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Director of Church Administration
Mike Alfieri
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Employed at West Hills since...
2016
Family
Becky is my wife; my living proof of a loving God. We have four sons: Ian, Isaac, Michael, and Christopher who defy the laws of space and time by making me feel young, yet accelerating my aging process. Our house is basically a zoo (...besides the boys! :) ) with a dog, cat, rabbit, turtle, parakeets, fish, gecko, and others in the pet category.
Best thing about your job
knowing what I do is in service to God, and for a caring Christian community
Favorites
SCRIPTURE: Luke 10:41-42 "...Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one ..."; SONG: laughter from my sons' room; MOVIE: Never Cry Wolf; BOOK: any Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson; SNACK: anything that doesn't eat me first
Something that gets on your nerves
not being able to do everything at once
Some hobbies/passions
time with my family
Something people may not know about you
I had a brief pastoral ministry of my own as Brother Sunshine in the play "The Dastardly Dr. Devereux."
Your happy place
trusting in God and knowing He has a plan
 
 
Next Generations Special Projects Coordinator
Luke Burns
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Phone:402-391-8788 x1017
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Employed at West Hills since...
2016
Family
I am an only child so my family is very small, but my grandma, uncle, aunt, and cousin all live in Omaha so we have been known to have a few big parties and fun family dinners.
Best thing about your job
My favorite thing about my job is getting the chance to have a great time with the students and showing them that living the Christian lifestyle is not only fun, but actually the most fulfilling way to live.
Favorites
SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 2:8-9; SONG: Send Me by Lecrae; MOVIE: Courageous; BOOK: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown; SNACK: ice cream
Something that gets on your nerves
One thing that drives me crazy is not being able to find what I am looking for at a grocery store.
Some hobbies/passions
Playing guitar, watching basketball, and reading & writing
Something people may not know about you
When I first started college I thought I wanted to start my own Christian record label and produce great Christian music. Found out I have a much greater passion for ministry than for business.
Your happy place
going to the lake to fish
 
 
Associate Pastor, Pastor of Caregiving
Deena Candler
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Phone:402-391-8788 ext. 1002
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Growing up in the suburbs of Denver, Deena's family only attended church on Easter, so she and her siblings were sporadic in their attendance at Sunday school. As she entered high school, through the love and care of some adults in her neighborhood, she began attending the Presbyterian Church. There, she encountered people who cared about her, shared their brokenness with one another, and who were excited about their faith. She became hungry for what they had and was introduced, through their love, to a relationship with Jesus Christ. At West Hills, there is no one better to lead our Caregiving ministry! She calls on people in the hospitals, counsels, helps with connection groups and Deacons, preaches and teaches. In addition, if there's ever a prank going on at West Hills, Deena is likely behind it. She cares deeply, but also tells some great jokes!
Employed at West Hills since...
1998
Family
I have one son, Kelsey, age 25. I adopted him from Honduras when he was a baby. I have one grandson, Antonio, who is four years old. His name means
Best thing about your job
The variety! I get to do everything and am never bored! I love to study and teach Bible, preach and spend time one-on-one with people. Every day is different.
Favorites
SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 2:8-9; SONG: Be Thou My Vision; MOVIE: Places in the Heart; BOOK: The Cost of Discipleship; SNACK: Reese's Nutrageous Bar and Thomas Sweet Blend In
Something that gets on your nerves
Oakland Raiders fans
Some hobbies/passions
reading, football (Denver Broncos!), my grandson, being outside, travel, Latin America, dogs, and the Greek Bible
Something people may not know about you
When I was in high school, my plan was to become an agronomist and work in Latin America. I have also gone skydiving... and would love to go again. I love water parks.
Your happy place
Colorado!
 
