Hladik, Vetick honored for 10 years at Center for Rural Affairs

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Rhea Landholm, brand marketing and communications manager, rheal@cfra.org, 402.687.2100 ext 1025

LYONS, NEBRASKA — Johnathan Hladik and Shawn Vetick were recognized for 10 years of employment at the Center for Rural Affairs at a virtual staff gathering earlier this month.

Hladik, now policy director, was hired to work on energy policy in 2011. He was appointed policy director in 2015.

“During his time as director, Johnathan has honed our strategies to advance policy change and secure wins,” said Brian Depew, executive director of the Center. “Some words to describe Johnathan are focused, persistent, and determined. Those qualities have served him well, working in an often tough policy arena.”

When Hladik became director, he led a team of six who were located in Nebraska. Currently, he leads 12 staff members who are located in and work on policy in four states including Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota.

Vetick is a loan operations assistant who has had various duties in accounting and on loans since 2010.

“Shawn is always willing to pitch in and help out on any project,” Depew said. “She is always so pleasant and uplifting to work with.”

She also holds what Depew says is one of the most important jobs of the office, feeding Otis, the fish.

“I love working here and I love what we do here,” Vetick said. “I believe in the mission and I live the mission.”

Hladik lives in rural Craig, Nebraska, and Vetick resides in Lyons, Nebraska.

The Center for Rural Affairs is based in Lyons, Nebraska, with 50 staff members located in satellite and home offices throughout Nebraska; an office in Nevada, Iowa; and home-based offices in South Dakota and Minnesota. Learn more at cfra.org.

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