As a mom and a business owner, Jill Lukes is always making sure others are taken care of.
Now Lukes will be extending that helping hand to La Vista as she serves as the new director for the La Vista Community Foundation. Lukes takes over for John Youchum, who had held the position since 2017.
“It’s a blessing,” Lukes said. “It’s a great opportunity to get more involved in the community.”
After spending several years working for Medical Solutions, Lukes decided to branch off with her own business called Get it Back.
Her business allows her to do any number of jobs or problem solving for people that allows them to make better use of their own time.
It could involve anything from re-arranging a closet to helping someone move.
“I’m a single mom of two kids, so I understand the value of having your own time,” she said. “I just want to help people get back their time.”
As an organizer of other people’s time, Lukes believes that will help provide her a natural transition to a director’s role.
“I’m used to planning events,” she said. “This will give me more of an opportunity to meet and greet people.”
Lukes said one of the tools she has utilized in running her own business is social media. She hopes to translate those skills to making the Community Foundation more social media friendly.
“When you start a business, you get on social media,” she said. “I don’t believe we (Community Foundation) are out there as much as we need to be on social media so I’m trying to get more involved and get more of a presence.”
She also has lofty goals when it comes to seeing the Community Foundation continue to grow.
“I’d like to double our list of partnerships and businesses,” she said. “I’d like to get something together with the new City Centre and bring the community together. I think the visions they have for that area are amazing.”
Lukes, a little more than two weeks into her new role, has already hit the ground running as she incorporates herself into the community.
“I was at the community cookout (Salute to Summer Festival) and I’m looking forward to getting out there more and making those connections with local businesses,” she said. “I’m starting fresh and I’m excited about that.”