GRACE Cancer Foundation Office Staff

Executive Director, Laurie Kulus

  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.  

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.  

Race for GRACE Director, Stacia Rice

  Stacia Rice  joined the GRACE Foundation in 2016 as the Race for GRACE Director.  Stacia and her husband Chris have been married for 14 years and live in rural Chapman, Nebraska.  Chris is an owner at Rice Electric and also farms. They are parents to Rylie, Halle, and Kyndal. As a family, they enjoy sports and being with family and friends.   Stacia also works part time at Rice Electric and is the varsity basketball coach at Grand Island Central Catholic. Basketball is a huge passion for her, and she also helps coordinate a youth basketball program, No Limit Basketball, in Grand Island.   When Stacia joined GRACE in 2016, she helped out in the office and got to meet many of the families that GRACE helps. She then knew what a big impact this organization had on the community. Stacia has been an avid runner since graduating from college, so when asked to direct the Race for GRACE, she knew it would be a great fit. The Race for GRACE is a fun event to run competitively or simply walk or run in honor or memory of someone affected by cancer.   “Seeing people come through the finish line in memory of a loved one and carrying their butterfly has been the most rewarding experience for me. Working for the GRACE Foundation as Race Director is such an honor! What Lisa and Julie started is such a great gift in helping families through this horrible disease.”

Stacia Rice joined the GRACE Foundation in 2016 as the Race for GRACE Director.

Stacia and her husband Chris have been married for 14 years and live in rural Chapman, Nebraska.  Chris is an owner at Rice Electric and also farms. They are parents to Rylie, Halle, and Kyndal. As a family, they enjoy sports and being with family and friends. 

Stacia also works part time at Rice Electric and is the varsity basketball coach at Grand Island Central Catholic. Basketball is a huge passion for her, and she also helps coordinate a youth basketball program, No Limit Basketball, in Grand Island. 

When Stacia joined GRACE in 2016, she helped out in the office and got to meet many of the families that GRACE helps. She then knew what a big impact this organization had on the community. Stacia has been an avid runner since graduating from college, so when asked to direct the Race for GRACE, she knew it would be a great fit. The Race for GRACE is a fun event to run competitively or simply walk or run in honor or memory of someone affected by cancer. 

“Seeing people come through the finish line in memory of a loved one and carrying their butterfly has been the most rewarding experience for me. Working for the GRACE Foundation as Race Director is such an honor! What Lisa and Julie started is such a great gift in helping families through this horrible disease.”