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Get To Know Us!

The Board of Directors for Lift Up Sarpy County would like to thank you for learning about how Lift Up is helping our communities and encourages you to partner with our organization to provide hope to those who need it most!

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Jon Firmature

Interim Board President

Jon grew up in Omaha and graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1994. His family owned and operated many successful Omaha restaurants, but Jon's true talent eventually pulled him towards small business/non-profit and out of the food industry.

Jon’s skills range from fundraising, customer service, client development, web development, training, retail sales, online sales/marketing, training, recruiting, human resources, compensation, accounting, finance, employee development, orientation, project management, process improvement, operations and research.  Jon has been fortunate enough to be in a key consulting position that has been involved in building, developing and growing organizations to better themselves in big picture and process improvement role while continuing to provide overall leadership and guidance to each organization.

Jon has served on various boards such as, Heart Ministry Center located on the Sacred Heart Campus in North Omaha, Omaha Suburban Athletic Association (OSAA) and River City Round-Up Buckaroo Bash. Consulted with non-profit originations such as his current employment with Credit Advisors Foundation as Development Director, Habitat for Humanity of Sarpy County as Executive Director and Police Athletics for Community Engagement (P.A.C.E.) as a consultant. He is also inspired daily through his four children, Cole, Zach, Karly and Aidan.

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Jeffrey Wagner

Board Member

Jeffrey A. Wagner joined Michael Schirber in the practice of law in 1999. In 2003 they formed the firm of Schirber & Wagner, LLP. The firm concentrates primarily on family and criminal law.


After graduating from law school in 1993, Jeff worked as a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Omaha, Nebraska where he focused on family law, civil rights, and civil litigation. It was while he was a staff attorney that Jeff developed his extensive skills in appellate litigation in addition to his broad-based experience at the trial level. 


Jeff practices in the following areas: Family Law, Criminal Law, Juvenile Law, Housing Discrimination, Civil Rights, and General Civil Litigation.  Jeff was admitted to the practice of law in Nebraska in 1993 and also that same year in the U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska. In 1999 Jeff was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.


 Jeff is vital to the success of Lift Up Sarpy County, Inc. where he is currently serving on the Board.


Angie Lauritsen

Board Member

Angie’s ties to Sarpy County started the day she was born in Bellevue at Offutt’s Air Force hospital. She grew up living on various military bases and eventually landed in Western Iowa. She received her Bachelor's degree from Bellevue University, spent 13 years in Corporate Banking and has been an entrepreneur for the past 13 years. Angie is a wife and mother to 3 amazing kids, Colton is eleven, Bailey is thirteen and her oldest, Dylan, will soon be 24. 


She and her family moved to Gretna almost 10 years ago where she immediately got involved in the community. As a past Councilmember for the City of Gretna, Angie also created and runs the Gretna HomeTown Hero Program, is a Concord Mediation Center and Survivors Rising Board Member. Current Committee Involvement includes the Gretna KIDS Committee and Citizen’s Committee with Gretna Public Schools, Sarpy County Chamber Government Affairs Committee, and Chair of the Policy & Legislative Committee with Survivors Rising. Angie is incredibly active in the legislative process and among other things was key to passage of LB43 (the "Survivors Bill of Rights") in 2020, helped author the collaborative "Survivors Speak" guide by survivors, for survivors, as well as a Senators' guide to promote trauma-informed work by legislators with survivors. 


Some of Angie’s Accomplishments include: Leadership Nebraska Class XII, Leadership Sarpy Class of 2018, Gretna Chamber Board member for 2+ years including Vice President and Sarpy County Women of Distinction – 2017.

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Shannon Cargile

Board Member

Shannon Cargile and her husband Kevin have lived and worked in Sarpy County for over 20 years. They have owned and operated Aire Serv Heating and Air Conditioning in Sarpy since 2005.  Their sons, Connor and Jacob, are juniors at Platteview High School and are avid soccer players. Shannon has been a chaplain for the Sarpy County Sheriff's Office and Bellevue Police/Fire for four years, supporting and serving first responders and our community. Shannon and Kevin are active in their church, Bellevue Christian Center, and have served in foreign missions in Kenya, Tanzania and Haiti as well as domestic missions. In addition, Shannon has twelve years banking experience, including Operations Manager, AVP and Financial Analyst for Pinnacle Bank from 1996 to 2003. With her passion and commitment to serve others along with her experience in banking and business, Shannon Cargile will play a vital role as a Board member of Lift Up Sarpy County.

