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Amanda Jeffres, RN | Executive Director / Public Health Nurse


Amanda Jeffres earned her college education at Midland University in Fremont, graduating in 2007 with her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing. She started at Loup Basin Public Health Department in September 2013 as the coordinator for the influenza vaccination program. Throughout her years working as a public health nurse with the department she started the childhood and adult immunization program and served as the coordinator for the on-site wellness screenings offered to area schools and businesses.

In 2010, Amanda took classes to become a Certified Child Passenger Safety technician. She continues to utilize this certification in her public health role to help protect the children who are being transported within our area through inspection events and offering education to individuals who have questions regarding the proper installation of a child passenger safety seat.

Amanda moved into the Assistant Director role for Loup Basin Public Health Department in January 2018. In November 2020, the Board of Health voted to name Amanda the Co-Director. Upon the retirement of founding director, Charles Cone, in April 2021, the Board of Health named Amanda the sole Executive Director.

To call Amanda, please dial 308-346-3001.




Danielle Thoene | Billing Specialist 


Danielle Thoene started at the health department in the fall of 2006 as an intern from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.  While working part time she was able to work in multiple areas of the health department including emergency preparedness and health education. After completing her Bachelor of Science degree in May 2009, Danielle was offered a full time position.

 Danielle has worked in many roles at the health department over the years and is currently in charge of all in-house Commercial, Medicare and Medicaid billing for both medical and dental services. Danielle also assists with the Well @ Work program.



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 | Administrative Assistant  | 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 has taken 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.



Lesa Gideon, RN | Public Health Nurse


Lesa started at Loup Basin Public Health Department in August of 2015.  Lesa graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1996 with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree.   As a public health nurse, Lesa’s primary responsibility will be the Well @ Work program. 

To call Lesa, please dial 308-346-3005



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.




Jolene Gydesen | Communications Specialist 


​In August 2020, Jolene accepted a position with Loup Basin Public Health Department as a Public Health Case Investigator to assist the local health department with COVID-19 response. In June 2021 she took on a new role as the Communications Specialist. 

​To call Jolene, please dial 308-346-3010.



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, | Administration Assistant 


Lily started at Loup Basin Public Health Department in June 2023. She graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 2022 with a Bachelors in General Studies. Lily will be the one who greets you upon your arrival!

To call Lily, please dial 3058-346-3015


Emily Smith | Healthy Families Program Manager



MiKayla Weizel | Family Support Specialist