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.
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.
Erik Meyer, Emergency Preparedness & Response Coordinator
Erik helps our communities prepare for emergencies, working with community partners to develop and test plans for responding to and protecting our residents from health threats such as pandemic influenza. Erik works closely with other agencies and organizations within the Health District and across Nebraska, including county emergency management agencies, hospitals, Medical Reserve Corps, and Tri-Cities Medical Response System (TriMRS).
Jessica Warner, MPH, Health Surveillance Coordinator
Jessica leads South Heartland's disease investigations, responding to food-borne or other disease outbreaks and following up on suspected and confirmed cases of reportable diseases such as pertussis (whooping cough), hepatitis, or Norovirus. She also monitors and tracks disease trends, partnering 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.
Brooke Wolfe, Chronic Disease Prevention Coordinator
Brooke 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. Brooke also provides grants management for SHDHD.
Jean Korth, MS ED, Program Assistant
Jean leads 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 supports 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, Project Specialist & Community Health Worker
Liz is project specialist for Falls Prevention (Stepping On, Tai Chi & STEADI) and Mental Health First Aid/Suicide Prevention initiatives. In addition, Liz provides health coaching and navigation for chronic disease prevention (diabetes, cardiovascular, cancer), supports SHDHD's Every Woman Matters, Vet SET Making Connections and Immunization programs, and serves as a Healthy Heart Ambassador for the YMCA’s Self-Monitoring Blood Pressure program.
Heidi Davis, Disease Investigator
Heidi contributes to South Heartland’s team by assisting with routine and outbreak disease investigations, communicable disease monitoring and prevention education. She assists the Disease Surveillance Coordinator with investigation and follow-up of suspected and confirmed cases of communicable diseases and other conditions. Heidi provides education to infected individuals and their contacts about diseases and what they can do to prevent further spread. She assists schools and worksites with COVID-19 disease investigation and prevention.
Lauren Shackelford, Disease Investigator
Lauren assists the Disease Surveillance Coordinator with investigation and follow-up of suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19, with special focus assisting long-term care facilities with COVID-19 disease investigation and prevention. Lauren also supports the Building Healthy Families program – a chronic disease prevention program for children and their families offered in Hastings by community partners SHDHD, YMCA-Hastings, Mary Lanning Healthcare, and UNL Extension.
Julia Sarmiento, Community Health Worker
As a bilingual (Spanish/English) community health worker, Julia 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.
Pam Stromer, Administrative & Technology Assistant
Pam greets our visitors and clients and she provides administrative, clerical and information technology support to the department.
Samantha Coutts, Clerical Assistant, Finance & Operations
Sam assists the Finance & Operations Manager by providing clerical support and expertise in key areas of grants management, accounting, purchasing, and human resources. She also provides clerical support for special projects and general administrative support for the department.