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Brenda Carlisle

Board Member

Brenda is the President of The Board Of Directors for the Sarpy County Museum. She volunteered with this organization since Oct. 2006. She works tirelessly to make the citizens of Sarpy are aware that they have a Historic Museum to show its history. Brenda helps with fundraising multiple times a year with different events such as Pie Social, Quilt Raffle, Annual Fund Raiser Dinner, Garage Sale, Quarter Auction to list a few. They average raising over $15K per year along with Membership drives and community events along with grant writing to fund artifact preservation.


Brenda is also on the Board of Lift Up Sarpy County where she has served since January 2017. She helps oversee this organization as it continues to partner with may organizations in Sarpy County such as Community Response, Disaster Relief, and CASA to name a few.

Currently Brenda serves as the Manager of Customer Service at RFD-TV. Here she is an experienced customer service manager where she uses her skills in leadership, strategic planning, project management, facility management and billing systems. Lift Up Sarpy finds its organization in good hands with Brenda helping steer Lift Up Sarpy in the right direction.

Alicia Elson

Board Member

Alicia Elson joined the staff at QLI shortly after its inception in 1986. Since then, she has held many key roles across QLI’s continuum of rehabilitation and care for individuals with brain and/or spinal cord injuries. Her most recent role as Vice President of Human Resources includes leading efforts to recruit, build and retain a positive and enthusiastic staff in an industry widely known for low morale and high workplace injuries. Ms. Elson’s strategies have ultimately contributed to QLI being voted the Best Place to Work in Omaha for an unprecedented seven years.


Ms. Elson has an undergraduate degree in social work from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and a Masters in Social Work from University of Nebraska at Omaha. She has spoken about leadership and employment issues at the Omaha Young Professionals Summit, Omaha Organizational Development Network, Nebraska Workers Compensation Conference, Case Management Society of Nebraska as well as to the Nebraska Health & Human Services Assistant Administrators. Ms. Elson is currently a member of leadership and community organizations such as the Omaha Chamber of Commerce’s “We Don’t Coast” Landing Crew, Executive HR Round Table and Vistage and has served on the Board of Directors for the YWCA and Midwest YouCan Foundation.

Darla Berger

Board Member

"I have my Bachelor of Science degree from Wayne State College.  I have been an employee of the State of Nebraska- Dept. of Health & Human Services for almost 35 years.  I’ve held several positions with DHHS, the most recent as a Community Support Specialist for our Prevention division. I am very active in my church and have held several leadership positions.  I love to travel and have participated in several mission trips.  This is one of my greatest passions.


While I was raised in northeast Nebraska, I have now lived in the Omaha area for almost 40 years. I have been a resident of Sarpy County for 10 years.  I have been married for 37 years, have 2 daughters and 5 grandchildren. 


I work with 4 community collaboratives: Douglas, Sarpy, Lancaster and York Counties.  I truly believe in the work and think it is one of the most proactive initiatives DHHS has been involved with.  I am very respectful of Lift UP Sarpy and very proud of the services they provide.  I am pleased to be a part of their ongoing work."

Efrain Rosas

Board Member

I have been a Nebraska resident for most of my life; I have over 15 years of banking experience with various roles to include Personal Banking, Mortgage lending and most recent, Commercial Loan Officer for Pinnacle Bank. Prior to banking, I served in the United States Air Force and Nebraska Air National Guard. I am married and have 3 beautiful children which keep me very busy along with volunteering on community and professional board. Community involvement is important to me as it allows us to support one another, interact, share experiences and our modern lift struggles. I am eager and thankful to serve with and on the Board of Lift Up Sarpy County.