After retiring from a career in education that took me all around the world, then settling in Red Cloud, Nebraska, I found the Center for Rural Affairs through a good friend. I was inspired, quite simply moved, by the staff’s enthusiasm, skills, and “can do” attitude.
My journey with the Center started by helping develop a subsidiary focused on community development lending. I began serving on the Center’s Advisory Committee in 2010, and was invited to join the Board of Directors in 2018.
A career as an educator in several fields has given me skills that I utilize to the fullest while fulfilling my Board responsibilities: a good listener, a good speaker, a critical thinker, a good meeting facilitator, a good teamwork partner, and occasionally a good comedian and motivator.
I am especially passionate about the Center’s lending program and what it has done for small businesses across rural America. It could perhaps be characterized as a bank with a heart, a rural soul, with a loan and educational staff that will assist entrepreneurs every step of the way. I see a bright future for the Center and its Board, assisted by a staff of brilliant, resourceful, and caring people.
Jay serves as Vice President to the Board of Directors and President to the Center for Rural Affairs Community Capital. Learn more about Jay on our blog.