Gladys Godinez
Gladys Godinez
Community Organizer
Farm and Community Program

As the middle child in a very education-driven family, I feel very grateful that my siblings and I have found success due to our parents’ sacrifices, forward-thinking, and motivation.

I’ve carried that gratitude with me throughout my life – from my youth in Guatemala, to growing up in different states across the U.S., all the way to Lexington, Nebraska, where I make my home today, with my husband and our two children.

Rural America has so much to offer; the most important thing for me being peace of mind. I love walking down the street and feeling safe. I plan on living the rest of my life in rural Nebraska.

The Center has focused on various projects and programs that are so important in my community, and I’m so glad to be a part of it. I am truly excited to be able to help equip rural communities with their ever-changing demographics. I feel lucky that I get to meet various individuals who are ready to make their communities more inclusive, and help build bridges within their communities.

In our free time, my husband and I love to go to the lake or pool with our kids as often as possible. We also love parades; since the kids were babies, we have been in a parade every year.

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