The Collective Impact Lincoln team

Here are the dedicated neighbors who are lifting up Lincoln’s core neighborhoods.

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Lily Sughroue
Director of Civic Health
Organization:
Civic Nebraska

Lily is director of civic health programs, which include Collective Impact Lincoln.
Before joining Civic Nebraska in 2024, Lily spent 14 years working in various organizations in Lincoln, including Leadership Lincoln and the Center for People, History Nebraska, and Lincoln Public Schools.  In her spare time, Lily is the director of artists and mentors for Lincoln Community Playhouse’s Penguin Project, advocates for disability rights and inclusion, and serves on the board of HopeSpoke. She also is a member of Sunrise Kiwanis and i2choir. Lily and her husband, John, live in Lincoln with their daughter, Greta, and Frank, their German shorthair pointer.
Allie: Near South, Everett

Allie Christianson
Senior Community Organizer
Organization:
Civic Nebraska
Neighborhoods: Everett, Near South

Allie works with residents and stakeholders in the Near South and Everett neighborhoods to build strong and resilient communities. Allie, a graduate of Nebraska U. in political science and international studies, is passionate about community building and uses an intersectional approach to positive social change. She elevates voices through grassroots organizing to empower communities to retake ownership of their unique futures. 402.904.5191, allie.christianson@civicnebraska.org
Sam: Hartley,

Sam Meier-Bates
Community Organizer
Organization:
Civic Nebraska
Neighborhoods: Hartley, University Place

Sam works to lift up residents and stakeholders in the Hartley and University Place neighborhoods. A self-described human services employee, Sam is dedicated to advocacy and activism and bettering his community and its people. Most recently, he was the community outreach housing specialist with The Hub Central Access Point for Young Adults in Lincoln. In that role, he provided case management and wraparound services to unhoused and at-risk young adults, and he helped clients with applying for rent and utility assistance.
402.904.5191, sam.meierbates@civicnebraska.org
Kasey: Program Attorney
Kasey Ogle
Program Attorney

Organization: Nebraska Appleseed

Kasey works to find the most effective policy and legal solutions for the systemic problems Lincoln’s community members are facing each day. She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas, where she studied sociology and criminal justice, and the University of Nebraska College of Law. Kasey enjoys spending time with her dog Gracie and doing puzzles on the weekends.
402.438.8853 x 133, kogle@neappleseed.org
Lizzie: Belmont, Clinton
Lizzie Turner
Community Organizer
Organization: Nebraska Appleseed

Neighborhoods: Clinton, Belmont

Lizzie is so glad to be in community with residents of the Clinton and Belmont neighborhoods! She spends her time developing relationships with neighbors who want to make a positive impact in their neighborhoods and helps them access the tools to do so. Lizzie has over six years of experience in community organizing in a variety of areas, from peace work to civic education to theatre for social change. She currently lives with her chosen family in the Near South neighborhood. Lately, she’s been spending her free time balancing her desire to knit with her cats’ desires to play with her yarn.
402.438.8853 x130, lturner@neappleseed.org
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Amber Lozoya
Community Organizer

Organization: Nebraska Appleseed
Neighborhoods: Clinton, Belmont

Amber is Nebraska Appleseed’s Weitz Fellow for 2023-24. She works closely with the Collective Impact Lincoln and Health Care Access team, as well as managing our volunteer program. She studied sociology and anthropology at Carleton College. During her time at Carleton, she worked with Children of Incarcerated Caregivers and Art From the Inside as a way to advocate for and explore the effects of prisons on incarcerated individuals, their children, reentry, and recidivism. Amber enjoys making people laugh and learning about new cultures and languages.
402-438-8853, alozoya@neappleseed.org