Director of Music Ministries
Mark.Kurtz@fumcomaha.org / ext. 1021
An award-winning composer and organist, Mark Kurtz has been Director of Music Ministries at First United Methodist Church since the year 2000. His education began at the North Carolina School of the Arts, where he won a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence and graduated as Outstanding Senior. He continued his studies at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where he was twice named an Angell Scholar and graduated with highest honors.
Next, he studied at the University of Minnesota, where he branched out from his conservatory-style background and began to be involved in performance art, musical theater, and conducting. His compositions have been performed across the United States, in Canada, and in Europe. He has received many commissions for new work, from groups such as the American Guild of Organists and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He regularly writes new pieces for the Chancel Choir and Handbell Choir of First United Methodist Church; two CD’s of his compositions, performed by the church choirs and with guest soloists and instrumentalists, have been produced.
Marie Meyers graduated with a Bachelors of Music Education from Nebraska Wesleyan University and Masters of Music Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She retired after teaching elementary music and strings for 38 years and is currently an educational consultant. At Nebraska Wesleyan she studied organ with Dr. Charles Tritt and at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln she studied organ with Dr. George Ritchie and Dr. Quentin Faulkner. She was organist at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Grand Island, NE, St. Paul Methodist Church in Lincoln, NE, and now at First United Methodist Church in Omaha, NE.
Director of Communication and Membership
Anna.Rodriguez@fumcomaha.org / ext. 1001
Anna Rodriguez, Director of Membership and Communication, is the newest member to our team! A recent graduate from the University of Nebraska Omaha, Anna graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Communication. At UNO she volunteered as Operations Manager for the campus radio station, through which she won two national and regional broadcasting awards. Anna is an Omaha Press Club Scholarship recipient and has a passion for communication and using it as a means to unite the community. While also working part-time for the Anti-Defamation League (Plains States Region), she enjoys movies, spending time with her family and new fiance, Harrison.
Lorraine joined our office staff on May 1, 2019. She is our Administrative Assistant and is responsible for creating bulletins, announcements and other clerical duties. Lorraine is a retired Occupational Therapist with a technology background and a love for electronic gadgets and crafting! Lorraine and her husband, Bob have lived in Omaha for over 20 years and have 3 daughters and 2 grandsons.
Noni.Cambridge@fumcomaha.org / ext. 1003
We are excited to have Noni Cambridge as our Finance Manager for First United Methodist Church. Noni has an MBA from Bellevue University and a BS in Accountings from Rockhurst University. She lives in Omaha and is an active member of Living Hope United Methodist Church. Noni will be working part-time in the church with flexible hours. If you would like to reach Noni, she will be in the office every week on Tuesdays, 2:00-5:30 pm.
Steve.Nehrig@fumcomaha.org / ext. 1010
Steve has been the Building Manager at FUMC since May 1, 1989. He and his wife, Karma, have been married since 1976 and their family have been members of FUMC since 1983. Heather and Jason were born, baptized, went to preschool, grew up in and have worked for FUMC helping with many functions held here. Steve and Karma both love to work together designing and creating quilts, pendant flags, and a variety of other projects. Steve’s main passion is woodworking and has made several pieces at FUMC. He designed the log cabin that sat on the south lawn of the church to help celebrate FUMC’s 150th Anniversary in 2005. He loves working with the many volunteers and feels it is very important for people to get involved and mostly to feel welcomed when coming to FUMC.
James.Prohaska@fumcomaha.org / ext. 1010
Rainbow Factory Preschool
Director of Rainbow Factory Preschool
Alexandria.Skoog@fumcomaha.org / ext. 1009
Having worn many hats at Rainbow Factory over the years, Miss Skoog began her journey in Early Childhood Education at Rainbow Factory. Beginning as an Assistant Teacher, she moved into a role as Lead Teacher before accepting the role of Assistant Director two years ago. With the bittersweet farewell of Ms. Williams, Miss Skoog has transitioned into the role of Director of Rainbow Factory Preschool beginning Summer 2021. Prior to Rainbow Factory, she worked in the disability services field for a decade. It is her goal to facilitate a culture of autonomy and respect between students and staff to provide students with safe boundaries in order for them to be successful learners.