The Salvation Army of Omaha Appoints Three New Advisory Board Members

Aug 23, 2018

From left: Daniel Kennelly, Kari Kirchhoefer, the Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones, and Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado

The Salvation Army is pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel Kennelly, Kari Kirchhoefer and the Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones to its Omaha Advisory Board, which supports the work of The Salvation Army in the metro by providing mission-based leadership and strategic guidance.  

As chief compliance and ethics officer at Mutual of Omaha, Kennelly oversees the company’s Compliance and Ethics Division and all state insurance department relationships. In addition, he manages Mutual of Omaha’s code of ethics and business conduct program and is responsible for product and advertising compliance, anti-fraud, distribution and monitoring of new laws and regulations, and more. Kennelly is a graduate of Creighton University. He and his wife, Meg, have two children. 

As vice president of customer care and support at Union Pacific, Kirchhoefer is responsible for customer service operations, including the International Customer Service Center. Previously she served as vice president of Union Pacific’s chemicals group and president of the Streamline subsidiary, in addition to holding a number of marketing and sales positions with the company. Kirchhoefer is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University. She and her husband, Dave, have two daughters. 

The Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones serves as senior minister at First Central Congregational Church, as well as vice president of the Nebraska Conference of the United Church of Christ’s board of directors and a member of the advisory board for the Equality Fund of the Omaha Community Foundation. Before moving to Omaha, Dr. Jones worked as a pastor at the Cathedral of Hope in Oklahoma City and as a columnist for the “Oklahoma Gazette.” He earned a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Baptist University, was ordained in 1997 and then earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. Jones and his husband, Michael, have one son. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Daniel Kennelly, Kari Kirchhoefer and the Rev. Dr. Scott Jones to the advisory board,” said Omaha Advisory Board Chair Joleen David. “Together they bring a wealth of skills and talents that will help us better execute and achieve our strategic priorities in Omaha.” 

Current Omaha advisory board member Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado will assume a new role as chair of the Kroc Center Advisory Council. Dr. Benjamin-Alvarado has served as assistant vice chancellor of student affairs at the University of Nebraska at Omaha since 2014, where he oversees diversity, inclusion and equity issues on campus. He is also a political science professor and director of the Intelligence Community Centers of Academic Excellence Program at UNO. Dr. Benjamin-Alvarado earned his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia, a master’s degree from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. 

“Dr. Benjamin-Alvarado’s expert guidance will be an invaluable asset in our journey toward an exciting strategic vision for the Kroc Center in Omaha, and we are grateful for his leadership,” said David.

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