Our Team

2016 NFA Team Photo

Would you pray for the Nebraska Family Alliance team? Pray that we will continue to be a beacon of light, declaring the hope and truth of Jesus Christ as we stand for justice and strengthen families in Nebraska.


_MG_5266Al Riskowski – Executive Director

Al Riskowski has been the executive director of Nebraska Family Alliance since 2001.  Prior to becoming executive director of Nebraska Family Alliance he served as a pastor for over 25 years in churches across the Midwest.  Al and his wife Linda were married in 1972 and have raised four children.

Al currently serves on the Governor’s Task Force on Human Trafficking and a Nebraska Legislative Committee to craft laws fighting this hidden crime.

Al continues to educate and be a voice at the State Capitol on issues related to the family. He is committed to mobilizing, educating and equipping Nebraskans to be engaged in the transformation of their communities.


_MG_5260Karen Bowling – Outreach and Operations Director

Karen owned an interior decorating business in Lincoln, Nebraska for 25 years before bringing her business management skills to the NFA Team in 2001.

Karen’s passion is networking and community outreach. She established NFA’s state-wide Intercessory Prayer Network that now reaches over 1,500 individuals and organizations in 275 Nebraska communities. She is the State Coordinator for the National Day of Prayer and provides daily leadership for the Nebraska House of Prayer located in the NFA facility. Karen coordinates NFA’s grassroots efforts, volunteers, special events, and lobbies for sanctity of life concerns.

Karen has two adult sons, a daughter-in-law, and four grandkids that keep her busy, laughing, and young at heart. She enjoys speaking, volunteering at her church and mentoring young women.


_MG_5240Nate Grasz – Policy and Research Analyst

Nate graduated from Colorado Christian University in December, 2015 with degrees in business administration and political science.  Prior to becoming the research and policy analyst at NFA, Nate was an associate producer for the nationally broadcast Hugh Hewitt Show, a program and policy analyst at the Centennial Institute, and has worked on various political campaigns.

Nate recently authored and published a book on religious liberty, “Would the Pilgrims Still Come to America Today?: The Deteriorating State of Religious Liberty in America,” which includes a foreword by Lt. Col. Allen West.  In addition to politics, policy, and writing, Nate enjoys sports, hiking, and spending time with his wife, Brenna.


_MG_5245Hallie Hamilton – Communication Coordinator

Hallie graduated from UNL in 2012 with degrees in Political Science and Communication Studies and joined the NFA team shortly thereafter. Her role at NFA is to edit and produce our daily radio programs, keep our website and social media up to date and help with writing projects.

Hallie is passionate about political philosophy and finding effective ways to communicate difficult issues in the public square. Her faith in Christ affects every aspect of her life. Hallie likes to appreciate the little things: bike rides in the fall, sipping a cup of coffee on the porch, running with friends, competing in the occasional triathlon, and spending time with her husband, Phil.


_MG_5212Margaret Alberts – Administrative Assistant

Margaret earned her BAE  from Wayne State College and served as a secondary mathematics educator and coach.  She has also served the Lincoln community as a high school administrator as well as a firefighter and paramedic.

Recently, Margaret developed a heart for missions. She has participated in six missions trips to Siberia, Ukraine, and Moldova and engages in language study. She is passionate about prayer, preserving healthy family systems and empowering people to achieve their full potential.

Margaret’s interests are Bible study, photography, walking and hiking in the mountains. She enjoys time with family and friends, volunteer work, movies, and games. Margaret is joining the NFA team with a heart full of love and hands that are willing to do whatever is necessary.


Benjamin Blowers

Ben Blowers – Student Engagement and Resource Coordinator

Benjamin Blowers will be graduating from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln in May 2016, earning his BA in Political Science and Policy Analysis. He joined NFA in September 2015 after working as an intern through the summer, and currently oversees and coordinates NFA’s Torchbearer Internship Program and City on a Hill Youth Leadership Conference. He also directs NFA’s outreach to college students and groups, encouraging them to become effectively engaged in the culture.

Ben is very involved in his church and leads the local Summit Ministries Alumni Chapter. He is passionate about protecting unborn children and upholding the Biblical definition of marriage. Ben loves spending time with his fiancé, Janai, taking long hikes and bike rides together, and is also an avid reader and die-hard Husker fan.

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