After 20 years, Jelinek resigns from GI Habitat for Humanity

Dana Jelinek is resigning from her position as executive director of Grand Island Area Habitat...
Dana Jelinek is resigning from her position as executive director of Grand Island Area Habitat for Humanity.(Grand Island Area Habitat for Humanity)
Published: Apr. 2, 2021 at 12:07 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Dana Jelinek is stepping away from the role of executive director for the Grand Island Area Habitat for Humanity. It’s a position she’s held for more than 20 years.

The Board of Directors said with heavy hearts, they accepted Jelinek’s resignation during their board meeting on March 25. She submitted it in February, 2021.

In a release, the organization said “Jelinek has played an essential role in the development and success of the organization as it strives to meet its mission.”

It goes on to say “Her talent and skills with grant writing, construction management and leadership have been a blessing to the organization and those who are served by its mission.”

Loria Lei Thunker, President of the Board, expresses on behalf of the entire board, “We extend heart-felt gratitude to Dana for her time and dedicated service over the last 20 years. She has accomplished many things and will be remembered for her devotion to the organization and the families.”

Some of the key accomplishments achieved under Dana’s leadership include:

  • Facilitated construction of 96 homes, occupied by qualified home buyers
  • Establishment of a 22-lot development in northern Grand Island
  • Established an education program for home buyers
  • Wrote and received over 200 grants

A formal search for Jelinek’s replacement will begin immediately. Jelinek’s final day with the organization will be determined upon the hiring and training of a new executive director.

Interested applicants should apply on InDeed or

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