Just call her Mrs. Positive
Gwen Ruppert may be a transplant to Hastings, but that hasn't kept her from loving the community like she was born and raised here.
Ruppert came to Hastings from south Texas with her husband, Fane, in 1999. She didn't know a soul then, but today she is the membership experience director at the Hastings Family YMCA, a Leadership Hastings graduate, an active Kiwanis member, a youth leader at her church and a volunteer in numerous community events.
"I just fell in love with Hastings," she said. "The aura of this community ... it made me feel this community would afford me every opportunity to be successful."