Staff

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June Kouba, Church Administrator

June Kouba joined the staff as Church Administrator in January 2014. She was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, moved to Salt Lake City in her late teens, and returned home to Bellevue 5 years later. She met her husband, Jerry, 20 years ago and they have been married for 17 years and have 5 grown children and 17 grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with family and reading mystery novels.

As Church Administrator, June performs and oversees administrative functions necessary for the operation of church business and the facility.

E-mail: admin@bellevuefpc.org

 

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Eric Van Sky, Financial Secretary

Eric joined the staff as Financial Secretary in September 2015. In this capacity Eric’s primary duties include receiving, recording, and depositing all funds received by the congregation in a timely, thorough, and confidential manner. Eric has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and a Master’s of Arts degree in Business Management from Bellevue University.

Eric was raised in Papillion, Nebraska area and has been a member of the church since 1988. He’s retired from the US Army, having served nearly 34 years in various assignments around the world. His wife is Elizabeth and they have two children and one grandchild. Giving

 

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Megan Highbargin, Director of Children’s Ministry

Megan joined the staff in June of 2022, she and her family have been a part of the church for three years. Growing up in Greensburg, PA she never expected to end up living in Bellevue, NE, but is so thankful that God has brought her family here and hopes to be able to continue raising her children here. Megan is married to Lowell and together they have four children, Jonathan (12), Evelyn (10), Samuel (8), and Caleb (4). They love to travel together and play board games.
Prior to joining the staff, Megan received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and taught for two years before having children. She has also worked in several preschools and is passionate about education and caring for families. Megan works with children from pre-K to sixth grade in Sunday School and WOW.
Children’s Ministry

 

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Shelli Dart, Director of Youth Ministry

Shelli Dart was born in Salina, Kansas, and by the time she was 12, her family had moved 13 times. They settled in Bellevue, NE. Shelli has been a member at First Presbyterian Church for over 30 years and was active in youth fellowship, bell choir, and choir growing up.

She graduated from Kansas State University and has worked in a number of businesses but found her passion volunteering with the youth.

Shelli works with the youth (7th-12th grades) including Sunday morning church school, mid-week Illuminate, periodic youth social activities and summer youth mission trips. Youth Ministry

 

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Liane Kirmis, Music Director

Liane Kirmis grew up on a dairy farm near Fergus Falls, MN. Nurtured in the Presbyterian tradition, she developed a love for hand bells ringing in the church choir during high school. She earned a degree in Communication Disorders from ND State University and then traveled the country with her husband Richard as he served in the US Navy. Liane has been seen ringing and directing bell choirs in FL, OR, ID, WA and HI before duty brought her family to Bellevue in 2000. She has served as our Westminster Bells Director since 2001. She also is a substitute teacher for Bellevue Public Schools.

Liane directs and trains individuals involved in the handbell music ministry of our church. The choir practices weekly (September through May) and rings in worship monthly in church and for special services throughout the year. Listen to our music.

 

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Kimberly Pearce, Church Organist

Kimberly Pearce earned a BA degree in Education, with a minor in church music from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. In addition to her role at First Presbyterian, she is the Collaborative Pianist & Music Assistant for the Ralston High School Music Department, and prior to that, she was the Collaborative Pianist at Millard North High School.
She has been an active member of the local music community: singing in community choirs and working as a keyboardist in pit orchestras. She presently sings with the semi-professional vocal ensemble, Résonance.
Outside of her musical interests, Kimberly enjoys knitting and crocheting, reading, a variety of outdoor activities, and trips to the mountains, as well as training her German Shepherd, Hildegard.
Listen to our music.

 

Susan Scranton

Susan Scranton, Nursery Attendant

Susan Scranton has been a Special Education Teacher in Omaha Public Schools for 24 years and has been on staff in our church nursery for 25 years. Susan has a Bachelor of Arts in Education Degree from Wayne State University. She is married to husband Shawn and has 2 cats and a dog.

 

Sheila Sloniker

Sheila Sloniker, Nursery Attendant

Sheila Sloniker has been on staff in our nursery at First Presbyterian since 1994. During the week, she is a Preschool Teacher for St. James Warm Hearts Childcare. Sheila maintains current CPR and First Aid Training certifications. She has a Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology from San Diego State at Long Beach. Sheila is married to Donn and they have one daughter.