Ward 3 - Donaldson / Hehnke

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Linna Dee Donaldson

Linna Dee DonaldsonYear Elected to Office and Number of Terms Served:
Linna Dee Donaldson was elected and began her first term in December of 2010 and was re-elected in 2014.  She was elected to serve as City Council President in 2015.

Education and Background: 
Donaldson has a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Kearney State College in 1969 and a Master's in Education in 1978.

Place of Employment: 
She did her student teaching in Grand Island and has continued to reside in the community since then.  She taught special education at Barr Jr. High/Middle School for 38 years where she retired in May of 2007.  During her time  at Barr, she served as an educational consultant, did testing for placement into sped programs, with the majority of her career spent in the classroom.

Community Activities and Organizations Currently Involved In:
Donaldson is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. During her teaching career, she was very active in the local Education Association and served as president and in many other capacities. She currently serves as a trustee for the Grand Island Education Foundation. Donaldson is very active in the Grow Grand Island initiative, serving on the steering committee and several other Grow Grand Island committees.

Additional Involvement and Special Areas of Interest:
Her and her late husband Duane were involved with Nebraska Children's Home Society for many years and served as foster parents to babies, an elementary-aged girl, and two birth mothers who placed their babies for adoption.

Reason for Running for Public Office:
 
Donaldson was encouraged by friends and acquaintances to file for a position on the City Council. She decided to run for office because she felt she had the time and had the interest in being of service to the community.  She likes working with people and enjoy new challenges which fits perfectly with a position on City Council.

Family Members:
Donaldson and her late husband Duane raised a son who lives with his wife in Missouri, and one daughter who lives in Grand Island. She has one grandson and one granddaughter.

 

Julie Hehnke

Julie Hehnke
Year Elected to Office and Number of Terms Served:
Julie Hehnke was elected to her first term in office to represent Ward 3 in December of 2012.

Education and Background: 
Hehnke worked as an educator in both public and private K-12 school systems, as well as an adjunct professor for five years teaching graduate coursework in the Media and Information Technology Program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.  She earned a Doctorate in Education Administration and Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, holds a Masters in K-6 Education Administration and a 7-12 Education Administration from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, as well as a Masters in Computers in K-12 from Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Place of Employment:
Currently, Hehnke is employed by the Grand Island Public Schools.

Community Activities and Organizations Currently Involved In:
Hehnke has been actively involved with the State Nebraska Association of Gifted Board where she has been a member for over 10 years, served as Board President and as State Conference Coordinator.  Currently, she assists with state issues through participation on the board and as an advisory member.

Additional Involvement and Special Areas of Interest:
Hehnke has always been involved and interested in helping others to understand the importance of reading and of developing a reading habit.  She was part of the first grant which funded the Baby-Talk group that worked collaboratively with the Grand Island Public Library to encourage new parents to read to newborns.

Reason for Running for Public Office:
Hehnke has lived most of her life in Grand Island; playing in many of the city parks, going to school and graduating from the Grand Island Public School system, and working at a wide array of jobs in the local area.  Her friends and family encouraged her to run for city council as her lifelong ties and commitment to the local area have influenced her to have an interest about the current status of Grand Island, as well as concern regarding the future outlook for the community.

Family Members:
Hehnke and her husband, Jay, have one daughter, along with many immediate family members who reside in the Grand Island area.