Editorial & Creative
Doug Meigs, Executive Editor
Doug dived with sharks for The Wall Street Journal, scavenged wild mushrooms across Yunnan for CNN, and pursued Russian woolly mammoth ivory traders for China Daily Asia Weekly. He also investigated fishermen recovering from the Tohoku Earthquake with Japanese national broadcaster NHK. He has traveled extensively, but Doug’s hometown is Omaha, where he was born and raised. The writer has covered Native American concerns across the Midwest for the Indian Country Today Media Network. He has accompanied trappers and traders from swamp to auction for mid-Missouri publications and has also contributed to the Omaha World-Herald and other regional media. Sports writing helped launch his journalism career, but he is passionate about any good story, especially those relating to arts, heritage, and environmental issues. Doug graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He is currently working on the biography of a Native American orphan who had reunited with family and tribe.
Daisy studied journalism at the University of Iowa. She spent 10 years at the Omaha World-Herald, where her responsibilities included writing for the paper’s many special sections and its Wedding Essentials magazine. She loves writing community features that inform people about their friends and neighbors, which is why she enjoyed freelancing for the Glenwood Opinion-Tribune and Destra Magazine. Daisy also writes fiction and spends time every summer at the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival. Classes have included The Art of Nonfiction; Edit Like a Zen Master; Poses and Prose, a weekend of writing and yoga; and Things that Go Bump in the Night, a weeklong gothic writing course. When she isn’t writing or reading, Daisy travels the tie-dye circuit to music festivals and Volkswagen campouts/rallies with her husband in their 1963 Microbus.
Bill was born in Utah and currently resides in the hip Benson neighborhood with wife Kim, son Ty, and daughter Parker. He has shot for every magazine since 2002 and originally worked alongside partner Scott Drickey, who helped him found minorwhite studios in 2008. In 2012, Bill joined Omaha Magazine’s staff as Director of Photography and was promoted to Creative Director in 2015. He enjoys early mornings, space, and conversations. His work has helped him travel the world and meet amazing individuals. His client list includes Rolling Stone, Sony, Borsheims, and Money Magazine.
Matt is the youngest of four boys, meaning there was always someone around with whom to play football and wrestle. This prepared him to play in many sports at Ralston High School. He earned a degree in Graphic Design, Computer Graphics, and Illustration from The Creative Center in 2005. Matt’s professional life has taken him from Hayneedle to DocuLynx to Fat Brain Toys. This DIY’er enjoys building and welding, and considers himself an amateur carpenter, shade-tree mechanic and blacksmith, all of which are useful skills as he and his wife, Chelsie, are currently fixing up a home in Ralston. Matt retains his love of the outdoors—camping, hiking, and biking as often as possible. When they are done with all these projects, Matt likes to relax with a cigar and small-batch bourbon while hanging out with Chelsie, bull terrier Koa, and mini schnauzer Ozzy.
Derek Joy, Senior Graphic Designer
Derek came to Omaha Magazine highly recommended…after all, the person previously sitting at his desk was his wife, Rachel Joy. Derek became interested in art at age 5, when he began painting miniatures, a hobby he continues to this day. His interest in art took him to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he earnedd a BFA, with an emphasis in painting, illustration, and design. He previously worked as a graphic designer at Lovely Skin. In his off hours, he is a musician, specializing in synthesizers, and dad to Rachel and his young star, Nova, who turned one in November.
Mady Besch, Graphic Designer
Mady swam her way through Millard West, participating on the varsity swim team for all four years of high school. She then attended UNO, earning a Bachelor of Art in Studio Art with a concentration in graphic design and minors in art history and mass communication. If that didn’t keep her busy enough…she was also an art director for UNO’s American Institute for Graphic Arts. In her spare time (if it can be called that) she thrifts and watches psychological thrillers, spends time with her cats, and attends concerts/festivals—her favorites include Lana Del Rey at Red Rocks in Morrison, Colorado, and Dancefestopia in Kansas City.
Accounts & Operations
Sandy joined the Omaha Magazine team in 2011. In September, she added the title ‘Contributing Editor of Omaha Home magazine.’ Having worked in the home industry and marketing/advertising for the last 15 years, her new position seemed a natural fit. “I have a passion for Omaha Home, and have been told my whole life I missed my calling and should have been an interior designer,” Matson explains. “I love helping friends and family with their homes, and enjoy painting and unique home projects of all sorts.” The Iowa native is an empty nester with three children, and recently got engaged. She enjoys going to estate sales and antique stores and sharing wine with good friends at favorite spots Johnny’s Steakhouse, Brix, and the Old Market. “Most nights, though, you can find me at home watching a good movie under a comfy throw,” Matson confides.
Greg was an entrepreneur with a bottle recycling business before joining Omaha Magazine back in 1988. He and wife Terese went on to invest in the magazine, becoming partners with publisher Todd Lemke in 1990. Today, Bruns is Vice President of Omaha Magazine and works in advertising sales. An avid music lover, Bruns has played the role of drummer and/or lead singer in numerous Omaha bands over the past 35 years. He enjoys golfing, hiking, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and hanging out “in our little house on the prairie” cabin in Estes Park, Colo., with “my awesome wife of 30 years.”
