Board Members

Along with our members, the Coalition is comprised of five founding organizations. The organizations include the Nebraska Academy of Physician Assistants, the Nebraska Hospital Association, the Nebraska Medical Association, The Nebraska Nurses Association and the Nebraska Pharmacists Association.  The Coalition is governed by a 12 to 15 member board of directors that includes representation from each of the founding organizations plus at least one consumer member. 

Katherine J. Jones, PT, PhD, President

Adjunct Associate Professor

Division of Physical Therapy Education

University of Nebraska Medical Center

Omaha, NE

Daniel J. Rosenquist, MD, Vice President

Columbus Family Practice Associates and COPIC Consultant

Columbus, NE

Donald T. Naiberk, MHA, Treasurer


Butler County Health Care Center

David City, NE

Katie Peterson, RN, BSN, Secretary

Chief Nursing Officer

Pender Community Hospital


Pender, NE

Nicole Blaser, MSN, RN

Director of Quality and Compliance

Columbus Community Hospital

Columbus, NE

Edward M. DeSimone, II. RPh, PhD, FAPhA

Professor of Pharmacy Sciences

School of Pharm. & Health Professions

Creighton University

Omaha, NE

Pamela Dickey, MPAS, PA-C

Assistant Professor 


Physician Assistant Education

University of Nebraska Medical Center

Kearney, NE

Douglas V. Elting, AIA, ACHA, EDAC

TRANSCEND Health Consultants

Lincoln, NE

Mike German, PharmD, BCPS

Pharmacy Clinical Services Coordinator

CHI Health St Francis

Grand Island, NE

Shaun Horak, MPAS, PA-C

Assistant Professor

University of Nebraska Medical Center   

Omaha, NE

Britt Thedinger, MD


Ear Specialists of Omaha


Omaha, NE 


Assistant Professor

University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing

Kearney, NE


Cary Ward, MD, MBA, FACP

Chief Medical Officer

CHI Health

Omaha, NE