Friends of Scottish Rite Honoree


We are particularly honored to recognize Annie Bird as our 2017 Friend of the Scottish Rite award recipient. This award started in 2009 as a way to recognize an individual who has made a difference to our fraternity, but quickly became an award that recognized someone who's contributions to the community have made a significant difference to the mission of and the families served by the UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute.

Annie is definitely a woman whose contributions have supported the mission of the Munroe-Meyer Institute. Annie has served children as a speech-language therapist. She has served as a passionate advocate for children with disabilities in the community, including as a Board member and Past-President of the UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute Board of Directors.

Thanks to the dedication she brings to the Board, the Munroe-Meyer Institute continues to expand their mission and presence, serving more children throughout Nebraska.

Past Recipients of the Friends of Scottish Rite award


Wayne A. Stuberg, Ph.D, PT, PCS, FAPTA - Professor and Associate Director of the Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation (MMI). He is the Director of the University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) program at MMI and currently serves as a member of the Board of Health for the State of Nebraska



Patty Kircher - RiteCare mom and advocate. Patty has been active in numerous community organizations and activities, including WalkRite for RiteCare, the Girl Scouts, and the American Red Cross.

Denise Gehringer - RiteCare mom and advocate for Nebraskans with disabilities. Denise has taken leadership roles with the Down Syndrome Alliance of hte Midlands, the UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute Board, the Rose Theater, and the TOPS Soccer program, a soccer league for children of all abilities.



Korey Stading, M.S., CCC-SLP - RiteCare Clinician at the UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute. Korey has been nationally recognized for her research and work with RiteCare children.



Del Weber, Ph.D. - Retired Chancellor of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, former Board member for the Scottish Rite, and active supporter of Scottish Rite philanthropies



Harold "Hal" Daub - Mayor of Omaha, Congressman from Nebraska's 2nd District, longtime volunteer, Friends of Scottish Rite committee member and Honorary Chair, and passionate supporter of Scottish Rite Foundation of Omaha philanthropies



Paul Laikko, M.S., CCC-SLP - RiteCare Clinician at the UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute



Marsha Sullivan, M.S., CCC-SLP - Director of the RiteCare Speech and Language Clinic




Dr. Bruce Buehler - Longtime Director of the UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute