Rachel Olive, MSW

Executive Director – EMAIL

Rachel has been engaged in social work and community organizing for 13 years. She joined Hunger Free Heartland in 2014 as Program Manager and was named Executive Director shortly thereafter. Rachel also holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Prior to HFH, Rachel worked with different nonprofits across the community and state around building healthy and safe communities for all. In her spare time, she can be found her with family, participating in outdoor activities, or reading a good book on her deck.


Deanne Schmidt, MPA

Data & Education Coordinator – EMAIL

Deanne recently completed her Masters of Public Administration degree with a concentration in Nonprofit Management. As an undergrad, she holds a BS degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. Deanne spent two years at the nonprofit College Possible as an AmeriCorps Service member. She has a passion for helping youth and is thrilled to be a part of the Hunger Free Heartland team, helping make positive impacts and changes in the Omaha community. Deanne enjoys spending time outdoors, trying new recipes, snuggling her dog and catching up on the newest Netflix releases.

Jess Thacker

Communities Coordinator – EMAIL

Jess joined the Hunger Free Heartland team in August 2016 after several years working directly with children, youth, and families through local non-profits in Omaha. She earned a BA degree in Political Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Jess enjoys singing, gardening, and spending time with her family.

Sarah Liewer

Child Nutrition Access Coordinator – EMAIL

Sarah joined Hunger Free Heartland in August of 2016 after relocating from Des Moines, IA where she was working as a health coach with Profile by Sanford. She has a passion for working with food insecurity and improving the lives of others. She graduated from Iowa State University in May of 2015 with a BS in Dietetics. In her free time, she loves cooking, gardening, and spending time with her friends and family.

Board Members

Will Cummings, Board President, First Priority Insurance

Paul Haskel, Board Vice President, Sprinklr

Liz Mucciaccio, Board Treasurer, JUNE Advertising

Todd Reed, Heartland Farm Partners

Rachel Olive, Secretary & Executive Director, Hunger Free Heartland