Your Foundation Board

The Lutheran Education Foundation Trustees represent our LCMS congregations and other leaders from the Lincoln Community who value and support Christian Education for our youth.

"Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them."
Acts 6:3

You probably know some of them already, and any one of them would be happy to talk to you about ways to further Lutheran Education in and around Lincoln.

Who we are...

Daryl Bell

Dennis Brink has been a member of Messiah Lutheran Church for over 20 years and a member of the Lutheran Education Foundation since 2002. He and his wife Joan have three children who have attended Lutheran Parochial schools. Kelly (1994) and Lauri (2000) attended Calvary/Messiah Elementary and are LL graduates (Junior High and High School respectively) with Lauri graduating from Concordia University Nebraska in 2004. Lauri currently serves as a Lutheran teacher.  Their son Matthew (2008) attended Messiah Elementary and Lincoln Lutheran and graduated from Concordia University Nebraska. Dennis is a professor of animal science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his hobbies are watching soccer, reading and leadership development.

Dennis's goal for the Foundation is to build future pledges to grow the endowment to over $2,000,000.

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Mark Fahleson has been a member of Christ Lutheran Church since 1997 and a member of the Lutheran Education Foundation since 2000. He and his wife Sara (Lincoln Lutheran Jr. High Alumni class of 1983) have three daughters. Abigail (Lincoln Lutheran class of 2016) and Sophia and Grace currently attending Lincoln Lutheran. Mark is an attorney with Rembolt Ludtke LLP.

Mark's goal for the Foundation is to significantly increase the level of scholarships for students to attend Lincoln Lutheran.

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Amanda Heins and her husband, Benjamin, have been members of Christ Lutheran Church since 2013.  Amanda graduated from Lincoln Lutheran in 2009 and became a LEF Trustee in August 2016.  Amanda is the Concordia Fund Coordinator for Concordia University, Nebraska and works as a member of the Advancement team, focusing on their annual fund.  She spearheads their Phone-a-thon and annual giving society as well as works on their direct mail and online giving programs.  Amanda enjoys spending time with family and friends, baking, making crafts and supporting the Nebraska Huskers as well as the Concordia Bulldogs.

As a younger member of the Foundation, Amanda would like to be able to see more young alumni become involved with Lincoln Lutheran, whether that be through engagement and attendance at Homecoming events, the annual Gala, the annual golf event, or through financial support.

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Kelly Hoffschneider and his wife, Angie, have been members of Christ Lutheran Church since 2000.  Kelly has served as a LEF Trustee since 2010.  Kelly and Angie have two boys, Ethan, who is a 1st grader at Christ Schools and Liam, age 2.  Kelly is an attorney with the Mattson Ricketts Law Firm.  His primary areas of practice include trust and estate administration, estate and business planning and real estate.  Kelly enjoys a good steak, Husker sports, golf, basketball, fishing and spending time with family and friends.

Kelly's goal for the Foundation would be to increase awareness of the Foundation's presence and what the LEF does for Lutheran Schools in Lincoln.  He would like to educate the public about the benefits of a Lutheran education and how one might include the Foundation in their estate plans. 

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Curtis Klein and his wife, Julie, have been members at Christ Lutheran Church for 25 years.  Their son Jaxson is a junior at Lincoln Lutheran.  Curtis is the Director of Healthcare Services at the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.  Curtis has served as a Foundation Trustee since 2010.  He enjoys golf, outside work and outdoor activities. 

Curtis would like to see the Foundation be able to assist with tuition so all children whose families desire it are able to benefit from a good quality Christian education.

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Ron Kuehn and wife, Jayne, are members of Messiah Lutheran Church.  They have three children and three grandchildren.  Aaron (2002 LL grad) graduated from Concordia University NE and Concordia Seminary St. Louis and serves as Associate Pastor at Grace Lutheran in Menomonee Falls, WI.  Aaron and his wife, Rachel, have three children, Johanna, Josiah, and Josephine.  Amanda (2005 LL grad) graduated from Northwestern College (IA) and St. Mary's College (CA) and is a free-lance writer in Oakland CA.  Abbie (2008 LL grad) graduated from Concordia University NE and is teaching Spanish and ELL at Faith Lutheran in Las Vegas. Ron is an actuary in Annuity Product Management at Ameritas.  Ron enjoys golf, time with family, and sports.

Ron would like to see the LEF establish a large endowment to provide funds that will maintain reasonable tuition levels, make Lutheran Christian education more readily available and provide the means to thoroughly equip Lincoln Lutheran students for years after high school.

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Travis Lebo and his wife, Renae, have been members at Holy Savior Lutheran Church since 2000.  Their sons are Tanner (attending Lincoln Lutheran) and Logan (attending Trinity Lutheran).  Travis is Senior Vice President at Farmers Mutual of Nebraska.  Travis started serving on the Foundation in 2015 after serving several years on the LLSA Board.  He enjoys golf, family activities, and sports. 

Travis would like to see the Foundation continue to increase its visibility, building on the momentum it has gained, and position itself to be a stabilizing force for Lutheran Education into the future.

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Mark McDonald and his wife, Kim, are members at Christ Lutheran Church.  They have three children.  Mark has served as an LEF Trustee since 2010.  He is a public relations consultant with Vox Optima Public Relations.  Mark enjoys golf, tennis, basketball and family activities. 