 
Interim Director of Worship and Music
Michael Dryver
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Phone:402-391-8788 ext. 1021
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From the moment you meet Michael, you can see his passion for music and for our Lord! He directs our Chancel choir, handbell choir, gospel choir, women's ensemble and male chorus. He is a very talented composer and arranger as well. He has performed at the Vatican in Rome and at the Holland Performing Arts Center here in Omaha. He also served as Artistic Director for the Voices of Omaha for a number of years. He loves to welcome new members into our musical ensembles at West Hills!
Employed at West Hills since...
2013
Family
My oldest son, Bryian, a graphic animation engineer lives in Murretta, California, and is married to Melinda and they have three children (Andrew, Bryttany and Jordan). In Burbank, California is my middle son, David, a computer engineer who is married to Patty and they have six children (Diamon, Tramaine, Clayton, Davinci, Michaelangelo and Dryven). My youngest son, Stevan, lives in Riverside, California and is a Medical PA married to Amy and they have four children (Mariah, Cindy, Aliyah and Jeremy). My oldest daughter, La Tisha, is a postmaster in Omaha and has two daughters (Peyton and Jordan). My daughter Noelle is a bio-medical engineer in Little Rock, Arkansas. My youngest daughter, Rachael Jaleesa is a performing arts major who lives in Dallas, Texas.
Best thing about your job
Bringing music to life and helping choir members understand the God we sing about.
Favorites
SCRIPTURE: Hebrews 11; SONG: The Hallelujah Chorus; MOVIE: The Ten Commandments; BOOK: Think and Grow Rich; SNACK: oatmeal cookies
Something that gets on your nerves
unorganized meetings
Some hobbies/passions
model railroading
Something people may not know about you
I have three jazz albums and five classical albums of original compositions.
Your happy place
California
 
 
Property Staff
Don Good
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There's not much that Don can't do in regards to our building. He always serves with such a willing and humble spirit. You may not hear much from him, but his handiwork can be seen throughout our facility at West Hills. Because of the work of Don and our property staff, we are able to use our space to worship our Lord, learn more about Him and care for His people.
Employed at West Hills since...
2001
Family
Married to my wife, Sharon, for almost 48 years; four wonderful children and eight grandchildren; Gizzmo, our dog
Best thing about your job
the challenge
Favorites
SCRIPTURE: The Sermon on the Mount (King James Version); SONG: For the Good Times; MOVIE: The Sound of Music; SNACK: sour cream raisin pie
Something that gets on your nerves
politics
Some hobbies/passions
growing roses
Something people may not know about you
I assembled the atomic bomb in the military
Your happy place
home
 
 
Facility Manager
John Good Sr.
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Phone:402-391-8788 ext. 1033
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No one understands servanthood better than John! He oversees keeping West Hills in tip-top shape and is willing to do any work the Lord puts in front of him. John heads up a wonderful team of property staff and volunteers who keep our building functioning beautifully!
Employed at West Hills since...
2000
Family
Gorgeous wife, Melissa and one very amazing son, John Good Jr.
Best thing about your job
I come to work and get to help people and as a nice plus, I get paid to do so.
Favorites
SCRIPTURE: John 3:16; SONG: My Way by Elvis Presley; MOVIE: It's a Wonderful Life; BOOK: Daddy Promises (also my son's favorite); SNACK: anything and everything
Something that gets on your nerves
When you pick the farthest parking stall and nobody is even close with a thousand other parking stalls - and someone parks right next to you!!!
Some hobbies/passions
my car
Something people may not know about you
I never attended church until West Hills
Your happy place
My car, driving fast with the radio LOUD
 
 
Administrative Support
Heather Hipp
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Phone:402-391-8788 ext. 1006
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Employed at West Hills since...
2016
Family
My immediate family is small. I have one, four-legged kid named Izzy. She's a long haired Chihuahua I adopted from a rescue.
Best thing about your job
variety - it keeps me busy
Favorites
SCRIPTURE: Proverbs 3:5-6, Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.; SONG: anything country - I love country music.; MOVIE: too many to pick one; SNACK: Haribo gummy bears
Something that gets on your nerves
can't think of anything
Some hobbies/passions
gardening, reading, hiking, movies & live music/concerts
Something people may not know about you
Although I am a U.S. citizen, I lived in Alberta, Canada for 18 years, eh?
Your happy place
being outdoors in the spring, summer & fall, and preferably in the mountains
 
 
Director of Next Generations Ministries
Michael Johnson
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Phone:402-391-8788 ext. 1005
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Employed at West Hills since...
2017
Family
Renee and I have been married for over 20 years. We have three children Caleb, Faith, and Timothy (Timmy).
Best thing about your job
Mentoring and discipleship – I love to watch it when God gets ahold of a student and they begin to see His call in their life. They gain some understanding and awareness as to how God has created them and what He wants them to do with that knowledge.
Favorites
Favorite scripture passage: Psalm 40:1-3; Favorite song - generally something in a minor key with emotion; Move -The Shawshank Redemption; Book - Theology & Personal Development
Something that gets on your nerves
When I am a magnet for red stop lights. My kids will frequently remark how much longer it takes me to get somewhere compared to when my wife drives…. I hit every light!
Some hobbies/passions
Drama, Music, Cooking for friends/loved ones, Watching sports, and any kind of media I can “geek out” on!
Something people may not know about you
I would make a decent ringer on a trivia team – meaning I have a lot of “useless” info in my head.
Your happy place
Anywhere with family and food.
 
