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Amanda Jeffres, RN | Executive Director / Public Health Nurse


Amanda Jeffres is a dedicated professional who earned her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from Midland University in Fremont in 2007. Her journey at Loup Basin Public Health Department began in September 2013 when she joined as the coordinator for the influenza vaccination program. Over the years, Amanda has made significant contributions, establishing both childhood and adult immunization programs while also taking the lead as the coordinator for on-site wellness screenings provided to local schools and businesses.

In 2010, Amanda expanded her expertise by becoming a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. This certification continues to play a crucial role in her public health work, where she actively contributes to ensuring the safety of children in our community. Amanda conducts inspection events and offers education to individuals seeking guidance on the proper installation of child passenger safety seats.

Demonstrating her commitment and leadership capabilities, Amanda transitioned into the role of Assistant Director at Loup Basin Public Health Department in January 2018. Recognizing her outstanding contributions, the Board of Health voted in November 2020 to appoint Amanda as Co-Director. Following the retirement of the founding director, Charles Cone, in April 2021, Amanda assumed the position of sole Executive Director.


For any inquiries or to reach Amanda, please contact her at 308-346-3001.






Danielle Thoene |  Clinical Services Manager


Danielle Thoene's professional journey began in the fall of 2006 when she joined the health department as an intern from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Her commitment and hard work during this part-time role allowed her to explore various aspects of the health department, with a focus on emergency preparedness and health education. Upon completing her Bachelor of Science degree in May 2009, Danielle's dedication was rewarded with a full-time position.

With a wealth of experience accumulated over the years, Danielle played a pivotal role in Loup Basin's clinical services division. She took charge of in-house Commercial, Medicare, and Medicaid billing for both medical and dental services, showcasing her versatility. Additionally, her involvement in the live + well program underscored her commitment to comprehensive healthcare.

In recognition of her outstanding contributions, Danielle reached a career milestone in November 2023, being promoted to the esteemed position of Clinical Services Manager. This achievement reflects not only her professional growth but also her unwavering dedication to advancing healthcare services within the community.


To call Danielle, please dial 308-346-3013




Stephanie Gideon | Accounting / Human Resources


Stephanie started at the Health Department in November 2014.  She attended Central Community College in Hastings and began working as the administrative assistant at Loup Basin Public Health Department when first hired.  In the spring of 2015, she took over the accounting duties for the Health Department.

Stephanie is responsible for accounting duties at LBPHD, monthly and annual reporting. Before taking over the role as Accounting and HR she assisted with Well @ Work, Smiles, and immunization programs and was in charge of accreditation for LBPHD.


​To call Stephanie, please dial 308-346-3003




Terry Stutzman | Family Support Specialist. 


Terry began working at Loup Basin Public Health Department in July 2015. She graduated from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln with a Bachelor's of Science in Education. In addition to her Administrative Assistant responsibilities, Terry also assists with Community Hub as a Community Health Worker. In 2023 Terry took on a new role as a Family Support Specialist within the new Healthy Families America- Loup Basin program. 

To call Terry, please dial 308-346-3002




Catie Larsen | Emergency Response Coordinator


Catie attended Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska and graduated in 2009 with her Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science. In April 2018, she accepted the Emergency Response Coordinator position with the Health Department. 

Catie is responsible for coordinating the activities of the area's emergency response plans. This may include: establishing good working relationships with medical, public health and emergency response partners.  Catie also helps coordinate table top and full scale exercises to help the community be better prepared for when a disaster or emergency occurs.


​To call Catie, please dial 308-346-3006





Shelby Galvan | Accreditation Coordinator 


​Shelby Galvan started at the Loup Basin Health Department in June 2021. Shelby graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 2018 with her Bachelors in Business Administration with and emphasis in Management. In 2022 Shelby has taken over the new role as our Accreditation Coordinator, working towards getting the health department accredited in 2023.


To call Shelby, please dial 308-346-3008



Claire Snyder, RDH | Public Health Dental Hygienist 


​Claire graduated from Central Community College in Hastings with an Associates of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene. She started at LBPHD in January 2022. Claire will be involved with the LB Smiles program at the health department. 

​To call Claire, please dial 308-346-3004




Sarah Raiford, RN | Public Health Nurse


Sarah graduated from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree in 2018. Sarah started at the Loup Basin Public Health Department in April 2022. In 2023 Sarah accepted the new role of the Disease Response Coordinator, the Lead Poisoning investigator, and managing the Opioid Prevention Program for the Health Department. She also manages the distribution of COVID tests, runs the HAI/N95 Strike Team, and reviews policies for the Health Department.


