GRACE Cancer Foundation Executive Director Laurie Kulus joined GRACE in 2015 as Executive Director. Laurie and her husband Scott have been married for 34 years and live outside Phillips, Nebraska. Scott served in the United States Air Force and has been employed at Hornady for the past 28 years. They have two grown children, Amber (Adam) Woitaszewski and Brad (Melissa) Kulus and are grandparents to Brooklyn, Lainey, and Quinn.
Before joining Team GRACE, Laurie worked for Obstetricians and Gynecologist, PC of Hastings and Grand Island as Practice Manager and for Grand Island Physical Therapy as Human Resource Director.
"When I started with GRACE, I had no idea how working directly with families who have a family member diagnosed with this terrible disease would change my life. We are able to make a difference because of GRACE. It is amazing to see someone’s face, when I’m able to tell them we can help, when they have hit so many road blocks before coming through the GRACE Foundation’s door.
Cancer has impacted my family directly, with the loss of both my father-in-law and my oldest brother. I have another brother who is currently in this terrible fight with cancer, undergoing radiation and chemotherapy.
It is very important for me as well to spread the word about taking care of your health to help prevent a cancer diagnosis. In August of 2015, during my first preventive care colonoscopy, a large mass was found. I had no symptoms, I was just over 50 and knew I was to have this simple test done. If I had waited another six months, I would have most likely been looking at a cancer diagnosis myself."
Laurie recently completed, through a grant with the Grand Island Community Foundation, the first class of NEI (Nonprofit Excellence Institute), and is currently in the 32nd Leadership Tomorrow class. Laurie is a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and past member of SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management) and CNHRM (Central Nebraska Human Resource Management). She enjoys about anything outdoors and loves spending a day at the lake fishing with her husband. Laurie also enjoys running and doing half marathons and most of all, spending time with her grandchildren.