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.

Form 990

Our Form 990 is available for review for our generous donors here.

Our Board of Directors

Alicia Elson

Board President

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.

Jeffrey Wagner

Board Member, Secretary

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.

Brenda Carlisle

Board Member, Treasurer

Brenda is past President of the Board of Directors for the Sarpy County Museum where she has been involved since 2006. She is also a Board Member of Papillion/La Vista TeamMates. Brenda has served the City of La Vista for 23 years as Planning Commissioner and City Council Member. She also served all of Sarpy County in District 4 as a Commissioner. Currently, Brenda is a DialMD/Customer Service Operator with Methodist Hospital.

Efrain Rosas

Board Member, Treasurer

Efrain 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.

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.

Darla Berger

Board Member

Darla 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.

Scott Mertz

Board Member

Scott is originally from Papillion and a Creighton Law graduate. He has been with Legal Aid of Nebraska for the entirety of his legal career, where he’s helped countless Nebraskans preserve their rights as renters. He sees the need in Sarpy County and looks forward to helping Lift Up further filling the gaps in housing, food and transportation.

Jon Firmature

Past 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.