In recent weeks, Appleseed proudly welcomed two new staff members to our team. We hope you spend a few minutes getting to know our new Director of Finance and Administration Kristine Hull and new Program Assistant Gloria Kimbulu.
Gloria Kimbulu – Program Assistant
“I am excited to join Appleseed because I am very passionate about social justice,” Gloria says, “and it is a joy to be surrounded by people who have the same passion and want to make a difference in the life of others.”
Born in Spain, Gloria moved to the United States from the Democratic Republic of Congo and has lived in Lincoln since 2002. She is a former Appleseed intern and previously worked as a legal assistant in an immigration law office providing important administrative support.
“I am very passionate about issues that affect black people, immigrants, and women because I am a black immigrant woman and those three aspects of my identity often intersect in social justice,” she said.
We’re so excited to welcome Gloria back to Appleseed. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, dancing, going to concerts, reading and writing. Gloria also loves listening to podcasts and watching shows on Netflix.
Her favorite podcasts are: Another Round, Stuff Mom Never Told You, and Broad Roots. In her Netflix queue is Shameless, The Fosters, Queen Sugar, and Bob’s Burgers. She also sprinkles in a few telenovelas to keep up with her Spanish.
Kristine Hull – Director of Finance and Administration
Kristine is a life-long Nebraskan from the Bellevue area. She joins Appleseed from her previous past as the Chief Financial Officer at Heartland Family Services, a social service organization that works to strengthen individuals and families through education, counseling, and support services. In that role, she managed the finance, human resources, and maintenance departments. We are thrilled to have someone with her wealth of experience and passion for justice.
“I admire Appleseed’s work in reaching out and creating common ground to improve opportunities for those in our state,” Kristine said. “This job and organization are a perfect match of both my professional skills and my personal passions.”
Kristine’s passion for justice, equity, and opportunity run deep with a particular inclination toward environmental and human rights issues.
“I believe we are stronger together, and that all humans deserve access to basic rights such as healthcare (including mental health access), clean water and air, a safe place to call home, and a quality education,” she said.
Kristine has college degrees from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and Creighton University and has more than 10 years of experience working with and consulting with nonprofit organizations.
While she’s lived in Nebraska her entire life, Kristine loves to travel, taking her first international trip when she was eight.
“It’s so exhilarating to step outside of my comfort zone, meet new people with different life experiences, and explore interesting places,” Kristine said. “My next trip is to Poland this spring.”