Denise McGovern-Gallagher


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Denise McGovern-Gallagher

CHI Health St. Francis Foundation Board Member


Born and raised in Grand Island, Denise is a graduate of Grand Island Senior High School and later went on to attend College of Saint Mary's in Omaha and Hastings College. She has over 35 years of management experience with strong, long lasting relationships with business and agricultural leaders in the area and statewide. 

Prior to her current position, Executive Director of Grand Island Area Clean Community System, she served for 10 years as the Executive Assistant for Grand Island Area Economic Development Corporation and as a Consultant to Hastings Economic Development Corporation. 

For the past 14 years, Denise has been a member of Grat;)d Island Rotary serving as Secretary and President. She also is Board of Director, Past President, and currently Secretary for Third City Community Clinic. A past member of Nebraska Economic Developers Association and Nebraska Diplomats. A member of Groundwater Guardians, Problem Resolution Team {PRT) for the City of Grand Island, Grow Grand Island, and the Local Emergency Planning Committee {LEPC). She is a supporter of Career Pathways, United Way, Greater Grand Island Sports Council, and many more. 

Denise is married to Brian Gallagher. She has one son, Jake Joseph McGovern of Kearney, and two step-sons, Andy (Amanda) Gallagher of Lincoln and Andrew Gallagher of Omaha.