Our Vision:

Marriages & Families Thrive

Marriages and families are the fundamental building block of all human civilization. To maintain a stable society it is critical that we have strong marriages that provide a safe and healthy environment for children to grow.

Life is Cherished & Protected

We support efforts to protect the lives of the unborn and oppose efforts to end the lives of the disabled and elderly. Each human life must also be protected and respected in scientific research.

Religious Liberty is Affirmed & Celebrated

Our religious liberties are more than just the right to believe what we choose; they are priceless freedoms bought with the lives of countless American citizens.

Our Story:

Nebraska Family Alliance (NFA) is a non-profit policy, research, and education organization. We advocate for marriage, the family, life, and religious freedom representing a diverse, statewide network of thousands of individuals, families, and faith leaders.

OUR TEAM:

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.

Executive Director

KAREN BOWLING

Karen owned a small business in Lincoln, Nebraska for 25 years and brought her business management skills to the Nebraska Family Alliance Team in 2001. NFA is the state affiliate to Family Policy Alliance which is the Focus on the Family’s policy wing.

After serving as the Outreach Director for 15 years, Karen became the Executive Director of Nebraska following a search by the Board of Directors. Karen’s experience at the Capitol and her passion to see a state where God is honored, religious liberty flourishes, families thrive, and life is protected positions her to provide strategic leadership to the NFA Team.

Karen established NFA’s Intercessory Prayer Network that is now the NFA E-Network informing Nebraskans on key issues that impact the state reaching over 2,500 people in 200+ Nebraska communities. She serves as the State Coordinator for the National Day of Prayer and provides leadership for Prayer Place a 24/7 Prayer Center located near the Capitol inside the NFA facility.

Karen has two adult sons, a daughter-in-law, and four grandchildren that keep her busy, laughing, and young at heart. She enjoys speaking, leading a Ladies Bible Study and mentoring young women.

Policy Director

NATE GRASZ

Nate is a 5th generation Nebraskan and graduated from Colorado Christian University with degrees in business administration and political science. Prior to becoming the Policy Director 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 is also an Alliance Defending Freedom Areté Academy alumnus and has authored and published his own 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. He is the host of NFA’s weekly radio show and podcast, Capitol Connection, airing every Saturday and Sunday in Omaha and Lincoln. In addition to policy, radio, and writing, Nate enjoys sports, hiking, and spending time with his wife, Brenna. 

Communications Specialist

MARILYN SYNEK

A Kearney native, Marilyn graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 2018 with a joint major in Political Science and Multimedia Communications. During college, Marilyn worked for several nonprofits and elected officials. She served as a Page at the Nebraska Legislature in 2017 and interned for Senator Ben Sasse, Senator Deb Fischer, and Congressman Adrian Smith from 2014 to 2016. She was NFA’s 2016 Torchbearer Intern.

With a passion for brand consistency (and fashion), Marilyn manages NFA’s electronic communications and social media accounts. She dabbles in graphic design, video production, audio engineering, and web development for the organization.

Marilyn is one of five children and a fraternal triplet. A self-described pun enthusiast, she loves politics, Nebraska, and room temperature black coffee. In her free time, you’ll more than likely find her spending time with her toy Yorkie Chanel, biking with Chanel, or shopping with Chanel.

Donor Relations & Accounting Manager

DAWN WITT

Dawn graduated from UNL in 1997 with a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting. She has worked in public accounting and as a Certified Internal Auditor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She also serves as the Treasurer and Financial Secretary at Southview Baptist Church.

Being blessed with husband Brian and four wonderful children, Dawn enjoys the quiet moments in the morning to hear from God, fitness classes at the gym, reading, cheering on her children in their activities, leading in Awanas and her Precepts Sunday School class. Having her parents and Brian’s parent’s close is a blessing for their whole family. It allows her parents to see their grandchildren grow and her children are able to know and see their grandparents live out their faith.

She is excited to be part of the team at NFA where it truly is a team, focused on God and serving together in a Christ-like way. She feels blessed to be able to help NFA with the important work of influencing policy, mobilizing prayer and empowering people.

Administrative Executive

KELLY LANKA

Kelly graduated from Bryan College of Health Sciences in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Diagnostic Ultrasound. She worked at the Pregnancy Center in Lincoln from 2014-2018 before joining the Nebraska Family Alliance team.

Kelly is married to her husband Troy, and they have four kids. In her free time, she enjoys reading and attending her childrens’ activities—especially baseball. Her hobbies include photography, quilting, and scrapbooking.

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