Board of Directors
Establishing the direction and developing the Strategic Plan for the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce is the Board of Directors. The board is comprised of community minded individuals who take an active role in the growth and development of the Grand Island business community. The Chamber employs a professional staff to facilitate the objectives established by the Board.
Nebraska Fire Sprinkler Corporation
Ryan Dexter is the President and General Manager of Nebraska Fire Sprinkler Corporation in Alda. He earned an Associate’s Degree in Architectural Drafting from Central Community College at Grand Island after graduating from Clarks Public High School. After beginning employment at Nebraska Fire Sprinkler in 1983, he attended the American Fire Sprinkler Association Design School for Water-Based Fire Protection. Dexter has obtained a Level III Certification in water-based Automatic Sprinkler System Layout from the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies and is a state licensed Nebraska Fire Protection Contractor. Ryan is a member of the American Fire Protection Association, National Fire Protection Association, Fire Sprinkler Contractors of Nebraska and the Nebraska Building Chapter AGC and is a past member of the CCC Drafting Advisory Board. Ryan and his wife Laura live in Grand Island and they have two adult sons.
GTA Insurance Group
Krae is the President of Gary Thompson Agency Insurance Group, a full-service independent insurance agency with 32 locations across Nebraska. He has served as President of GTA Insurance Group since 2017. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Hastings College. He has been an active member of the community as he has served as President of The Independent Insurance Agents of Nebraska and President of The Riverside Golf Club Board of Directors. Krae married his college sweetheart, Kinsey, and together they have five kids.
Patricia has worked for the Grand Island Clinic for over 40 years. She has been an Administrator since 2000, and also serves as office manager. She oversees a staff of 104 and helps make the day-to-day operation run smoothly. In the community, Patricia helps with the Grand Island Senior High Executive Design Team. She and her husband, Thomas, have two children and five grandchildren.
Dr. Tawana Grover
Grand Island Public Schools
Dr. Grover is the Superintendent of Grand Island Public Schools. Along with the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce, she's also involved with Heartland United Way, Grand Island Area Habitat for Humanity and the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation. Dr. Grover is a member of the Grand Island Noon Rotary and the Buffet Early Childhood Workforce Commission. She graduated with both a Bachelor's and Master's of Science in Education from Auburn University. Dr. Grover furthered her educational pursuit by earning a Master's of Science and Human Resources from Troy University and later a Doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University of North Texas.
Dr. Marcie Kemnitz
Campus President, Central Community College in Grand Island
Marcie has worked for Central Community College for nearly a decade, serving in her role as Grand Island campus president for the last 2 1/2 years. She is responsible for the overall administration of the Grand Island campus as well as the college-wide student services and health science divisions.She earned her Doctorate of Education and Educational Administration from the University of South Dakota in 2009. Along with her professional duties, Marcie is also the board chair of the YWCA and also serves on the GIPS Academy of Medical Sciences Advisory Board and Key Communicators, American Association of Community Colleges Student Success Commission, SkillsUSA Grand Island Steering Committee and College Park Advisory Board. She and her husband, Chris, have twin boys.
Credit Management Services, Inc.
Jason has nearly 30 years of experience with Credit Management, where he currently serves as president. He oversees all aspects of the company and is responsible for advancing Credit Management’s position as one of the top collection agencies in the Midwest.
Jeff is the office leader for all of Olsson's Greater Nebraska offices, including Grand Island, Hastings, Holdrege, Kearney and South Sioux CIty. He is involved with overseeing engineering design projects, as well as survey and construction administration. He graduated from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and has worked at Olsson for 18 years. Along with his service on the Chamber's board of directors, Jeff is also on the Grow Grand Island executive board, and the Academy of Engineering and Technology Advisory board at Grand Island Public Schools. He and his wife, Jerri, have two sons and a daughter.
Corteva Agri Sciences
402.744.3271 Ext. 222
Kirk is the Production Location Manager for Corteva Seed Production in Nebraska. Over the last 30 years, he has held several positions in the Integrated Operations group including agronomist, assistant location manager and location manager. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with an operations management degree. He has received his Six Sigma – Green Belt certification and is a trained LEAN practitioner. Kirk is involved with GIPS Career Pathways Institute, the GIPS Business Advisory Board, Tehama Shrine, Central Nebraska Shrine Club and Duck’s Unlimited. He and his wife, Toni, have two children, Keagan and Kori.
Justin has worked for Dramco Tool for 25-plus years and is a part owner of the company. He oversees tooling design related to metal forming and stamping as well as oversee all aspects of Dramco's fabrication business. Justin actively participates on the advisory committee for Career Pathways as well as advisory committees for the both the Hastings and Milford campuses of Central Community College. He also a booster for the Grand Island Northwest band. Justin and his wife, Valerie, have two boys.
Mike is the Plant Manager at the Case New Holland Industrial Combine plant. In addition to serving on the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce's Board, he serves on the Boards for both the Heartland United Way and the Hastings St. Cecilia Unity Board. Mike earned a Bachelor of Science and Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. He and his wife, Melissa, have four children.
Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska
308.384.7896 Ext. 273
Tammy Slater is Chief Executive Officer at Goodwill Industries of Greater Ne., Inc. a non-profit that provides services to people with disabilities or barriers throughout 55 counties of central and western Nebraska with Corporate headquarters located in Grand Island. Tammy began her work history in the alcohol and drug field with adult women in a halfway house setting then served as Executive Director of American Red Cross Hall County Chapter before joining Chief Automotive Technologies where she served as Vice President of Human Resources and Services Administration for 19 years until joining Goodwill in 2010. Tammy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources Management from Bellevue University. She and her husband Bill live outside of Doniphan and have been Hall county residents since 1987.