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August 27, 2008

Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047 or


State Board of Health Members Appointed

Lincoln—Five new members have been appointed and one reappointed to the State Board of Health.

Eric Berggren, P.E., is a professional environmental engineer from Gretna. He works at HDR, Inc., in Omaha. He replaces Tim Crockett, P.E., of Omaha on the Board of Health.

Daniel Bizzell, EdD, is a clinical psychologist at Mary Lanning Hospital in Hastings. He resides in Kearney. Dr. Bizzell previously served on the State Board of Psychology. He replaces Gwen Weber, PhD, of Hastings.

Theodore Evans, Jr., DVM, is a veterinarian from Tecumseh. He owns practices in both Adams and Tecumseh. He replaces Kent Forney, DVM, of Lincoln.

Kenneth Kester, PharmD, JD, is a pharmacist from Lincoln. He is a pharmacy team leader at the Nebraska Heart Hospital. He replaces Sam Augustine, PharmD, RP, of Omaha.

John Tennity, DPM, is a podiatrist from Eagle. He works at Capital Foot Center in Lincoln. He replaces Clint Schafer, DPM, of North Platte.

Paul Salansky, O.D., is an optometrist from Nebraska City. He has practices in both Nebraska City and Syracuse. Dr. Salansky has been reappointed to the board, having served a partial term due to a resignation.

The State Board of Health appoints members to 27 health care professional licensing boards. Its members review rules and regulations, as well as credentialing and scope-of-practice changes of health professionals. The board has a public health recognition program for community preventive health efforts. Its members prepare an annual report to the Governor.

The board’s 17 members are appointed by the Governor, with approval from the Legislature, to five-year terms. Members include two medical doctors, two nurses, a hospital administrator, a dentist, a veterinarian, an engineer, a pharmacist, an optometrist, a podiatrist, an osteopath, a chiropractor, a physical therapist, a mental health professional, and two members representing the interests of the public. For more information on the State Board of Health, visit their Web site:

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