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About

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.

OUR MISSION

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

Mentoring Coordinator

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!

Jesse Dotterer

Operations Director

Jesse is originally from Mansfield, Ohio. Before working at City Impact, he’s been a stay at home dad, farm risk manager, and agricultural economist. His favorite thing about City Impact is its focus on people and grounding in Jesus.

When he’s not working he can be found camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, woodworking, and taking on home repair. Otherwise he’s traveling with his wife, sons, and friends or watching This Old House.

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

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 Impact Reading Director and we’re thrilled to have her!

Ashley is inspired by City Impact’s steadfast commitment to the community and wholistic 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.

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

Programs Director & Leadership Director

Dustin moved to Lincoln from Kansas City, MO as a kid. He and his wife and two sons moved to Springfield, MO in 2006. While in Springfield, his wife gave birth to their daughters. They returned to Lincoln in 2010, a family of six and pregnant with their 5th child (3rd son).

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

His favorite hobbies are working out, music, and family. His favorite foods are Paleo and Whole30 recipes.

Seth Roepke

City Impact Youth 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! 

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 boyfriend, Jordan, her godson, Maddix, and her dogs, Whiskey, Bandit, and Eddie. She also loves to travel and experience different cultures!

Our Board of Directors

Chair

Craig Ames

Retired COO, Bryan Health

 

Vice Chair

Brad Roth

Executive Director, NU Tech Ventures

 

Secretary

Sandra Hilsabeck Hastings

Owner, SandraLee Enterprises and Sandra Hilsabeck Books

 

Treasurer

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

 

Mary Boren

Owner, Mary Boren Consulting

 

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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