 
Interim Nursery Coordinator
Renee Johnson
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Your happy place
 
 
Accompanist
Kathy Leach
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If it needs piano, keyboard or organ accompaniment in worship or any other congregational activity, Kathy is your go-to person! She prepares all the music for our 8:15 Chapel service and plays at the 9:25 and 10:55 services as well. She has a passion for music education, specifically for the younger generations. She enjoys sharing fun and "appreciation" opportunities for our volunteers in the form of homemade oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. And that is reason enough to get involved in our worship and music ministries!
Employed at West Hills since...
2000
Family
One loving husband, Ed (since 1977), two very talented and caring daughters and their hubbies: Elizabeth and Chris Hancock and Meredith and Andrew Dierking, and one very smart, very cute and very brave 3 year old grandson, Owen Christopher Hancock
Best thing about your job
Empowering others to seek the Lord through their worship, their use of talents they possess and giving God ALL the glory for the great things He hath done in all of our lives. Having the blessing of fine keyboard instruments to assist this process is also VERY wonderful!
Favorites
SCRIPTURE: James 1:5-6 and Philippians 4:13 (I've committed these to my heart since a young child); SONG: practically anything that Rachmaninoff composed - such a brilliant composer and pianist; MOVIE: Begin Again (love the scene where Mark Ruffalo's character envisions all the instruments playing and accompanying Keira Knightley singing her song in the pub) and The Sound of Music (I loved singing in it as my high school musical when I was a sophomore at Burke and I still get goosebumps every time I watch the wedding scene in that abbey and hear that fabulous pipe organ!); BOOK: mysteries written by a woman author with a female protagonist; SNACK: anything chocolate or lemon-based
Something that gets on your nerves
Car drivers who do not drive purposefully and conscientiously and, thereby, causing the rest of us to have to "drive" for them to keep everyone safe or move efficiently in traffic....AGHHH!!!!
Some hobbies/passions
baking, playing piano (yes!), reading good mysteries, making up songs and dancing with my grandson, Owen
Something people may not know about you
I won a medal for placing 2nd in my age category in a running race!
Your happy place
snuggling up with my husband and sharing our joys/concerns; anywhere Owen is - it's always a party!
 
 
Assistant to the Caregiving Pastor
Betty Manna
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Phone:402-391-8788 ext. 1002
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Betty says, "Every journey brings blessings. You just have to look for them." This is what makes her an excellent Caregiving Assistant! She helps pastor Deena and the Caregiving deacons by organizing materials for events such as Caregiving Ambassadors, Stephen Ministry, Covenant Groups and Practical Needs Ministries. If you have a prayer concern or need, Betty has an incredible way of making you feel loved and cared for!
Employed at West Hills since...
2003
Family
I have two beautiful daughters, Christina and Jennifer, and an awesome son-in-law, Brenton. I'm also Nana to seven
Best thing about your job
The people! I love working with our volunteers and being available to help our members in whatever way I can.
Favorites
SCRIPTURE: Jeremiah 29:11 - For I know the plans I have for you...; SONG: Amazing Grace/My Chains Are Gone; MOVIE: Princess Bride; BOOK: The Outlander series; SNACK: chocolate!
Something that gets on your nerves
Pettiness... life is just too short!
Some hobbies/passions
Grandkids and reading
Something people may not know about you
I love geneology and can't wait for the day I'm retired and can spend time researching dead relatives!
Your happy place
Rocky Mountain National Park
 
