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Markus DeShane and Optimus the dog are two new faces at Midlands Humane Society, and both are ready for a bright future. DeShane, 36, is an Omaha native currently living nearby in Blair, Nebraska. He is a student in Iowa Western Community College’s veterinary technician program.

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Beth Lilleskov has been volunteering at Jennie Edmundson Foundation events for several years. As a child, she would attend many of the events with her mom, Chriss, a former Jennie employee. Beth will be a freshman at Marian High School in the fall and a member of the junior varsity cheer team.

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John Van Kampen is co-owner and operator of Scott Aerator Company. He has worked in sales, product development and marketing for the company for the last 13 years.

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Hunter Saitta is 6 years old and in kindergarten at Plattsmouth Elementary. He lives with his parents, Tylene and Alex, his brother Hudson and German Shorthair Pointer, Captain.

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Hudson Saitta is a very active and busy 3 1/2-year-old who will begin preschool this fall. Hudson lives with his parents, Tylene and Alex, his brother Hunter, and German Shorthair Pointer, Captain.

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Scott Petersen has been the Owner and President of S&L Sanitation Enterprises Inc. for 30 years. S&L Sanitation Enterprises has been a proud sponsor of Wheels of Courage for two years.

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Carol Kroft has worked in the Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital for 32 years. She has been in her current position of cancer registrar for more than six years. Through her work and volunteer opportunities, Kroft has remained dedicated to helping cancer survivors in southwest Iowa.

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Bill Letuli has been the president and owner of Midwest Glass & Glazing for 13 years. He and his wife, Barb, have three kids, Emily, the office manager at Midwest Glass & Glazing; Shelby; and Kale. They also have a one-year-old black lab named Jax. Jax is known as the office mascot a…

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Teresa Rains is a support professional in radiology at Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital. She spent 15 years as a customer service representative at PayPal before being displaced during one of the company’s reorganizations.

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Byron McDougle is a sterile processing tech II at Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital. His medical career started when he became a CNA in anticipation of taking care of his father.

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Erin Sheldon is a registered nurse in the Emergency Department who went on to attain her bachelor of science in nursing degree. She has been with CHI Health Mercy for 11 years.

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Traci Lamb is a RN unit supervisor at McDermott-Behavioral Health Department and has been with CHI Health Mercy for more than two years.

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Ann Schumacher is president of CHI Health Mercy in Council Bluffs and Immanuel Hospital in Omaha. Ann started working at Mercy in 1991 and returned most recently to become the president of Mercy.