Advisory Panel

Anne M. Hubbard, PhD - Retired Physician, Pediatric Radiologist, UNMC Alumnus

Most of Dr. Hubbard's career was spent at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, specializing in imaging of fetal anomalies. She returned to Nebraska in 2005 and practiced at UNMC and the Omaha Children’s Hospital. She has been the President of the Claire M Hubbard Foundation since 2011. The foundation focuses on the environment, STEM education and Native American issues. She is on the Board of the Omaha Zoo and the University of Nebraska Foundation Board of Directors. She is a tireless advocate for youth in underserved communities and the environment.

Shannon Bartelt-Hunt, PhD - Donald R. Voelte, Jr. and Nancy A. Keegan chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln

Dr. Bartelt-Hunt maintains a courtesy appointment in the Department of Environmental, Agricultural and Occupational Health in the UNMC College of Public Health. She received her BS from Northwestern University and her MS and PhD from the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on understanding physical and chemical transport processes for contaminants in soil and water, including steroid hormones, antibiotics and microplastics. Her research has a particular focus on contaminant behavior in agroecosystems.

Don Coulter, MD - UNMC Pediatrics

Dr. Coulter obtained his Medical Degree from the University of Arizona, and completed both Pediatric Residency and Pediatric Hematology / Oncology Fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He joined the faculty of Children’s Hospital and Medical Center and the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2008, and currently serves as a Professor of Pediatrics.  Dr. Coulter maintains a robust clinical practice at the Nebraska Medical Center while maintaining an active research career.  He currently serves as the Director of the Pediatric Cancer Research Group, a multidisciplinary collaborative team of researchers developing novel therapeutics for pediatric tumors.  He is also the Principal Investigator for the Children’s Oncology Group grant at The University of Nebraska Medical Center.   His research interests include the induction of autophagy in pediatric tumors, the epidemiology of pediatric cancer in Nebraska, and the development of new biomarkers for cancer detection.

Alan S. Kolok, PhD - Director, Idaho Water Resources Research Institute

A life-long academic scientist, Dr. Kolok served as the Founding Director of the Nebraska Watershed Network at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and as Director of the Center for Environmental Health and Toxicology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He moved from Nebraska to Moscow in the fall of 2017.

Alan received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, his M.S. from the University of Washington and his B.A. from Miami University. Dr. Kolok has spent his career primarily focused on the fate, transport and biological effects of pesticides and emerging contaminants. A dedicated writer, he has published broadly in both peer-reviewed scientific journals and also in newsletters and blogs oriented toward the lay-science audience. He has recently authored two books: Modern Poisons, an Introduction to Contemporary Toxicology (2016) and Twist, a science-based novel about a unusually infectious prion (2019). His third book, Generally Regarded as Safe, will detail the evolution of U.S. food and drug safety from 1900 until present day.

Comfortable working on scales from local to international, Kolok is excited about matching the considerable water expertise at the University of Idaho to the wicked water problems that are challenging the state, the Northwest region and the nation.

Michael Sousek, MPA - General Manager, Lower Elhorn Natural Resources District

Michael Sousek received a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biology from Wayne State College. Some years later he also received a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska in Omaha. He has been employed in the NRD system for 20 years and is dedicated to the sustainability of our natural resources. Outside of work, Michael is a dedicated father of three children, he enjoys the outdoors, especially bodies of water with plenty of fish in them.

Peter McCornick, PhD - Executive Director, Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute (DWFI), University of Nebraska

Dr. McCornick leads the institute in delivering on its vision of a water and food secure world, building its partnerships and collaborations in Nebraska, nationally in the US, and other key food producing regions in the world. He is a tenured professor in the Department of Biosystems Engineering and a courtesy professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the Robert B. Daugherty Chair of Water for Food.

Prior to joining DWFI, Peter was the deputy director general of research at the International Water Management Institute. With an international career focused on improving the sustainable management of water resources, he has lived and led inter-disciplinary research and development programs on water, agriculture and the environment in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Canada and the U.S. He has worked in a number of the world’s iconic river basins, including the Brahmaputra, Snake-Columbia, Ganges, Indus, Jordan, Mekong, Niger, Nile and the Okavango. From a farming-family in the south-west of Scotland, he earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and his masters and doctorate from Colorado State University. He is a licensed professional civil engineer in the State of Colorado, and a member of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers. Peter was recently elected to the Board of Governors of the World Water Council; and is a member of the steering committee of the Water Scarcity in Agriculture (WASAG) initiative, a global partnership organized by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO).

Ali S. Khan, MD, MPH, MBA - Dean, UNMC College of Public Health

Dr. Khan is a former Assistant Surgeon General with the US Public Health Service. Dr. Khan’s professional career has focused on health security, global health, and emerging infectious diseases. He completed a 23-year career as a senior director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which he joined as a disease detective, and where he led and responded to numerous high profile domestic and international public health emergencies. Dr. Khan was one of the main architects of CDC’s national health security program and continues this work at UNMC, which has been nationally designated to prepare the American healthcare system to respond to outbreaks of high hazard pathogens. He also continues to actively support global outbreak responses such as the response for the West Africa Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone and the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh as a member of World Health Organization (WHO) Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network.

As Dean of the UNMC College of Public Health, his focus is on health system and community-based health transformations. His vision is for the College to play an integral role in creating the next generation of Public Health Guardians and devising innovative solutions and new interventions to address public health challenges. The College is committed to education with a purpose measured by the impact in our communities starting with making Nebraska the healthiest and most equitable state in the Union as a national and global model for wellness.

