Portraits and Personalities

These are several of my favorite portraits I’ve taken in my three years with The Grand Island Independent.

Blacksmith Randy Dack pours water onto a stocking holder he creates during Christmas Past and Present Saturday at the Stuhr Museum.

Sarah Larsen-Astrones, a life coach and Reiki master, waves a pendulum over Nita Lechner during a Reiki session at her offices located at 1811 W. 2nd St. Suite 330.

Brenda Dankert, center, with two of her four children Hannah and Luke stand ringside in a fighting stance at FFC School of Martial Arts. Dankert and her children are learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Hall County Sheriff’s deputy Cindy Clement holds a gay pride rainbow flag. Clement is a liaison for the Grand Island LGBTQ community.

The Grand Island Mental Health & Medical Clinic staff seated: Suzanne Riley MA, LIMHP, LADC; Jordan Hofman MA, LIMHP, CPC; Debra Erickson MA, LIMHP, LADC, CCTP; Darcy Dawson MA, LIMHP. Standing: Mikki Lemmer billing specialist and receptionist; Amanda Dubas MA, PLCSW; Sherry Kropatsch APRN-NP; Cindy Betka LADC and receptionist Nika Huffman. Not pictured: Jacqueline Bourbonnais-Pregler CMT, NCBTMB.

Rev. Caroline Price-Gibson sits in a pew inside the First Presbyterian Church chapel.

Ellie McCoy, a junior softball player at Hastings High School, stands in front of the Hastings Tigers emblem. McCoy is the 2018 All-Heartland Softball Super Squad captain. (Independent/Andrew Carpenean)

Bride Laura Jacobs and her soon-to-be husband groom Shawn Goodwin share a moment under the doorway at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church at Stuhr Museum.

Ellen Hornady sits in the living room of her home. Hornady is the 2016 YWCA Woman of Distinction.

Brielle Zessin, 7, helps manage her juvenile diabetes with a Dexcom glucose monitor on the back of her left arm. Zessin recently had a cupcake sale as a fundraiser to benefit other children with diabetes.

From left to right: Juice Stop owner Keith Hiskey, manager Kash Kalkowski and owners brothers Joel and John Nowak sit at a table with a menu board behind them at 3337 State St. in the Conestoga Plaza.

Hastings St. Cecilia senior guard Shandra Farmer is an All-Heartland honorary captain.

Bonnie Bellamy teaches Monday and Thursday yoga classes inside the Jubilee Center at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.

Laura Gamboa works with oil paints for her self-portrait during an art class at Grand Island High School.

A sign pointing toward Barry’s Shop and Barb’s Shoppe hangs on a wall at the entranceway of Barb’s Hair Shoppe and Junk Yard Treasures at 704 Cottonwood St. in Wood River.

Caden Warriner, 15, is a Grand Island Northwest High School show choir student.

Dena Sullivan, owner of Snow’s Floral Company, stands in the floral shop showroom at 2116 S. Webb Rd.

Stef Brown smiles while participating in a yoga class for the first time held outside at Railside in downtown Grand Island Thursday evening.

Andrew and Courtney McCarty are a married couple that are owners of Trapped Downtown where they pose inside one of two escape rooms named The Office. Their business is located at 229 N. St. Joseph St. in Hastings.

Michele Henke of Doniphan holds a shotski that was used on a Kenny Chesney live album cover.

Capt. Buck Duis, new commander of the Nebraska State Patrol Training Academy, inside a new recruit classroom at the Law Enforcement Training Center.


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