The mission of Lift Up Sarpy County is to collaborate to meet the needs of people experiencing life challenges.


Our vision is to grow Lift Up Sarpy County into a regional leader in community response collaboration. LUSC will increase and expand our impact on community needs such as homelessness, transportation, food insecurity, and access to education, by expanding our funding sources and clients served by 25%.

The need is there and we will rise to meet it.

What we do

Lift Up Sarpy County has grown and morphed into an organization that follows a preventive strategy, one that supports a more holistic initiative called, “community response.”

We serve as the conduit between many organizations, all of whom inform and support each other on family and individual needs. We work with other organizations, schools, government and faith-based groups to bring relief and sustainable well-being to families. When our collaborative is well informed and working cohesively, we have found we can do more, more effectively and more efficiently.

Most importantly, when we collaborate, outcomes are better for those we serve. We more easily identify needs, make connections, help coordinate case management and provide the long term support our clients need to become sustainable, independent members of our community.

Partner Organizations

We work with a variety of supporters and organizations to complete our mission. Learn more.

Our Board of Directors

Jon Firmature

Board President

Jon grew up in Omaha and graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1994. He is the Development Director for Credit Advisors Foundation.

Jeffrey Wagner

Board Member

Jeffrey 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.

Angie Lauritsen

Board Member

Angie  received her Bachelor’s degree from Bellevue University, spent 13 years in corporate banking and is now an entrepreneur. Angie created and runs the Gretna HomeTown Hero Program, is a Concord Mediation Center advocate and Survivors Rising board member.

Brenda Carlisle

Board Member

Brenda is also the president of the board of directors for the Sarpy County Museum where she has been involved since 2006. Currently, Brenda is the Manager of Customer Service at RFD-TV.

Alicia Elson

Board Member

Alicia joined QLI shortly after its inception in 1986 and now serves as Vice President of Human Resources. 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. 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.

Darla Berger

Board Member

Ms. Berger earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Wayne State College and has been employed by the State of Nebraska’s Department of Health & Human Services for more than 35 years, most recently as a Community Support Specialist for the Prevention division. She works with four community collaboratives: Douglas, Sarpy, Lancaster and York Counties and believes the work is one of the most proactive and successful initiatives with which DHHS has been involved.

Efrain Rosas

Board Member

Mr. Rosas is a lifelong Nebraska resident with more than 15 years of banking experience with various roles with Pinnacle Bank. Prior to banking, Efrain served in the United States Air Force and Nebraska Air National Guard.