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Recent posts by Liz Daehnke

Staff spotlight: Vicky aspires to achieve more accessibility

When Vicky Espinoza heard the Center for Rural Affairs was growing in their efforts to help the Latino community, she jumped at the chance to become part of the team.

Since last fall, Vicky’s role as a project assistant has grown. She helps translate useful tools and documents; organize events; and serves as a gatekeeper to some Center services.

Staff spotlight: New development director will use superpowers in rural America

Nick Bergin is a big believer in superheroes.

As a child, he lost himself in the fantasies written of those possessing powers beyond this world. Today, he searches for new kinds of superpowers—those found within the hardworking people who live in rural America.

Newly hired as development director for the Center for Rural Affairs, Nick is looking forward to meeting more superheroes and helping them discover and lever their own powers. He says this role hits close to home.

Center staff member recognized for commitment to community

Gladys Godinez seeks out opportunities, and constantly strives to make a difference with her work—which has led to her receiving the Special Recognition Award for “outstanding vital contribution to the Latino-Hispanic community in Nebraska.”

The community organizing associate for the Center for Rural Affairs was honored during the Nebraska Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Hispanic Heritage Breakfast this fall.

Staff spotlight: Nelsen knows renewable energy

Lu Nelsen is a believer in the power of conversation. Some days, he even depends on conversations to get his job done.

For the last five years, he has helped track renewable energy and infrastructure development across the Midwest and Great Plains while working as a policy associate for the Center for Rural Affairs.

“I talk to a lot of people who see the potential of renewable energy development,” Lu said. “That can be everything from generating new income, to saving them money on their electric bill, or benefiting the environment.”

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