Meet our Directional Team

​CHRIS RAJALA
Area Director

Chris is in his 21st year on full-time Young Life staff.  He is the leadership and vision behind Young Life in Lincoln over the last 9 years.  He and his wife, Kaycia, have 3 children, Meg (9th) and Ben (7th) and Betsy (4rd). Meg and Ben are also involved in Young Life and Wyldlife, so he's a YL parent too!
​NIK​I FIGARD
Middle School Director

Niki has been on YL staff for 5 years and was a volunteer leader for 12 years before joining our staff.  She grew up in Lincoln, attended and has always led at Southeast High School.  This is her first year as Middle School Director and she's excited for the changes! She and her husband, Travis, have two children, Jackson (5th) and Paul (1st).
​ALEX MEUWISSEN
Staff Associate- East High School

Alex is moved to Lincoln 1 year ago from Woodbury, MN where she was a volunteer Young Life leader for 3 years.  She felt the call to full-time Young Life staff and is the perfect fit to grow Young Life at East High School!
Liana McCain
Intern- Southeast High School

Liana was a volunteer leader in Lincoln several years ago before getting married and moving back home to the west coast.  She has continued to lead YL wherever she's lived and, now, Liana is excited to be part of our intern program and lead the team at Southeast​! She and her husband, Brian, have newborn baby Emery.
JUAN PAEZ
Intern- YL College

Juan was on student staff for two years and is now participating in the Intern Program focusing on YL College. He was a volunteer leader for 4 years and has been involved with Young Life in Lincoln since he was in 6th Grade!! He is also a volunteer leader on the Lincoln High team!
​ALEX WIEDMAIER
Intern-Irving Middle School

Last year, Ales was onStudent Staff, and is excited to be part of our Intern Program this year.  This is her 5th year at Irving Middle School.  She grew up in Maryville, MO and was involved in YL in high school.  We are so thankful for her knowledge and experience in all things Wyld Life!!
HUNTER LARKINS
Team Leader- Southeast High School
Hunter was the team leader at Pound Middle School for two years and is now team leading with Liana at Southeast.  He is from Lincoln and has been involved with YL since high school.  This is his 4th year leading with Lincoln YL.

JUST​IN WILEY
Team Leader Southwest High School

This is Justin's third year leading Lincoln YL.  He attended Southwest High School, went to Hastings College for soccer, but felt the call to return to Lincoln and lead YL.  His energy, passion and leadership are making waves at Southwest!​

PAIGE POGUE
Team Leader Southwest High School

This is Paige's third year leading Lincoln YL.  She was born in Lincoln, where her dad was the Area Director. They moved to Minnesota, where Paige continued her journey in YL.  She began leading at Southwest her freshman year at UNL and her long history with YL has been a huge asset to the Southwest team!

KRISTIN SHAFER
Team Leader Lincoln High School

Kristin came to us last year after graduating from college in Cincinnati where she was a YL leader in urban schools.  She brings great experience and knowledge to the Lincoln High team!  In her days, she is the videographer for the UNL softball team.

PAUL ANDERSON
Team Leader Scott Middle School

This is Paul's second year leading Lincoln YL.  He's from Omaha and was very active with Capernaum (Young Life for students with special needs) before coming to UNL.  Paul is also a memeber of the Cornhusker Marching Band!​​

MAGGIE KRUSE
Team Leader Scott Middle School

Maggie didn't have YL in her hometown, so she just learned about it her freshman year at UNL.  But she's jumped right in the last two years and is excited for her first year as co-team leader at Scott!

STEPHANIE BRUMMOND
Team Leader Pound Middle School

Stephanie is a recent graduate of UNL and is excited to jump in with YL and help grow a team at Pound! She's volunteered at summer camps for middle school students and loves their heart and engergy.  We're excited to have her leading the Poung team!

​STE​VE DOSSKEY
Directional Team- Music Team

Steve has led Young Life for 6 years.  He grew up in Lincoln and was invovled with Young Life at Southeast.  Aside from his full-time job Steve coaches soccer and cross-country at Southeast.  He is in charge of develping our music team for club. 


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