Rural Investment Corporation

Jay Hall
President
Locale: Red Cloud, Nebraska.
Jay is a retired farmer and educator who has lived and worked in the US, Sweden, England, Australia and China. He is passionate about social and economic equality for everyone, especially rural Americans. He helped develop, and is now president of the Center’s Rural Investment Corporation. Jay has served on the Center’s Advisory Board since 2010, the Rural Investment Corporation Board since 2014, and the Center's Board of Directors since 2018.
Chuck Karpf
Vice President
Locale: Omaha, Nebraska.
Chuck is semi-retired, and has been involved in rural development and entrepreneurship for most of his career. He now acts as a consultant, and has helped the Center set up a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) designation for Rural Investment Corporation (RIC), which helped open up additional financing opportunities for the Center’s work. He joined the Center board in 2007.
Susan Baumert
Treasurer
Locale: Omaha, Nebraska.
Leverne Barrett
Member
Locale: Ceresco, Nebraska.
Vern has worked at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln since 1980. He teaches leadership courses and assists communities and organizations with leadership development. Vern joined the Center board in 2009.
Melissa Florell
Member
Locale: Kearney, Nebraska.
Melissa, a registered nurse, is a passionate health care advocate. She and her family live and work on a farm near Kearney. She has witnessed first hand the shortage of primary care providers in rural areas. She serves the Director of State Affairs for the Nebraska Nurses Association. Melissa was elected to the Center board in 2011.