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Staff spotlight: Rebecca’s road to rural success

Rebecca White has gone above and beyond with her job duties and dedicated the last 30 years to helping Native communities in Nebraska.

Recently, the Plainview, Nebraska, native added her decades of commitment and experience to the Center for Rural Affairs team.

Hired as a Tribal projects manager, Rebecca works alongside the Omaha and Santee Sioux Tribes in the Center’s food systems projects.

From the desk of the executive director: looking forward to the new year

As we look forward to 2019, I am amazed what you—our staff, our board, and our supporters—have achieved. 

The past year marked the Center’s 45th anniversary. I am proud that the Center remains vibrant and relevant. That was true in 1973 at our founding, and it is true today. 

Challenges—and we saw a few the last year—can test our patience and resolve. We persevere because we are guided by our pragmatic commitment to change and our clear and consistent values. 

Consider a few highlights from the last year.

Staff spotlight: Anthony lives the American dream

Rural America holds a special place in Anthony Gurrola’s heart – his story began there and continues there today.

Anthony says his upbringing is the perfect example of a rural environment being inclusive and supporting the American Dream.

“I’m the child of an immigrant; born and raised in western Nebraska,” he said. “My father migrated there and started his living as a hardworking ranch hand. After he met my mother, she helped him and other family members work toward gaining legal status.”

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