NTC Team

NTC Team

Shonna Dorsey

Executive Director

In her role at the Nebraska Tech Collaborative, Powered by Aksarben, Shonna is responsible for leading key strategic initiatives and forging vital partnerships. Directly reporting to the NTC’s Executive Committee Chair and the Aksarben Foundation’s President, she brings a wealth of experience from her previous roles including Information Services Manager and Sr. Business Systems Consultant at Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company, as an Adjunct Instructor for MindSet, LLC., Vice President of Business Development and Tech Talent at the AIM Institute, and co-founding Interface Web School.

Shonna is an alumna of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where she earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Management Information Systems. Additionally, she is a Trustee of the Business Ethics Alliance of Omaha.

megan bell

Operations Manager

Megan’s role involves overseeing the operational aspects of the NTC, driving strategic plans, and enhancing community connections across Nebraska. Megan has earned a Master’s degree in education, has significant experience with Omaha Public Schools and in change management within the private sector. Her proficiency in project and change management ensures that the Foundation’s goals for community engagement and innovation are met, reflecting her integral role in the organization’s ongoing success and community impact..

Michael A. Lechtenberger

Executive Committee Chair, Nebraska Tech Collaborative | CIO, Mutual of Omaha

As CIO of Mutual of Omaha, Mike oversees all technology, applications, information security and systems infrastructure.

Mike joined Mutual of Omaha in 1986 as a software developer. He was promoted to manager in 1991 and became a member of the management team in 1994, holding a variety of IT leadership roles supporting Mutual of Omaha’s business units, delivering transformational initiatives and leading IT strategy development. In 2010 he was named Senior Vice President, Information Services Applications. He assumed his current role in August 2015.

In the community, Mike serves on the University of Nebraska College of Engineering Advisory Board, as well as the boards of the Assure Women’s Center, Chariots 4 Hope, NU Foundation Trustees, and the Mutual of Omaha Foundation.

Mike earned his bachelors degree in computer science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his master’s in business administration from the University of Nebraska Omaha.

Sandra Reding

President, Aksarben Foundation

Sandra joined the Aksarben Foundation as President in 2017. Working directly with the Board of Governors and Councillors, Sandra oversees and implements the strategic direction of the Aksarben Foundation and the Aksarben network – including the Nebraska Tech Collaborative (NTC) and the Northeast Nebraska Growing Together, Aksarben Workforce Initiatives. With over twenty-years in not-for-profit leadership, relationship cultivation and fundraising and vast experience in higher education and scholarship administration, Sandra brings a strong knowledge of leadership and has a proven track record of driving results, engagement and activation.

Mike Cassling

Aksarben Governor | Founding Chair, Nebraska Tech Collaborative CEO, Cquence Health | President, Cassling

Mike Cassling joined the Cassling organization in 1985, working alongside his father and company founder Robert “Bob” Cassling to provide customer-focused, diagnostic medical equipment sales and service. Mike grew to accept the position of vice president of sales and marketing and was appointed president in 1996. Today, Mike provides primary leadership as Cassling’s CEO.

In addition to leading the Cassling organization, Mike is chairman and CEO of CQuence Health Group, formed in 2011 to provide shared services and strategic direction for its partner companies: Cassling and Ensocare. Through CQuence Health, Mike also oversees a diverse healthcare investment portfolio currently comprised of 12 corporate partnerships, each with a shared focus on improving patient care, decreasing costs and improving outcomes.

Through Mike’s leadership, CQuence Health Group companies have earned multiple honors and awards, including: Modern Healthcare’s #1 Ranked Best Places to Work in Healthcare; Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to work in Healthcare; Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association; Employee Voice Award, Quantum Workplace; Gold Well Workplace Award by the Wellness Council of America; Highest Actively Engaged Population and Highest Overall Job Satisfaction by Avatar Solutions; Platinum Well Workplace Award by the Wellness Council of America; Best Places to work in Omaha and Best Places for the Advancement of Women; HR Solutions Employee Engagement Awards, 1st place Nationally; and Omaha Chamber of Commerce Business in Excellence Award.

Mike is a graduate of UNL and Syracuse University, he is an Omaha “40 under 40” alumnus, and was recognized in 2014 and 2010 with an Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln and is a Westside High School Hall of Fame honoree. Mike has two daughters, Megan and Kaila; his wife, Elizabeth, has two songs, Gage and JT.

Past & Present Community Involvement

  • Joined the Aksarben as Councilor in 2012, Governor in 2019
  • Founding Member, Nebraska Tech Collaborative (NTC) – An Aksarben Workforce Initiative
  • Board, Salvation Army Omaha
  • Executive Committee, Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board
  • Board, Omaha Symphony
  • Board, Omaha Community Foundation
  • Board, Omaha Performing Arts
  • Chairman of the Board, Bellevue University