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Chris Rodgers

Douglas County Commissioner Chris Rodgers, MBA/MPA - is the President of the Douglas County Board of Health. He is in his fourth term as a county commissioner where he represents the Third District which is northeast Douglas County. A native of East St. Louis, Illinois, Commissioner Rodgers came to Omaha in 1987 on a basketball scholarship from Creighton University where he was part of two NCAA Tournament teams. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and an MBA from Creighton and a master’s in public administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Rodgers and his wife are the parents to two sons.

Marlene Wilken

Marlene Wilken, RN, MN, PhD is an associate professor in the Master in Public Health program at Creighton University. She teaches Social and Behavioral Health and Environmental Health. Her previous professional experiences include over 35 years as a nurse educator and has worked in areas including public health, home health, hospice and hospital nursing. She has served on the Douglas County Board of Health since 1998.

John Wade

John Wade graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where he studies psychology and business. In 1999 he moved back to Omaha and began his career with Restaurants Inc. as Director of Operations. The firm operates two Stokes Grill & Bar locations, the Twisted Fork Grill & Saloon and Restaurants Inc Catering. He and his wife have two rambunctious boys, Jack and Austin, who were born exactly two years apart, sharing the same birthday. In his free time, John volunteers on the boards of the Omaha Restaurant Association and the Nebraska Restaurant Association. His favorite hobbies are traveling, running and skiing.

Albert Varas

Albert Varas was named in early 2017 as Executive Director of the Latino Center of the Midlands. He has dedicated his life to supporting the advancement of under-served youth and families with professional career and service work in the areas of education, nonprofits, business, and public health. Mr. Varas has served as City Sprouts board president, worked with the D2 Center on reconnecting youth to educational opportunities, was a project coordinator at Building Bright Futures, and provides an important voice for the South Omaha Community on the Board of Health.

Jeanee Weiss

Jeanee Weiss MS is the CEO for Building Healthy Futures, a nonprofit that aims to improve health for the community’s underserved children and youth through thoughtful collaboration and advocacy. To that end, Building Healthy Future’s role in the community has been to bridge the institutions of health and education – the two institutions with the largest impact on child well-being. Building upon her fourteen-year career in education, and eight-year career in public health, Jeanee has facilitated cross-sector problem-solving to address service gaps, create common agendas, and maximize resources across partner agencies.

Stuart J. McNally

Stuart J. McNally, DDS, maintains a General Dentistry Practice. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Creighton in 2001 before completing his DDS at Creighton in 2005. He is a member of the American Dental Education Association, the Consortium of Operative Dental Educators, the American Dental Association, and the Nebraska Dental Association. He has served in several roles including President of the Omaha District Dental Society and as a Delegate to the NDA. His wife is a pediatrician, Clancy McNally, and they have two young kids that manage to keep him busy most of the time.

Wayne Houston

Wayne Houston, MPA, is Manager of Community Health Programs from the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of Public Health where he formerly worked as a community liaison for the Center for Reducing Health Disparities. A product of the Omaha Public Schools, he has worked for three decades to recruit students into post-secondary education. His own post-secondary work included studying at Texas Tech University, California State University at Long Beach, and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He has been the recipient of multiple awards for his contributions to the community.

Ben Gray

Ben Gray is president of the Omaha City Council. He first won election in 2009 and was re-elected in 2013 and 2017. Councilman Gray represents District 2 in the northeast quadrant of the city. Mr. Gray has championed a number of social and political issues including a more level playing field for small contractors, securing funding to create the "Step Up" summer jobs program, fought for the civil rights of the LGBT community, and helped create the "Good Neighbor" ordinance to address problem liquor establishments. Before he was elected to the Omaha City Council, Mr. Gray was a photo-journalist for KETV Channel 7. 

David Filipi

David H.Filipi, MD, MBA, is a family physician who is currently medical director of both HOPE Medical outreach Coalition and the Midwest Independent Physicians Practice Association. He also is a professor and medical director of Physician's Assistant Program at College of St.Mary. Filipi was formerly Chief Medical officer of both Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska and Methodist Physicians clinic, having been past president of The Metro Omaha Medical Association, the Nebraska medical association and The Nebraska Academy of Family Physicians. He has served nationally on committees and commissions of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

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