First Lady - Sally Ganem
First Lady of Nebraska Sally Ganem is the former principal of Howard Elementary School in Fremont, Nebraska. She was born and raised in Omaha and graduated from Omaha South High School. She later received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Sally is the honorary chairperson of ServeNebraska, an organization that promotes volunteerism in Nebraska. The First Lady’s Outstanding Community Service Awards recognize the outstanding work of individuals and groups who, through their volunteer efforts, make Nebraska a better place to live, work, and raise families.
She has taken an active role in the National Governor’s Spouse’s Organization and is past president to the Leadership Council. Sally is also Treasurer for Keeping Children Alcohol Free, a national organization of current and former governor spouses.
Sally is active in Mothers Against Drunk Driving as a board member and officer. She serves on the National Board of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
Sally is a strong advocate on behalf of childhood literacy, working with Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation’s oldest and largest children’s literacy organization.She serves as co-chair of RIF’s First Spouses Circle, a coalition of Governor’s spouses who serve as children’s literacy leaders in their communities.
The First Lady is a member of the Board of Directors of the Nebraska Children and Family Foundation, and the Advisory Board for Methodist Women’s Hospital.
Sally is active in the Fremont community and received the Lifetime Membership Award from the Fremont Noon Optimists. She is a past president of both the Fremont Area United Way and Big Brothers Big Sisters. She has been an American Heart Association volunteer and a John C. Fremont Days volunteer, where she started the children’s activities portion of the celebration.
Sally has been involved in several educational organizations, including No Kid Hungry, Share our Strength. She also participates as a member of the Read Aloud Nebraska Board of Directors, and regularly spends her time traveling around the state to read aloud to school groups. Sally also serves as honorary chair of ReTree Nebraska.
The Governor and First Lady have one son, Sam, who graduated from Midland Lutheran College in Fremont and is a CPA and business owner. He is married to Jessica, who is a graduate of the University of Nebraska’s College of Business Administration.