The OEF Management Team

Julie Boilesen, CEO 

Julie is the CEO of the Omaha Equestrian Foundation. Prior to her coming to the OEF, Julie worked with AT&T as the Director of Verbal & Sonic Identity as a part of the Global Marketing Organization. During this time she was nominated by SEVP for Executive Women's Leadership experience. Julie also worked with TD Ameritrade here in Omaha for 13 years, her most recent position being the Director of Brand Activation. Studying at both the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and Creighton University, Julie received her Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communication.

Sara Weiss, Director of Events

Sara has been working with the Omaha Equestrian Foundation for seven years, first as the Volunteer Coordinator and then later as the Director of Events.  Sara's background includes working for the United States House of Representatives and for the non-profit, Take Flight Farms.  Sara grew up showing Paint and Pinto horses as well as doing 4-H.  At university, Sara helped found and organize the UNO Equestrian Team which competed within the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA).  

The OEF Foundation Board

Lisa Roskens, Chairman 

Lisa is Chairman of the Board of the OEF and Chief Executive Officer of the Burlington Capital Group LLC.  Prior to coming to the Burlington Capital Group in 2000, Lisa served as Managing Director of Twin Compass, LLC and was the Director of Business Development at Inacom Corporation. From 1995 to 1997, she served as Finance Director for the U.S. Senate campaign of Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska. A graduate of Stanford Law School, Lisa was an attorney with the Kutak Rock law firm in Omaha, Nebraska from 1992-1995, specializing in commercial litigation.


Lisa is also an avid amateur jumper rider. In 2001 she founded Take Flights Farms, a 501(c)(3) organization that incorporates horses into therapeutic and learning programs. Her love for equestrian sport and for her home city spurred her to found the Omaha Equestrian Foundation in 2011.

Jon Garner, Director of Sport 

Jon Garner is a veteran of the international show jumping world. Originally from Great Britain, he moved to Canada after military service in 1991, where he competed and coached.  Jon competed regularly in FEI competitions and, after the 2004 season, retired from competition to take on many roles as Director of Sport.  During this time Jon, has overseen numerous CSI and CSIO 5* events as well as two FEI World Children's Finals.

In 2011, Jon was the jumping consultant for the Live Oak International in Ocala, Florida, and has acted in a similar capacity for the International Omaha. Jon is currently Chair of Equine Canada's Hunter/Jumper Competitions Committee and sat on the Dean's Advisory Board for The University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.  In 2016, John became Director of Sport for Equine Canada.

Thomas Baur, Director of Dressage 

Thomas is the organizer of several International CDI Dressage Shows across Europe, and has been a member of several European Championship Committees for Jumping, Dressage and Eventing. He has been the Sports Director of the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida, for the past three years, and has also been a member of the FEI Dressage Committee.

Marty Bauman, Chief Press Officer and Director of Equestrian Marketing 

Marty is the owner of Classic Communications, a public relations and marketing company that services many of the top equestrian events across the nation including the Hampton Classic, Lake Placid Horse Shows, Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Las Vegas National Horse Show, Great Meadow International and Jersey Fresh International to name a few. He has served as Press Chief for the last eight Show Jumping World Cup Finals held in the United States—at Tampa, FL in 1989, at Del Mar, CA in 1992, and at Las Vegas, NV in 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2015. Marty was also Director of Media Services and Operations for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Lexington, Kentucky. He also serves as Executive Director of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame and Museum.

More of the Team 

Director of Education:  Jackie Vinci

Stable Manager: Dan Urban

Director of Construction and Planning: Jake Cone

Volunteer Coordinator: Carol Copeland

Decor Manager: Sheila Fitzgerald

Awards Coordinator: Patrice Urban

Photographer: Lili Welk

Jump Crew Team Lead: Mike Urban

Show Secretary: Maureen Urban/Patrice Urban

Course Designer: Bernado Costa Cabral

Local Day Jumping Manager: Sybil Greene

Footing Provider: JTWG Inc.

Omaha Equestrian Foundation Board of Directors
Chris Adderton, VP, Council of Supply Chain Mgmt. Professionals

Adrian Bento: Managing Director, Domestic & International Markets & Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions, SilverStone Group

Lori Bucholz: Board Member, Nebraska Quarter Horse Association

Karen Cudmore: Head Trainer and Rider of Heartland Farm

Rob Daugherty: President and CEO, Triple Crown Nutrition, Inc.

Karen Ensminger: Partner at Hampton Ridge Equestrian Center

Audie Keaton: President, J. Skinner Baking Company

Melissa Laflin: Community Organizer

John McQueen: CEO of Queenie Productions

Jennifer Maxwell: Owner, Leigh Maxwell Jewelry

Lisa Roskens: CEO of the Burlington Capital Group LLC

Anne Sushko, USDF Region 4 Regional Director

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