Board of Trustees

Grand Island Community Foundation is accredited by the Community Foundations National Standards Board and has been confirmed in compliance since 2009.

The Board of Trustees of the Grand Island Community Foundation are volunteer leaders serving without pay for three year terms. These community leaders offer a broad range of knowledge and skills and a deep desire to give back to their community. Their hours of service allow the Foundation to fulfill its mission and make positive changes in the greater Hall County area.

Mike Kneale

Mike Kneale
Board Chair

Five Points Bank

Mike Kneale currently works at Five Points Bank in the Trust Department located at 2032 Brentwood Boulevard in Grand… Read More

Chad Hudnall

Chad Hudnall
Vice-Chair

Family Eyecare Center

Dr Hudnall is a 1997 graduate of Grand Island Northwest High School and a 2001 graduate of Doane College, where he received… Read More

Marcy Luth

Marcy Luth
Treasurer

Almquist Maltzahn Galloway & Luth

Marcy J. Luth, CPA, A corporate shareholder, Marcy joined the firm in June, 1990, and was promoted to Corporate Shareholder… Read More

Dee Price

Dee Price
Secretary

Dee Price is a retired State Farm Insurance Agent business owner and is an active community leader. Her experience includes… Read More

Lisa Thayer

Lisa Thayer
Human Resources Chair

Lisa grew up on her family’s farm near Harrisburg, Nebraska.  She attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, receiving… Read More

Kris Nolan Brown

Kris Nolan Brown
Past Chair

Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska, Inc.

Kris Nolan Brown has resided in Grand Island since 1977 and began her career with Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska,… Read More

Tom Babel

Tom Babel

Licensed Crop Insurance Agent

Tom Babel is a licensed crop insurance agent and has worked with area farmers since 1981 to guide them in making quality… Read More

Lisa Avila O'Connor

Lisa Avila O'Connor

O'Connor Residential L.L.C.

Lisa Ávila O'Connor is an owner and manager of O'Connor Residential L.L.C. which specializes in apartment and duplex… Read More

Roger Bullington

Roger Bullington

Chief Industries

Roger Bullington is the Vice President of Construction and Development at Chief Industries. He graduated with a Bachelor’s… Read More

Brandon Connick

Brandon Connick

Leininger, Smith, Johnson, Baack, Placzek & Allen Law

Brandon S. Connick is a Partner with the Leininger, Smith, Johnson, Baack, Placzek & Allen law firm in Grand Island,… Read More

Doug Fargo

Doug Fargo

Global Industries, Inc.

Doug Fargo was raised in Glasgow, MT, USA by John and Rhoda Fargo. He graduated from Glasgow Sr. High in 1979 and attended… Read More

Mike Gloor

Mike Gloor

Past State Senator, Nebraska Legislature

Mike Gloor was one of the forty-nine state Senators, of the Nebraskan Legislature, in the country’s sole remaining one-house… Read More

Freida Jemison

Freida Jemison

Grand Island Chamber of Commerce

Freida Jemison works at the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce as Partnership Services Coordinator. She has experience… Read More

Jodi Maruska

Jodi Maruska

Shonsey, Placke, Maruska & Stava, PC

Jodi Maruska, CPA, a corporate shareholder in the firm since 2006, graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln… Read More

Dick Rabe

Dick Rabe

Dick Rabe was raised in Nebraska. He attended college at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and majored in business.… Read More

Mike Schuster

Mike Schuster

HELIX Financial, Inc.

Mike provides comprehensive financial planning, investment management, and business consulting.  If we develop a successful… Read More

Don Smith

Don Smith

Grand Island Independent

Don Smith was raised in Hannibal, Missouri. He attended college at Southeast Missouri State University, Louisiana State… Read More

Lynne Werner

Lynne Werner

First National Bank

Lynne Werner is Vice President and Director of Trust Services for First National Bank in Grand Island and Kearney. Lynne… Read More