2023 PHAN Board Member Candidates

Board Members Seeking Re-Election


Tabi Prochazka

Deputy Director of Health Promotions and Preparedness at Panhandle Public Health District

PHAN Strategic Priority Interests:

  • Building Internal Capacity and Funding
  • Continue filling the role of Secretary

Briefly describe your past and current responsibilities/activities relating to public health.

I have worked at Panhandle Public Health District since 2009 collaborating with partners to implement evidence-based practices, supervising staff, and providing organizational leadership as a leadership team member.

If elected, list one goal that you as a board member would like to accomplish.

Implementation of strategic goals and simplified membership renewal.

What public health issues should PHAN be focusing on today?

Workforce development.



Amy Reynoldson

Executive Vice President at Nebraska Medical Association

PHAN Strategic Priority Interests:

  • Advocacy in Public Health
  • Membership Engagement & Benefits

Briefly describe your past and current responsibilities/activities relating to public health.

I have previously worked at DHHS-DPH as a program coordinator overseeing the development of the states prescription drug monitoring program. I have also been involved in substance use prevention for more than two decades, specifically focusing on the public health impact. Currently, I am part of a large organization representing physicians across the state. Public Health is at the center of the healthcare delivery system.

If elected, list one goal that you as a board member would like to accomplish.

It is my mission to get more physicians engaged in the work of PHAN, including attending events, participating in the PHAN Cafes, etc. I also would like to be part of the ongoing work that the board is doing to ensure that this organization has a strong foundation and is stable going forward for many years to come. As a current board member we have spent a considerable amount of time on strategic planning and working collectively to develop a solid road map going forward that has included working through some challenges. It is important to see this to the other side so to speak.

What public health issues should PHAN be focusing on today?

A couple priority areas that are of interest to me and I believe would be impactful for the state include focusing on health disparities and social determinants of health, public health funding for infrastructure and workforce, and vaccines (specifically childhood vaccines).



Jessica Seberger

Maternal and Child Health Program Manager at Nebraska DHHS

PHAN Strategic Priority Interests:

  • Building Internal Capacity and Funding

Briefly describe your past and current responsibilities/activities relating to public health.

I have been a PHAN Board Member for the past 3 years - starting in 2000, and have been the APHA Affiliate Representative to the Governing Council (ARGC) for PHAN since January 2022. I have worked at DHHS in the Division of Public Health for 8 years. I have done research, conference organization, collaborative work, and grants management.

If elected, list one goal that you as a board member would like to accomplish.

Continue supporting PHAN's efforts through a focus on sustainability, programming, and education events. I will maintain my position as the ARGC for PHAN if reelected. To most effectively advocate for public health, PHAN needs to be more than a volunteer-board.

What public health issues should PHAN be focusing on today?

Workforce support, advocacy for public health, building momentum for public health issues through social media/communications


New Board Member Candidates


Roger Gonzales

Program Coordinator of Social Care at CyncHealth

PHAN Strategic Priority Interests:

  • Organize and strengthen advocacy in public health
  • Develop programming and education activities
  • Build and maintain a communication strategy

Briefly describe your past and current responsibilities/activities relating to public health.

I have been a public health professional in the state of Nebraska for about 7 years. My research lies primarily in the area of social epidemiology with an emphasis on reducing health disparities among vulnerable populations. Throughout my career, I have integrated biological, epidemiological, data-driven, and behavioral approaches to understand health disparities from a life-course perspective. I have done research and taught public health courses in the US and in Mexico. I have also worked on research projects to reduce risk factors for cardiovascular disease, improve clinical services in a primary care clinic, improve colorectal cancer screening rates, identify musculoskeletal injuries among meatpacking workers, and evaluate the effectiveness of a lead reduction program. Currently, I am the program coordinator of the social care program at CyncHealth where I work on democratizing health data.

If elected, list one goal that you as a board member would like to accomplish.

My goal is to create a social care ecosystem so that people can get help now. Many research projects, health policies, and interventions are focused on the future. This is important work, but as public health professionals we need to be aware that community members need the help now.

What public health issues should PHAN be focusing on today?

Data literacy, misinformation, public health communication, health literacy, internet access, and affordable and quality housing


Jamin Johnson

Health Equity Advisor at Douglas County Health Department

PHAN Strategic Priority Interests:

  • Building internal capacity and funding

PHAN is a vital resource for all of us in public health practice within the state, and intentional efforts to expand the internal infrastructure and capacity of PHAN allows all of the members to develop and grow as leaders. In addition, it increases the reach each of us has within our communities. COVID-19 has built skills in public health professionals that have never been called upon in such a significant way in our lifetimes. capturing that skill, knowledge, passion, and lived experience in a way that expands the overall capacity of PHAN has to be a dedicated priority of PHAN. Focusing on the innovations that have been realized it naturally highlights unique and merging funding sources that have not been available in the past that can be leveraged by PHAN and passed on to each member and every community within our state.

Briefly describe your past and current responsibilities/activities relating to public health.

I have had and continue to maintain diverse public health experiences. I have served in injury and violence prevention, maternal and child health, performance management, public health emergency preparedness, quality improvement, strategic planning, health equity, program implementation, and public health leadership. My current responsibilities include community engagement and collaboration to identify and address health disparities within the community and their overarching impact of social determinants of health in impacting long-term health outcomes.

If elected, list one goal that you as a board member would like to accomplish.

I would like to continue to build upon the work of PHAN in recognizing the unique talent and abilities of the Nebraska Public Health System to meet the needs of our communities and focus on people first and foremost.

What public health issues should PHAN be focusing on today?

I think that the recruitment and retention of a skilled public health workforce is a critical issue that PHAN is uniquely positioned to impact. identifying ways to highlight the work of the professionals throughout the state and recognize the true impact each member of our workforce makes is a key step in retaining and developing people that are true rockstars.



Anthony (Tony) Sambol

Assistant Director, Nebraska Public Health Laboratory (NPHL) at UNMC

PHAN Strategic Priority Interests:

  • Organize and strengthen advocacy in public health
  • Develop programming & educational activities

  • Build and maintain a communication strategy

Briefly describe your past and current responsibilities/activities relating to public health.

I have been involved in public health throughout NE since joining the Nebraska Public Health Laboratory (NPHL) in 1999. I had started out building the laboratory network throughout NE, and this has continued throughout the years since that time. Most recently, I had travelled with the Nebraska National Guard to collection sites for COVID specimens. I enjoy working with all partners regarding all aspects of biosafety and biosecurity in the laboratory, as well as with all public health response personnel.

If elected, list one goal that you as a board member would like to accomplish.

To make sure that the relationships between the NPHL, Laboratorians, DHHS Section of Epidemiology, and Public Health District personnel in the state remain strong using ZOOM or in-person meetings conducted throughout the year.

What public health issues should PHAN be focusing on today?

1) Biomonitoring: testing of clinical specimens for environmental pollutants in areas of concern

2) Testing of legally restricted narcotics/opioids etc.


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