Ground Team

 

Led by a dedicated team of specialists, we aim to fulfill our mission one successful client at a time.

 
 
Audrey Lutz / Executive Director  /  Department of Justice-Accredited Representative   We all have a story behind us, filled with hard work, desperation, and success. It is time we start celebrating our stories together. As Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie once said, "Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and humanize" Now, we must empower and humanize for a better Grand Island. Audrey has been serving MC since Leap Day February of 2016.

Audrey Lutz / Executive Director / Department of Justice-Accredited Representative

We all have a story behind us, filled with hard work, desperation, and success. It is time we start celebrating our stories together. As Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie once said, "Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and humanize" Now, we must empower and humanize for a better Grand Island. Audrey has been serving MC since Leap Day February of 2016.

Lina Sutton / Office Manager   Lina came to Multicultural Coalition at the right time. She brings with her substantial experience in non-profit and volunteer service. She speaks conversational Spanish from her time doing mission work in Mexico.

Lina Sutton / Office Manager

Lina came to Multicultural Coalition at the right time. She brings with her substantial experience in non-profit and volunteer service. She speaks conversational Spanish from her time doing mission work in Mexico.

Barb Sorensen/Citizenship & English Instructor   Barb came to Multicultural Coalition to reach and teach new friends. Barb can be heard saying, “Our God is so gracious to the strangers that surround us.” She spent many years in Africa teaching friends English and sharing her faith.

Barb Sorensen/Citizenship & English Instructor

Barb came to Multicultural Coalition to reach and teach new friends. Barb can be heard saying, “Our God is so gracious to the strangers that surround us.” She spent many years in Africa teaching friends English and sharing her faith.

Raúl Arcos-Hawkins / Community Organizer   Raúl joined the Multicultural Coalition office because of his passion for community organizing with Heartland Workers Center. He spends his free time with his husband and cats watching T.V. His life motto is, “Move forward and don’t look back, the past is that, the past.”

Raúl Arcos-Hawkins / Community Organizer

Raúl joined the Multicultural Coalition office because of his passion for community organizing with Heartland Workers Center. He spends his free time with his husband and cats watching T.V. His life motto is, “Move forward and don’t look back, the past is that, the past.”

Charity Thomas / Department of Justice-Accredited Representative   Charity came to Immigrant Legal Center at Multicultural Coalition to continue helping the refugee community. She loves to eat out at Italian restaurants, or bringing it home to eat while watching her favorite movie Nightmare on Elm Street. Her life motto is “Life is short. Take the trip, buy the shoes, eat the cake.”

Charity Thomas / Department of Justice-Accredited Representative

Charity came to Immigrant Legal Center at Multicultural Coalition to continue helping the refugee community. She loves to eat out at Italian restaurants, or bringing it home to eat while watching her favorite movie Nightmare on Elm Street. Her life motto is “Life is short. Take the trip, buy the shoes, eat the cake.”

Betty Frausto / Community Health Worker   Betty’s role is to create a cultural link between public health, healthcare and the underserved, minority members in the community. She enjoys serving with Central District Health Department at Multicultural Coalition because “…as soon as you walk in, you feel like you are home. Everybody is welcomed, and no one is turned away.”

Betty Frausto / Community Health Worker

Betty’s role is to create a cultural link between public health, healthcare and the underserved, minority members in the community. She enjoys serving with Central District Health Department at Multicultural Coalition because “…as soon as you walk in, you feel like you are home. Everybody is welcomed, and no one is turned away.”

Steve Anderson / Deputy Director  /  Department of Justice-Accredited Representative   To invest our days, hours, and minutes is to build hope for a better life – the same hope that inspired our ancestors – and to instill in our clients a desire to extend their hands to others, as ours have been when they were in need. I am dedicated to reaching those in need – not such a difficult thing, when one believes in one's work. Steve has been serving MC since June of 2015.

