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Our Staff


Bruce with big bike200x200Bruce Kochsmeier has been pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Carson City since 1995. He has been a pastor since 1985 and served in Texas and California after a number of years when he sold and raced motorcycles for a living…(really!) A fourth generation native Californian, Bruce loves the works of John Steinbeck. He has a passion for reading history. He and his wife Nancy and daughter Kate enjoy life with their three dogs. His delight is teaching and preaching the Gospel and applying God’s word to the everyday experiences of life. He loves leading tours of Israel and invites you to join him. His office door is the first one you come to in our building and it is always open for you! If he asks you to play catch just humor him!


Karen 200 x 200 brighterKaren Dahlen is our Director of Music Ministries. She coordinates, rehearses and leads our music groups for worship services. Karen is married to Carl and between them they have four daughters, seven grandchildren and some great-grandchildren. A graduate of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, she continues to attend various educational and conference events in order to bring fresh expression to the worship of God. She is grateful to be using the gifts God has given to reach others with the good news of Jesus Christ. Karen also enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, sewing, cooking and writing songs to glorify God.


Nancy 1 200x200Nancy Kochsmeier moved to Carson City in 1995 with her husband, Bruce, and their daughter Kate when Bruce became the Pastor of First Presbyterian Church. She became the Director of Kids’ Ministry in 1997, enabling her to combine her love for Jesus and His Story, kids, and teaching. Nancy enjoys camping, reading historical novels, learning about art and music history, and traveling. She has helped lead six trips to the Holy Land and one Reformation cruise with Bruce, and looks forward to more adventures!


Char 1 200x200Charlene Rodman joined the FPC staff April 2006 as the Administrator. Prior to this she served as Administrator at The Village Church in Incline Village. Charlene was raised in Hawthorne, NV and graduated from California Baptist College in Riverside, CA. After briefly working as an airline stewardess she married and moved to Incline Village with her husband and two sons in 1977. In 1991 she and her husband moved to Gardnerville, NV and retired after 15 years with Swift Newspaper Inc. Charlene has six grandchildren. Family and friends are a real priority in her life, but she also loves puttering in her patio garden, traveling, Bible studies and taking walks. She moved to Carson City after the death of her husband in 2011 and joined FPC in 2014. She recently chose to reduce her work schedule by separating her duties and is now Office Manager.


Bob pic 200x200 1Bob Stroh became our coordinator of Finance and Human Resources in May 2015. He had a successful career managing businesses involved in international cargo transportation after serving in the Navy during the Vietnam War. He has held a variety of administrative and accounting 'retirement jobs' in both government and private sector offices since retiring to Nevada in 1992. He and his wife, Marian, enjoy Scottish Country Dancing, which they have done in many parts of the US, Canada and in Europe. Bob's Bachelor's degree in Industrial Management has served him well throughout his career, and that combined with his years of work experience, make him a valuable asset in our church office.


Dawn pic 200x200Dawn Berger joined staff as the Communications Coordinator in October 2013. She was born in Lodi, CA and moved to Carson City in 1971. Dawn worked in the banking industry for several years and in 1986 accepted a position with the State of Nevada. She retired from the state in January 2012. Dawn is married to her high school sweetheart, David. They have two grown children and two dogs. Dawn enjoys travel, spending time at their cabin in the eastern Sierras, hiking, biking, gardening and quilting.


Deana pic 200x200Deana Ercanbrack feels blessed to be working with the little children here at First Presbyterian Church. She received her Montessori certification from UC San Diego and has taught in various early childhood education settings for many years. Deana thanks God for the privilege of telling about Jesus' love through teaching Sunday school and helping with VBX, as well as, working with our preschool kids, toddlers and babies! She is happy to coordinate the child care needs of our church families and always looks forward to meeting and welcoming new little ones. Some of her hobbies are singing and playing her guitar or piano, creating art and riding her bike with her husband Tom.