Mark would like to see the Foundation provide additional support to Lutheran education in Lincoln, making a Christian education possible for some who might otherwise not consider Lincoln Lutheran an educational option for their children.

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Ally Mendenhall 

Trudy Meyer has been a member of Faith Lutheran Church since 2005 and joined the Lutheran Education Foundation as a Trustee in 2017.  Trudy has twin sons, Colton and Jacob Meyer, that attended Messiah Preschool, Faith Lutheran Elementary, and will graduate from Lincoln Lutheran in May 2019.  Trudy's husband went home to be with his Lord in 2008 after a battle with ALS.  Trudy is a CPA at BMG Certified Public Accountants, LLP.  She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling and taking care of their acreage.

Trudy's goal for the Lutheran Education Foundation is to see continued growth in the network supporting LEF and a heightened awareness of the foundation and the benefits of Lutheran education.

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Nathan Schmidt and his wife Sarah have been members at Christ Lutheran Church for 15 years.  They have four girls who attend Lutheran schools in Lincoln.  Nathan has served on the LEF board since 2014.  Nathan is a Lead Financial Consultant with Thrivent Financial, and has worked at Thrivent since 2001. Nathan enjoys outdoor activities including golf, hunting and fishing.

Nathan’s goal for the Lutheran Education Foundation is to help grow the foundation's assets to ensure the future of Christian education in Lincoln Nebraska for all students regardless of economic status.

Jason Schwab attended Messiah Lutheran Elementary before attending and graduating from Lincoln Lutheran in 2000, where he was active in soccer, cross country, FCA, science club, and student council.  He received degrees in Finance and Management Information Systems from Miami of Ohio and received his Masters of Business Administration from UNL in 2005.  Jason and wife, Anna, have a daughter and son, Caroline and Hudson. They are members of St. Vincent DePaul Church in Omaha.  Jason has served as an LEF Trustee since 2010.  Jason is a Manager at Grant Thornton in Omaha.  He enjoys running marathons and is a part-time entrepreneur. 

Jason would like to see an increased involvement from the alumni group that has graduated from Lincoln Lutheran High School since its inception in 1995. 

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Rod Smith (LEF Treasurer) has been a member of Trinity Lutheran Church for nearly 30 years and a member of the Lutheran Education Foundation since 2001. Gayle and Rod have three daughters. Lindsay and Alicia are both Lincoln Lutheran graduates, and Erika is a senior at Lincoln Lutheran.  Rod is an accountant, whose hobbies are golf and travel.

Rod's goal for the Foundation is to raise the amount of support it can provide to further Christian Education.

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Mike Staab (LEF Board Past-President) and wife, Susan, are members of Messiah Lutheran Church.  They have four children.  Peter, Jacob, and Kate have graduated from Lincoln Lutheran. Katrina is a sophomore at Lincoln Lutheran.  Mike is self-employed in the restaurant and real estate businesses.  He has been an LEF Trustee since 2010.  Mike's hobbies include hunting, travel and spending time with family.

Mike would like to see the LEF grow its endowment fund and increase scholarship opportunities. 

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Corey Stull (LEF President)

Derek Trutna (LEF Vice-President) has been a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church since 2000 and a Trustee of the Lutheran Education Foundation since 2009. Derek and his wife Stephanie have been married for 16 years and have two children, Paige and Quinn.  Paige is a freshman at Lincoln Lutheran and Quinn is attending Trinity Lutheran Elementary and will be attending Lincoln Lutheran in the fall of 2017.  Derek is a Project Manager at LI-COR Biosciences and enjoys spending his free time with family, various outdoor activities and sports, reading, and working in his shop.

Derek's goal for the Foundation is to see it grow to the point that we could help provide scholarships for 20-30 students each year to attend Lincoln Lutheran and to maintain tuition at a reasonable rate so it is not cost prohibitive for families interested in a Christ-centered education.

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DeeAnn Wenger and husband, Bob, are members of Messiah Lutheran Church.  They have three sons, Jacob, Josh, and Sam.  DeeAnn is a President of NelNet Business Solutions.  DeeAnn has been an LEF Trustee since 2010.  She enjoys cooking, tennis and antiquing.

DeeAnn would like the LEF to provide the financial backing necessary to attract and retain students through scholarships as well as support the overall mission of the school.

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Randy Wilcox has been a member of Trinity Lutheran Church for over 30 years and a member of the Lutheran Education Foundation since 2000. He and his wife Charlene are the parents of three daughters. Stacey, Jessica and Stephanie are all graduates of Lincoln Lutheran. Randy is a real estate appraiser for Great Western Bank.

Randy's goal for the Foundation is to be able to increase financial support for Lincoln Lutheran in order to keep tuition at an affordable level.

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Kyle Wooster (LEF Secretary) and wife, Candice, are members of Christ Lutheran Church.  They have two children, Jules and Gwyn.  Kyle graduated from Lincoln Lutheran in 1999, coached basketball at LL for 8 years, and served on the Lincoln Lutheran School Association Finance Committee for over 10 years.  Kyle is a Commercial Lender at West Gate Bank.  He has been an LEF Trustee since 2013.  Kyle's hobbies include basketball and golf.

Kyle's goal for the Foundation is to grow the endowment and increase scholarship capacity. 

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