Rural Investment Corporation

Jay Hall
Locale: Red Cloud, Nebraska.
Jay is a retired farmer and educator who has lived and worked in the US, Sweden, England, Australia and China. He is passionate about social and economic equality for everyone, especially rural Americans. He helped develop, and is now president of the Center’s Rural Investment Corporation. Jay has served on the Center’s Advisory Board since 2010, the Rural Investment Corporation Board since 2014, and the Center's Board of Directors since 2018.
Chuck Karpf
Vice President
Locale: Omaha, Nebraska.
Chuck is semi-retired, and has been involved in rural development and entrepreneurship for most of his career. He now acts as a consultant, and has helped the Center set up a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) designation for Rural Investment Corporation (RIC), which helped open up additional financing opportunities for the Center’s work. He joined the Center board in 2007.
Susan Baumert
Locale: Omaha, Nebraska.
Krista Dittman
Locale: Valparaiso, Nebraska.
Krista has worked with local foods intensively, helping to start the first Slow Food group in Nebraska. From 2006 to 2017, she was the cheesemaker at Branched Oak Farm near Raymond, Nebraska. Krista recently transitioned back into the classroom, teaching German at Lincoln Public Schools and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, using the language skills she acquired as a Rotary Youth Exchange student and a Fulbright Teaching Assistant. Krista joined the Center board in 2018.
Leverne Barrett
Locale: Ceresco, Nebraska.
Vern has worked at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln since 1980. He teaches leadership courses and assists communities and organizations with leadership development. Vern joined the Center board in 2009.
Ross Larson
Locale: Wahoo, Nebraska.
Ross Larson joined our Board of Directors and Rural Investment Corporation Board in March 2019.