Karen Girard, MPA
Karen Girard is the section manager of the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention section of the Oregon Public Health Division. She received her master's degree from Portland State University in public administration and her bachelor's degree from Willamette University in International Studies. She came to work at the Public Health Division in 1995 as a legislative liaison. That legislative session sparked her interest in public health and she's been at the Health Division ever since, working to change policy, systems and environments to improve the public’s health in immunization, asthma, tobacco control, physical activity and nutrition, early detection and self-management. Prior to this position, Ms. Girard managed the Tobacco Prevention and Education Program for 10 years and the Physical Activity and Nutrition Program for five years. While managing these programs, Ms. Girard was a part of the leadership team that planned and implemented the integration of health promotion and chronic disease programs and functions. Ms. Girard is currently serving as the chair-elect of the Tobacco Control Network.
Heather R. Borski, MPH, MCHES
Heather Borski has a B.S. in Health Education and a Masters of Public Health from the University of Utah. She is also a master certified health education specialist. Ms. Borski directs the Utah Department of Health’s Bureau of Health Promotion. The Bureau’s programs work to reduce the leading cause of illness and death of Utahans through prevention, early detection, and management of injuries and chronic diseases/ conditions, and cover a wide variety of topics ranging from asthma to violence and injury prevention. Ms. Borski also coordinates Utah’s Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant. Prior to directing the BHP, Heather managed the Bureau’s Tobacco Prevention and Control Program. Ms. Borski is a three-time nominee for the State of Utah’s Manager of the Year Award. Additionally, in 2000, Ms. Borski received the Health Education Association of Utah’s Catherine Summerhay’s Award, HEAU’s highest honor. In 2009, Ms. Borski received the Directors of Health Promotion and Education Leadership Award. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Utah Public Health Association, Utah Partnership for Healthy Weight, and National Association of Chronic Disease Directors.
Debi Nelson, MAEd
Ms. Nelson is the Branch Head for the North Carolina Cancer Prevention and Control Branch and the Principal Investigator for the NC Comprehensive Cancer Control Program and the Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation (WISEWOMAN) for the NC Division of Public Health. Previously, Ms. Nelson served as the Assistant Branch Head for the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Branch; Principal Investigator for the NC Assessment Initiative/Community Health Assessment Grant and Interim/Deputy Director for the Office of Healthy Carolinians and Health Education and served as the lead health educator for the state. Ms. Nelson has been active with community health assessments, Healthy Carolinians partnerships and Health Education for over 20 years. Previously Ms. Nelson was the Health Education and Promotion Supervisor with the Caldwell County Health Department and Executive Director of Healthy Caldwellians. During her career, Ms. Nelson has been a leader in community mobilization. She was the founding director of the Shelter Home of Caldwell County, the first shelter (1977) of its kind in the southeastern United States for victims of domestic violence. Ms. Nelson traveled the southeast assisting communities in starting shelters and lectured on domestic violence and community support. Ms. Nelson co-founded a free medical clinic and countywide multi-use pathways and trails master plan for Caldwell County. Ms. Nelson holds a master degree in Health Education and Physical Education from Western Carolina University.
Danielle Kenneweg, MPA
Danielle (Danny) Kenneweg is currently the Director of the Office of Health Promotion in the Washington State Department of Health. Prior to accepting this position, Ms. Kenneweg spent three years working in Comprehensive Cancer Control Programs in two states and for CDC as a regional public health advisor to seven state and tribal Comprehensive Cancer Control programs. From 1997 to 2005, she managed the Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program in North Dakota.
Ms. Kenneweg first public health work focused on improving local coordinated school health programs in collaboration with the state education agency. In her early professional career, she was a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher. She holds a BS degree from North Dakota State University in Home Economics Education and a Masters degree from the University of North Dakota in Public Administration with a certificate in Health Administration. Danny is also a Certified Health Education Specialist.
Members at Large
Margaret S. Murphy
Ms. Murphy has a BA degree in Social Work and has been employed with the Department of Health and Human Services in the Division of Public Health Services since 1994. Over the past 19 years, she has held a variety of positions at the Division, which have enabled her to increase her knowledge and understanding health promotion and chronic disease prevention and management. Her positions have included: Director of the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program from 1994 to 2004; from 2004 to 2007 Division Chronic Disease Director; and from 2007 to present Section Administrator for the Health Eating and Physical Activity Section, which includes the Diabetes Program, Obesity Prevention Program, WIC, Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program and Commodity Supplemental Program. She is currently serving on the USDA, National Advisory Council on Maternal, Infant and Fetal Nutrition (Council).
Prior to working for the State of NH Ms. Murphy was employed with the American Cancer Society from 1972 to 1994 as a Program Specialist for patient services, public education and communications.