Dr. Khan received his medical degree from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn and has a Master of Public Health from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. He completed his pediatrics and internal medicine training at the University of Michigan. He has authored numerous papers and publications and has consulted extensively for multiple US organizations, ministries of health, and the World Health Organization where he serves on the steering committee for GOARN. Dr. Khan is the author of The Next Pandemic: On the Front Lines Against Humankind’s Gravest Dangers.

Eleanor Rogan, PhD - Professor, Founding Chair of the UNMC Department of Environmental, Agricultural, and Occupational Health

Dr. Rogan's scientific career has been devoted to understanding the initiation of breast, prostate and other types of human cancer and discovering how to prevent them from occurring. In 2006 she received The Twelfth Linus Pauling Functional Medicine Award from the Institute for Functional Medicine, and in 2007 UNMC named her a Distinguished Scientist. Her research centers around elucidating mechanisms of activation of carcinogens, identifying carcinogen-DNA adducts, and correlating adducts with oncogenic mutations. She and her colleagues have demonstrated that the predominant adducts are lost by depurination, leaving mutagenic apurinic sites in the DNA. They hypothesize that formation of estrogen-DNA adducts is the pathway of initiation for human breast, prostate, ovarian, thyroid, and other cancers. Studies in test tubes, laboratory animal models, cell culture models and human subjects have demonstrated the validity of this hypothesis. She and her collaborators have developed an assay for early detection of cancer risk and have demonstrated prevention of cancer by selected natural compounds. In addition, she is investigating the possible role of agrichemicals and other contaminants in Nebraska waterways in the etiology of human adverse health effects. Specific watershed areas in the state have higher incidences of pediatric cancers and/or birth defects. The possible relationship between these higher incidences and selected agrichemicals is being explored.

Monica Cleveland, BA, AA - Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska

Monica Cleveland received an associate’s degree in Business at Little Priest Tribal College and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Bellevue University. She is presently pursuing a master's degree in Business at Bellevue University. She has been working for the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska since 1992 in various positions spending most of her career in the gaming industry. She has also been working as the tribe’s Environmental Health Specialist since 2016. The goals of the Office of Environmental Health are to prevent disease and injury among the residents of the Winnebago Reservation, also build, strengthen, and maintain capabilities for public health preparedness, information sharing, epidemiology and surveillance, and assist with community coordination for public health threats/emergencies.

Ryan Chapman, MLA - Assistant Manager at the Lower Platte North NRD

Ryan Chapman, MLA is the Assistant Manager at the Lower Platte North NRD. Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and from the University of Nebraska Lincoln, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Landscape Architecture from Iowa State University. Prior to his current role, Ryan worked with the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy for many years, in Wellhead Protection.

Jesse E. Bell, PhD - Claire M. Hubbard Professor of Health and Environment in the UNMC Department of Environmental, Agricultural, and Occupational Health

Dr. Bell's research explores the relationships of climate and extreme weather on natural and human processes. He served as a lead author for the U.S. Global Change Research Program report “The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment” that was released by the White House in 2016. Before coming to UNMC, Dr. Bell developed and served as the first holder of an interagency position between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). During his time in this role, he worked on a variety of innovative health projects that made use of his knowledge of climate processes and ability to analyze climate data. He was able to unite their efforts toward discovery of climate’s impact on health. His research and efforts there built the foundation for future, novel, and inventive approaches to use climate data to assist with health research. He also served on the White House OSTP Pandemic Prediction and Forecast Working Group. In this role, he helped with the integration of environmental data into model forecast of pandemics. Dr. Bell is a Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute Faculty Fellow and adjunct faculty for the Department of Environmental Health at Emory University. His Ph.D. is from the University of Oklahoma.

Meghan Langel, MPH - Water, Climate, and Health Program Manager

Meghan Langel received a BA in Psychology from Creighton University and a master’s in Public Health from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Meghan currently manages the administrative and operational aspects of the Water, Climate and Health Program. Prior to her role with the program, Meghan spent a decade working in clinical research. She was the lead coordinator of two large clinical trials funded by National Institutes of Health and has expertise in pre-award research administration and research finance. Most recently, Meghan was the Director of Research for the College of Allied Health Professions at UNMC.

Tatiana Davila, BA - Wellhead Protection & Source Water Protection Coordinator with the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy

Through her work for the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy, Ms. Davila manages two statewide voluntary programs to help Nebraskans protect their drinking water. She provides technical assistance to communities and collaborates with community leaders, landowners, partner organizations and the general public on water quality improvement efforts. She is devoted to empowering local communities by illuminating the interconnectedness of hydrogeology, public health, and natural resource conservation in Nebraska. Tatiana completed a BS in Geology (UNL) and is completing her MS in Natural Resource Science (UNL) with an emphasis in Hydrological Sciences. Her research focuses on science communication and data visualization around groundwater modeling.

Derry Stover, MPH - Epidemiology Surveillance Coordinator for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

Derry Stover is an Epidemiology Surveillance Coordinator with the Office of Epidemiology at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. Mr. Stover received a master’s degree in public health from the University of Nebraska Medical Center with a concentration in environmental and occupational health and a BS in biology and journalism from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Mr. Stover has been with Nebraska DHHS for over 10 years.