Our Leadership

Erin Gambaiana

Council President

Erin is in her second year serving on the ALC council. Her family has been at ALC for just over three 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 in the Educational Administration program at UNK, working towards a master’s degree in administration. 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-three years, and stays involved by teaching Sunday School, being the recreation leader at vacation bible school, and ushering.

Stephanie Lusienski

Council Treasurer
Stephanie is in her third year on council, currently serving as treasurer.  Stephanie and her husband, Jerry, along with their three grown children, have been a part of the American Lutheran Church community for more than twenty years.  All three of their children were baptized and confirmed at ALC.  Stephanie loves being a member of American Lutheran and she is humbly honored to be a part of a faith community that serves others and welcomes everyone, no matter their faith, ethnicity, or gender.  It is truly a welcome place!

Brad Van Houten

Council Secretary

Brad grew up near Whiting, Iowa, and he lived and worked in Omaha for five years before moving to Ashland in 2010.  Brad and his wife, Brigitte, were married in 2011 and joined American Lutheran about a year later.  They have two daughters.  Hannah was born in 2013, and Emma was born in 2016.  Brad is currently employed as a software developer at TD Ameritrade in Omaha, and Brigitte stays home with the girls.

Brad Carlson


Brad is in his second 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 a little over two years.  Their family is excited to grow their faith within the church and community, while establishing new relationships and friendships.

Nancy Johnson


Nancy graduated from Ashland High School, and from UNL, majoring in physical education, later earning a Masters degree in special education.  She enjoyed the 32 years helping students learn life skills. After moving back to Ashland, she transferred her membership to ALC in April of 2015. She feels “at home” in the ALC community. Nancy is involved in VBS and Sunday school.  Opportunities to serve others, such as the Cupboard and Closet, are important programs that she participates in. 

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. They lived in Arizona for 33 years. Jean was a secretary for an elderly couple in Scottsdale, volunteered at their boys' schools, and organized and promoted a large craft show held in several Phoenix area schools. After retiring, they moved to the Seattle area, 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 reconnecting with old friends and making new ones. Her hobbies include sewing and quilting, and she enjoys helping with activities at ALC, especially the Kids' Cupboard and VBS.