Our Leadership

Erin Gambaiana

Council President Erin is in her third year serving on the ALC council. Her family has been at ALC for just over four years. She is a senior art director at an Omaha creative agency. Erin and her husband, Joe, have lived in Ashland since 2006 and have enjoyed getting to know more and more about the community and everyone who lives here. Their kids, Grace (9) and Rocco (5) are in 4th grade and kindergarten. Rocco is active in wrestling, soccer and tee-ball. Grace is really into fashion and dance and plays soccer. They enjoy getting to Plattsmouth to see family and camp.

Brandon Nygren

Council Vice-President

Brandon lived in Ashland all of his life, until moving to Omaha in October 2016. He teaches fifth grade at Ashland-Greenwood Public Schools, and is currently working towards a master’s degree in Educational Administration at UNK. Brandon is, also, an assistant high school boys basketball coach at Ashland-Greenwood. He has been a part of the American Lutheran Church community for twenty-four years, and stays involved by teaching Sunday School, being the recreation leader at vacation bible school, and ushering.

Emilie Wilson

Council Treasurer

Emilie has been involved at ALC for almost all of her 21 years. She is currently pursuing a degree in psychology, while also working for Mosaic, a serving arm of the Nebraska Synod. Emilie and her fiancée, Zach, live in Ceresco. She appreciates that ALC is open to everyone and does not turn anyone away. Emilie is excited to see our faith community continue to grow, and is committed to supporting our outreach ministries, like the Kids’ Cupboard and the Closet.

Melissa Kasuske

Council Secretary

Melissa has been a part of the ALC community since she was a kid. She loves the family feel she experiences at ALC, and that this love for one another extends out into the community. She hopes that the Spirit will open each of us to the amazing things God is doing at ALC. Melissa is the mother of three awesome kids: Riley (15), Abby (13), and Kate (7). She is in her 17th year teaching kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade readers & English Language Learners in Waverly, and stays busy with all of her kids’ activities.

Brad Carlson


Brad is in his third year serving on the council.  Brad and his wife, Megan, and their two children, Harper and Jace, moved to Ashland in 2016, and have been a part of the American Lutheran Church community for about three years.  Their family is excited to grow their faith within the church and community, while establishing new relationships and friendships.

Linda Adams


Linda is a life-long Lutheran, who was confirmed at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Omaha. She and her husband, Greg, have been married for twenty years. In 2015, Linda retired from a forty-year career in nursing. Recently, she began a parish nurse program at ALC, providing important health updates, teaching health- related classes, and offering blood pressure checks once per month after worship. Linda loves ALC’s outreach to the community and hopes to grow the support of our ministries.

Jean Whiteaker


Jean grew up in the Ashland area and graduated from AGHS. Jean and her husband, Bob, were married in the old ALC sanctuary. While living in Arizona, Jean was a secretary for an elderly couple in Scottsdale, volunteered at their boys’ schools, and organized and promoted a large craft show. After retiring, they moved to the Seattle area for 6 years, where their two sons, Jeff and Tim, reside with their families, and now visit them and their 4 grandchildren regularly!  Since moving back to Nebraska, Jean has enjoyed connecting with friends, old and new. Her hobbies include sewing and quilting, and she enjoys helping with church activities, especially Kids’ Cupboard and VBS.