Meet Our Staff

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Chris Wagner, Executive Director

Chris joined Project Extra Mile in September 2014 following the completion of his Master’s Degree overseas. Between 2002 and 2011, Chris worked on a variety of policy issues at the federal level while employed by the U.S. Senate and two government affairs firms. Chris brings with him a wealth of policy advocacy knowledge and experience from his work on behalf of municipal and state governments, nonprofit organizations and private companies, in addition to a strong personal commitment to Project Extra Mile’s mission.                   



Lex Ann Roach, Community Outreach Coordinator

Lex Ann returned to Project Extra Mile in October 2016 as the Community Outreach Coordinator after working as a Project Coordinator in Grand Island from 2003 to 2007. Most recently, she worked for Crisis Center, Inc. in Grand Island in the roles of PR & Marketing Coordinator and Executive Director. Lex Ann earned her Master of Arts in Management from Doane University, and she earned her Bachelor of Science in Speech Communication (public speaking emphasis) from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She is honored and excited to be on the Project Extra Mile team.



Liene Topko, Policy and Research Coordinator                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Liene joined Project Extra Mile in December 2017 after completing her Master’s in Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). During her time at UNMC, she worked as a Research Associate where she had the opportunity to refine her research skills, gain insight of public health, as well as work on manuscripts and policy briefs. She is very passionate about making a difference in the community and looks forward to being part of the team at Project Extra Mile. 



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Melissa Rotella, Administrative Assistant

Melissa joined Project Extra Mile in February of 2017 as the part-time administrative support person.Prior to joining Project Extra Mile, Melissa worked at a print shop for nearly a decade.  It is here she expanded her customer service, accounting and sales skills. When Melissa is not working she is spending time with her husband, two young children and their spoiled dog. She is inspired by people and organizations that are working to promote positive outcomes within the community and is happy to be part of the Project Extra Mile team.            



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Beatha Kliewer, Financial Specialist

Beatha has worked with Project Extra Mile since 2000 when she started as the administrative assistant and bookkeeper. She now serves as the Financial Specialist. Prior to joining Project Extra Mile, Beatha worked for First National Bank of Omaha in the Agricultural Loan Department, where she developed her joy for accounting. Beatha earned her Associate of Arts degree in Biblical studies from Grace University in Omaha. The highlight for Beatha during her time with Project Extra Mile has been to see the positive changes that the Project has worked so tirelessly on in order to help bring about change and ultimately make their mission "To create a community consensus that underage alcohol use is illegal, unhealthy, and unacceptable," a reality.