Our Team

TCD Economic Development Executive DirectorRawnda 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.


Community and Economic Development Director  



Amy Sapp is the Marketing Specialist for TCD. She is responsible for creating stimulating and innovative marketing and social media materials that help support and increase development activities in the area. Amy will also be for promoting TCD and their partners, increasing membership, enhancing exposure to job openings, and raising community awareness of the organization and its activities. Contact Amy if you have questions or want to learn more about TCD.



Michelle Coolidge is the Community Development Director  Michelle has been busy introducing TCD’s PEER7 initiative to area high schools. The purpose of the PEER7 initiative is to create a partnership between area high schools, colleges, and universities for skills development, job awareness, and education/economic development. While developing partnerships with community leaders, Coolidge is also working to identify housing structures that fit the Panhandle’s present and long-term needs as well as finalizing details on the eKitchen food incubator. Contact Michelle today. 


TCD Board of Directors

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


Todd Lewis


Jim Kerr


Jerry Darnell


Kelly Strey


Neal Blomenkamp

Katy A. Reichert

Jason Webb

George Schlothauer Jr.

Shain Shimic

  • Mark Harris, Scotts Bluff County Commissioner
  • Lane Danielzuk, Administrator City of Gering
  • Karen Anderson, Scottsbluff/Gering Chamber of Commerce
  • Tony Kaufman, Mayor City of Gering 
  • Julie Morrison, Gering Representative