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 40 years.  We have 3 married children with 7 grandchildren ranging in age from newborn to 5 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 second 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.

Sandy Schindler


My husband Tom and I met in Bible College and have been married 44 years. We moved to Lincoln from Holland, Michigan 38 years ago and have 3 kids – 1 girl and 2 boys and 8 grandkids, including identical twins girls!  I love being a Mentor Mom as well as a Pastor’s wife and one of the lay counselors in our church.  My favorite job is Nana to our grandchildren. I love the title of stay-at-home grandma. I love investing in their lives and being available to help out my kids.  MOPS is a wonderful place to connect with moms and encourage them along this hard but beautiful journey they are on.  Mothering was my only career and now passing on what God has taught me in my career is an honor and privilege.

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 40 years.  We moved to Lincoln 35 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 29 years.  We have 3 children –  Chad, Bailey, and Chloe. Chad is married to Leah and they just blessed us with our first grandchild, Bowen James.  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

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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 29 years.  We have 4 kids, 2 married, 1 in college, one in heaven and two adorable grandbabies. We have been attending First Free for 26 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 26 years later we’re still best friends!  I recently retired from full time teaching at Wee Wisdom preschool, but am continuing as a sub because 4 and 5 yr. olds are just way too much fun:)  We have four adult children including Leah, who is married to Chad Jenkins and they live in Wisconsin.  They have our first grandchild, Bowen and are expecting another in February!  Our oldest son Caleb is married to Shali and they live here In Lincoln as well as our son Luke, who will be getting married in October.  Our daughter Rachel is a senior at Wayne State College.  And lastly, our daughter Emmarie is 11 and keeps us young!  I enjoy the evenings where my home is full of children and laughter, traveling to Wisconsin to spoil a grandchild, reading, journaling and football. This is my first year with MOPS, and I look forward to encouraging and walking alongside other mothers!
Diane Gratopp

I’m a newbie to MOPS, but not to motherhood.  My husband Tony and I have been married for 29 years and have three children. I have loved every stage of motherhood (that’s not to say they haven’t been challenging☺) and am trying to figure out this stage of parenting as our kids are all adults. Our son Cole and his wife Emily live in Omaha. Laura is our middle school math teacher who lives in Sioux Falls, SD and Meg, our youngest is a student at UNL.  I have been an at home mom for 27 years and pretend to help my husband with our commercial contracting business.  I’m still trying to figure out what I want to be in the grown up stage of my life. My pursuits include writing, reading, languages and travelling. I also love to bake pies and breads!  I’m working up the courage to finish a graduate degree that I started a few years ago, so that is most likely on the horizon. I’m looking forward to joining the MOPS team as a mentor this year.

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 first year as a Mentor for MOPS and I count it a privilege, a blessing, and an honor to serve young moms and their families.