Health Director, Jeremy Eschliman
Jeremy Eschliman is the Health Director at Two Rivers Public Health Department leading a passionate team of public health professionals and partners committed to improving health outcomes of the residents in Buffalo, Dawson, Franklin, Gosper, Harlan, Kearney, and Phelps Counties in Nebraska. Jeremy has a dual undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Biological Sciences from Wayne State College with honors; in addition to a Master in Business Administration with a finance emphasis.
While at Two Rivers Public Health Department, Jeremy has led the organization through the creation and adoption of a new financial infrastructure, development of sustainable preventative clinical services, and continues to lead the department towards national public health accreditation.
In his leadership and advocacy of environmental health issues, Jeremy was selected as a member of the Radon Resistant New Construction Task force in 2017, advocating for the development of minimum standards for radon resistant new construction across Nebraska, in addition to supporting funding directed towards the education of the dangers of radon.
Jeremy loves spending time free with his wife and children. In his extra time, Jeremy and his family may be caught working with cattle, fixing fence, fishing/hunting, running or traveling. If you have any questions, contributions, or would like to provide a financial contribution to improving the health of our communities, please contact Jeremy at the information below.
Planning Section Supervisor, Katherine Mulligan
Katherine Mulligan joined the team as the Health Educator. In this role, she works across all health department programs, including managing chronic disease, environmental health, and emergency response activities. Katherine graduated from Hastings College, and in her free time, appreciates being in the Nebraska outdoors with her family.
Community Health Worker Maria Barocio
Maria Barocio is the Community Health Worker at Two Rivers Public Health Department, and Maria is committed to engaging individuals and the community in accessing health resources. Maria also supports the dental program, and you can often find her at our dental screening clinics. Maria recently went to the Dominican Republic to help provide dental services to at need individuals, where she had an opportunity to visit the beach and go caving!
Finance Manager Jesse Valenti
Jesse Valenti is the Finance Manager at Two Rivers Public Health Department. Jesse has been a part of the team since June 2017. Jesse's help program coordinators budget for their assigned programs and assist them in maintaining their budget(s), along with other tasks for the organization (financial reporting, payroll, payables, and receivables). Jesse graduated at UNK in 2009 in Business Administration with a Minor in Accounting. During Jesse's free time, I love to spend time with my family, watch my favorite sports teams play, working out, and watch movies. Jesse participated in the 2020 Kearney/Buffalo County CASA Men in Tights event and won the event as the “most talented” contestant.
Aravind Menon, PhD, Epidemiologist
Aravind Menon trained and practiced as a physician in South and Western India before enrolling for his Masters in Public Health at the Sri Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Science and Technology. Following this, he led a large-scale reproductive health intervention for married adolescent girls in Central India for two years before receiving a year-long NIH-Fogarty fellowship in Durban, South Africa. During the fellowship, he explored the power of conditional cash transfers to encourage responsible personal behavior among school-going adolescents in a high HIV-prevalence area. After moving to the US over ten years back, he enrolled for his PhD at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, analyzing cervical cancer screening during routine antenatal and postnatal screening visits in urban Malawi for his doctoral thesis. Aravind is a firm believer in the role of public health practice for disease prevention and improved health outcomes for communities around the world, and is excited to be a part of the dedicated team at Two Rivers Health Department. During his spare time, Aravind likes to read fantasy graphic novels and cook spicy Indian food for friends and family. He lives in Lexington with his wife and children aged one & six years.
Community Health Nurse, Susan Puckett, RN
Susan is the Community Health Nurse at Two Rivers Public Health Department coordinating the disease surveillance program. Susan is a recent addition to our team and arrives with decades of experience in school health, acute care for pediatrics, and mental health. Disease surveillance has enabled Susan to pursue her passion for protecting the health and well-being of our communities through educating the public which in turn helps us achieve and maintain equitable and optimal health. In her free time, Susan is an avid gardener, reader, and traveler.
Billing Specialist Sally Heusinkvelt
Sally Heusinkvelt is a Billing Specialist at Two Rivers Public Health Department. She has a degree in Dental Assistant from Central Community College. Since 2008 she has worked with the Health Departments LifeSmiles Dental Program. In September 2019 she started working with the Immunization Program. Sally enjoys spending time with her children their families which includes nine grandchildren. In her free time, you will find her relaxing at her sewing machine or creating with various other forms of textiles.
Billing Specialist, Krista Pierce
Krista Pierce serves as one of our billing specialists. She has over 30 years of experience in the dental profession and really loves using her knowledge to serve in outreach programs and patient services throughout our 7 county district. When not at work, Krista enjoys spending time with her adult children and 8 grandchildren. She also likes reading, quilting, gardening and biking.
Health Educator, Haleigh Cunningham
Haleigh recently graduated from Hastings College with her bachelors in Elementary & Special Education. She has worked for Two Rivers Public Health Department in many different jobs while in college and while she had never pictured herself not being in a classroom it has been a wonderful experience to see how public health plays into school systems. As the Health Educator, she has learned so much about public education and loves using her skills to help provide the most accurate information to others effectively.
Healthcare Coalition Coordinator, Chris Fankhauser
Chris is a native of Chadron, NE. She was the news director for the local radio for almost 14 years, which fueled her love for emergency management. In 2016, she moved to Florida with her youngest son and became involved in senior care and the local fire department. She also began her second Master’s degree in Disaster and Emergency Management, and will graduate in May. The pandemic brought her back to Nebraska to become a part of the team at Two Rivers Public Health as an Emergency Response Coordinator prior to stepping into the Healthcare Coalition Coordinator role in September. Three of her four children still live in Chadron, her youngest is in Kentucky. She also has six siblings scattered across the United States and Great Britain. She was active in her church, serving in the worship ministry while in Florida and in Chadron. Chris also holds an MBA from Chadron State College. She is a part of the Leadership Kearney Class of 2021.
Administrative Assistant, Misti Raburn
Misti Raburn is the Administrative Assistant at Two Rivers Public Health Department. Misti has an associates degree in general education. Misti helps to support all of our programs and our team at TRPHD. She works with the public on ensuring that health questions and needs are met. She has over 25 years of experience in customer service. Misti enjoys working to help others with health and education. When not at work, Misti enjoys spending time with her husband, Russell and their four kids, Trinity, Faith, Isabel, and Logan. She stays active with assistant coaching a summer softball team the girls are a part of. She also like reading, camping, exercising, and baking.
Health Educator, Von Lutz
Von Lutz joined the team as a Health Educator. In his role, Von works closely with Long Term Care Facilities to coordinate Covid testing including drive thru test sites across the district. Von obtained his undergraduate degree from Concordia College in Human Services in addition to a Master of Science in Applied Child, Family, and Community Services. Von continued his education obtaining Doctor of Social Work from Concordia College in May 2020. Von is an advocate for children and families and is an active Board Member for The Association of Child Abuse Prevention. In his spare time, Von enjoys spending time with his family and traveling.