Our Leadership

Brandon Nygren

Council President

Brandon has been a part of American Lutheran Church his entire life. This is his fifth year serving on council. He currently lives in West Omaha and teaches 2nd grade at Ashland-Greenwood Public Schools. In addition to teaching, he is an assistant high school boys basketball coach at AG. Brandon will graduate with a master’s degree in Educational Administration from UNK in May of 2020. He enjoys playing and watching sports, especially all Husker sports and Duke basketball. Brandon is looking forward to helping our faith community grow in our faith and service in many ways.

Chris Schefdore

Council Vice-President

Chris, her husband, Jim, and their daughter, Bree, have lived in Ashland for about twelve years and have been a part of the ALC community for most of that time. She works for Lincoln Public Schools and enjoys spending time with family, in particular, attending Bree’s sporting events and other activities. Chris loves the people of ALC and appreciates our focus on families. She strongly believes we can work together as a team to do great ministry together!

Emilie Wilson

Council Treasurer

Emilie has been involved at ALC for all of her 23 years. She works for Tabitha, a serving arm of the Nebraska Synod. Emilie and her fiancée, Zach, live in Ceresco with their dog, Snow. 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 (16), Abby (14), and Kate (8). She is in her 19th year teaching kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade readers & English Language Learners in Waverly, and stays busy with all of her kids’ activities.

Jeremy Mumm


Jeremy, his wife, Tracy, and their two kids, Clint and Sarah, have been a part of this faith community for over ten years. He has worked as a financial advisor since 2003. In his free time, Jeremy enjoys hunting, fishing, and attending his kids’ various activities.

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.