The Grand Island Community Foundation has hired Melissa DeLaet as its new Chief Executive Officer.
Melissa DeLaet grew up just 45 minutes from Grand Island in Minden, Nebraska. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Hastings College in 2005 and a Master’s degree in Community Counseling from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 2008. She joined the Grand Island Community Foundation as CEO in 2016.
Melissa and her husband moved to Grand Island in 2006 and Melissa began working as a visitation supervisor and as a Protection and Safety Worker for the State of Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services in Hastings, Nebraska. In 2009, Melissa accepted a position as the Executive Director of Hope Harbor, a homeless shelter for women, children and families. In this position Melissa was responsible for fundraising, human resources, grant writing and administration, programming and public relations, among other things. Melissa resigned in 2014 to become the Sales and Marketing Director for the MainStay Suites and Rodeway Inn in Grand Island and to spend more time with her family. Melissa stayed on as a co-manager of the Hope Expanding capital campaign at Hope Harbor and assisted them in raising more than 1.9 million dollars to expand the shelter’s campus and programming.
Melissa has volunteered for various boards, organizations and committees in the Grand Island community including Leadership Tomorrow, Rotary, Central Nebraska Child Advocacy Center, Make-A-Wish, AOK Ladies, Big Brothers Big Sisters, United Way and others. She was a member of the Governor appointed commission on housing and homelessness from 2012-2015. Melissa was named Young Woman of Achievement in 2014 by the YWCA, was a Grand Island Chamber’s Top 35 under 35 in 2010, and is a class 24 Leadership Tomorrow graduate.
Melissa and her husband , Nathan, are owners in the MainStay Suites where her husband is General Manager. They have three children, all boys, including a set of twins. In her spare time Melissa enjoys golf, Husker football, cooking, travel, and spending time with her family and friends.