The mission of the Stuhr Museum Foundation is to raise unrestricted funds, special project funds, and endowment funds to benefit the living history, education, and preservation programs of the Stuhr Museum.
Bonnie Smith joined the Stuhr Museum Foundation as Executive Director in June 2018. Prior to joining the foundation, Bonnie served as Development Director for the Heartland United Way for 6 ½ years. During her tenure at the United Way, Bonnie graduated from Leadership Tomorrow (Class 27), served on the Christmas Cheer Board, and Overland Trails Council Boy Scout Troop 119 as the PR Chair, and is a member of Grand Island Public Relations (GIPR). She also has experience in the for-profit world, having worked at Principal in Retirement and Investment Services, attaining her Series 6 and Series 7 securities licenses. While at Principal, she served as the Loaned Executive to the Heartland United Way, as well as serving as one of the inaugural members of the Principal Diversity Employees Resource Group. Originally from “The Biggest Little City in the World” (Reno, Nevada), she has called Grand Island home for the past 21 years.
Foundation Giving Coordinator
Sam joined the Stuhr Museum Foundation as the Communications Coordinator in December of 2019. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Nebraska Wesleyan University in May of 2016, and began working with the Department of Agriculture, doing outreach and data organization. Born and raised in Lincoln, she appreciates the warm welcomes and caring gestures of her new Grand Island peers.
Gerri Brown joined the Stuhr Museum Foundation as Communications Coordinator in April 2020. Prior to joining the foundation, Gerri worked as the Administrative Assistant at First National Bank of Omaha in Grand Island for 11 years. While working at First National Bank, she graduated from Leadership Tomorrow (Class 30), served on the YWCA board in Grand Island for four years and on the Childhood Development Corporation board in Hastings for a year. Prior to moving to Nebraska, Gerri called Boulder, Colorado, home for 24 years but her roots have always been in the Midwest as she grew up in Missouri. She enjoys being back in the Midwest and feels blessed to call Nebraska home.
Marketing & Development Coordinator
Megan Arrington-Williams joined the Stuhr Museum Foundation as Marketing & Development Coordinator in November 2020. Prior to joining the foundation, Megan worked as the Director of Operations and Marketing for First Street Brewing Company in Hastings, Nebraska where she was tasked with making beer look good. Megan has held multiple leadership roles on various boards and committees, from the Pink Boots Society to the Hastings Community Arts Council. She has a rooted passion for non-profit and business development. Originally from Colorado, Megan found herself in Nebraska by way of Hastings College (’09). She lives in Hastings with her family and when she is not designing or growing relationships, she enjoys teaching and practicing yoga.
Throughout his years practicing, Dr. Anderson has kept up-to-date with the latest procedures and equipment. This, coupled with his extensive experience, gives him an expert and practiced hand at even the most complicated procedures. It also helps him provide a very efficient, comfortable and gentle dental experience, so that even the dental cowards will feel relaxed in his office.
Dr. Anderson enjoys treating entire families and he and his staff make even the youngest child feel at home.
Dr. Steven Anderson is a vital part of the Grand Island Community, practicing here for over 40 years and participating in many community activities. Born in Douglas, Wyoming, he soon became a Nebraska resident, graduating from the University of Nebraska pre-dental program and the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Dentistry. He practiced in Battle Creek, NE for 9 months before moving to Grand Island. He loves Grand Island and loves what he does, and intends to serve the community for many more years.
Dr. Anderson is a very accomplished dentist, with many awards to his name, and is a member of several local and national dental associations and organizations.
He is a member of the American Dental Association, Nebraska Dental Association and Hall County Dental Society. He recently was inducted into the Nebraska Dental Hall of Fame.
Dr. Anderson is the past president of the America’s Dentists’ Care Foundation, past president of the Hall County Dental Society, past board member of the Nebraska Dental Foundation, served as both the Vice President and Secretary / Treasurer of the Nebraska Mission of Mercy and was a member of the Dean’s Advisory Committee for the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry.
Roger Bullington was born and raised in Columbus, Nebraska. He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 1979 to December of 1983 and received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Upon graduation, Roger relocated to St. Joseph, Missouri to work for Varco-Pruden Buildings. In 1986, Roger moved to Grand Island, Nebraska to work for Chief Buildings. Roger received his Master in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska Lincoln in 1995 and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Nebraska.
In 2006, Roger was name Chief Buildings Vice President of Technical Services where he oversaw the daily operations for the entire division. His 25-year career in the metal building and structural steel industry would lend itself well to this distribution center project. In 2012 he moved from Chief Buildings and was named VP of Chief Construction and Development. Roger’s career has entered the 32nd year with Chief Industries in which his leadership roles have facilitated growth under his direction.
