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


Harris Frankel, MD

Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Nebraska Medicine
President, Nebraska Medical Association


Michael Hein, MD

President and CEO
ENHANCE Health Network


Wayne Houston, MPA

Board Member,
North Omaha Community Care Council

Connie Cooper

Executive Director
Northeast Nebraska Area Agency on Aging

Judy Martin, MS

Deputy Director
Division of Public Health, Nebraska DHHS

Nicole Ducheneaux

Attorney Fredericks, Peebles & Morgan LLP

Susan Mayberger

South Omaha Community Care Council Interim Board Chair

Dave Palm, PHD

Chair, Community Advisory Board

Connie Reimers-Hild

Associate Executive Director and Chief Futurist Rural Futures Institute

Monica Seeland, RHIA

Vice President for Quality Initiatives Nebraska Hospital Association

Mary Merrigan

Director of Public Relations at Sanford Vermillion

Donald Jurivich, DO

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

Donald Warne, MD, MPH

Chair, Department of Public Health
North Dakota State University (NDSU)

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