Launch Leadership’s staff director team consists of six directors who oversee different parts of the organization's operations.
Stacy Bingham, Executive Director
With more than 15 years of strategic marketing experience and a heart for nonprofits and youth leadership development, Stacy is excited to serve Launch's diverse, passionate and committed team as their Executive Director. Her professional experience and personal commitment to serving others are the foundation for building on Launch's history of success in developing young leaders.
Most recently, Stacy focused on helping businesses and nonprofits achieve their mission as a marketing strategist at Firespring. She developed research-based, results-driven marketing plans for a diverse group of organizations. She has also successfully led marketing efforts for area nonprofits such as Messiah Ministries, Lincoln Christian School, Lincoln Berean and Lifegate Christian School.
Stacy has been married to Jason for more than 15 years and has three children; Alexander (15), Sophie (13) and Isabella (11). She is a mentor to young women, a Salvation Army canteen volunteer, lover of all things lemon, fan of the ocean and eternal optimist.
Andrea Johnson, Volunteer Director
Andrea joined the Launch Volunteer Staff in 2005 after attending the legendary 30-person July Workshop. During the last 12 years, she has remained involved with Launch, despite living on the east coast and in the south while working at educational nonprofits. After working with students from all across the country, Andrea has returned to the Good Life with a renewed sense of purpose, knowing just how impactful and important Launch can be for young leaders. She currently works in the Alumni Office at Doane University, her alma mater, and in her spare time enjoys running (half) marathons, completing jigsaw puzzles (in marathon time) and listening to more than 16 podcasts a week.
Sophie Connot, Communications Director
Since attending Launch Services in high school, Sophie has dedicated the past nine years to helping others gain confidence and a passion for positive change through her work with Launch. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with degrees in Graphic Design and Communication Studies, and currently works as a graphic designer at Swanson Russell. When she's not finding new ways to tell the story of Launch and its students, you can find her in the kitchen attempting to make homemade pasta, or planning her next trip around the world.
Meradith Ganow, Workshop Director
Meradith attended her first Launch service in the summer of 2010 and was forever changed by the inclusive and challenging community created at Workshop. After joining Staff in 2012, Meradith has served Launch in a variety of ways: event coordination, committee work, and recently serving as the Operations Staff Lead. Her Gallup/Clifton Strengths include Developer and Relator, therefore, Meradith is passionate about helping students find their strengths and in turn use them to aid their peers and communities. Meradith's work with Launch ultimately inspired her career in Student Affairs, where she currently serves as the Learning Communities Coordinator for students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In her free time, Meradith enjoys running, reading, and petting literally every dog she passes on the street.
Natalie Nuckolls, Curriculum Director
Natalie’s involvement with Launch started way before there even was a Natalie. Her parents were both Staffers in the 80’s and are the first couple to marry having met at Workshop. Her brother, DJ, was also a delegate who went on to be on Staff. Natalie joined Staff in 2013 and contributed to Launch as an out-of-state Staffer while she attended the University of Georgia. She now attends the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry. In March of 2017, she was commissioned as an officer in the US Navy with plans to serve as a General Dentist upon her graduation in 2021. Natalie is passionate about health care, leadership development, and her beautiful cat Marcy! She works with an incredible team and is so grateful for her years of service with Launch Leadership and looks forward to many, many more!
Kyler Jasnoch, Services Director
Kyler joined Launch Staff while studying Fashion Design at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln in 2011. She has remained highly involved through graduation and a stint in New York City. While there she worked as an intern for the design house Alice & Olivia. After deciding that her heart was back in Nebraska she stepped into her current career as a manager & bridal tailor at the locally owned Colea Alterations in Lincoln. Being raised in a small town in Western Nebraska, Kyler has always had a passion for the students that haven't been able to experience Launch. With that mentality she has dedicated herself to Services throughout her Staff career and making that the main focus of her Directorship.