 
Director of Mission Ministry
Caitlin O'Hare
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Phone:402-391-8788 ext. 1016
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Caitlin grew up at West Hills and has served in many capacities, including in our music ministry, the nursery and as a youth intern. She is most passionate about her current role in mission, as she fosters West Hills' relationship with Westgate Elementary School, and our other local and worldwide partnerships. She encourages everyone at West Hills to see their entire lives as an offering to God and begin to see how God has perfectly placed them to be used in mission right where they are, in their jobs, their families and with their friends.
Employed at West Hills since...
2007
Family
My family includes my husband, Branden, our son Calvin, my parents, Ron & Charissa Wells, my grandparents, Bud & Cleo Wells, my siblings, Alisha & Josh Sauer, Alison & Kenneth Kopperud, and Ross Wells, as well as my three beautiful nieces, Hazel, Kora and Ruby and sweet nephew Kaden.
Best thing about your job
seeing God transform the lives of the people at West Hills Church; those
Favorites
SCRIPTURE: Philippians 2:1-18; SONG: In Christ Alone; MOVIE: Star Wars (Episodes IV, V, VI); BOOK: too hard to pick an all-time favorite, but my favorite from what I've read lately is Half the Sky; SNACK: potato chips with cottage cheese
Something that gets on your nerves
when someones says
Some hobbies/passions
cooking, food, travel
Something people may not know about you
I hate wearing shoes.
Your happy place
Grandma's house
 
 
Youth Ministry Assistant
Kim Sedivy
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Employed at West Hills since...
2016
Family
My husband, Terry, and I have been married since 1998. Our daughter, Sarah, is 13 and Ben is 10. We have a guinea pig named Leo. We went to the pet store to buy food for Leo and came out with a bunny (I kinda lost control of that situation!) Sweetie is part of our family now, too.
Best thing about your job
Working with really nice people and getting to use my graphic design skills.
Favorites
SCRIPTURE: Jeremiah 29:11; SONG: I Will Follow by Chris Tomlin (and most everything from the '80's!); MOVIE: Back to the Future; BOOK: The Hunger Games; SNACK: Cheetos and dark chocolate (not together!)
Something that gets on your nerves
When I call customer service and I get a long recording instead of a person! How do I always seem to time my call when they are experiencing a HIGHER THAN NORMAL call volume? I was on hold the other day for 52 minutes! Also, when the people on the show I'm watching don't take my advice! I don't think you should make that deal on Shark Tank! That's a mistake!
Some hobbies/passions
reading, traveling, shopping, watching HGTV
Something people may not know about you
This is more of a strange/interesting tidbit: I am double-jointed in my fingers. At least I think I am because I can bend them in really weird - my kids say CREEPY - ways!
Your happy place
the beach
 
 
Office Manager
Charissa Wells
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Phone:402-391-8788 ext. 1020
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Charissa has been attending West Hills since 1974. She publishes the weekly bulletins and monthly newsletters, and manages our phone volunteers and our church calendar, so if it's happening, she knows about it! Charissa has an incredibly compassionate heart and always has time to listen to your story. Her favorite job in the world is being a mom, although being a grandma is a close second. She encourages others to "Love each moment you find yourself in. The good ones will be gone in a blink and the bad ones are just lost memories."
Employed at West Hills since...
1999
Family
Husband, Ron (married March 7, 1975), daughter Alisha (and husband, Josh Sauer and their daughters, Hazel and Ruby), daughter Alison (and husband Kenneth Kopperud, and their children, Kora and Kaden), daughter Caitlin (and husband, Branden O'Hare, and son, Calvin), son Ross, a new puppy, Lily Pizza and a turtle, Moe
Best thing about your job
assisting congregation members, contact with ongoing groups that use the facility, and meeting with new organizations that want to use the facility
Favorites
SCRIPTURE: Philippians 4:3; SONG: Somewhere Over the Rainbow; MOVIE: The Wizard of Oz, Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail; BOOK: Tuesdays With Morrie; SNACK: chocolate covered caramel popcorn with pecans - yum!
Something that gets on your nerves
Drivers that don't use their turn indicators, slow drivers in the fast lane, drivers who sit through green arrows, drivers who can't figure out a four-way stop, in other words... most drivers!
Some hobbies/passions
being outdoors, walking, hiking, sightseeing
Something people may not know about you
I enjoyed being a Girl Scout leader for 12 years and a Cub Scout Leader for 7 years, but give me 23 junior high girls over 8 grade school boys any day!
Your happy place
Yellowtail Dam, Montana
 
 
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