Tyler began working at Our City magazine in 1989 with brother/publisher Todd Lemke while still in college at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The Papillion High School graduate (Class of ’85) also worked for a time at Vitality Magazine. He has worn the most hats of anyone employed at Omaha Magazine—ad salesperson, deliveryman, accountant, graphic designer, art director…even as janitor. Today, his duties include: advertiser billing/accounting, overseeing the Best of Omaha® contest, and managing all company information and technology needs. A single father of “two wonderful teenage girls,” who live with him full-time, Lemke enjoys taking his motorcycle out on road trips and recently has taken up Tae Kwon Do.
Holley grew up in Missouri, where her family used an outhouse, bathhouse, ringer washer, and a coal-and-wood stove. At age 12 she went to live in a children’s home. She calls her two daughters (Angellica, 17, and Alissa, 15) her “greatest accomplishments in life.” She now lives with her husband of 15 years, a dog named Dulce, and their newest family member, a puppy named Brownie. Her two favorite quotes are: “You have 24 hours to make a customer a lifetime customer,” and “If you don’t learn something new every day you’re in the wrong business.” She enjoys reading, cooking, gardening, spending time with her kids, shopping (“I am a woman.”), writing poems, and taking care of her family.
Gil is a New Jersey native, who moved to Omaha in 1984 when he worked as a hotel manager with Marriott. Since then, he’s held positions as director of a Missouri riverboat, marketing director for the Omaha Symphony, and his current position at Omaha Magazine. Outside of his sales responsibilities, he’s always looking for new and exciting business ventures. Gil is Omaha Magazine’s “man about town,” and is often seen at Omaha events and hotspots, promoting Omaha fun. When not working, he can often be found at Havana Garage, Mahogany Steakhouse, Pitch, and Sullivan’s for live jazz on Thursdays. He also enjoys golf, his Vespa, and driving his 1979 MGB…when it’s running, of course.
Gwen Lemke, Senior Sales Executive
Gwen and her husband, Raymond, raised their four sons in Papillion. After retiring from a distinguished career in real estate, she joined Omaha Magazine in advertising sales. “Having been a business owner, I can relate to the budget and advertising goals of my clients,” Gwen says. “This is a business where you have the opportunity of meeting many interesting people who also become your friends.” Gwen enjoys time with her friends and large family, which includes nine grandchildren. Much of her leisure time is spent reading fiction, especially mystery novels with historical context.
Kyle Fisher, Brand Specialist
Kyle’s career has taken him on a full-circle adventure. Almost 30 years ago, his sports management career started with the Omaha Royals. Luckily, wife Phyllis was a military brat, so it was a (relative) piece of cake for her to do seven sports gigs in seven cities in sevens years before coming to Omaha—again with the Royals. Teen-aged son, Travis, was lucky enough to have grown up here after the couple’s return. Memorable moments along the way included such oddities as a stadium bomb threat, an exploding field sprinkler providing an unexpected pregame shower right before the first pitch, and an unforgettable dinner date with Hall of Famer George Brett and Warren Buffet.
George Idelman, Brand Specialist
George has called Omaha home since 1991. The Chicago native and his wife, Jill, will soon celebrate their 23rd wedding anniversary with their two sons, Justin and Brandon. George is no stranger to the Omaha sales community and has held sales and management positions with ITI Marketing Services, Ecolab, and, most recently, Valpak of Omaha. He joined the Omaha Magazine family with a diverse selling background and a passion for building loyal customers. When George isn’t focused on creating great opportunities for his clients, you can find him with his family enjoying a wide range of activities and sporting events. You might even find George hitting a few rounds at one of the many area golf courses. In addition, George is a faithful Chicago Cubs fan…but we won’t hold that against him!
Alicia attended Duchesne Academy and graduated from University of Nebraska at Omaha with a degree in history. She joined Omaha Magazine in 2007. Alicia and her husband, Trevor, “a lighting engineer genius at HDR,” have a son, Logan. In her free time, she and Trevor enjoy walking around their Aksarben Village neighborhood, attending the farmers market, and listening to the free outdoor concerts in the summer.
The origin of obsession is the subject of much discussion in psychological circles, but Dawn doesn’t care to give it a second thought when it comes to frogs. That’s right. The slimy kind. Warts and all. “What’s to explain,” the Omaha native chuckles, “I’m just crazy about frogs.” A fascination with the emerald-hued amphibians has led her to collect everything from frog-related ceramic figures to clothing—and everything in between. Something of a tadpole here at Omaha Magazine, she joined us last June after a long career in a variety of advertising gigs. Her giving and nurturing nature also led her to dedicate four years of her life as a medical assistant working with Alzheimer patients. Dawn has been married to husband Steven for 14 years and is the proud mother of adult sons Joshua and Austin. She recently became a grandmother for the first time and is already spoiling grandson Gabriel with all manner of frog-themed toys, clothing, and baby gear.
Mike joined Omaha Magazine in 2010. As distribution manager, he can often be spotted about town in the Omaha Magazine van, delivering to Omaha-area schools, businesses, and venues. A graduate of Omaha Bryan High School, Mike is a “proud South Omaha boy and crazy sports fan” of the Nebraska Huskers, Chicago Cubs, and Kansas City Chiefs. He also enjoys playing softball and bowling, volunteering with the men’s club at St. Bernadette Parish, and coaching youth baseball. His family includes his wife, Stephanie, and his children.