Our Team

We hold space and time for creative thought and healthy interaction to flow

We work as a multi-specialty team providing both structure and flexibility to each project. Mission Matters has experience in peer-based learning, group facilitation and leadership development. This allows us to use a tailored approach to ensure successful outcomes for our clients.

Mary Lee Fitzsimmons, Principal

Mary Lee leads capacity building, strategic planning and nonprofit board development at Mission Matters. She currently directs organizational capacity development projects for the Omaha Community Foundation and Grand Island Community Foundation. Mary Lee has been active in the nonprofit sector in positions of executive management and board leadership for more than 30 years. A strong believer in philanthropic and community collaborations, she has worked to involve all segments of our community in human service issues. She assists many nonprofit organizations to improve their day-to-day functioning and their long-range development.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in nursing and sociology from Creighton University, a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Psychological and Cultural Studies from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. She serves on the board of National Justice for Our Neighbors.

Kayla Schnuelle, Principal

Kayla specializes in leadership development with a focus on organizational culture, strategic planning, facilitation and virtual facilitation. Kayla has a robust global virtual facilitation practice where she empowers clients to lead effective virtual meetings and connect across the distance. She works with clients who have offices in multiple countries and helps bridge communication for these dispersed teams. A native of Valentine, Nebraska, Kayla is also passionate about building capacity in rural communities and has a wide variety of clients across the state. Prior to Mission Matters, Kayla worked at the University of Nebraska Rural Futures Institute where she was the Leadership Engagement Director.

Kayla is a Technology of Participation (ToP) trained facilitator and virtual facilitator. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business and Master’s degree in Leadership from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Holly Boyer, Principal

Holly specializes in leadership coaching and works with a broad range of leaders at key points in their growth and development. She believes in the power of leaders and entrepreneurs to make positive and lasting change in our world. During Holly’s 20+ year career, she has held a variety of senior leadership positions at start-ups, nonprofits and social enterprise organizations including Executive Director and Co-founder of World of Good, a hybrid model fair trade organization; Chief Development Officer at Habitat for Humanity Omaha, one of the top ten largest affiliates in the country; Development Director at As You Sow, a leading corporate social responsibility organization.

Holly is certified by Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and trained in Growth Edge Coaching techniques. She earned a Bachelor’s degree at Colorado College in International Political Economy and a Master’s degree at the London School of Economics in International Development and Population. Holly serves as a board member of The Simple Foundation.

Caren Woodruff, Senior Consultant: Strategic Planning and Executive Coaching

Caren focuses on coaching and facilitation at Mission Matters. She has been active within the corporate and nonprofit sectors as a manager, consultant, and board member. In the corporate sector, she worked as a technology manager and consultant for leading technology corporations including EMC and Cisco. Caren’s nonprofit work includes strategy planning, board development, technology consulting and coaching. She has worked with nonprofits just getting off the ground, and those that are well established. Her management and coaching style work together to develop individuals and groups within an organization.

Caren received her coaching training from Coach U and has been certified by ICF, the International Coaching Federation. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in physics from Smith College, a Master’s degree in Applied Math from Harvard University, and a PMP from the Project Management Institute. She serves on the boards of Boy with a Ball, Habitat for Humanity Omaha and Nebraska Shakespeare.

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Mary Lee Fitzsimmons | Holly Boyer | Kayla Schnuelle  | Caren Woodruff