Lorinda Brown

VISTA - Community Impact

Laurie Kulus, GICF Admin Asst

Lorinda Krance-Brown is a Grand Island native since 1989.  She was exposed to the landscape of volunteerism through membership in the Stolley Park PTA where her three children attended.  Her inspiration to be a change agent within the community was strongly motivated by her role as a mother.  Her personal mantra is, “If nothing changes; nothing changes”.  Her active experience serving includes volunteerism with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Friends of the Zoo, YWCA Helpline, YMCA youth sports, and den leader for her son’s boy scout troop.  She served on the board for the Center for Independent Living as vice and chair leadership.  In 2008, Lorinda was selected as Ms. Wheelchair Nebraska and traveled throughout the state advocating and increasing awareness about independent living philosophy and changing the attitudinal barriers that challenge individuals in diverse experiences.  In 2009 Ms. Brown was nominated and appointed by Governor Heinemann to serve on the Governor’s Commission on volunteerism now titled Serve Nebraska.  She represented disability inclusion in National Service.  In 2010, Lorinda enrolled as a full-time student at Central Community College on the Grand Island campus receiving her Associates Degree in Business Administration.  Her continuing studies with Bellevue University advanced her business intelligence receiving her Bachelor of Science Degree in Non-profit Management.  She partnered with the Central Nebraska Council on Alcoholism and Addictions for her internship implementing skills from her studies including grant development and fundraising initiatives.  She had previous experience in grant writing for the Visually Impaired Peer Support Organization and refined her presentation skills and understanding of the diagnostics.  In 2017, Brown achieved the publishing of her first book, “Building Your Dream Muscle” with Christian Faith Publishers.  She is currently serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA for Community Outreach at the Grand Island Community Foundation through a partnership with the Heartland United Way.  Her greatest accomplishment will forever and always be here three children:  Karley, Casey, and Kelsey.  Her motivation is to be a positive example knowing that children model their parent and mentor actions, likeness, and values.  Children have selective hearing and they sift through hours of parental oration retaining few pearls of wisdom.  They may not always “hear” you; but they are at critical moments observing.  We are responsible to be examples of governance in ethical behavior, resource management, and community sustainability.  As a mother/mentor Brown is affirmative that all change begins with one person’s ambition to make a difference.

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