Jack Koraleski, Chair
D. David Slosburg, Vice Chair
Michael S. Cassling
Dr. H. Dele Davies
Margaret Lauritzen Dodge
Scott C. Heider
Todd L. Johnson
Carl G. Mammel
John Gottschalk, Chair Emeritus
John K. Boyer, Secretary
Remembering Our Founders
We are grateful to the late Richard “Dick” and Mary Holland for their dedication to Omaha Performing Arts. The Holland Performing Arts Center, which bears their names, has become a beloved destination for the arts in our community since opening in 2005.
Dick and Mary married in 1948 and raised their family in Omaha. After Dick’s success in advertising and the couple’s early Berkshire Hathaway investments, Dick and Mary became ardent supporters of arts, education and families in crisis. Dick believed that, because of his means, philanthropy was his duty and his generosity transformed the arts in our community. The Holland Center is named for the couple, because of their generous lead gift to the building.
Dick remained actively involved with O-pa and served as the vice-chairman of the Board of Directors from 2005 until his death on August 9, 2016. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary. Dick’s legacy continues to live on through the arts programming and education initiatives he inspired and funded.
“Dick will be remembered for his warmth, sense of humor, fierce intelligence and curiosity, and most of all, for his profound impact on our community” said Joan Squires, president of Omaha Performing Arts.
Walter Scott, Jr.
A founding member of the Omaha Performing Arts Board of Directors, the late Walter Scott, Jr. was instrumental in the formation of our organization, and led the design and construction of the Holland Performing Arts Center and the renovation of the Orpheum Theater through his leadership of Heritage Services. As an O-pa board member for over 20 years, Walter provided vision, insight and guidance that elevated our organization and helped transform the community. His tremendous generosity supported our organization and a variety of projects, including the Scott Recital Hall named in his and his late wife Suzanne’s honor.
“All who come here, listen, reflect, dream, cry, cheer. This hall belongs to you.”
-Dick and Mary Holland
“The success of any civic or charitable organization is how much your community is involved in it.”
-Walter Scott, Jr.