Nov. 23, 2004

Contact: Bev Vogel, KU Public Management Center, (785) 296-2353.

KU to award certificates to 25 graduates of Kansas Public Health program

LAWRENCE -- Joe Harkins, director of the Governor's Natural Resources Policy Office, will speak to the graduates of the fourth class of the Kansas Public Health Certificate Program at 1 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Old Supreme Court chambers in the state Capitol in Topeka.

The Public Health Certificate Program is sponsored by the Kansas Association of Local Health Departments, KDHE and the University of Kansas Public Management Center in Topeka, a unit of KU Continuing Education. The Kansas Health Foundation provides scholarships to many of the students.

Students, most of whom work in either local health departments or for KDHE, have attended two days of classes each month beginning in January 2004. Subjects included public health fundamentals, special topics in population health, special topics in environmental health, and leadership and community development.

" We are proud of the commitment our students make to this program," said Marvin Stottlemire, co-director of the program. "All of these folks have full-time jobs, and their commitment to excellence in public health will benefit all Kansans."

More than 75 public health professionals have graduated from the program, which began in 2001. Some of the graduates go on to seek master's degrees in public health. The faculty consists of academics from KU, Kansas State University and the KU School of Medicine, and working public health professionals from local health departments and KDHE.

Graduates and their hometowns, professional titles, agencies and agency locations are listed below.


Employee name Hometown Title and Agency
Janet Wertzberger
Alma Administrator, Wabaunsee County Health Dept, Alma, KS
Shelly A. Shores-Miller
Carbondale Environmental Scientist III, KDHE, Bureau of Water, Topeka, KS
Juanita Dewey
Colby Administrator, Thomas County Health Dept., Colby, KS
Diane McNichols
Concordia RN Health Educator, Cloud Co Health Dept, Concordia, KS
Virginia Ramseyer Winter, MSN
Eudora Public Health Educator, KDHE, Topeka, KS
Loralee Gibson
Fredonia RN, Wilson County Health Dept, Fredonia, KS
Billie A. Payne
Hunter Administrator, Cloud Co Health Dept, Concordia, KS
Richard L. Ziesenis
Lawrence Director of Environmental Health, Douglas Co Health Dept., Lawrence, KS
Sue Rhodes, RN
Marysville Administrator, RN, Marshall Co Health Dept., Marysville, KS
Jane Stueve
Meriden Newborn Screening & Birth Defect Registry Coordinator, KDHE - Bureau of Children,Youth,Families, Topeka, KS
Tina Payne
Newton Administrative Assistant, Harvey Co Health Dept., Newton, KS
Kristi Schmitt, ARNP, MSN
Scott City Health Dept Administrator. Finney Co Health Dept., Garden City, KS
Julene DeRouchey
St. Marys County Extension Agent, K-State Research & Extension, Pottawatomie Co, Westmoreland, KS
Amber Hermreck
Topeka Administrative Specialist, KDHE - Division of Local & Rural Health, Topeka, KS
Ginger Le-Anne Taylor
Topeka Research Assistant, KDHE - Office of Health Promotion, Topeka, KS
Liatris P. Studer
Topeka Community Planning/Evaluation Coordinator, KDHE - Bureau of Epidemiology & Disease Prevention, Topeka, KS
Marla K. Rhoden
Topeka Director, Health Occupations Credentialling, KDHE, Topeka, KS
Mary Ann Bechtold
Topeka Kansas Department of Health and Environment - Division of Children, Youth & Families, Topeka, KS
Sandy Johnson
Topeka Director of Bioterrorism Operations, KDHE, Topeka, KS
Sue Bowden
Topeka Director of Immunization, KDHE, Topeka, KS
Diana Parke

WaKeeney Trego County Health Department
Wakeeney, KS
Kay Adamson
Wamego Program Coordinator, Pottawatomie County Extension, Westmoreland, KS
Debra K. Koepplinger
Wichita Marketing Coordinator, Sedgwick Co Health Dept, Wichita, KS
Judith Nagel
Wichita RN, Sedgwick Co Health Dept, Wichita, KS
Vivian Ann Wing
Wichita Director, Sumner County Health Dept., Wellington, KS



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