Jamie Peer, chair
Jamie is a 23-year US Army Veteran and Retiree, who brought her family here to Lincoln, NE for her final military assignment as the Professor of Military Science for the UNL ARMY ROTC program. She is a native of Owosso, Michigan, and received her undergraduate in History and her graduate degree in Adult and Continuing Education from Kansas State University. Jamie believes in the power of every human's potential, and that each one of us is given unique talents and gifts by God and that most of us need at least a little encouragement to explore. She is passionate about the mission of Atlas, and helping those who need encouragement most, when they need it most!
Dennis coudriet, treasurer
Raised in Michigan and Tennessee, Dennis’s military service brought him to Nebraska. Married for over 30 years, Dennis and his wife have raised a family in Lincoln and love their city. He has been an architect practicing in Nebraska and the surrounding region for over 20 years. Believing in the power of mentorship and the wisdom of outside council, Dennis joined the Atlas board because of their strong faith based relationship approach to helping others in the community.
Dan waters - board member
Dan is the owner of Decks Unlimited and Deck City in Lincoln. Husband of Kim Waters and father of 17 year old Madison. He is active at Cross the Line Church, where he likes to help others and make connections. In his free time, Dan enjoys fishing, foraging, hunting, and board sports.
Amy pfingsten, Secretary
Amy grew up on a farm near a small town just south of Lincoln, and has live in or near Lincoln her whole life. Amy is a natural people person with a head for real estate and a heart for community development. Amy is married to Ross, a local home builder. She and Ross are proud parents to a daughter, Mila and, a son, Ryker. At age 5, their son Ryker was diagnosed with a terminal genetic disorder, Batten Disease. This experience has opened her eyes even wider to the power united communities can generate and deepened roots in her faith. It has fueled her passion to give back and help others in difficult times, letting them know they are never alone.
gabriel tufts, board member
Gabriel Tufts is the Founder of Hueman Impact LLC, whose mission is to inspire and unite others. He spends his time uplifting, motivating, and mentoring. He is also a mentor and advocate for single and separated fathers and helps them build strong, healthy, and consistent relationships with their children. He joined Atlas to help show others that there is hope in the midst of feeling hopeless. He believes that no matter who you are, no matter where you are, today you can make a positive impact.
Brody Van Roekel, Director
Brody grew up in Sioux Center, IA where the first ATLAS was founded. The call to ministry has long been a driving force in his life and moving to Lincoln offered phenomenal opportunities to live out that call. In addition to working as a director for Atlas, Brody also serves on the Board of Directors for Transformations Thrift Store and volunteers often around F-Street Neighborhood Church. Living relationally has always been a prominent part of Brody’s story. Beautifully diverse and significant connections with people give him life and purpose. As someone who has always felt the struggle of not being able to fit a mold, he’s passionate about reaching marginalized populations. Empowering people with hope and the tools to make positive life changes provides one of the most meaningful ways to live.
Sonya turco, direct service advocate
Greetings! God doesn't call the qualified He qualifies the Called. I live in Lincoln with my son and two dogs Zach, my rescue Doberman who is my mobility dog and Gia, my German Shepherd. I am active in Doberman Rescue and before that active in German Shepherd Rescue. We can learn so much about God through Dog Rescue which parallels God's gift of Salvation. I moved back to Lincoln in 2014 from Minnesota where I lived for 18 years. Go Vikings! I’ve always loved talking to people and have been given a hard time by close friends about spending too much time in the gas stations talking to people when traveling. I just love people. About 4 years ago I started to find a love for the very broken people. We are all broken, it's just a matter of our circumstances. I found that God had laid it on my heart to help them, but how? God answered that question and prayer just recently by laying this job as a Direct Service Advocate in front of me here at Atlas. All Glory to God !
darren murray, volunteer coordinator
Darren is a local business owner and entrepreneur. He enjoys inventing and solving problems. He loves Jesus and holds a deep desire to help individuals work on their personal development and on their relationship with God. He has a background in ministry through life coaching and counseling. Darren “grew up” in the Denver area and moved to Lincoln in 1989 where he met his wife of 31 years. He settled in Lincoln permanently in January 2001. Darren has an extensive background in residential construction and ran a construction business for more than 10 years before going back into management for a local home improvement store. When introduced to ATLAS a few years ago, he fell in love with the organization and jumped at the opportunity to share his God-given gifts and talents when invited to apply for the Volunteer Coordinator position.
hollie sell, office manager
Hey! I was raised in central Nebraska in a "small town" (it's known as a village). I am currently in college for Family Life & Counseling. I moved to Lincoln in 2020, and have loved the city and its people since. When I'm not at Atlas, I'm reading (one of my favorite hobbies), hanging out with friends, procrastinating homework, or at F Street Neighborhood Church. God led me to F Street looking for an internship, which later led me to Atlas. I love working here and meeting all the people that come through the door. I have always had a heart for listening and relationships with others, which made Atlas a perfect fit!
That we would provide a space for people to come in their time of need
That people would find Atlas as a place of truth and love, acceptance and direction, grace and mercy
That all of us would pursue vibrant and growing relationships with the community, each other, and Christ most importantly