Baker elected president of Nebraska Press Association

Terrie Baker, general manager of The Grand Island Independent, was elected president of the Nebraska Press Association on April 6 during the NPA annual convention in Kearney.

Baker has been general manager for The Independent since July 2017. She served as publisher of the North Platte Telegraph from 2015 to 2017.

Before going to North Platte, Baker was publisher of the Lexington Clipper-Herald for 13 years. She also worked for the newspaper in Clinton, Ill., where she was general manager for eight years and publisher for 12 years.

As general manager at The Independent, she oversees the advertising department and works closely with publisher Don Smith.

Vlach presented stewardship award

Rick Vlach of Scotia was awarded the ADS/Hancor Conservation Stewardship Award at the Land Improvement Contractors of America convention March 2 in Tucson, Ariz.

This award is presented to a company that actively uses practices that enhance water quality and minimizes soil erosion, and sediment loss, by installing drainage and or water control systems that are environmentally sound.

Vlach’s company, Vlach Construction Co., has been in business since 1961. Through the years its employees have built dams in pastures to create water storage for cattle and to prevent erosion. They shape the field for pivot irrigation to help prevent washes from occurring. A big part of the business is working with area feedlots to manage manure cleanup and ultimately help prevent waste runoff.

The company has been in the Nebraska Land Improvement Contractors Association for 53 years.

Frerichs promoted to director of marketing and communications

Beth Frerichs has been promoted to the position of director of marketing and communications by Chief Industries Inc. in Grand Island.

Frerichs will oversee marketing, corporate communications, branding and loyalty programs for all subsidiaries and divisions of Chief.

She joined Chief Industries in 2015 to lead the marketing initiatives for Chief Construction, Chief Development, and Heartland Electric. Prior to that, she was a program manager for a marketing firm in Kearney.

Frerichs earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with an emphasis in marketing, from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2004. In 2010 she received her master of science degree in organizational leader development from Capella University.

She is a board member for Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska, a Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce Connector, a member of the Grand Island Public Relations group, and a member of the Grand Island Chamber Young Professionals.

Anderson joins Farm Bureau Financial Services

ST. PAUL — Jamie Anderson is a new agent with Farm Bureau Financial Services in St. Paul.

Anderson is a native Nebraskan who grew up in Overton. Prior to joining Farm Bureau Financial Services, she lived in Plattsmouth.

She has worked in the insurance industry for four years. She is licensed in property/casualty and life and health.

Since moving to the area, Anderson has been involved with Boy Scouts, volunteering for the schools and PTO, and the Hunters for Youth.

Farm Bureau Financial Services is located at 904 Second St. Anderson can be contacted at (402) 616-4479

Hoyt now practicing at New Beginnings

Dave Hoyt is a new therapist at New Beginnings Family Services in Grand Island.

Hoyt is a licensed independent mental health therapist and licensed alcohol and drug counselor.

Before transitioning into counseling, he spent 10 years workign in corrections, including work at the local county jail and Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center in Kearney, as well as 12 years in social work.

For the past eight years, Hoyt has served the community as a licensed therapist. He has experience working with families, children of all ages, teens, adults, and special needs individuals.

His counseling approach is strength-based and solution-focused. A cognitive behavioral blend is designed to help patients live the most fulfilling life possible. While individual sessions are common, he is able to conduct couple or family sessions as well. He is also available to facilitate group trainings or consultations should the need arise.

Hoyt is also able to provide services on site within a reasonable proximity to Grand Island, and is an approved tele-med provider in Nebraska, able to provide mental health therapy over the internet through a confidential and safe web link.

New Beginnings Family Services is located at 620 N. Webb Road. Hoyt can be reached at (308 675-0060.

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