Mentor Moms

Brenda Frantz


I grew up on a farm in Kansas but moved to Nebraska in 1997 with our family.  Tom and I were high school sweethearts and have been married 41 years.  We have 3 married children with 7 grandchildren ranging in age from one to six  years old.  They all live here in Lincoln or Omaha, so our lives are filled with family activities. I am self-employed as a seamstress for a local interior design firm that I work part time with, because my first priority is being available for my children and grandchildren.  They are all the joy of my life.  This is my third year involved with the MOPS program and I am so excited to be apart of this group.  Raising a family is a challenging job and helping with that responsibility is a passion of mine.

Vicki Lamb


I have been married to Rex for 31 years. We have 3 daughters, Kelsi and twins Erin and Jenna. We also have one 5 year old granddaughter Sydney. What a joy she is!   I grew up on a farm by Hampton a sprawling metropolis of 380 people. I learned a strong work ethic from this.  I have been a hospice volunteer for 15 years. I train other volunteers but mostly I have clients who I fall in love with and do various things with them. They are my teacher’s in life.  I love to travel with my husband all over the world but my happy place is the beach. I also love to read, paint and spend time with friends.  This will be my first year as a Mentor Mom and I am excited for this opportunity. I love young Moms!

Cindy Brunott


I am originally from Dallas, Texas.  I am married to the Senior Pastor at First Evangelical Free Church, Mark Brunott.  We have been married for 41 years.  We moved to Lincoln 36 years ago to join the ministry here at FEFC and we never left.  We have 3 adult children, who are all married.  We are also blessed with 5  granddaughters!  My hobbies include taking care of my granddaughters, reading, and handwork such as embroidery, needlepoint, and cross stitch. I enjoy being around younger women and helping any way I can sharing my experiences.

Kathy Jenkins


I have been married to Jim for 30 years.  We have 3 children –  Chad, Bailey, and Chloe. Chad is married to Leah and they have blessed us with two grandchildren, Bowen James and Henley.  Our daughter, Bailey, is not married to Daniel Kerr. And our daughter, Chloe, is not engaged to Marty Wolff and will be married in May.  Our family is growing.    I am a nurse by education but became a stay at home mom when Chloe was born.  I now do some property management, volunteer as a tutor for Obasi Ministry, and try to keep up with my husband.  We travel quite a bit with Jim’s involvement on different dental boards and committees – and we like to travel for fun, too- especially to Wisconsin where the grandson lives!  I love to read, entertain, clean, organize, pray,  journal, swim, and have lunch with friends.

Lorri Goode


I grew up a farmer’s daughter on the other side of Nebraska.  My husband Scott and I met at John Brown University and have now been married 30 years.  We have 4 kids, 2 married, 1 in college, one in heaven and two adorable grandbabies. We have been attending First Free for 27 years, all of those years being involved in mom’s groups, bible studies and then MOPS when it was first started. I love investing in young women and instilling a love for the Word.  I have been involved with First Free MOPS in some capacity since it began 18 years ago.  I took a year sabbatical to learn to be still with God and to seek Him in what’s next in beginning the empty nest stage.  I’m so excited that He’s clearly led me back to MOPS, and I’m thrilled to spend time with you all!

Kara Brown


I am a country girl from Nebraska who met an Oklahoma boy in college and 27 years later we’re still best friends!  We have five children including Leah, who is married to and they live in Wisconsin along with our 2 grandchildren Bowen (2) and Henley (5 months).   Our oldest son Caleb is married to Shali and they live here In Lincoln as well as our son Luke who is married to Preethy.  Our daughter Rachel was just married in July to Andrew.   And lastly, our daughter Emmarie is 12 and as we like to say she is “the icing on our cake”!  I have retired from teaching academy preschool at Wee Wisdom, but still enjoy working there occasionally as a sub and support to the teachers.  I also enjoy get-away trips with my husband,  traveling to Wisconsin to soak in my grandkids, reading, journaling and football. This is my second year with MOPS, and I look forward to encouraging and walking alongside other mothers!

Diane Gratopp

Hello!  I’m excited for another year of MOPs.  This is my second year as a mentor mom, 30th year as a wife, 28th as a mom and 1st year as a grandma. J  Working backward, my grand-daughter Haddie was born in March of this year and lives in Omaha with my son and daughter-in-law, Cole & Emily.  Our daughter Laura lives in Sioux Falls, SD and our youngest, Meg, studies at UNL. Tony and I celebrate thirty years of marriage this September.  Most of those years have been spent in Lincoln where we own a specialty commercial construction company. I’m excited to be back as an active grad student at UNL this fall in hopes of finishing a MA in Education.  I’m a self-proclaimed word nerd as the emphasis of my masters will be in language, literacy and culture.  My pursuits include writing, reading, languages and traveling. I also love to bake pies, cheesecakes and breads!  I enjoy Earl Grey tea so if you want to meet for a cup, let me know. 🙂

Kathy Megrue


     I grew up on a farm near Blair, Ne.  I met my husband Greg and we were married one year after I was out of high school. We were going to move to Lincoln where my husband had an elementary school teaching job.  The government had other plans for us.  Greg was drafted into the Army and was to leave for boot camp three days after our wedding day.  To a new bride, it seemed like the end of the world. Greg joined the Air Force and took a three month delayed enlistment. We were stationed in Topeka, KS for three years. Our first son was born at the Air Force base. The total hospital bill was, $7.25. That was the food I ate.
     After 4 years in the Air Force, we moved to Lincoln where Greg taught school and I worked as a part-time Para-professional and a Health Technician. We will celebrate 47 years of marriage. We have three sons, two dear daughter-in-laws and two absolutely wonderful grandchildren.
      I love being with family, teaching kids and women about the Lord, traveling (our grandkids live in Dallas), swimming, reading, being outdoors, praying, showing mercy and laughing.
     This is my second year as a Mentor for MOPS and I count it a privilege, a blessing, and an honor to serve young moms and their families.