Independent hires Blunt as advertising director

Ann Blunt has begun work as advertising director at The Grand Island Independent.

Blunt has more than 16 years of experience in various advertising and sales management positions in North Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Ohio.

Most recently, she was advertising director for the Times-Reporter in New Philadelphia, Ohio. In Nebraska, she held the advertising director position at the Columbus Telegram in Columbus.

Blunt has two children and five grandchildren who live in Iowa.

Serbousek now district president for dental group

Dr. Matt Serbousek of Island View Dental has been elected president of the Southeast District for the Nebraska Dental Association.

Serbousek was selected for his involvement in continuing education and desire to advance dentistry for both patients and providers in the state of Nebraska. Established in 1868, the NDA represents more than 70 percent of the dentists in Nebraska and is a unified organization committed to encourage improvement of the health of the public, promote the art and science of dentistry and represent the interests of its members and the public whom it serves.

Serbousek is from McCook and is a graduate of Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine in Glendale, Ariz. He has completed more than 400 hours of continuing education related to surgical dental implant placement, restorations and sedation dentistry. He is in the process of obtaining his associate fellowship in the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.

Island View Dental is located at 638 N. Webb Road. The clinic can be contacted at (308) 381-0167 or go online to

McElligott earns AHA Grassroots Champion Award

CHI Health St. Francis President Dan McElligott received the American Hospital Association Grassroots Champion Award on March 9 during the Nebraska Hospital Association’s annual Advocacy Day in Lincoln.

Nebraska Hospital Association President Laura J. Redoutey and American Hospital Association (AHA) representative Paul Muraca presented McEligott with the award.

The AHA Grassroots Champion Award was created to recognize hospital leaders who most effectively educate elected officials on how major issues affect the hospital’s vital role in the community. Each year, the AHA and NHA recognize individuals who demonstrate exceptional leadership in generating grassroots and community activity in support of a hospital’s mission.

Hilligas new president of credit union group

Kathy Hilligas, manager of Central Nebraska Federal Credit Union in Grand Island, has been elected president of the Midwest Chapter of Credit Unions.

The Midwest Chapter of Credit Unions provides additional educational opportunities, networking, political advocacy and public affairs for credit union officials and employees.

Hilligas has worked for Central Nebraska Federal Credit Union for more than 27 years. She has been the manager for four years.

She graduated from the Credit Union Management School in Madison, Wis., in 1999.

Central Nebraska Federal Credit Union is located at 609 S. Locust and has been in operation since 1949. It is a member-owned financial institution insured by NCUA. Anyone who lives, works, worships or goes to school in Hall County or is related to a member is eligible to join the credit union.

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