Julie Weir (President)
Julie Weir was inspired by her best friend’s mother to become a registered nurse. Originally planning to be an emergency room nurse, Julie soon found that her real love was children and babies. As a graduate of NE Methodist Hospital School of Nursing, she began her career working in the Neonatal intensive Care nursery at St Elizabeth’s Hospital in Lincoln, NE. After 7 years in the unit and a re-location to Omaha she began working in the NICU at the University of NE Medical Center until she and her husband moved to Kearney in 1990. With three small children and a husband with uncertain hours Julie became a stay home mother and fulfilled her nursing passion by volunteering for the Buffalo County Immunization Clinics. After 10 years of volunteering she was asked to take over as the Immunization Coordinator a position she continues to hold today. This passion for children and their families has helped shape her role at Community Action Partnership of Mid-NE as Health Services Director. From 2002- 2012 the agency provided free medical care to low income and minority patients in need through grant funding provided by the NE Office of Health Disparities and Health Equity. The clinic was forced to close when funding was no longer available. Since that time countless uninsured individuals have called looking for help for themselves or their loved ones. Having been a divorced mother with two young boys at one time in her life, Julie feels empathy for what many of her families are experiencing. She understands the financial strains and hopes that through the Help Care Clinic and other community resources wise medical choices can be made by families. It is her hope that through preventative measures families will find better use of their health care dollars.
Pastor Alan Gager (Vice-President)
Working with people as well as providing a listening ear has been a part of Pastor Alan Gager’s life experience. Growing up in Southeast Nebraska where community service was a large part of his family’s philosophy, Alan recognized an interest in working with others to benefit the entire population. That awareness led him to a BS in Psychology-Sociology and Business Management from Peru State College and ultimately to a Masters in Divinity Degree from Saint Paul School Of Theology in 2009. On July 3, 2014 his desire to share God’s grace to those less fortunate led him to being fully ordained in the United Methodist Church. Pastor Alan is excited to serve on the HelpCare Board of Directors assisting with the interaction of faith and wellbeing.
Beth Baxter (Secretary)
Beth Baxter is a native Nebraskan who grew up in the Sandhills. Being from a rural community taught her the value of getting involved in one’s community and working to make it a better place. She moved to Kearney to attend college and grew to love the community and it’s progressive and supportive environment and has made it her home. Beth received both her Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees from Kearney State College/University of Nebraska at Kearney and has been involved in both non-profit and public sector work for over 38 years. She’s been involved in “developing people” from her early days of teaching at the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center, to serving as an area administrator for the American Cancer Society and her current role as the Regional Administrator of Region 3 Behavioral Health Services. She became involved with the Buffalo County Community Partners from their beginning as a way to continue the development of people through a variety of efforts focusing on the health and well-being of her colleagues, neighbors, friends, and family. Beth serves on the Board of Directors for the HelpCare Clinic and sees it as a way to continue the healthy development of people through mind, body and soul.
Nikki Nienhueser (Treasurer)
Nikki grew up in a small town not far from the area that the HelpCare Clinic will serve. Before starting a family, Nikki worked as a CPA. Since then, she has enjoyed working in the private sector of the financial world. She considers her skills and experience to be blessings and tries to use them to aid the church and her community whenever she can.Nikki feels strongly that God calls us to serve His people. She has personally witnessed the effect of inadequate medical care due to limited or no health insurance or resources. It not only changes the focus of one’s life, but affects the entire family. Often, a parent chooses to provide for others, before insurance premiums and/or personal medical attention when resources don’t allow for both. Nikki is excited to be a part of an initiative that will improve the lives of many in her community.
“Many hands make light work,” and “we should always help those who are less fortunate,” were values that Roxanne’s parents and grandparents had instilled in their children from early on. Both Roxanne’s grandmother and mother were nurses who showed great compassion for those in need. Her dad was an auto mechanic who always had an extra car or truck available to help someone who “needed a life.” Due to her parents concern for those in need, Roxanne came to know she wanted to become a social worker. She earned a B.A. in Social work from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas and then spent 5 years as a social worker before marrying her husband and moving to Kearney. She then worked in Kearney for a short span of time before staying home to raise their 3 children. Roxanne has been involved as a board member for numerous organizations in Kearney including the Kearney Area Children’s Museum, Crane River Theater, the Kearney Area Community Foundation, the Kearney Woman’s Club, and the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation. It is her desire to help those who may feel hopeless, to feel hopeful through the care and concern they receive at HelpCare.
