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.

Our Core Team

Mary Lee Fitzsimmons

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.

Greta Leach

Greta Leach is a facilitator, trainer, and organizational development consultant who loves helping individuals and teams use their current resources—hidden and known—to create positive change in their communities. Through her work with Mission Matters, she assists nonprofit organizations and socially-conscious businesses to build capacity, develop leaders, and create strategic plans that are both bold and practical. Working with Nebraska Community Foundation since 2012, Greta helps communities across the state to create permanent sources of philanthropic wealth and grow in leadership capacity. Greta has expertise in participatory methods of dialogue and adult education; she is a skilled practitioner of Asset-Based Community Development and has earned professional certification in Technology of Participation (ToP) facilitation methods. Her trainings and workshops are known for being highly interactive, peer-based, and applicable to the real work people do. Additional professional passions include engaging boards in fund development, network weaving, community development, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Greta holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration-Accounting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Master’s of Theological Studies from Iliff School of Theology. She serves on the board of Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center in Denton, NE and statewide organization, Connecting Young Nebraskans. A native of Aurora, NE, Greta now lives in Malcolm, NE.

Kayla Schnuelle
Kayla Schnuelle

Kayla is a facilitator, trainer, and leadership consultant. Kayla’s professional passion is the intersection of leadership development and facilitation. Kayla specializes in strategic planning, organizational capacity building, complex meeting facilitation and design, leadership development with a focus on organization culture and virtual facilitation. Kayla excels in virtual facilitation which has led to an international portfolio of work most notably working with the Wikimedia Foundation, Scotland’s Soil Association and the Institute for Cultural Affairs in the United Kingdom. Kayla is a Technology of Participation (ToP) certified facilitator and virtual facilitator and also is a partner on the Great Plains ToP Trainers team. Prior to Mission Matters, Kayla was the Leadership Development Director at the University of Nebraska’s Rural Futures Institute.

Kayla earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business and a Master’s degree in Leadership, both from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. A native of Valentine, NE, Kayla has always been passionate about building capacity in rural communities. Kayla now lives in rural Diller, NE, with her husband and children on their family farm. Kayla serves on the board for the Diller Odell Booster Club and the Diller Community Foundation Board.


“Kayla has been a tremendous asset to our leadership team in her role as a facilitator. During our annual and quarterly multi-day planning sessions, she does a great job of moving us forward to accomplish what we need, while still having fun in the process. She has been so effective that we have started to bring her in for other projects besides our regular planning meetings, because we know that when Kayla is facilitating the meeting, we will focus on the right things and get more done.”

“She is great at understanding different personalities and incorporating those into her facilitation plans. She is very thoughtful about how to approach issues, giving consideration to the unique dynamics of our leadership team. Our leadership team now thinks of Kayla as a part of our team, not an outside facilitator.”

“During the Covid pandemic, when we had to switch from in-person meetings to virtual meetings, Kayla handled it very smoothly. Instead of just trying to recreate the meetings over Zoom, she redesigned them to make them match the new virtual environment. After our first couple of virtual meetings with her, members of our leadership team commented how our meetings might be more effective virtually than in-person.”

Lynne Lange
Lynne Lange

Lynne specializes in leadership coaching as well as consulting for nonprofit capacity building and board development. Lynne’s passion is centered around sustaining and cultivating leaders who are the change-makers in our world, acknowledging the challenges that come with carrying demanding responsibilities. Lynne has held Executive Director positions, served in board leadership roles, and supported nonprofit capacity building for over 27 years.  Her most recent position was that of Executive Director for the Nebraska Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, where she began in 2008, and continues to support the work today.  Prior to joining the Coalition, Lynne was the Executive Director of the Rape/Domestic Abuse Program, where she began her employment in 1994.  Lynne serves as an Executive Coach for the Executive Leadership Program in conjunction with Chicago Northwestern University’s School of Management.

 

Lynne is a Certified Professional Coach through the Co-Active Training Institute.  She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, and an Executive Scholar Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Chicago Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.  Lynne was a member of the Nonprofit Executive Institute Class 8 through the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands, and participated in Leadership Lincoln Class 26.  She received the Business and Professional Women’s “Young Careerist Award” in 1997.

 

A native of North Platte, NE, Lynne embraces bringing the rural perspective to her efforts, and has incorporated a statewide approach through her work for the last thirteen years.  Lynne has also served on a national level for several years through an elected position on the Membership Committee for the National Network to End Domestic Violence.   She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Nebraska Alliance of Child Advocacy Centers.

Our Trusted Partners

Katie Gutzmann
Katie Gutzmann, Executive Coach and Facilitator

Katie is a coach and facilitator with a passion for helping others discover and unleash their potential. Katie has always found her passion in the meaningful and strategic development of businesses, people, and plans, especially those with a rural footprint. She holds formal training from the Co-Active Training Institute (CTI) and will be certified as a Co-Active Coach in summer 2024. She is a Positive Intelligence Coach, leading multiple groups each year through a virtual 7-week Mental Fitness bootcamp experience. Always guided by an entrepreneurial spirit, her most recent venture included freelance marketing, where she directed rural businesses and entrepreneurs in developing strategic marketing plans, built websites, and assisted in marketing project management. Previous work experience includes marketing management, ad agency coordination, and event planning.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in Agribusiness and has been active in professional organizations throughout her career, including the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) and Nebraska FFA Foundation. Currently, she finds great joy in helping her rural community grow through her work on their local community Foundation Board. She lives on a farm near Pender, NE with her husband and children.

Website: freydayfreelance.com

holly-boyer
Holly Boyer, Executive Coach
As a seasoned executive coach, Holly has supported leaders in all sectors – nonprofit, corporate, start-up, academia – to achieve growth and transformation in their leadership impact. She believes in the power of executive leaders and social entrepreneurs to make positive and lasting change in our world.

Holly brings 20+ years of experience in leadership roles and start-up environments to her coaching. She most recently co-founded Mission Matters where she led executive coaching and leadership development initiatives. Before becoming a coach, Holly was a leader in the non-profit and social enterprise sector serving as Chief Development Officer at Habitat for Humanity Omaha, one of the top ten national affiliates, as Development Director at As You Sow, an award-winning CSR and advocacy organization, and as Executive Director and Co-Founder of World of Good, a venture-funded, socially conscious retail platform that generated sustainable livelihoods for women artisans in more than 34 countries.  Holly has spoken at the United Nations, World Affairs Council, Global Social Venture Competition, World Fair Trade Organization, and the International Folk Art Market.

Holly 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. She has an International Coaching Federation Certification, a Co-Active Professional Coach Certification, and extensive training in Immunity to Change facilitation, Growth-Edge coaching, and Design Your Life planning techniques. Holly currently serves as a board member of The Simple Foundation.

Website: hollyboyercoaching.com

Carlos Barcenas
Carlos Barcenas

Meet Carlos Barcenas, a passionate advocate for inclusivity, collaboration, and community transformation. Born in Mexico and now a proud U.S. citizen, Carlos embarked on his American journey at just 14 years old. Through his diverse experiences, he has become a bridge-builder, connecting people from all corners of Nebraska and the world, fostering leadership and active community engagement.

Carlos’s unique approach involves creating an “uncomfortable-comfortable” space, where courageous and enlightening conversations thrive. He’s a husband, father of four, and a dedicated community leader who has worn many hats, from volunteering and nonprofit work to serving on the GIPS school board for a decade. Today, as a visionary business owner, Carlos continues his inspiring journey to craft spaces that promote inclusion and collaboration, empowering individuals to make a lasting impact.