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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!

Patrick Nastase


"Patrick Nastase grew up in West Omaha, specifically Riverside Lakes in Waterloo, Nebraska. Patrick graduated from Creighton Prep High School before receiving an associates degree from UNO. Over the last 17 years Pat has served his community as a Police Officer with Papillion Police. During that time he received numerous citations and awards including Officer of the Year and Life Saving awards. Additionally, he is a SWAT Team member and sniper. In the continued spirit of giving back to his community Patrick is currently our Board President at Lift Up Sarpy County and has jumped into the role with both feet. Patrick is also dedicated to giving back to the community and supports a multitude of charities.

He recently began his real estate career with Synergy Real Estate and finds great joy in helping people establish themselves in the community through homeownership. When dealing with Pat, no matter what the situation is, you can always expect transparency, honesty, integrity and professionalism. Patrick has a 110%, 25-hour-a-day work ethic and we and Sarpy County are proud and fortunate to have him on our team."

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.

Jon Firmature

Board Member

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.

Dr. Amber Mahan

Board Member

Dr. Amber Mahan is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice in the School of Professional Studies at Peru State College and has done so since 2016.  Dr. Mahan’s career path centered on working in the forensics realm performing crime scene investigations for the Plattsmouth Police Department (PPD) and Cass County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). From 2007 to 2016, she performed criminal investigations and crime scene functions alongside both officers and detectives. Her specializations surround evidence collection and preservation, crime scene photography, diagramming, and presumptive analysis. Dr. Mahan fulfilled the role as a background investigator for both civilian/sworn personnel and grant writer. This experience allows her to guide students in preparation for career interviews, resume building, and proper communication when entering the field of criminal justice. She has taught numerous trainings to different law enforcement agencies on forensics and proper field techniques as well as having notable trial testimony.


Prior to moving into law enforcement, Dr. Mahan worked for the State of Nebraska Health and Human Services performing child abuse and neglect investigations and prior at Uta Halee Girls Village as a youth care specialist. While working in law enforcement, Dr. Mahan was an Adjunct Professor for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln teaching Introduction to Forensics in a course room setting and taught Crime Scene Photography online. She also was an Adjunct Professor for Nebraska Wesleyan University for three years teaching a nine-month long practicum to graduate students in Crime Scene Investigations.

Dr. Mahan continues to volunteer her time as the Past President for a non-profit organization, Lift Up Sarpy County, Inc., a member of FOP Auxiliary, an Associate Editor of American Criminal Justice Association, and an annual participant in the Sarpy County Holiday Assistance Program.  If she has any spare time, you can find her at a gymnastics meet or a soccer field as her seven-year-old son keeps her busy.  Dr. Mahan is a transplant from Kentucky and currently resides in Papillion, Nebraska with her husband (Andy) and son (Reese Jagger).

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.

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.