Board of Directors
Launch Leadership’s Board of Directors consists of up to 15 members. Six of the members are elected from the Volunteer Staff and the remaining nine members are appointed from the community. Each member serves a three-year term.
To contact the board, send an email to the board president at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Allysa Diehl, President
Allysa first attended a Launch Summer Leadership Workshop in the summer of 2001 and has been involved in Launch ever since. She joined the volunteer staff in 2004 and has served in a variety of roles including New Staff Selection and Training. Allysa graduated from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln with a degree in Middle Grades Education, has a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Doane University, and she is currently working toward a second Master's degree in Educational Leadership. Allysa works for Lincoln Public Schools where she serves at Schoo Middle School as the Instructional Coordinator.
Kalissa Holdcraft, President Elect
Keith Wysocki, Past President
Keith has been involved in Launch since 2001. He has served in a variety of roles on Staff including Volunteer Director and Workshop Director, but what he enjoys most is getting to meet, work, and laugh with all types of leaders. Keith graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in secondary education, and he currently works as a director of sales at the Lincoln-based company, NRC Health. Outside of Launch, Keith volunteers as an adviser for his college fraternity, Phi Delta Theta. In his spare time, Keith enjoys traveling, running, and grilling in his backyard.
Ali Maloy, Treasurer
Ali has served in various capacities on the Volunteer Staff of Launch since 1997. She is an accounting instructor at Creighton University, serves as the faculty advisor for Creighton's chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, and serves on the Board of The Union for Contemporary Art. Before joining Creighton University, Ali Maloy worked in audit-based roles at KPMG, Jones Lang LaSalle, Hyatt Corporation, ConAgra Foods, and Farm Credit Services of America. In 2010, Maloy established an outsourced accounting practice called Lone Tree Accounting, which merged into Bland & Associates in 2016. She grew up in Omaha and graduated from Omaha North High School. She earned a BS in Accounting and Business Administration in 2001 and an MS in Accounting and Information Systems in 2002, both from the University of Kansas. She has held an active CPA license since 2004. Ali lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband, Dave, and their two boys, Liam and Logan.
Lane Carr, Secretary
Lane joined staff in 2008, and has spent most of his time volunteering with the Junior High and Middle School (JAM) workshop. Lane recently returned to Nebraska after teaching science for three years in southeastern Kentucky, and studying education policy at Vanderbilt. When not working with Launch, Lane serves as the Innovation Grant Manager for the Nebraska Department of Education, where he gets to work with five recipients doing really cool projects in their schools around the state. In both Launch and professionally, Lane is motivated by a sense of urgency for and optimism with the next generation. He is actively working through a 50-book book list, enjoys running, and a new hobby of biking.
Mitch joined staff in 1987, after being involved in NASC and attending the Summer Leadership Workshop twice as a delegate. A graduate of Lincoln Southeast HS and Washington University in St. Louis, Mitch moved from Nebraska over 25 years ago, but still considers himself a Nebraskan. Mitch has been involved in consulting, enterprise software, and recently as an entrepreneur, building on the life-changing experience he had as a student and a staff member. Mitch lives in Menlo Park, CA, with his wife and three kids, who all have also attended Workshop.
Back in the early nineties, Shaela was a delegate for two summers at Launch. She credits some of her strongest adult friendships to her time on Wayne’s campus. One of those friends, saw that, even after 25 years, there is still a spark of fire alive and well in her. Shaela happily accepted a board position in 2017 and looks forward to helping launch propel into a new era of outreach and services, while maintaining the foundation that is summer workshop. In Shaela’s real life, she works for an ad tech firm, Sojern, selling marketing solutions to travel brands. Prior to that, Shaela spend 12 years in non-profit development and communication, serving her alma maters, Marian High School and Creighton, both as an employees and volunteer. As evident in her work and volunteerism, Shaela has a passion for leadership organizations that help young people become the best versions of themselves. Launch is no exception. Shaela is married and has two young children. She resides in Omaha, NE.
