Our Staff

Rawnda Pierce is the Executive Director for Twin Cities Development and Western Nebraska Housing Opportunities and has been with TCD & WNHO since April 2002. Pierce specializes in residential construction and housing. Twin Cities Development owns and manages four apartment complexes totaling 112 living units. Through the direction of Rawnda Pierce, both entities have re purposed blighted and “once risky-now rewarding” residential properties, turning them into desired housing facilities. In addition to this, Twin Cities Development partners with both Scottsbluff and Gering School Districts in building new houses in these communities. Through this, the students within the construction programs in the school districts learn valuable trades, as well as additional supply outlets for residential demand. If you are looking for a great place to live, Contact Rawnda today.

Melissa Coats has been with TCD since October 2014 as the Housing Coordinator for Western Nebraska Housing Opportunities and the Administrative Assistant for TCD. Coats is responsible for daily administrative assistance for TCD and WNHO programs. Coats assists those who are looking to purchase a new home through the Down Payment Assistance and Repairs program and is the Housing Coordinator in the Purchase, Rehab, Resale program. Contact Melissa today if you are looking to purchase a new home, as one of our many programs may be able to assist you.


Keith Ellis is the Director of Community and Economic Development for TCD. Ellis is responsible for Workforce Development Initiatives, Lead Generation, and the Business Retention and Expansion program. Keith is also responsible for the day to day operations of the eCenter Entrepreneur and Startup Incubator Program. Contact Keith today to inquire on your business expansion or relocation plans to the Scotts Bluff County area or to set up a Business Retention and Expansion visit.


Gabriela Varela is the eCenter and Marketing Specialist for TCD. Varela is responsible for stimulating an environment for innovation and entrepreneurship as well as supporting the commercial activities of companies associated with Twin Cities Development. Varela is also responsible for the development and coordination of events, programs, and training at the eCenter Entrepreneur and Startup Incubator Program. Contact Gabriela today to become a part of TCD’s eCenter and let us become a part of your success.



TCD Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors consists of 9 private sector members from local businesses. Individuals from city and government councils  serve as ex officio members of the Board.


Karen Palm


Lindsay Snyder


Jim Kerr


Kim Kuster-Dale


Vinc Aulick

Neal Blomenkamp

Todd Lewis

Jerry Darnell

Jason Webb