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PLRM is governed by a board of directors.  We invite you to get to know them by reading their bios below.

We would like to build our board to 10 members.  If you, or someone you know, might be interested in more information about joining our team, please contact Linda Nickel.

Rod Nickel

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Education/Degrees/Certifications:  BS Electrical Engineering, Wichita State University

Career:  Rod is a team leader at Garmin and leads a group of engineers in their aviation department.

Volunteer Experience: Administrative and technical support.  Rod has been involved in the Gideon’s International and served locally and at the statewide level serving as the Kansas State Chaplain. 

Strengths:  Rod brings his administrative, technical support, and handyman skills to PLRM.  Additionally he provides prayer support to the leadership team. 

"I gave my heart to Jesus at a young age and regularly attended church w/ my family.  After leaving home to attend Wichita State University I realized it was more than just something my family did; I personally had made the decision to live my life for Christ and was living out that decision in my daily life.  While there have been hills and valleys in my Christian walk, I’ve always believed in God and that He had a plan and purpose for my life."

Linda Nickel

Linda Nickel.  Is the founder of PLRM, and has been doing ministry directly with youth since 1999.  She is the mother of two , and grandmother of  four.  Linda is passionate for Christ's mission for the healing and restoration of youth and their families for the glory of God.

Past Experience:

Founder and Director of Body Mechanics in Wayzata MN  --  President West Winds Toast Masters Group  --  Flight Attendant for Northwest Airlines  --  One of the founders of Crystal E. Free Church's "Power House" drop in center for teens  -- Equestrian for 45 years  --Horse Breeder/Ranch Manager since 1992  -- Riding Instructor since 2004-- Public Speaking  --  Bible Study Facilitator  --  Divotional Author  -- Poet  --  Mentor 


2 years North Hennepin Community College  --  2 years Moody Bible College


Certified Massage Therapist and Sports Practioner  --  Toast Master  --  Certified Theraputic Foster Care Provider  --  Equine Assited Growth & Learning Association Certified Equine Specialist   --  First Aid Certified 

Lois Rausch Treasurer


Personal:  Lois Rausch has lived in the Paola, Kansas community her whole life.  She spent her grade school years attending the First Lutheran School in Paola and graduated from Paola High.  After graduation, she attended the St. Johns Junior College in Winfield, Kansas for one year.  “The members of my family in Christ are those who believe in salvation by grace through faith in the Triune God.  I am new to PLRM, and I feel privileged to be allowed to assist in their ministry and have the reward of gaining new spiritual growth for myself at the same time.”

Lois and her husband, Vernon, live in the rural area of Paola.  They are blessed to have their five children and grandkids living close by and enjoy spending time with them.   They enjoy Southern Gospel Music and often travel to attend Southern Gospel Music Sings. 

Profession:  Lois has spent her adult years working for financial institutions in Paola.  Ten of those years included serving as the corporate secretary for a financial holding company along with assisting with their financial accounting.  She also served as an Investment Officer for 22 years.  “I have not had experience working for not-for-profit organizations but I look forward to this opportunity.”

Bob Ross

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Bob Ross

BA Business Admin

30 years US Government-Systems Analyst (Finance)

7 Years Building Contractor

Volunteer-Mechanical and Building Repairs-Assist Vets and Seniors obtain medical assistance

"If you put God first, everything else will fall in order"

Lynn Ross

Lynn Ross

BS Nursing

35 years Critical Care Nursing

30 years church youth sponsor

Volunteer- multiple church activities

"In everything give thanks!"