During Roger’s tenure with Chief Industries, he has been involved in various development and construction projects. As President and General Manager, Roger oversees complex, high dollar projects. A few of these projects include the West Haymarket development, Hawks Championship Center regarding the design and structural framing solution, Heartland Event Center, Hudl, Grand Island Regional Hospital and 5 buildings that encompasses over 300,000 square feet located at the new Nebraska State Fair site in Grand Island.
Roger has held various leadership roles in the community which include:
Roger currently is a member of the Chamber Board of Directors and is the Co-Chairman of the Legislative Committee for the AGC Nebraska Building Chapter.
Jan Cook is serving her second term on the Stuhr Museum Foundation Board of Trustees. She is a retired educator having taught in the Grand Island Public School for 38 years. She currently is supervising teacher candidates for the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Jan has volunteered for many community organizations including president of the Board of Directors for Heartland CASA, a member on the Moonshell Arts and Humanities Council, served as Council President of St. Pauls Church and chairman of the AOK Ladies organization. She currently is on the Board of Directors for the Friends of the Lied Center in Lincoln. Jan just completed serving as Vice Chairman of four year term on the International Executive Board of Alpha Delta Kappa, an organization for outstanding women educators. In Alpha Delta Kappa, Jan conducted workshops and seminars for teachers, as well as serving on several committees to develop leadership in other members.
Liaison to Museum Operating Board
Don Deitemeyer Real Estate Leasing Manager for Lamar Advertising in Grand Island. Born and raised in Lincoln Nebraska moving to Doniphan in 1974. Worked in manufacturing for 30 years in Lincoln and Doniphan. Graduate of University of Nebraska with Comprehensive Business Administration Degree. Have never found a project or volunteer opportunity that I don’t like because of the wonderful giving people of Hall County. Enjoy being on the Stuhr Board as the Stuhr Museum provides an incredible quality of life value to living in the community.
Born and raised in Grand Island, Kay has a BS in Art Education from the University of Nebraska Lincoln. She followed up her BS with an MS in Art Education with an emphasis in Ceramics from University of Nebraska Kearney. She also has an endorsement in Gifted Education. She spent forty years in Education teaching Junior High and Senior High Art in Grand Island and Brighton, CO. She also coordinated the HAL (High Ability Learners) program in Grand Island during her last few years in Education. She is also member of Studio K Art Gallery in Grand Island.
Grant Harden is a tax accountant with Schroeder & Schreiner, P.C. His areas of expertise includes income tax preparation for individuals, partnerships and corporations. He is experienced in financial statement preparation, compilation, and review procedures for small businesses. He is also experienced in recordkeeping accounting services, use of accounting software systems and all aspects of the payroll function. Grant graduated with a double major from Doane University in December 2016. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in both Business Administration and Accounting. He and his wife Katie reside in Grand Island and are the proud parents to two fur babies, Finneas and Gimley. Grant is a member of the Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals, a QuickBooks Online Pro Advisor and an active member of Third City Christian Church.
Shane is an Intern Architect with CMBA Architects with a bright future here in Grand Island, aspiring to move into a leadership position with the company. Shane originates from Hastings, Nebraska and received his Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Since moving to Grand Island, he has been driven to become involved in the community, being named to the Chamber of Commerce’s Top 35 Under 35 in 2018 and serves as the Chair of the Young Professionals group for 2019. Outside of work, Shane stays active as a soccer referee, having worked State High School Championships, NAIA and NCAA collegiate soccer games, and was selected to officiate a National Championship tournament in Kansas City this summer.
Upon graduation from Doane University, Erin and her husband, Andy, returned to their hometown of Grand Island where she worked for Principal Financial Group for 18 years. In March of 2017, she left Principal to join Andy in their family business, Keystone Properties, where they own and manage multi-family rental property. They have two children, McKenna and Colton.
Erin is a graduate of Hall County Leadership tomorrow and serves on the Board of Directors of the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation. She also enjoys volunteering with the Grand Island Literacy Council, the St Pauls Lutheran Church Community Christmas Dinner, and as a scholarship reviewer for the Grand Island Community Foundation. While at Principal she served as the United Way Loaned Executive.
She is excited to serve the Stuhr Museum Board of Trustees where her family has a long history with the museum. She and Andy have twice served as the Annual Fund Drive Co-chairs, hosted development events, and done clean up work on museum grounds while also serving on the Special Events committee.
