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Staff spotlight: giving is Griselda’s goal

Selfless. Dedicated. Motivated.

There are few people in this world who possess not one, but all three qualities listed above. Luckily for small business owners, Griselda Rendon is one of those people.

A supportive wife, and proud mother of three active children, Griselda also works for the Center for Rural Affairs as a Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Latino loan specialist. She spends much of her time going from soccer games to gymnastics practice to show choir competitions, all after putting in a full day helping entrepreneurs make their dreams come true.

Staff spotlight: variety is the spice of life for Jordan

The daily work grind for many people consists of doing the same thing over and over. Jordan Feyerherm, however, spends his days doing everything from teaching cooking classes to writing grants. No day is the same for him, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.

For the last two and half years, Jordan’s position as a community organizing associate for the Center for Rural Affairs has given him the chance to take on a wide variety of responsibilities, though he says it comes down to the people.

Community leaders receive Bob Steffen Pioneer Award

Hilda Moreno and Carlos Alvarado, of Fremont, Nebraska, provide a model for innovation, stewardship, and community development.

Because the couple has gone above and beyond to become leaders in the Latino farming community, they have been chosen as the recipients of the 2017 Bob Steffen Pioneer Award. They were recognized at an award ceremony on March 9 in Red Cloud, Nebraska.

Wind energy champion receives Citizenship Award

Experience in community economic development and agriculture has helped Ross Knott draw out the benefits of wind energy. In the process, he has helped transform one small town’s story into that of a strong voice in support of rural development.

This commitment to community has led the Center for Rural Affairs to choose Ross, a native and longtime resident of Petersburg, Nebraska, to receive the 2017 Citizenship Award. He was recognized at an award ceremony on March 9 in Red Cloud, Nebraska.

Staff spotlight: Terri’s roots brought her back to rural America

A desire for fresh air and quiet country life led Terri Mentink and her husband, Brian, to leave Lincoln, Nebraska, 20 years ago. Since then, they’ve enjoyed raising their daughters on an acreage outside Lyons.

Though she didn’t mind city living, Terri, a self-proclaimed farm girl at heart, says two decades away from rural America was more than enough for her.

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