We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has the objective of creating a thriving, inclusive, and culturally conscious community.

VISION

World Speaks envisions a world where the voiceless are heard, the marginalized are included, & the vulnerable are safe.

MISSION

To address socioeconomic gaps and injustices through cultural education, inclusion initiatives, and advocacy services.

MEET THE TEAM

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Leah Whitney – Executive Director & Founder

Leah Whitney Chavez is the Founder and Executive Director of World Speaks Omaha a non profit whose mission is to connect our city despite language barriers and the cultural differences that tend to separate communities. With a bachelor’s degree in Foreign Language and Literature in Spanish, she is bilingual and from an early age had an appreciation of latino culture. She is married to her husband Randy Chavez. 

“I was born in Bellevue, Washington, and grew up surrounded by different cultures. I can remember that my group of friends included Chinese, Latino, Indian, Black, and White kids. We all lived in the same neighborhood and took the school bus together every day. I believe that as a nation we are blessed to have so many different people fill our borders. It’s our superpower and it makes us unique. This is a something to celebrate.”

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Gaby Lopez

Gabriela Lopez, Gaby for short, has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She has experience with working in Human Resources and customer service. Her family consists of her 2 year old daughter and boyfriend Eddie. In Gaby’s experience, speaking a second language has always come in handy. It allows her to help those who otherwise would not be able to easily communicate their problems and get a solution.  She has been volunteering as a mentor and teacher with World Speaks since its inception and more recently contracting as an interpreter.  “I really appreciate all of the work that World Speaks does to try and overcome the language barriers that exist within our community and am happy to do whatever I can to help them!” 

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Randy Chavez

Randy has a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and a minor in advertising. He also specializes in branding and motion design. He is married to Leah Whitney.  He is behind the new creative direction of World Speaks. Born in L.A. and raised in Mexico he has his own immigrant story. Randy is fluent in the Spanish language and also interprets for our organization. 

BOARD MEMBERS

Dr. Melanie Bloom

President

Associate Professor & Former Department Chair – University of Nebraska at Omaha

Patty McAtee

Vice President

Director of Development – Project Control

Michelle Dugger

Secretary

Bilingual Clinical Therapist – Boys Town

Brittany Young

Treasurer

Cofounder and Chief Operations Officer – Start Center Omaha

Maggie Wood

Director

Executive Director – Inclusive Communities