Bonnie Westfall Smith joined Stuhr Museum Foundation as Executive Director in June 2018. Prior to joining the foundation, Bonnie served as Development Director for the Heartland United Way for 6 ½ years. During her tenure at the United Way, Bonnie graduated from Leadership Tomorrow (Class 27), served on the Christmas Cheer Board, and Overland Trails Council Boy Scout Troop 119 as the PR Chair, and is a member of Grand Island Public Relations (GIPR). She also has experience in the for-profit world, having worked at Principal in Retirement and Investment Services, attaining her Series 6 and Series 7 securities licenses. While at Principal, she served as the Loaned Executive to the Heartland United Way, as well as serving as one of the inaugural members of the Principal Diversity Employees Resource Group. Originally from “The Biggest Little City in the World” (Reno, Nevada), she has called Grand Island home for the past 21 years.
Kristen Eckhardt started at Stuhr Museum Foundation in October 2008 as the Annual Giving and Grant Development Director. She and her husband moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 2012, where she served with City Year Baton Rouge, St. James Behavioral Health Hospital, and Envolve PeopleCare/Louisiana Healthcare Connections. She and her family moved home to Nebraska in July 2017 and she was excited to return to Stuhr Museum Foundation as Corporate and Foundation Giving Manager. Kristen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Master of Arts in Musicology from Penn State, and a Master of Science in Counseling from University of Nebraska at Kearney.
Sharon Harder began her career with the Stuhr Museum Foundation as Administrative Assistant in October, 2007 and was promoted to Operations Coordinator in July, 2015. Mrs. Harder completed her education in Missouri; moved to Nebraska to begin her work career in advertising at The Grand Island Independent; and later was a licensed insurance agent. She and her husband co-own Harold’s Upholstery Shop. Sharon also serves on the Salvation Army Advisory Board.
Sharon wears many hats, and welcomes the opportunity to greet guests as they visit the Edgar and Frances Reynolds Administration Building. Stop by and visit soon!