City Impact began with a weekly Bible club and has grown into a fruitful epicenter for change, with programs and people who help transform youth and their families from the inside out.


City Impact is a faith-based, youth development non-profit in Lincoln, Nebraska. We mentor, teach, and empower under-resourced kids, growing them into leaders who break the cycle of poverty.


We live and serve where our community needs it most. Our space is full of energetic kids with hopes and dreams. We work with them to remove emotional, physical, and spiritual barriers, allowing them
to flourish.


We don’t just hand kids a Bible but walk through life with them, equipping them to empower others. When kids believe they can become leaders, they achieve it.


Mentor. Teach. Empower. Transform. That’s how we beat the cycle of poverty.

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Meet Our Staff

Jon Banks

CI Success Director

Jon is originally from East Moline, Illinois but has called Lincoln home for 10 years. He believes in the power of our youth to change and grow our community.


His favorite thing at City Impact is making connections with youth, mentoring, and learning from them. Jon’s hope is to guide youth to achieve beyond what they imagine.


Jon is a devoted husband and father who loves making memories with his wife and kids. He’s also an avid sports fan, whether watching or playing. He has even played football professionally!

Nancey Bernhardson

Development Director

Nancey lived in five different states before settling in Lincoln in 2006. She loves a challenge, and her wide variety of interests constantly push her to develop and sharpen new skill sets. Nancey has been an educator, a fundraiser, and a house-flipper.


She is excited and humbled to support City Impact’s commitment to mentor, teach, empower, and transform. It brings her joy to do meaningful work with a dedicated team.


Outside City Impact, Nancey is an avid reader and life-long learner who is devoted to family and good friends. She is personally committed to living a life of gratitude!

Lisa Guill

Communications Director

Lisa is originally from Kearney, Nebraska. Prior to joining the team at City Impact she worked for Union Bank & Trust for over nine years, helped run the Lincoln VITA Coalition, and served on the Board of Directors for El Centro de las Américas.


Lisa loves the purpose driven mission of City Impact, investing long-term in our neighborhood and sharing Jesus’ love throughout the community. She is motivated by connecting with others through a common purpose.


Outside City Impact, Lisa currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Asian Community & Cultural Center. She loves to spend time with her family, host gatherings with friends, travel, and feed her people!

Ashley Larson

City Impact Reading Director

Ashley is from Lincoln and attended Nebraska Wesleyan. She originally joined the City Impact team in 2008 teaching and leading throughout our programs until 2012, when she took the opportunity to stay at home with her children. Now she has returned as City Impact Reading Director and we’re thrilled to have her!


Ashley is inspired by City Impact’s steadfast commitment to the community and holistic gospel focus. Her dream is for City Impact’s work to open doors for Lincoln youth that will create lasting change in our kids, their families, and our community.


When she’s not at City Impact, Ashley loves running outdoors, reading, enjoying great food, and delighting in her kids and family.

Lizzie Mattox

Lizzie Mattox

Executive Director

Lizzie is originally from Lincoln, Nebraska. Before working at City Impact, she graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln with a B.A. in History, Political Science & International Studies.


Her favorite thing about City Impact is the commitment to loving and serving the youth in our community and empowering them to do it for others. She gets all her energy from unifying a team and reaching a common goal.


When she’s not working, she can be found traveling, hosting dinner parties, or playing board games.

Sonia Miller

Gifts of Love Director

Sonia is originally from Waverly, Nebraska. She earned a psychology degree at York College and has worked in multiple roles including respite houseparent and nurse staffing coordinator.
Sonia loves City Impact’s focus on holistic ministry, equipping youth to serve and grow their community. She is motivated by helping people do the hard work to develop their God-given gifts and pursue their goals.
When not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three daughters, gathering friends and family around delicious meals, or getting lost in a good book.

Reneé Meyer

City Impact Kids Director

Reneé is from Houston, TX but has happily called Lincoln home since 2005. Before joining the City Impact team, Reneé worked in Women’s and College Ministry for almost 20 years, first at Texas A&M and then at Lincoln Berean Church.


Reneé’s favorite thing about City Impact is our focus on long term relationships: She loves connecting with the community, program families, and especially our City Impact kids. Her greatest hope is that every student who walks through our doors would know they are loved by God and have the opportunity to grow into all God made them to be.


Reneé loves language, different cultures, and traveling the world. When she’s at home, you’ll find her reading, writing, or enjoying time with her husband and three sons.

Dustin Oltman

Program Director

Dustin moved to Lincoln from Kansas City, MO as a kid. He was raised in a single-parent household and has lived in our core neighborhoods most of his time in Lincoln.


Dustin’s favorite thing about City Impact is mentoring, which first brought him here as a volunteer SFL mentor. His passion for mentoring has remained constant in his journey at City Impact.


When he is not at City Impact, he enjoys spending time with his 5 children, working out, music, watching sports, and traveling.

Seth Roepke

CI Youth & Leadership Director

Seth was born in Norfolk, Nebraska but grew up in Lincoln. His degree from UNL is in Communications Studies and Psychology. Prior to City Impact, Seth worked for seven years with Campus Life at Lincoln High and in various other LPS schools.


Seth loves City Impact’s focus on wholisitic community change starting with the spiritual life of youth. He is passionate about grounded spiritual transformation and the strengths-based approach of our mission. His desire is that every young person who walks through our doors will know their own value and the hope of the Gospel.


In his free time, Seth enjoys spending time with his wife, Hannah, playing with their dogs (Bowe and Fin), and watching The Office on Netflix. Basketball is a way of life for him, from cheering on LeBron James to shooting hoops with friends. The obsession is real! 

Cheech Sorilla

Operations Director

Cheech has lived in several places around the US, but always finds his way back to Lincoln. Prior to joining the City Impact team, he worked at Ameritas in their training department. The Sorilla family has been part of City Impact programs since 2014, experiencing the ripple of empowerment first-hand.


He appreciates City Impact’s focus on building deep relationships with youth to help young people discover and cultivate their gifts. His hope is that every youth connected with City Impact would know and feel deeply their amazing worth as an individual delighted in by their Creator.


Outside of work Cheech enjoys running, hiking, reading, traveling, and discovering food adventures. He also loves to support his children by exploring their interests and hobbies.

Rebekah Wenz

Facility Manager

Rebekah is from Crete, Nebraska. She’s a student at Nebraska Wesleyan University studying Organizational Leadership & Communication.


She loves City Impact’s devotion to supporting the community, including Lincoln’s recovery community. She’s excited to be part of City Impact’s work to grow and create young, impactful leaders in Lincoln.


Outside of work, Rebekah enjoys spending time with her financé, Jordan, her godson, Maddix, and her dogs Whiskey and Bandit. She also loves to travel and experience different cultures!

Our Board of Directors


Craig Ames

Retired COO, Bryan Health



Brad Roth

Executive Director, NU Tech Ventures



Sandra Hilsabeck Hastings

Owner, SandraLee Enterprises and Sandra Hilsabeck Books



Cindy Tinkham

First Vice President of Compliance & Risk, Union Bank & Trust


Board Members


Brad Bryan

Financial Advisor, PlanA Wealth Management


Trisha Berry

Leadership & Employee Development Specialist, Olsson


Helen Fagan

Professor of Practice – Leadership Engagement,

University of Nebraska Lincoln


Lucas Hains

Director of Business Development, RentVision


Ed Osborn

Retired Owner & CEO, GT Exhaust, Inc.


Philip Rihanek

Financial Advisor, Edward Jones


Clint Runge

Managing Director, Archrival


City Impact Staff


Lizzie Mattox

Executive Director, City Impact

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