The Regional Steering Committee includes MPHTC’s academic and practice partners across Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. This group helps guide our work and keeps us informed about workforce development needs in our region.

Those marked with an * are also part of our Executive Council. The Executive Council is comprised primarily of academic partners from the University of Iowa College of Public Health, Wichita State University, Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice, and the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health. The members of this group should be your primary state contacts for workforce development needs.

IOWA

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TASNEEM ALI*

Program Coordinator, Midwestern Public Health Training Center,
Institute for Public Health Practice, Research, and Policy,
University of Iowa College of Public Health

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TIM BEACHY*

Learning Management System Coordinator, Midwestern Public Health Training Center,
Institute for Public Health Practice, Research, and Policy,
University of Iowa College of Public Health

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DENA FIFE*

Instructional Services Manager, Midwestern Public Health Training Center,
Institute for Public Health Practice, Research, and Policy,
University of Iowa College of Public Health

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KEVIN GRIEME

Executive Director, Siouxland District Health Department

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ROGER HILEMAN*

Lead Evaluator, Midwestern Public Health Training Center,
Institute for Public Health Practice, Research, and Policy,
University of Iowa College of Public Health

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KAYLEIGH JONES

Workforce Development Coordinator, Iowa Department of Health and Human Services

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MARY KOSOBUCKI*

Outreach and Communications Coordinator, Midwestern Public Health Training Center,
Institute for Public Health Practice, Research, and Policy,
University of Iowa College of Public Health

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JENEANE MCDONALD*

Public Health Workforce Director, Iowa Department of Health and Human Services

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MELISSA RICHLEN*

Creative Media Manager/Producer, Midwestern Public Health Training Center,
Institute for Public Health Practice, Research, and Policy,
University of Iowa College of Public Health

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ERBLIN SHEHU*

Graduate Research Assistant, Midwestern Public Health Training Center,
Institute for Public Health Practice, Research, and Policy,
University of Iowa College of Public Health

ERIN TABER*

Research Associate, Midwestern Public Health Training Center, Institute for Public Health Practice, Research, and Policy, University of Iowa College of Public Health

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LINA TUCKER REINDERS

Executive Director, Iowa Public Health Association

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TANYA
UDEN-HOLMAN*

Co-Director, Midwestern Public Health Training Center, Clinical Professor, University of Iowa College of Public Health

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LAURIE WALKNER*

Co-Director, Midwestern Public Health Training Center
Director, Public Health Practice and Workforce Development Core, Institute for Public Health Practice, Research, and Policy,
University of Iowa College of Public Health

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KRISTIN WILSON

Director, Master of Health Administration (MHA) Program, University of Iowa College of Public Health

KANSAS

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SONJA ARMBRUSTER*

Public Health Associate, Wichita State University

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CRISTI CAIN

Director, Local Public Health Program and Accreditation Coordinator, Kansas Department of Health and Environment

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ELDONNA CHESNUT

Division Director, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment

VICKI
COLLIE-AKERS

Associate Professor, Department of Population Health, University of Kansas School of Medicine

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AMY GAIER

Public Health Specialist, Kansas Department of Health and Environment

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SUZANNE HAWLEY*

Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, Wichita State University

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TANYA HONDERICK

Director, KU-Master of Public Health Program, Kansas City Campus
Department of Population Health

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SHIRLEY ORR*

Public Health Consultant

TYSON RENSCH

KS-TRAIN Administrator, Kansas Department of Health and Environment

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JESSICA SMITH

Public Health Coordinator, Community Engagement Institute, Wichita State University

MISSOURI

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CAROLE BASKIN

Director, Communicable Disease Control Services, St. Louis County Department of Public Health

TIFFANY BAYER

Local Public Health Liaison, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

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ALYSSA COLEMAN*

Operations Manager, Heartland Center, Saint Louis University

DALEN DUITSMAN

Director, Ozarks Public Health Institute, Missouri State University

KIMBERLY ENARD*

Director, Heartland Center, Saint Louis University

CLAY GODDARD

Senior Director, Public Health Transformation, Missouri Foundation for Health

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DAN LUEBBERT

Deputy Director, Platte County Health Department

BERT MALONE

Missouri Public Health Association

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JACI MCREYNOLDS

Communications Coordinator, 
#HealthierMO

LYNELLE PHILLIPS

Assistant Teaching Professor, University of Missouri

NEBRASKA

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SUSAN BOCKRATH

Executive Director, Nebraska Association of Local Health Directors

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KATIE BRANDERT*

Director, Workforce Development and Leadership Programs for Public Health Professionals, University of Nebraska Medical Center

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BRANDON GRIMM*

Associate Dean, Public Health Practice
Associate Professor, Department of Health Promotion, University of Nebraska Medical Center

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COLLEEN SVOBODA

Partnerships & Assessment Manager, College of Public Health University of Nebraska Medical Center

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CARYN VINCENT

Organizational Advancement Officer, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services