Kristine Gerber was named Restoration Exchange Omaha’s first executive director in 2012. She oversees an 11-member board of directors and is responsible for administration, fundraising, marketing, project execution, volunteer management and strategic planning.
Gerber developed her love of old buildings early, growing up in an 1880s American Foursquare home in Fairbury, Neb. She is married to Jared Gerber, an architect from Williamsburg, Virginia, who fueled her knowledge and appreciation for historic properties.
For the past 25 years, Gerber has parlayed her skills in project management, history, architecture and photography into a career. In 2003, after working on consumer shows and book projects for the Omaha World-Herald and leading volunteers and fund-raising projects at the American Heart Association, Gerber launched Eventive Marketing LLC to help Midwest organizations with their publishing and event planning needs.
She has produced and published 23 award-winning and top selling nonfiction books, including:
- Building for the Ages, Omaha’s Architectural Landmarks (2003), a historic and visual tour of 155 of Omaha’s significant residential, commercial and governmental structures from the 1850s through the 1940s; and
- The Nebraska State Capitol, Restoring a Landmark (2013), which documents the 14-year effort to preserve and restore the exterior of the venerable structure.
Gerber has also produced a series of iconic Omaha events, including Restore Omaha, a weekend conference, exhibition and tour focused on teaching people how to restore, revive and preserve older properties; and Discover Omaha Bike Tours, a series of free bike rides highlighting Omaha’s history, architecture and culture.
She is a recognized expert on Omaha history, local photo collections (she has a personal collection of more than 3,000 Omaha images) and researching the history of individuals, companies and buildings.
Empty nesters, Gerber and her husband spent 18 months searching for a historic home and purchased a 1929 Tudor Revival near Omaha’s Metcalfe Park in the fall of 2015.
Cindy Tooher began her duties as REO’s program coordinator Nov. 1, 2016.
A two-time graduate of Creighton University, Tooher received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration. She has extensive corporate and volunteer experience, and her areas of expertise include sponsorship development, marketing material design, integrated marketing strategies, interactive and social media marketing, public relations strategy and relationship building.
As a volunteer, Tooher has served on the boards of the College World Series, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Creighton University Alumni Board. She is the 2017-18 president-elect of the St. Margaret Mary Church Guild Board, is a current member of the Lauritzen Gardens Guild Board and volunteers with the American Cancer Society.
The half-time program coordinator position was created in 2016 due to the organization’s continued growth. In addition to providing program coordination and administrative support for the executive director, Tooher will be responsible for event planning, managing volunteers, and managing memberships and donor relationships.
Tooher and her husband, Mark, have a son, Joe. The family lives in an older Omaha home they continue to update. You can contact Tooher at email@example.com.
Gary Rosenberg is a part-time researcher and writer at Restoration Exchange Omaha. He uses his talents on a variety of REO projects, including the organization’s monthly e-newsletter, National Register nominations, tour brochures and special projects.
A former researcher at the Douglas County Historical Society Library Archives, Rosenberg also dabbles in freelance research, writing and book design. He and his wife, Debbie, a teacher at St. Cecilia Grade School, are the parents of two daughters – Brenna and Kerry.
Patrick was born and reared in Morganfield, Kentucky. He developed a love of history early, asking his paternal grandmother about stories involving his grandfather and great grandparents, and doing some early family history research in Union County, Kentucky.
He attended the University of Kentucky, getting a bachelor’s degree in political science. Later, while working at the university, he completed work on two master’s degrees, one in public administration and the other in historic preservation. He worked in Gulfport, Mississippi, from 2008-2009 on post-Hurricane Katrina Section 106 projects and came to the Omaha area in the fall of 2009 to work for a small environmental firm. He is currently a contractor employed in cultural resources management full-time at Offutt Air Force Base.
Patrick reached out to REO in 2013 to volunteer his research, writing and architectural knowledge to help write local and national register nominations. REO hired him in 2016 to do the organization’s nomination and research work.