Our Staff

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.

TCD Economic Development DirectorKeith 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.



Marketing SpecialistKerrie Siegel – Heimbouch 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. Kerrie is also responsible for promoting TCD and their partners, increasing membership, enhancing exposure to job openings and raising community awareness of the organization and its activities. Contact Kerrie if you have questions or would like to know more about the many  exciting developments TCD has in store.




Josie Semroska is a senior at Chadron State College majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing.  At Chadron State College Josie has worked in the Library, served as an Eagle Leader, and participated in the Phone-a-thon.  Her long-range goal and the reason for going to college is to start her own business. Short-term, she plans on making a difference through volunteering.  As the Special Projects Intern, Semroska is responsible for marketing and facility management of the eKitchen, retail lead generation marketing, workforce housing coordination support, and assisting the Economic Development Director and the Marketing Specialist with Nurture B2B email marketing and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software. Contact Josie 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.


Jim Kerr


Karen Palm


Todd Lewis


Jerry Darnell


Neal Blomenkamp

Katy A. Reichert

Jason Webb

George Schlothauer Jr.

Shain Shimic

Kelly Strey

  • 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