Community Advisory Board

The Community Advisory Board (CAB) includes community members and community-engaged researchers from North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas. These individuals represent the community at all levels of clinical and translational research within the Great Plains IDeA-CTR Network, offering advice and solutions essential to our programming success.


The CAB gathers and prioritizes regional health issues and generates ideas for community-engaged research projects. In addition, the CAB provides input on ways to best measure and track health outcomes, their impact on the community, and the best strategies to share research findings beyond the confines of a typical research journal.


Amy Behnke, JD

Chief Executive Officer,
Health Center Association of Nebraska

Susan Bockrath, MPH, CHES

Executive Director
Nebraska Association of Local Health Directors

Laura Bohen, MPH

Extension Educator, Health & Nutrition Programs
University of Minnesota Extension

Jason D. Coleman, PhD, MSPH

Director, School of Health and Kinesiology
University of Nebraska at Omaha

Arielle Deutsch, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine

Helen Abdali Soosan Fagan, PhD

Director of Leadership Engagement
Rural Futures Institute

Abby Gold, PhD, MPH, RD

Program Leader, Health & Nutrition Programs
University of Minnesota Extension

Paul Gunderson, PhD

Director, Emeritus
Dakota Precision Ag Center, Lake Region State College

Donald Jurivich, DO

Chairman, Department of Geriatrics
University of North Dakota (NDU), School of Medicine and Health Science

Kenya Love, MPH

Community Health Program Manager
Center for Reducing Health Disparities, UNMC CoPH

Judy Martin, MS

Deputy Director
Division of Public Health, Nebraska DHHS

Susan Mayberger

Board Chair
South Omaha Community Care Council

Anh Nguyen, PhD, MSPH

Anh Nguyen, PhD, MSPH
Director, Analytics
Nebraska Health Information Initiative

Dave Palm, PHD

CAB Chair and Associate Professor
College of Public Health, UNMC

Connie Reimers-Hild

Associate Executive Director and Chief Futurist
Rural Futures Institute

Monica Seeland, RHIA

Vice President for Quality Initiatives
Nebraska Hospital Association