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Christian Record Services, Inc. Senior Staff

Diane Thurber, President

Diane carries out the directives of the Board of Directors and oversees the administration, programs, and strategic plans of the ministry of Christian Record Services for the Blind to ensure its mission is achieved. She also serves on a variety of committees to provide counsel and support for initiatives for other ministries that are dedicated to empowering people who are differently-abled.

When not in the office, Diane enjoys traveling with her family and learning more about other cultures. Her travels have taken her around the globe where she has seen firsthand the miraculous transformation that can occur by providing access to literature and extending compassion to those less fortunate. Additional interests include playing the piano and flute, and trying to keep her golf ball out of sand traps and water hazards when playing a round of golf with her husband, Gary.

Lonnie Kreiter, VP for Finance

Lonnie is responsible for the financial administration, certain human resource, and internal management functions for Christian Record. The organization is audited not once, but twice, each year. We take seriously our fiscal responsibility to our members and donors. When not in the office he enjoys traveling, physical fitness activities, and being outdoors. He is also an 'all things motorized' enthusiast which includes water sports: water skiing, wake boarding and boating in general. 


Christian Record Services, Inc. Board of Directors

Name Years
Daniel R. Jackson, Chair 16 years
Elaine Hagele, Vice Chair 13 years
G. Alexander Bryant, Vice Chair 2 year
Diane Thurber, Secretary 2 years
Tony Anobile 1 year
Debra Brill 4 years
Al Burdick 8 years
Dan Carlson 8 years
Tom Evans 25 years
Brad Forbes 2 year
Debbie Manasco 8 years
James McArthur 38 years
Matthew Orian 1 year
Troy Peoples 3 years
Leo S. Ranzolin Sr. 28 years
Larry Romrell 1 year
Leanora B. Ruff 1 year
Vinita Sauder 2 years
G. Ralph Thompson 38 years
Dexter Thomas 1 year
Topher Thompson 3 years
Gary Thurber 8 years
L. Brant Westbrook Jr. 13 years
William L. Wood 16 years

Christian Record Services, Inc. Staff

Andrea Ahrens, Development Director

Andrea's job at Christian Record is to share the organizations mission with people who want to make a meaningful difference in the lives of people who are blind. All of our programs for the blind are free to our members, the summer camps, reading materials, Bible studies, Bibles, and an online library with more than 1,600 books. None of this would be possible without the generous donations given by people who care. When not in the office Andrea enjoys being outdoors with her family where she says you'll often find them at the zoo.

Taumi Baker, Assistant to the President for Special Projects

Taumi is a graphic designer, print manager, and project manager. She designs all the printed materials that Christian Record produces for its members and the public. Her creative work on special events, such as the EYE RUN, are what bring the extra special touches that make each year's event both fun and rewarding for all who participate. When not at work she enjoys asking Amazon's Alexa to tell her jokes, which is comparable to talking to your phone but hands-free. "Say, Alexa, what do you think Siri thinks about you?" 

Richard Clark Jr., Assistant Editor

Christian Record produces several magazines, two of which are produced by Richard each quarter. Christian Record and Children's Friend are both offered in braille. He also manages the Bible correspondence school which on average has about 70 blind students. When not a wordsmith or teacher, Richard likes to spend time outdoors. His favorite activities are to watch wildlife and grow a simple garden of edibles and ornamentals.

Kalvin Follett, Studio and Library Director

Christian Record launched an online library in 2017 that currently holds more than 1,600 titles. These books can be listened to immediately or downloaded to member's devices and read in large print or electronic braille. Kalvin, and his team, review and add to the library popular new titles every month. He also produces audio books and magazines and oversees the team that distributes all printed materials. When he is not in the office Kalvin enjoys running, biking, and walking the many trails in Lincoln. He and his family enjoy vacations that often include camping, hiking, and other outdoor adventures.

Joshua Kittleson, Call Center Lead

When members call to inquire about services, Joshua responds. He assists members who need support with library services and provides information to prospective members.His thoughtful attention to member care helps those we serve return when they have personal concerns and prayer requests. When not at work, Joshua is involved at his church as a Pathfinder Youth Group Leader, and he enjoys miniature photography.

Sydney Leffler, Assistant Treasurer

Sydney works closely with the Vice President for Finance to prepare and evaluate the financial records for Christian Record. Every donation, grant, expenditure, is carefully coded and processed. She processes payroll, accounts payable, and accounts receivables for the organization. When not in the office, Sydney enjoys spending time with her husband and playing the piano, most recently she's been working to master the first of Gershwin's "Three Preludes."

Terry Marston, Call Center Representative

When at the office, Terry talks with donors about our programs for the blind, which include summer camps, braille and large print books, and our new online libraries. And when not at the office, he enjoys spending time with friends from church and eating out. Terry enjoys watching college football (especially Nebraska Huskers) and pro football (the Green Bay Packers).

José A. Martinez, Hispanic Ministries Development Director

Christian Record services a number of Spanish-speaking members. We offer our Spanish Bible studies and magazines in audio and braille. José travels considerably and participates in committees representing the needs of the disabled. When not on the road or office he enjoys hanging out with his grandkids. He says that the teenagers have their own agendas now, but younger one's still enjoy reading stories together.

Patricia Maxwell Robertson, Communication Director

As the communication director, Pat oversees both the outward facing communication with Christian Record's public's, both members and donors, as well as with internal communication to employees and partners. When not in the office she enjoys playing in the dog park with Rileigh and Gary. Rileigh is a 65 pound poodle mutt and Gary is her beloved husband who can really throw a mean curve ball--to Rileigh's great delight.

Jeri Lyn Rogge, Editorial and Outreach Ministries Director

Jeri is part of a ministry team that produces magazines in large print, braille, and audio for people who are blind. She builds partnerships with and develops resources for church leaders and camp directors as well. When not in the office she enjoys volunteering at her church and in her community. She's a mom of two boys and a wife of one husband that she says "keep my life interesting and fun."  

Dennis Tejada, Assistant to the President

At the office, Dennis is a whirlwind of activity, trouble-shooting IT concerns, tracking inventory of all our large print and braille books, handling mailing--offering assistance where needed so all other departments are able to function. Without him, it would be tough to get anything done! When not keeping things on track here, he is busy participating in activities for his church and community.

Christian Record Services for the Blind Staff 2018

Taking moment to celebrate the accomplishment of two student employees who are graduating. We are all so proud of them and wish them the very best in their future.


Updated: March 2018

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