Michele Bever, PhD, MPH, Executive Director
Works with the Board of Health and South Heartland Staff to carry out the ten essential services of Public Health, to determine public health priority goals, and to ensure implementation and evaluation of programs designed to support these goals.
Kelly Derby, MBA, Finance and Operations Manager
Kelly is responsible for ensuring effective, efficient, and accurate financial and administrative operations of the health department.
Joe Streufert, Special Projects for SHDHD Operations
Joe is responsible for special projects for SHDHD operations.
Janis Johnson, RN, BSN, Standards and Performance Manager
Janis is responsible for leading South Heartland’s accreditation efforts toward continuous quality and performance improvement of services provided. She is also an Immunization Nurse for the Vaccine for Children Program at South Heartland’s Hastings/Adams County Immunization Clinic.
Jim Morgan, Public Health Risk Coordinator
Jim develops and tests plans for responding to and protecting the population from health threats such as pandemic influenza and Ebola. Jim works closely with other agencies and organizations within the Health District and across Nebraska: county emergency management agencies, hospitals, Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD), mass fatality and Family Assistance center planning, and Tri-Cities Medical Response System (TriMRS). Jim is also SHDHD’s go-to person for environmental health risks including radon testing, Clean Indoor Air Act (smoking) violations, meth lab clean up assurance, bed bug and mold questions, and access to State resources such as the ChemPack for chemical exposures.
Jessica Warner, MPH, Health Surveillance Coordinator
Jessica partners with schools to monitor absences due to illness, with hospitals to track influenza-like illnesses, and with DHHS to keep an eye on public water system violations. Jessica responds to food-borne or other disease outbreaks and follows up on suspected and confirmed cases of reportable diseases such as pertussis (whooping cough), hepatitis, or Norovirus.
Dorrann Hultman, RN, Public Health Nurse, Community Health Service Coordinator
As South Heartland’s Immunization Clinic Manager, Dorrann is responsible for the Vaccine for Children program, Adult Tdap program, and monthly immunization clinics. Dorrann also coordinates South Heartland’s Every Woman Matters program, a cancer prevention program that encourages and supports screening for breast, cervical and colon cancers.
Brooke Wolfe, Chronic Disease Prevention Coordinator
Collaborates with community partners to encourage healthy school, work and community environments. She promotes environment and policy changes that make it easier for people of all ages to make healthy choices at work or school, or wherever they are – by increasing the accessibility of physical activity opportunities, nutrition options, cancer screening options, and more. Brooke promotes evidence-based interventions to improve community health. Some of her many projects include: Worksite Wellness promotion and support for area employers, ‘Pool Cool’ Sun Safety, Scrubby Bear Hand Washing, Annual Kid’s Fitness & Nutrition Day, and Walkable Communities initiatives.
Jean Korth, Program Assistant for Health Literacy and Chronic Disease Prevention
Jean is leading South Heartland's health literacy activities - helping the Department meet the 10 attributes of a health literate organization so that our clients, partners and other stakeholders can understand and use the information we provide. She also assists with SHDHD's efforts to prevent heart disease and stroke in South Heartland residents, focusing on community and health system improvements for prevention and management of chronic disease.
Liz Chamberlain, Community Health Worker / Falls Prevention Coordinator and VetSET Outreach Specialist.
Liz supports the Prevention Connection and Health Hub projects, providing support for chronic disease prevention strategies (diabetes, cardiovascular, cancer) and access to care (Every Woman Matters, Vet SET Making Connections) and serves as a Healthy Heart Ambassador for the YMCA’s Self-Monitoring Blood Pressure program. She also coordinates South Heartland’s falls prevention programs (Stepping On, Tai Chi & STEADI). Liz assists SHDHD staff on a variety of public health projects and contributes to SHDHD’s customer service activities.
Odeth Méndez-Peraza, Community Health Worker
As a bilingual (Spanish/English) community health worker, Odeth works to engage our communities and empower individuals in accessing health care and making decisions about their health. She works with South Heartland’s Immunization Program and the Health Hub/Every Woman Matters Program to reduce deaths from cervical, breast and colorectal cancer through cancer prevention, cancer screening and health system navigation.
Alex Stogdill, Program Assistant
Alex supports South Heartland's immunization and chronic disease programs, assists with health education activities, and supports the department in database development and management.