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Recent posts by Liz Daehnke

Passion for infection prevention leads to new business

After working 17 years in a hospital environment, Nancy Haberstitch wanted to transition from controlling infections in health care to helping people avoid hospitalization for infection.

So, she started, Nanobugs, Inc., an educational microbiology and infection prevention program, based out of Lincoln, Nebraska.

Stephanie strives to make her land more sustainable

Stephanie O'Keefe always wanted to own land, but felt she didn’t have what it took to make that happen.

“I did not have enough knowledge or muscle for the task,” she said. “However, it became apparent about four years ago that my son-in-law and I could become partners, and between the two of us, accomplish the goal of land management.”

With that in mind, Stephanie aimed to learn as much as she could about managing farmland. One source of continuing education she discovered was through the Center for Rural Affairs’ Women’s Learning Circles.

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.

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