Pastor Dustin Lappe
Pastor Dustin Lappe grew up on a farm in Southwest Minnesota. Attending Concordia University in Seward, NE, Pastor Dustin met his wife, Trudi. Trudi is from Nebraska, which explains why their yellow Lab is named Husker. Upon graduation, Pastor Dustin and Trudi accepted calls to teach in Juneau, AK. God used this time in his life to help him see that His plan was for him to be a pastor. Pastor Dustin and Trudi have four amazing kids: Trinity (the oldest), Skylar and Sydona (identical twin girls), and Lincoln (Pastor Dustin’s male support). As they now join in the mission of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in reaching out to the community of Kearney, it is the prayer of Pastor Dustin that God uses him to help make a difference in the lives of others. Serving as part of the HelpCare Clinic board seems as a natural way to help make this happen.
Dr. John McCammond
I was born in June of 1935 in Marshalltown, Iowa, where I attended grade school. I attended Jr. High and High School in Des Moines, Iowa, graduating in 1953. I received my Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Iowa in 1957, and attended medical school at the University of Iowa and received my Doctor of Medicine in 1960. I completed my internship at Wayne County Hospital, Eloise Michigan from 1960-1961. In 1961 I joined Dr. S. O. Staley’s practice in Kearney, NE in 1961. In April of 1962 I was drafted into the US Air Force and served as a Capt. in Medical Corps in Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio, Texas. I returned to practice with Dr. Staley in 1963. I helped form Family Practice Associates, P.C. in Kearney and practiced until I retired October 1, 1997. After retiring I did some mission, teaching and Locum Teneus work. My wife, Shirley, is a retired speech pathologist. My children are Jean, Janet, Joan and Jim (deceased). My reason for serving on the HelpCare Clinic Board of Directors is to have the opportunity to serve the community in a medically related area.
Dr. Charles Messbarger
Charles Messbarger grew up in St. Joseph, Missouri where he was the second youngest of nine children. After high school, Charles attended and graduated from DePaul University and Alexian Brothers Hospital in Chicago. He then graduated from St. Mary’s Hospital School of Anesthesia in Wausau, Wisconsin. Following his academic career he joined his brother in practicing anesthesia at Good Samaritan Hospital as one of the three anesthetists in Kearney in 1961. In 1966, one month after the birth of his fifth child, he was drafted into the army during the Vietnam War and served as a captain and instructor in anesthesia in three separate army hospitals. Upon discharge from the army he and his wife, Judy, took their five children to Guyana, South America for one whole year where he was the only anesthetist in a mission hospital located in Georgetown. Charles and Judy then returned to Kearney in 1971 and Charles again joined his brother, Gerry, in the anesthesia practice at Good Samaritan Hospital where he remains at present. Dr. Messbarger has continued his frequent medical mission trips to such places as Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Guyana since 1976. His missionary experience provides a natural calling to want to help those less fortunate and he looks forward to contributing to HelpCare’s mission in any way he can.
Michael Schnieders has been the president of Good Samaritan Hospital since 2010. With nearly 30 years as a health care management executive, Schnieders has a strong background in strategic development, finance, physician relations, and hospital and physician operations. He has extensive experience in non-profit Catholic health care in addition to the for-profit health sector. His strengths include building relationships, not only with physicians to develop high quality healthcare services but also with employees and the community. A native of Iowa, Mike has worked in Suffern, NY and Waterloo, IA and is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He received an MBA degree from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from the University of Northern Iowa. He is a member of First Lutheran Church, the Kearney Noon Rotary and serves on the boards of the Museum of Nebraska Art, Midwest Affiliate of the American Heart Association, Buffalo County Community Health Partners, ex officio member of the Kearney Chamber of Commerce board of directors, and the 2013 United Way campaign co-chair. Mike and his wife, Diane, have a daughter, Emelia, a nurse, and a son, Thomas, a college student.
