Kelly Watson – First Free MOPS Co-Coordinator
I grew up in Leawood, KS and attended college at Texas Christian University (GO FROGS!) where I met my husband, Todd, of now 16 years. We have lived in Kansas City, Fort Worth, Scottsdale, Chicago and now Lincoln. Nebraska has been our home for 9 years. We have 4 amazing kids- Brady-10, David-8, Katie-6 and Avery-4. I am so thankful for MOPS and growing together through mommyhood!!!
Kristine Sewell – First Free MOPS Co-Coordinator
I live a mile from where I grew up and I love it! My large extended family is close and has been such a blessing to me throughout my life. My husband, Josh and I have been married for 12 years and are proud parents to two little ones. I am so excited for this year and look forward to seeing how God will work in our group!
Angela Grove – FGL Co-Coordinator
I’m a Midwest native, born and raised in Minnesota, but my heart really belongs in warmer climates. I like to say that palm trees were God’s boundary lines of where he never meant for his people to move north of. I have two rowdy, fun-loving boys who never sit still. Aaron is 3.5 and Ethan is 1.5. I’ve been married to my husband, Sam, for 7 years. I’m a perfectionist who loves organization. I’ve always had a great affinity for the school supply section. I get great pleasure from keeping and crossing things off a to-do list, and yet rarely have the energy to actually make one. I like reading and scrapbooking, which, with two young boys, I have time for almost never. In reality I clean my kitchen and wash clothes (on repeat) while sneaking in some Netflix when I get a quiet moment. I love staying home with my boys, and I also enjoy spending time with people who carry on conversations that extend beyond Thomas the Train. In my past life (pre-children) I was a mental health counselor because I am drawn to help people who are hurting. I consider it an honor and privilege when God allows me to walk beside others in their time of need, and when he uses me as a vessel to minister his love to others. MOPS is my happy place and I absolutely love serving in this group.
Jamie Watson – FGL Co-Coordinator
I am a Nebraska girl who married a Nebraska boy and we are raising four precious little people. David, my husband, and I have been married for ten years and our kiddos are John (7), Elizabeth (5), and twins, Abigail and Matthew (2). My business loving husband works at Rentping and I get to be a stay at home mama. We both get to do what we love and we feel very blessed!! As a family we love to go on “family adventures” (aka vacations), play golf, and host family and friends!! Life can get pretty busy and crazy so I am thankful for MOPS, the friendships that I have made and the encouragement to be an intentional mommy! This will be my seventh year in MOPS and I can’t wait to see how God will bless us this year!
Kendra Jantzen – Finance and Registration
I grew up in a small Nebraska town and recently moved to Adams, Nebraska to give our girls the same small town experience! My husband Trevor and I met at First Free and have been married for nine years. Prior to staying home with our first born, I worked in both the legislative branch and executive branch of state government. I like to tell people that I worked in politics but was not “political”. Our oldest daughter Kenna is seven and is in first grade at Freeman Public Schools and her twin sisters, Karley and Kayla are four and in their first year of preschool!
Anita Hains – Creative Activities
I grew up in the Nebraska panhandle, went to college in Kansas and then ended up in Lincoln. I have been here for 14 years now. My husband is from Fort Collins, CO and we just celebrated our 13th anniversary. We have six children, Trinity 11, Kyra 9.5, Zoey 8, Natasja 5.5, & 3 year old twins Ethan & Emily. I enjoy gardening, building things, decorating, and various other creative projects. This will be my eighth year in MOPS and my sixth year on the steering team. I look forward to the upcoming year and spending time with other moms.
Tiffany Maly – Special Events
I’m originally from a small town here in Neb., but moved to Lincoln to go to Wesleyan, where I met my husband Trent. He is a chiropractor and I stay at home with kids (I work extremely part time at Younkers too) We have been married for 15 years and have four boys, Kane (7th grade), Malachi (4th grade), Elijah (1st Grade), and Judah (3 years old). This is my 12th year in leadership as I served as Hospitality and Co-Coordinator for 2 years each. I am now in my 8th year of coordinating fundraising and special events. I love shopping for great deals and am passionate about MOPS, healthy living (ok, I love my sweets though), and breastfeeding (my hubby and I served on the Board of Directors at Milkworks for 10 years.)
Kristin Schulte – Hospitality
I am a Minnesota girl through and through, but I moved to Illinois where I attended Wheaton College. One of my passions is to love on and teach children-at-risk, and so post-college, I took a job as a bilingual teacher in West Chicago for almost 10 years. Although I first met my husband while doing missions work at an orphanage in the Dominican Republic during the summer of 2002, we didn’t fall in love until God moved him to the Wheaton area for a job. We were married in 2004. In 2011, God provided an incredible opportunity for my husband to be the executive director of Youth For Christ in Lincoln, in which we moved from Wheaton to Lincoln. At the time, I was 34 weeks pregnant with 2 other kiddos who were 3 and under. God used the ministry of MOPS to not only connect me to other incredible moms, but also to encourage me in my faith and how to nurture the faith of my children. Matthew and I have been married for 13 years, and are blessed with two boys (Joshua—10 and Micah—6) and two girls (Susannah—7 and Rebekah—4).
Gretchen Reinke – Hospitality
I grew up in the twin cities and lived in Minnesota my entire life until meeting my farmer husband in 2011. I moved to his farm in Elmwood, NE and we have been married for 5 years. Our family was made complete with our honeymoon blessing, Anna Joy, who is 4 years old. I am a former corporate girl turned farm wife and mommy and I simply love it. I adore all things farm and hospitality and would host dinner parties every week if I could. I work part time in admissions in Labor & Delivery at St. Elizabeth hospital in Lincoln and love welcoming the mama’s and their families for their birth experience. MOPS is an amazing ministry and I am honored to serve all of you. Welcome!
Katelyn Gilmore – Hospitality
An East Coast girl at heart, I have lived in Connecticut, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida before meeting my Nebraska-Native Husband, Nathan. We met when I was beginning my Senior year at The University of Georgia, where I graduated with degrees in Marketing and Fashion Merchandising. After graduation, I worked for Belk (a southern Department store) in both Georgia and Florida before making the leap to move to Nebraska. Nathan and I have been married for three years. We are a blended family with 5 kids. Caleb (20), Lexi (17), AJ (13), and Cole (11) are all wonderful big siblings to the baby of the family, Jaxon, who is almost two. I felt called by God to give up my job at Chico’s when Jaxon was born so I could be a full-time stay-at-home mommy, the most fulfilling job I have ever had. I still have a passion for Fashion, a love for crafting, and a slight obsession with decorating. I also love hosting and planning parties. This is my second year in MOPS and first year in a Leadership position. I feel blessed to be serving alongside an amazing group of strong Mothers, and cannot wait to witness how God will bless all of the MOPS momma’s this year.
I’m a Lincoln girl as of 7th grade. Before becoming a mom, I taught 6th grade English at Lefler. Right now, I am finding many teaching opportunities with my 6 year old, Jack, 4 year old, Daphne, 2 year old, Charlie, and our newest addition, 6 month old, Lucy. I am lucky enough to be married to Brandon and we will be celebrating our 12th year anniversary this year. I feel the most free when I am making art or dancing!
I am from Axtell, Ne. My husband’s name is Kent. I have 2 grown children and my daughter, Mary Rose, is an 9 year old, who is in 3rd grade at Lincoln Christian. I have taught the MOPS Kids the last 11 years and this is my 3rd year coordinating. It is very exciting to have former MOPS Kids helping us teach this year’s children about Jesus!