Economic development group hires Nettifee
Tara Nettifee is the new executive assistant of the Grand Island Area Economic Development Corp.
Nettifee has more than 15 years of community and education experience. Previously employed by Grand Island Public Schools, she holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
In her new position, she will assist the GIAEDC staff and Board of Trustees as they work to create jobs in the Grand Island area.
Lear to lead Five Points Financial Services
Bruce Lear has been named the new leader of the Five Points Bank Financial Services team.
Lear has more than 20 years of experience as a financial adviser at two of the largest family-owned financial institutions in the Midwest. In 2012, he became an independent financial adviser at the Kearney firm of Black Oak Investment Counsel, where he originated, grew and managed a portfolio in excess of $80 million.
With the exception of a five-year stint in Washington, D.C., to work for Rep. Virginia Smith, Lear is a lifelong Nebraskan. He grew up on a family farm near Rose and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is also an honors graduate of the Cannon Trust School.
Lear will have offices in both Grand Island and Kearney while overseeing the management of Five Points Financial Services. He will be reaching out to each of Five Points Financial Services’ customers individually in order to schedule a time to meet and discuss their individual portfolios.
Area residents among Leadership Nebraska grads
Angela Davidson and Angela Simdorn, both of Grand Island, and Mike Feeken of St. Paul were among the 29 people who graduated Feb. 21 from the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Nebraska program.
Davidson is human resources benefits manager at Central Community College in Grand Island. Simdorn is human resources director at Hornady Manufacturing. Feeken is executive director of the St. Paul Development Corp.
Leadership Nebraska is focused on enhancing leadership skills and expanding participants’ knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing our state. The program includes six two-day sessions held over several months in various locations across Nebraska. Topic areas include economic development, health care, agriculture, education, and government and policy.
By completing the program, leaders can better understand issues, define problems and develop solutions to serve their communities.
Smith certified in preschool training courses
First Presbyterian Preschool teacher assistant Alyssa Smith recently received a certificate in training in The Temperament Toolbox by Katie Miller, Safe Food Safe Kids by Cami Wells and Path to Excellent Nutrition by Rachel Rowe.
The Temperament Toolbox helps teachers and students understand their own temperament and helps children to identify emotions. Teachers learn about calming techniques/regulation of emotion, using traits as strengths, encouraging prosocial friendships and persistence, and how to group children.
The Safe Food Safe Kids and Path to Excellent Nutrition courses focus on practical and proven safe food handling practices. Path to Excellent Nutrition is an educational discovery course with exploration into best practices, cost saving through meal planning and current nutrition research that best supports child development.
First Presbyterian Preschool has provided Christian early childhood education at the church at 2103 Anna St. since the 1970s. The school can be reached at (308) 382-2947.