Steve Anderson / Deputy Director / Department of Justice-Accredited Representative

To invest our days, hours, and minutes is to build hope for a better life – the same hope that inspired our ancestors – and to instill in our clients a desire to extend their hands to others, as ours have been when they were in need. I am dedicated to reaching those in need – not such a difficult thing, when one believes in one's work. Steve has been serving MC since June of 2015.

Lupita Ayala / Executive Legal Assistant   Guadalupe, or “Lupita”, came to Multicultural Coalition because of her love of helping others and to learn about different cultures. If she was a cookie she would be a chocolate chip cookie because of her freckles. Her life motto is, “You can’t live a positive life with a negative mind.”

Lupita Ayala / Executive Legal Assistant

Guadalupe, or “Lupita”, came to Multicultural Coalition because of her love of helping others and to learn about different cultures. If she was a cookie she would be a chocolate chip cookie because of her freckles. Her life motto is, “You can’t live a positive life with a negative mind.”

Matt Vajgrt / Community Liason   Matt joined Multicultural Coalition with the VISTA program because he wanted to help the community he grew up in. In his free time, you can find Matt sitting at a table playing “Dungeons & Dragons” or rereading his favorite book, Catch-22. His life moto is, “C’est la vie.”

Matt Vajgrt / Community Liason

Matt joined Multicultural Coalition with the VISTA program because he wanted to help the community he grew up in. In his free time, you can find Matt sitting at a table playing “Dungeons & Dragons” or rereading his favorite book, Catch-22. His life moto is, “C’est la vie.”

Joseline Reyna / Rural Capacity Building Paralegal   Joseline came to Immigrant Legal Center at Multicultural Coalition because she wanted to be a part of an organization that fit her values and allowed her to give back to her community. Her life motto is, “Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can come together.”

Joseline Reyna / Rural Capacity Building Paralegal

Joseline came to Immigrant Legal Center at Multicultural Coalition because she wanted to be a part of an organization that fit her values and allowed her to give back to her community. Her life motto is, “Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can come together.”

Annie Waxman Lopez / Rural Capacity Building Attorney   Annie is a relative newcomer to Nebraska, having spent the first 30 years of her legal career in Chicago practicing bankruptcy, foreclosure, taxation and collection law. Lopez lived in Mexico and Brazil during college and speaks Spanish and Portuguese. She received her Master’s in Business Administration from Thunderbird School of Global Management and her Juris Doctor from University of Kansas School of Law. Her current areas of interest are family-based immigration and family reunification with Immigrant Legal Center.

Annie Waxman Lopez / Rural Capacity Building Attorney

Annie is a relative newcomer to Nebraska, having spent the first 30 years of her legal career in Chicago practicing bankruptcy, foreclosure, taxation and collection law. Lopez lived in Mexico and Brazil during college and speaks Spanish and Portuguese. She received her Master’s in Business Administration from Thunderbird School of Global Management and her Juris Doctor from University of Kansas School of Law. Her current areas of interest are family-based immigration and family reunification with Immigrant Legal Center.

 

 

Board of Directors

 

Our all-volunteer Board of Directors is made up of recognized leaders across many areas of expertise. They represent the broad diversity of our organization and contribute significant amounts of time, talent, and energy to further the mission of the Multicultural Coalition.

 

Executive Board

Mark Otto / President  Island Edge Development

Mark Otto / President
Island Edge Development


Board Members

Linna Dee Donaldson / Community Volunteer

Paula Dush / Community Volunteer / Nebraska Truck Center

Todd Dvorak / Community Volunteer / Grand Island Police Department

Amanda Levos / Community Volunteer / Grand Island Public Schools

Glen Murray / Community Volunteer / Truell, Murray and Associates

Jaime Parr / Community Volunteer / Nebraska State Fair

Daniel Phillips / Community Volunteer / Career Pathways Institute

Heath Reinders / Community Volunteer / Rock Solid Solutions

Michael Rivera / Community Volunteer / Nebraska Realty

J.D. Sabott / Community Volunteer / Shamberg, Wolf, McDermott & Depué

Seema Saxena / Community Volunteer / Midwest Psychiatry