|Winterer was appointed CEO of the Department of Health and Human Services by Gov. Dave Heineman on July 13, 2009.
Winterer is a lifelong Nebraskan, born in Scottsbluff and graduating from Gering High School. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska –Lincoln and is a graduate of the Columbia University School of Law.
After practicing law and working in the banking and software industries, in 1988, he co-founded The Benefit Group, Inc., which administers health care and other employee benefit plans for small employers. In 2007 he left The Benefit Group and started his own consulting and legal practice.
He served on the State Board of Education from 2007 to 2009, and has been involved in several community organizations, including United Way of the Midlands, Boy Scouts of America, and the Greater Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau Board. Winterer has been involved with Heartland Family Service for 20 years, serving as president of the board twice.
Winterer is married and has two children.
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