails and Conservation Program (RTCA) in 2010. Thomson graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture in 1994. Thomson has worked directly for a variety of National Parks including Glacier National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, and the Alaska Region. Thomson’s park design projects have included scenic overlooks, park entrance stations, campgrounds, native plant restoration and a wide range of accessibility improvements.
David has a passion for inclusion for ALL, and has served as the Midwest Region’s Accessibility Program Manager for the past 10 years. Thomson has grown the NPS Midwest Accessibility Program to provide NPS staff, pro-active, technical assistance related to inclusive new construction and daily accessibility management issues. The NPS Midwest Region supports 61 national park units in 13 Midwest States.
In his personal time Thomson enjoys spending time with his family: Ty and Ashten and their black lab, Vik. Other interests include drawing, working with clay and rustic wood working, small venue live music and any day on the river.
Judy Dierkhising, PhD, LCSW- is the Executive Director of Nebraska Ataxia. Judy has 35 years of leadership experience with nearly 25 years of work in the healthcare arena at both community and academic centers. She has been an advocate for adults, children, and families