Vikings of Distinction

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2012 Vikings of Distinction


Geneva (Scott) Dourisseau, class of 1968. The General Director of Labor Relations for the Union Pacific Railroad since 1980, she is also active in her community. Some of her community involvement includes work with the Urban League, UPRR Black Employees Network, and the Omaha Public Schools. She has also been a teacher and a summer youth program coordinator.

Thomas W. Hejkal, M.D., class of 1969. Currently a professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, this much publicized researcher is the Chairman of Ophthamology and Visual Services. Professional organizations to which he belongs include the Omaha Ophthalmological Society, serving as its president since 1998. A Ph.D. in Oceanography is one of his accomplishments.

Theodore (Ted) Sanko, class of 1962. Residing in Norton, Kansas, he is the owner of several local businesses. Active in his community, he works with such organizations as the Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club. His military service consisted of a tour in Vietnam as an officer with the Army Corp of Engineers. Upon his return, he worked for the U.S. Department of Justice as a special agent with the FBI.

Ted J. Stouffer, class of 1960. A practicing attorney for 38 years, he tried more than 1500 cases in Nebraska and Iowa prior to retiring. He is a member of a number of professional organizations, has served on the boards of the Omaha Softball Association and North High School Foundation, and has fulfilled his quest of playing every golf course in Nebraska.

Aileen (Hopgood) Warren, class of 1979. A Human Resources professional, she is Vice President of Human Resources at First Data Corporation. She serves on a number of boards, among them, Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands, Catholic Charities, American Red Cross, Family Services, and Girls, Inc. In 2009 she received the National Service to Youth award from the Boys and Girls Club of America.

Dave and Carol Van Metre, Friend of North High School. The Van Metre’s have long shown their interest in and support of the Omaha Public Schools. Their support to Omaha North High Magnet School can be found in the Viking girls’ softball field with its new building for restrooms, concessions, and supplies built in 2010 and similar improvements in the boys’ baseball fields in 2011. The updated and outfitted weight room at North, along with those in all Omaha high schools and middle schools, is because of their generosity.

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