Mark Sutko is Market President of First National Bank in Kearney, part of the largest family-owned holding company in the United States, First National of Nebraska. Prior to his employment with First National Bank, Mr. Sutko served as Sr. Vice-President & Senior Loan Officer of First National Bank, Kearney, Nebraska from 1986 to 1991. Throughout the years of 1974-1986, he served as Vice-President of First Commerce Bancshares, Lincoln, Nebraska; President & CEO of Northeast Nebraska Farm Credit System Region, Norfolk, Nebraska; President of Columbus Nebraska Federal Land Bank; Marketing & Related Services Eighth F.C. District, Omaha, Nebraska; and Vice-President & Loan Officer, Columbus Nebraska Federal Land Bank. Mr. Sutko’s professional affiliations have been numerous in Community, State, and Federal organizations, inclusive of the following: Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Omaha Branch Director, Diplomat to the Governor of Nebraska, Leadership Kearney Co-founder, Nebraska Banker’s Association Board Member and Past Board Chairman, American Banker’s Association Member, Kansas/Nebraska School of Banking Lending Advisory Board Member, Good Samaritan Hospital Board Member and Past Chairman, Kearney Area Community Foundation Board Member, Kearney Nebraska Chamber of Commerce Past Board Member and numerous chair positions, Kearney Catholic School Foundation Board Member, and Nebraska State Records Board Member. Mr. Sutko’s experience as well as his passion for the banking industry, the financial center philosophy, and leadership in the business place continually provides him a base for numerous speaking engagements in the motivational arena. Mark shares that “the more I have learned about the mission and vision of the HelpCare Clinic the more I am excited about the positive outcomes the Clinic provides.”
Michaelene Tye grew up in a family who valued service to others. She married into a family who also placed great importance on giving back to the community. Together with her husband Thomas, she has volunteered for a variety of organizations, Head Start, Good Samaritan Hospital, Boy Scouts of America, Kearney Family YMCA, Yanney Heritage Park to name a few. Graduating from Kearney State College (now the University of Nebraska Kearney) with a BS in Business Administration, Michaelene worked in banking, office management, and finally her passion, working with children. Michaelene firmly believes a healthy child is more successful learner. The HelpCare Clinic is a natural extension of that idea. Michaelene has a real desire and passion for the clinic succeed in our community. In her spare time, Michaelene, a Colorado native enjoys the outdoors, reading, and time spent with family and friends. She and her husband Thomas are the parents of two adult sons.
Dr. Jerry Van Winkle
Dr. Van Winkle is a clinical psychologist practicing in Kearney. As a native Nebraskan who was born and raised in a small town, he continues to embrace many of the values he learned in his youth. His wonderful wife, two fun-loving teenage daughters and two small pooches ensure that there is never a dull moment in his life. Currently on his third career, Dr. Van Winkle has always had a place in his heart for nonprofit and service related endeavors. After working with abused children and their families for many years, he turned to a brief sales career before finally taking the plunge and doing what he most loves-clinical psychology. Not surprisingly, his psychology career began at a nonprofit community mental health center where he provided clinical services, and was also a member of the administrative team. As a board member for the HelpCare Clinic, Dr. Van Winkle is honored to be a small part of the team that brings this much needed service to our community.
Dr. Angela Williams has been Director of the VA Medical Center in Grand Island, Nebraska since 2011. She is a Clinical Pharmacist that practiced in Kearney for 5 years before transitioning into Health Care Management. She is an advocate for preventative medicine and believes all members of society deserve to receive basic healthcare. Growing up, her parents engrained in their children to always reach out to those in need and serve where you are planted. She strives to utilize her gifts and talents to give back to the community. She has a passion for promoting the arts, education, and healthcare. Angela has served in a variety of roles on public and non-profit boards. She received her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Florida, Master’s of Science in Healthcare Operations from Methodist College, Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Creighton University and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology from Occidental College. Angela has lived in Kearney since 2003 with her husband and 2 sons.