Lori Atkinson, Executive Director & Co-Founder

Lori Atkinson served as the Executive Director of the John Atkinson Lung Cancer Foundation. Lori, along with John's brother, Kevin, co-founded the foundation in July of 2009.  After many hours of work and discussions, the foundation was recognized by the IRS as a non-profit in October of 2010. Lori was the co-chair for the annual Rock to Raise fundraiser and assisted with the scholarship program, both of which were the backbone of the John Atkinson Lung Cancer Foundation.  Lori handled many of the daily tasks for the foundation including correspondence, bookkeeping, social media posts, website editing and more. Along with her work behind the scenes, Lori was also actively involved in the community. She helped coordinate lung cancer vigils in Omaha, helped with the scholarship dinner, ran lung cancer booths at various events and also attended a lung cancer awareness event on Capitol Hill.


Lori is John's widow and a proud mother of three beautiful children, Machaela, Andrea and Christopher.  She has a Bachelor's Degree in Education and is a former middle school English teacher.  She currently works as the Operations Director for The Kim Foundation in Omaha.  She is active in her church choir and teaches Sunday School.  John's favorite quote, "Never, never give up" is Lori's inspiration to keep moving forward and make a difference in lung cancer awareness.


Jenny Haase, Program Coordinator

Jenny Haase was John's sister-in-law.  Jenny loved John's passion for life and his will, even when sick, to always help out children.  As the Program Coordinator, Jenny worked to make sure all the details of the scholarship program were taken care of in a timely manner.  Jenny also helped out in the day to day tasks of the foundation.  She was instrumental in making our annual fundraiser, Rock to Raise, a success!

Jenny is married to Tom Haase and lives in Omaha with their two children, Brandon and Allison.  Jenny enjoys volunteering at school and helping out with the PTO.  She is also very active in her church choir, ladies' club, Sunday School, and serves as financial secretary for the church executive board.  Jenny received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business in 1993 and was a pharmaceutical sales representative for Abbott Laboratories until she decided to leave the career world to be a "stay at home" mom.  Jenny shared the same drive that John had to create awareness about lung cancer.  She was very inspired by the work that the foundation has accomplished.


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