Four new members of Creighton University's Board of Trustees were elected at the June meeting. They include Gregory J. O'Meara, S.J., who will be the new Jesuit Community Rector; Daniel Hendrickson, S.J., associate vice president in the Office of the Executive Vice President at Marquette University; Jim O'Brien, BSPha'71, local businessman and the outgoing president of the Creighton University National Alumni Board (NAB); and Julie Hefflinger, BA'70, who will be the new president of the NAB.
As rector, Fr. O'Meara is responsible for fostering the spiritual, physical and ministerial health of about 50 Jesuits in the Creighton community. Ordained in 2002, he has taught at Marquette University Law School since that time. He was named associate professor of law in 2010 and has been awarded the James D. Ghiardi Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence on three different occasions. His research centers on the philosophical foundations of legal interpretation.
Fr. O'Meara's legal experience includes serving as an assistant district attorney in Milwaukee County, teaching at the University of Wisconsin Law School, and teaching at Creighton University School of Law. While serving as Creighton's rector, he will also teach in the School of Law.
Fr. Hendrickson was named to his current position at Marquette in August 2012. He teaches in the College of Education and assists with programming and oversight of the Burke Scholars program. Previously he served as an adjunct instructor of philosophy at Creighton University, a visiting instructor at Jordan University College in Morogoro, Tanzania, and an adjunct professor of philosophy at Fordham University. He has completed several cultural immersion programs, including serving as an adjunct instructor at Creighton University's Institute for Latin American Concern in Santiago, Dominican Republic, study programs in Ecuador, Greece and Guatemala, and an inter-religious dialogue program in India. A native of Fremont, Neb., Fr. Hendrickson entered the Society of Jesus in 1994 and was ordained a priest in 2006. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Xavier University and an associate member of the Board of Trustees of Boston College, a post he held from 2000-2003, and since 2007.
O'Brien served as chair of the University's National Alumni Board (NAB) for two years and has been on the Alumni Board since 2009. The group provides direction to the Alumni Association on programs and services represents the interests of alumni to the University and supports the University's strategic initiatives.
An owner or co-owner of several investment properties in the Omaha area, he has held leadership positions in several other businesses in since graduating. In 1992 he sold Total Home Care Inc., to Curaflex, a national home healthcare company. He has served on a variety of local boards and committees including the Omaha Hospice Board and the Creighton University Bluejay Bash committee. He was chair of the Holy Name Development Board in 2002, Creighton Prep Governing Board from 2001 to 2003 and Jesuit Middle School Governing Board from 2002 to 2006.
The new chair of the NAB is 1970 Creighton University graduate Juliana Nicholsen Hefflinger. The Omaha native is former president of The Partnership for Our Kids and former development director for the YWCA. She also has been a guidance counselor and teacher.
In addition to serving on the NAB since 2007, she has been on the College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Advisory Board, the Class Reunion Committee and Alpha Sigma Nu. She also serves on numerous area boards and committees including Leadership for Life; Midlands Mentoring Partnership Board; Nebraska Council on Economic Education; Junior League of Omaha; Heartland Family Service; and Omaha Law Service League.
Her honors include Creighton Prep Hall of Fame and Junior League of Omaha, Sustainer Award. In addition to a bachelor?s degree from Creighton, she has a master's in counseling and guidance from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.