2019 Fellows/2019 Innovators/

Andrew Ambriz

May 20, 2019
RFI Community Innovation Fellow – Custer County, Neb.Custer County Economic DevelopmentExecutive Director

RFI Community Innovation Fellow – Custer County, Neb.
Custer County Economic Development
Executive Director




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Terri Haynes

May 20, 2019
RFI Community Innovation Fellow – Chadron, Neb. AWARE Project Manager What do you hope to gain from your experience as an RFI Community Innovation Fellow? Strategies for cultural understanding. Why do you think it is important for students to have …

RFI Community Innovation Fellow – Chadron, Neb.
AWARE
Project Manager

What do you hope to gain from your experience as an RFI Community Innovation Fellow?

Strategies for cultural understanding.

Why do you think it is important for students to have ths type of experience in a rural community?

Rural in itself is another culture.

Why does now provide tremendous opportunity to move rural communities forward?

Rural communities must collaborate resources constantly. Our resources are limited, so we must partner with other people, organizations, businesses, etc. This has the benefit of promoting connections within our lives. Connections and relationships enhance all of our lives.



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Sandy Montague-Roes

May 20, 2019
RFI Community Innovation Fellow – Chadron, Neb. Western Community Health Resources Director Why did you choose this experience? To assist in the betterment opportunities for the community in which I live and work. I also appreciate any opportunity for me …

RFI Community Innovation Fellow – Chadron, Neb.
Western Community Health Resources
Director

Why did you choose this experience?

To assist in the betterment opportunities for the community in which I live and work. I also appreciate any opportunity for me to grow individually.

Why do you think it important students have this type of experience in terms of inclusive leadership development?

I think that students who have the opportunity to operate at a community level early in their professional development will appreciate the patient, client, etc for what they are, where they come from and have a greater understanding/empathy for those they serve as professionals.

Why do you think it is important for students have this type of experience in a rural community?

Rural communities are unique in structure, networking and collaboration. It is a unique culture that will enhance anyones view on self sufficiency.

Why is it important students give back to our state?

Giving back at any level is an accomplishment for self. Engraining the practice and concept will only enhance our states value.

Why does now provide tremendous opportunity to move rural communities forward?

I think political will is at a high, which means communities are ready for action. Engaging communities in the planning and voice of issues and solutions in the initial steps in engagement. The activities we have identified for students to participate in are planning stages, information gathering and implementation planning. I feel the variety will expose them to the different phases of readiness within the community.



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Lauren Olson

May 20, 2019
RFI Community Innovation Fellow – Garden County, Neb. Garden County SchoolsArt Teacher Why did you choose this experience? I was nominated by my community leadership opportunity. What do you hope to gain? Experiences that I can bring back to my …

RFI Community Innovation Fellow – Garden County, Neb.
Garden County Schools
Art Teacher

Why did you choose this experience?

I was nominated by my community leadership opportunity.

What do you hope to gain?

Experiences that I can bring back to my community.

Why do you think it important community leaders have this type of experience in terms of inclusive leadership development?

I feel like my leadership experiences in school motivated me to change my community. Moving back to my hometown, teaching, trying to give them those same experiences I had giving back.

Why is rural important?

As an artist I have had opportunities that I wouldn’t have gotten in a big city. Living somewhere where everyone knows your name has it’s benefits. The community is very supportive of the artwork I do and how I involve kids.



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Griselda Rendon

May 20, 2019
RFI Community Innovation Fellow – Grand Island, Neb. Center for Rural Affairs Latino Loan Specialist

RFI Community Innovation Fellow – Grand Island, Neb.
Center for Rural Affairs
Latino Loan Specialist



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Amber Ross

May 15, 2019
RFI Community Innovation Fellow – Custer County, Neb. Custer Economic Development Workforce Intern Why did you choose this experience? I’ve been involved with this RFI Serviceship Experience for three consecutive years in varying capacities. In each experience, these students have …

RFI Community Innovation Fellow – Custer County, Neb.
Custer Economic Development
Workforce Intern


Why did you choose this experience?

I’ve been involved with this RFI Serviceship Experience for three consecutive years in varying capacities. In each experience, these students have created an invaluable piece of work that’s benefited our organization and community in both direct and indirect ways. This program is always an obvious choice for us.

What do you hope to gain?

Progress. Our communities have people constantly working on developing this County as a whole and we get in the trenches often. These students bring a different way of thinking and enough autonomy that we create meaningful and measurable progress.

What value will this bring to your community?

It’s always a win to get young people, especially those with rural backgrounds and an understanding of community, to work with us. The tangible value will be in the progress and completion of our outlined projects. The intangible is the connections with our business and community leaders – the growth of the network and collaboration with high-achieving students with a different worldview and persisting desire to help.

Why do you think it important community leaders have this type of experience in terms of inclusive leadership development?

We are always striving to build something that people want to be a part of. The best way to accommodate those people is to hear and see their needs – we can’t define them from afar. That’s what these students bring.

Why is this contribution of students from NU significant to you?

To my knowledge, there’s approximately one avenue for communities to have a brokered relationship with students at the University. Unless we’ve develop our own individual way with our limited resources, these students don’t have rural Nebraska top of mind. RFI accomplishes this beautifully.

Why does now provide tremendous opportunity to move rural communities forward?

If not now then when? We live in the information age. People have access to anything whenever they want it. Rural America can be competitive if we show up and do the work and remember to tell people about it. There is uniqueness baked into every small town and it’s our responsibility to showcase it and exploit it to create an experience people want to move to and be immersed in.

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Dustin Styskal

May 15, 2019
RFI Community Innovation Fellow – Garden County Garden County Public Schools Elementary Teacher

RFI Community Innovation Fellow – Garden County
Garden County Public Schools
Elementary Teacher



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