To call Sarah, please dial 308-346-3011



Lily Gideon | Registration Clerk


Lily started at Loup Basin Public Health Department in June 2023 as the Administrative Assistant. She graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 2022 with a Bachelors in General Studies. In July 2024, Lily transitioned into the role of a Registration Clerk. Lily will be the one checking you in for your appointments upon your arrival.


To call Lily, please dial 308-346-3015






Emily Smith | Healthy Families Program Manager


Emily Smith joined the health department in August of 2023.  She graduated in 2013 from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a degree in early childhood education.  Emily taught preschool and then moved to a position with the Early development network as a services coordinator.


To call Emily, please dial 308-346-3012 





MiKayla Wetzel | Communication Specialist/Administrative Assistant


MiKayla joined LBPHD in July 2023, taking on the role of Family Support Specialist for the newly established Healthy Families of America program. Graduating with an Administrative Professional Degree from Northeast Community College in Norfolk in 2018, MiKayla brought a solid foundation of skills to her position.
Recognizing the importance of child safety, MiKayla expanded her expertise by becoming a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician in August 2023. This certification allows her to extend valuable education to individuals in the communities supported by LBPHD and to help keep children safe while in the vehicle. 


In May 2024, MiKayla transitioned into the Communication Specialist/Administrative Assistant role. Her extensive knowledge of technology and her creative side will help her succeed in this position. MiKayla will be the one who greets you upon your arrival! 


To call MiKayla, please dial 308-346-3007





Dan Scott | Public Health Paramedic/Preventative Services Coordinator


Dan Scott's professional journey as a Paramedic began in August 2006 after earning his degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Prior to that, he dedicated 21 years to serving as an EMT. Since 2006, Dan has been dedicated to transporting sick and injured patients between hospitals.

Dan also serves his community as a Volunteer Fire Chief. He is also actively involved in the Nebraska CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management) Team, providing crucial support during challenging times.

In February 2024, Dan took on a new role as the Public Health Paramedic and Preventative Services Coordinator at Loup Basin Public Health Department. In this position, he will play a vital role in administering vaccines as needed, overseeing Colon Cancer Screenings, and managing The Arborvirus/Vector Control Grant.


To call Dan, please dial 308-346-3005





Bailey Trofholz, RN | Immunization Program Coordinator


Bailey graduated from UNMC College of Nursing in 2021 with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Bailey started at Loup Basin Public Health Department in March 2024, accepting the role of Immunization Program Coordinator. Bailey will be responsible for coordinating immunization clinics throughout the community, administering immunizations, and overseeing the immunization program at Loup Basin Public Health Department.


To call Bailey, please dial 308-346-3009





Cindy Gabriel | Family Support Specialist


Cindy attended Midland University in Fremont and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services and an Associates of Arts in Education. She has dedicated her career to working in the Human Services field. She spent most of her time as a Service Coordinator for the Area Agencies on Aging in both Iowa and Nebraska. She also has experience as an Intern and Co-teacher for Head Start, along with interning for Big Brothers, Big Sisters.  

Cindy started in April 2024 and her role will be with the Healthy Families of America Program as a Family Support Specialist. 


To call Cindy, please dial 308-346-3014






Michelle Zangger | Healthy Families Family Support Advisor


Michelle graduated from Doane University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with an emphasis in Mental Health. She then worked with Developmental Services of Nebraska before pursuing her graduate degrees, earning a Master of Arts in Organizational Behavior in 2008 and a Ph.D. in Forensic Psychology in 2009 from Alliant International University in Fresno, CA.

With a passion for supporting vulnerable populations, Michelle completed her pre-doctoral internship working within the Beatrice State Developmental Center and further expanded her career with DHHS while working with the Bridges Program in Hastings, NE. During this time, Michelle further developed her understanding of the complexities surrounding mental health and organizational dynamics.

Having previously served as a member of the Board of Trustees at Valley County Health System for 10 years, Michelle has a passion for ensuring the physical, mental, and emotional needs of our community are met. In July 2024, Michelle transitioned her career and joined LBPHD as a Family Support Advisor for the Healthy Families Program. Michelle brings a wealth of experience in the Human Services field and is committed to making a positive impact on individuals and the community alike.


To call Michelle, please call 308-346-3010