Anthony May is an owner and digital director at IdeaBank Marketing in Hastings, NE. With more than a decade of web experience, Anthony and the IdeaBank team deliver beautiful, functional, and effective websites for businesses and organizations across Nebraska.
Anthony is focused on helping clients meet their goals with integrated marketing strategies combining mobile, email, search, and social marketing techniques. Constantly monitoring the rapidly-changing world of marketing allows Anthony to provide cutting-edge strategies which boost business and visibility for IdeaBank’s clients.
Anthony holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from Hastings College. Anthony is a former adjunct instructor of Graphic Design and Advertising at Hastings College and one of the founders of Steeple Brewing Co., located in Downtown Hastings. IdeaBank Marketing is a full-service agency that has been providing comprehensive marketing and advertising services for business and industries in Nebraska and surrounding states since 1982. The agency employs a staff of 13 in its historic, downtown Hastings location.
Liaison to Museum Operating Board
Kris Nolan Brown served as the CEO of Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska for 31 years, where she impacted the lives of thousands over her entire tenure with the organization — a span of 38 years. Her involvement with the community is vast. Some acalades she holds are:
She has been active in community organizations including:
Richardson is Community Bank President and Chief Lending Officer of Equitable Bank and serves on the Board of Directors of Equitable Financial Corp. He graduated from University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor’s Lending School of Banking in 2003, the Ag Lending School of Banking in 2005, and the Advanced School of Banking in 2016. He has served as the President of the Heartland United Way Board, Chairman of the Board for Trinity Lutheran School, Board President for the CHI St Francis Foundation, and past President of the Kiwanis Club of Grand Island. A graduate of Hall County Leadership Tomorrow, Richardson also serves on the Trinity Lutheran Foundation Board. Richardson and his wife, Rachel, have three children.
Matthew Schultz was born and raised in Grand Island, Nebraska. He graduated college from Oklahoma City University. Out of college he traveled as a Senior Consultant for a Non-Profit International Fraternity (Lambda Chi Alpha). He was then recruited to be a Landman in the North Dakota oil boom and specialized in lease negotiation. Finally, he was the Director of Training and Development for a large multi-state company before being recruited to be a Financial Services Representative with Principal.
Schultz is married to Stephanie and has 3 children. When they have the time they enjoy traveling, being active, going to the mountains to hike or ski, and going to the lake to water ski. Faith and family are top priority.
Schultz currently is a financial advisor with Principal Financial Group. He is also a part of a partnership with Home Federal Bank to run their Investment Center. In his past he has been Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Chair, Top 35 under 35, member of Grand Island Little Theatre Board, Economic Vitality Committee for the Downtown Business Improvement District and Worship Leader at Third City Christian Church. Currently he serves on Stuhr Museum Foundation Board and is part of the Sherwood Foundation’s Community Catalyst program.
Gina Suchanek joined Stuhr Museum Foundation as a trustee in July 2019. Gina has worked for Principal Financial Group since 1990, and is currently working within the Retirement and Income Solutions and Workplace Savings and Retirement Solutions divisions as a staffing coordinator. Gina has previously been a board member of Trinity Lutheran School and Heartland Lutheran High School, as well as a Boy Scout leader. She was born in Altus, Oklahoma, and grew up on a farm west of Cairo, Nebraska.Married to Mike Suchanek. They have two sons and a daughter-in-law. Members of Grace Lutheran Church.
Attorney- Thayer & Thayer, PC, LLO. University of Nebraska at Lincoln- undergrad; University of Nebraska College of Law- J.D. Lived in Grand Island since 1991. Married to Dan Thayer; 2 daughters: Emily 17, Carolyn 15. Member of Peace Lutheran church.
Van grew up in Grand Island, and attended Claremont-McKenna College followed by the University of Nebraska Law School. After graduation in 1970, he served as a Captain in the US Army. In 1972, Van moved to Kansas City where he was a banker, culminating as President of Brookside Savings Bank. Subsequently, he was a financial advisor at UBS. His current board positions are the Stuhr Museum Foundation, Kirkwood and the Missouri chapter of Nature Conservancy. Van has one son, Hunter, and three grandchildren.
The Stuhr Museum Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the purpose of supporting the Stuhr Museum. We serve as a philanthropic corporation that assists in the development and expansion of the facilities of Stuhr Museum. The Foundation also provides funds each year to the Museum for special projects and underwrites several programs involving a wide range of initiatives, focused on education, volunteer support, special events, and promotional efforts.
We are grateful for the support of our generous donors and steadfast members. With your support we can continue our efforts to serve Stuhr Museum and its continued growth.
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