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Our Purpose

University of Nebraska Dance Marathon exists to raise funds and increase awareness for Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska through uniting Husker Nation to ensure every child has the ability to receive the highest quality care.

Our Mission

To cultivate student leaders, foster campus community, and unite Husker Nation to champion kids' health

Our Vision

To ensure every child has the opportunity to become a Husker

Meet our Executive Team!

Ashley McMurchie

Executive Director/President

The President of UNDM serves as the liaison between Dance Marathon and UNL. Running mostly behind the scenes, the president makes sure her team of hard-working, passionate individuals has a smooth year.

Ashley has been making a difference with Dance Marathon for 4 years. Her favorite memory is her first bracelet cutting ceremony or being Elliot's family rep! The bracelet cutting ceremony hit home and solidified to her why UNDM raises money and awareness for the Children's Hospital. Being Elliot's family representative was also rewarding because she spent all of HuskerThon 2020 with him and was able to see the joy this event brings our Miracle Kids.

Grace Heggem

Vice President Programming

The Vice President of Programming creates, plans, and executions all UNDM events throughout the year. Whether that be the Block Party or the Main Event, the VP of Event Planning is responsible for the coordination of all events.

Grace has been making a difference with Dance Marathon for years. Her favorite memory is twirling one of our miracle kiddos, Coralie, around on the dance floor during the rave at her first-ever Huskerthon. That event is when she decided she wanted to completely invest herself in DM and its mission!

Haley Brezack

Director of Event Coordination
The Directors of Event Coordination scout and book entertainment acts and program events for HuskerThon to make it as enjoyable as possible for the Kiddos.

Pat Malec

Director of Event Coordination
The Directors of Event Coordination scout and book entertainment acts and program events for HuskerThon to make it as enjoyable as possible for the Kiddos.

Megan Ott

Director of Event Operations
The Director of Event Operations plans and executes the logistics of HuskerThon including staff allocations and following UNL policy guidelines.

Libby Bash

Director of Special Events
The Director of Special Events generates ideas and executes smaller special events throughout the year to continue engagement.

Caitlin McCarthy

Vice President Finance

The Vice President of Finance oversees budgeting, data tracking, and the allocation of monetary resources. She focuses on making sure UNDM can give the most to Omaha Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

This is Caitlin’s 4th year making an impact with UNDM. Her favorite memory is being Willa’s family rep and watching her dance and sing in her middle school musical and making Tik Toks with her.

Jared Mulder

Directors of Corporate Sponsorship
The Directors of Corporate Sponsorship manage donor stewardship, food sponsorship, and in-kind donations. They work very closely with all corporate connections UNDM has within the organization and university.

Jacob Zadalis

Directors of Corporate Sponsorship
The Directors of Corporate Sponsorship manage donor stewardship, food sponsorship, and in-kind donations. They work very closely with all corporate connections UNDM has within the organization and university.

Hunter Godina

Director of Data Analytics
The Director of Data Analytics utilizes present data and previous year’s trends to help UNDM make more informed decisions to determine fundraising timelines, sponsorship amounts, and recruitment efforts.

Joseph Ho

Director of Fundraising
The Director of Fundraising oversees all planning and hosting of fundraising “work-shops” for dancers looking to raise more money. They generate ideas to assist staff and Miracle Makers in reaching their fundraising goals.

Ethan Carlson

Vice President Engagement

The Vice President of Engagement mandates recruitment and involvement strategies for students seeking to get involved in UNDM. He is crucial in making sure the students and the kids have an amazing Dance Marathon.

This is Ethan’s 4th year making an impact with Dance Marathon. His favorite memory of UNDM is spending the day with his miracle kid, Landon, at HuskerThon 2020. This allowed him to understand Landon’s story and the tangible impact Omaha Children’s Hospital and Medical Center makes on kids every day. Landon’s perseverance, joy, and goofiness inspire Ethan every day.

Cole Ulmer

Director of Communications
The Director of Communications informs Miracle Makers of different fundraising events, as well as the details of HuskerThon.

Makayla Champoux

Directors of Families
The Directors of Families serve as a liaison between UNDM and the families at the Omaha Miracle Network Children’s Hospital and Medical Center

Lori White

Directors of Families
The Directors of Families serve as a liaison between UNDM and the families at the Omaha Miracle Network Children’s Hospital and Medical Center

Chris Kingsley

Directors of Morale
The Directors of Morale keep the spirit of Dance Marathon high, energetic, and positive throughout the entire year.

Ashton Sandman

Directors of Morale
The Directors of Morale keep the spirit of Dance Marathon high, energetic, and positive throughout the entire year.

Cameron Downey

Directors of Recruitment
The Directors of Recruitment communicate with RSO’s, Greek life, and other organizations to increase involvement and recruit more Miracle Makers.

Michael IIg

Directors of Recruitment
The Directors of Recruitment communicate with RSO’s, Greek life, and other organizations to increase involvement and recruit more Miracle Makers.

Jared Schmid

Vice President Marketing

The Vice President of Marketing controls all the buzz that UNDM brings about. He makes sure that our Dance Marathon is heard about within the community and around campus.

This is Jared’s 3rd year making an impact with Dance Marathon. His favorite UNDM memory was during the talent show at HuskerThon 2020 when a girl who was told as a young child that she would never be able to speak went up on the stage and sang a song to everyone. It was an incredibly moving and inspiring moment that serves as a reminder of the impact of our mission.

Anna Fiala

Director of Advertising
The Director of Advertising plans and executes all promotional and press initiatives for Dance Marathon.

Anjali Nooka

Director of Media
The Director of Media oversees all aspects of graphic design, photography, and videography.

Elizabeth Nesland

Director of Public Relations
The Director of Public Relations builds relationships with the faculty, Deans, and other staff members on campus and communicates with those in the community.

Lizzy Kenes

Director of Website
The Director of Website works to perform updates and maintenance to the UNDM site.