Deanna Moisset is currently the Supervisor of Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) for the Omaha Public Schools. Prior to her current position she was a high school math teacher and a curriculum specialist. She holds degrees or certificates in education, mathematics, urban education and educational administration and is currently pursuing a certificate in gifted education. Deanna paints her passion for education with broad strokes. In addition to programs with a focus on leadership, she is an advocate for programs such as Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment, Destination Imagination, Bricklayer Coding, and Academic Pentathlon. She also believes in providing development for the whole child. The OPS GATE Curriculum Framework embraces critical thinking, creative thinking, problem solving, inquiry, cultural proficiency, meta-cognition, and affective skills.
Hillary has over 19 years’ experience professionally fundraising as well as grant making in various organizations in the Omaha Community. She currently is the Director of Development at Joslyn Art Museum, where she oversees all fundraising and philanthropy work to ensure our community is connected to art. She has extensive experience working with capital campaigns, giving circles and engaging young professionals in philanthropy. She is committed to giving back to the community through her work and own personal time – volunteering on the board of Film Streams, Opera Omaha Guild, and a member of the Anti-Defamation League Education Committee. She also volunteers with No More Empty Pots. Hillary believes in youth leadership programs and the power they bring to their participants and volunteers. When not working or volunteering, Hillary can be found cooking, reading, and spending time with her husband, three daughters.
As a five-year delegate through all three programs, Anita is a prodigy of the magic of workshop and empowered to Keep the Fire. Anita joined Volunteer Staff in 2008 in following her passion of empowering young leaders in self-discovery of their talents, gifts, and how they can grow as a leader. As an ongoing Staff and board member, she uses her talents in relationship, growth orientation and individualized approach to ensure everyone she impacts reaches their full potential. Anita knows everyone she meets has talent. Like at her full-time job at Talent Plus®, and her various volunteering efforts in and out of Launch, she is driven to help others discover their talent and apply it in order to empower leaders to thrive and transform their communities. Anita has her bachelors degree in Human Performance and Systems Management and is pursuing her Masters of Arts in Management with an emphasis in Human Resources. When Anita isn't working or volunteering, you can find her reading, gardening, cooking, at Orange Theory Fitness, outdoor cycling, or spending quality time with her beloved Golden Retriever, Charlie.
Alex Spanel is a graduate of the Univerity of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelors and Masters in Accountancy. He currently is an analyst at Bridgepoint Investment Banking, a boutique investment bank that serves clients over their corporate lifecycles by providing capital raising and M&A advisory solutions. Alex has served on the Launch board since January of 2019. He is passionate about helping the next generation of leaders to transform their communities for the better. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling to wine country with his wife, going on walks with his two Italian greyhounds, and watching the Tottenham Hotspurs.
Jay is an entrepreneur, author and angel investor who, during the past two decades, has educated tens of thousands of nonprofit professionals on how to leverage marketing and technology to do more good. His TEDx talk on company culture has more than 1 million views. He serves on the boards of the Lincoln Community Foundation, the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development, NUtech Ventures, Prosper Lincoln, Nebraska Angels, and Nonprofit Hub and is the founder and CEO of Firespring—a B Corporation that was named by Inc. Magazine in 2016 as one of America's "50 Best Workplaces." Jay is an avid traveler with a passion for snow skiing and scuba diving. In 1981, he attended his first Launch workshop and has been a zealous supporter of the organization ever since.
Meredith Willits is a Nebraska native, Nebraska Wesleyan University graduate and the Director of MilkWorks O, a nonprofit community breastfeeding center. She started with the organization in 2006 and coordinated the first and only expansion, opening MilkWorks Omaha in 2015. She’s heavily involved with organizational growth and longevity planning, program/service development and sustainability as well as community collaborations. Meredith’s husband is a third grade teacher with Westside Community Schools and together they have two amazing children, Noah and Claire. She is passionate about community and family, and almost equally passionate about coffee! She loves a good book, secretly enjoys cleaning and organizing and deeply wishes she made more time for yoga and running. She’s known to participate in the National Guard Half Marathon and Lincoln Halfsy – as well as a few other 10ks throughout the year.