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Friday, 28 October 2016 00:05

Kim Prior

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 "I have a strong desire to serve others, and I measure success by when someone expresses gratitude or I see positive outcomes and changes in my patients."


In her 20th year of nursing, helping people is Nurse Kim Prior’s top priority.

“I have a strong desire to serve others, and I measure success by when someone expresses gratitude or I see positive outcomes and changes in my patients.”

Serving her fifth year working for the Union County Health Department, Kim received her Associate of Nursing degree from Lorain County Community College and received her school nursing license from Wright State University.

Before coming to UCHD, she was a primary care nurse.

Kim is always out and about in Union County. She can be found doing health screenings in schools or meeting families through the BCMH program, which helps parents in need with the financial burden of their child’s medical bills.

“Relieving financial strain and stress for families with kids that have chronic medical conditions, and who are struggling to pay medical bills and locate resources is the reward of my effort,” she said.

Before receiving degrees related to nursing, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from Bowling Green State University. She enjoys spending time with her husband Andy, her new English Springer Spaniel puppy Rainee Daze, and family and friends.

She also enjoys cooking, reading, camping, fishing, hiking, and kayaking.  You can find her at garage and barn sales or at antique stores in search of unique finds.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016 18:44

Zach Colles

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 It was ultimately Zach's interest in animals and zoonotic diseases that brought him to the public health field.


Zach comes to Union County Health Department from the Ohio State University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Biology and Master of Public Health. It was ultimately his interest in animals and zoonotic diseases that brought him to the public health field. “[A large portion] of emerging diseases are zoonotic in nature which have huge human health implications”.

In his spare time, Zach enjoys staying active by playing a variety of sports including soccer, volleyball and foot golf, which according to Zach is a combination of soccer and golf.

In his time with UCHD, Zach will be taking over for our Epidemiologist Mary while she is on maternity leave as well as assisting with O&M assessments for our Environmental Health Division.

So give our newest Buckeye a big wave when you see him around!


Friday, 08 April 2016 14:22

Jim Cogar

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 I have always been drawn to the outdoors.  Being an avid outdoorsman, I understand the value of the environment and the connection my job has to protecting both public health and our natural resources. 
Although my job can be very challenging at times, I very much believe in public service and the role I play within our community.” 



“Well, I need to give a shout out to my hometown.” Jim is a very proud native of Youngstown and Canfield, Ohio where he grew up playing four sports.  After graduating he received a football scholarship to the University of Findlay where he received his degree in Environmental Safety and Occupational Health Management with a minor in Public Administration.  His degree and long-time interest in the outdoors set Jim up nicely to become a state licensed registered sanitarian after graduating from Findlay.  In 2002, Jim began his career with the Delaware General Health District (Ohio) where he specialized in private sewage and water systems.

Jim started with Union County Health Department in 2011 at his current position as the Deputy Director of Environmental Health.  Jim has been a longtime member of the Ohio Environmental Health Association (OEHA) and also serves as a sewage advisory committee member within OEHA. His knowledge of Ohio Sewage Laws has been instrumental in preparing Union County for the new Operation and Maintenance Program.

Outside of work, Jim stays very active with his two children, Kensie and Cru and their family dog, Bria. Jim’s passion for the outdoors and nature shine through with his love of hunting, fishing and golfing.  Jim's work duties often take him to every township in the county, so be sure to give him a big hello wherever you see him.
Friday, 08 April 2016 12:15

Holly Rast

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"To love what you do and know that it matters, makes all the difference."


Holly received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Bowling Green State University.  “I sort of fell into being a health inspector by accident”, she said. While at BGSU Holly took a class where she wrote a manual on a database management system for the Wood County Health Department. She was inspired by what she saw and applied to be a health inspector after college. In her years as a Registered Sanitarian, Holly has worked for several health departments where she did inspections on anything from sewage and water to nuisances and food inspections. She has also spent time at the EPA working in the solid and infectious waste department but missed the field and being a health inspector.

The same day Union County was approved to hire another health inspector in 1998, Holly called to see if there were any positions open and she’s been here ever since! Holly has a wealth of knowledge regarding all the Environmental Health programs at UCHD especially the Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Program, where she is our resident aerator expert.

In her spare time, Holly enjoys gardening and spending time with her four dogs, Roscoe, Lucy, Gyan, and Freyja! If you’ve had the pleasure of meeting her, you know she’s never met a dog she didn’t love! Her flower garden is often featured on her Facebook ‘Flower of the Day’ posts and her vegetable garden contains all of the ingredients to make homemade salsa!

You’ll see Holly around doing some inspections and O&M assessments this summer and she’ll probably even have a treat for your furry friends!

Wednesday, 06 April 2016 13:44

Paul Ithenya

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 "I wanted to find a career that allowed me to use my experience with the Army and be out in the field working with the general public."


Paul is the newest member of the Union County Health Department’s Environmental Health team. Shortly after moving to the United States from Kenya, Paul enlisted in the Army where he earned a Purple Heart for his bravery in the war in Afghanistan.

After serving for more than three years in the Army, he transferred to the Army Reserves to pursue his education at Otterbein University. Paul’s desire to combine his experience in the Army and work hands-on with the general public sparked his interest in public health. A degree in Health Education just made sense.

Paul is a family man. He and his wife Mary live in Westerville and are expecting their first child at the end of the summer.  In his spare time Paul enjoys running, bowling and barbecuing!

Paul will be running point on our O&M assessments this summer. If you happen to see Paul out on the roads, give him a wave!


Wednesday, 06 April 2016 12:24

Adam Schutlz

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 "I'm interested in engaging with the public, and I like going where I can make a difference."


Since 2014, Sanitarian Adam Schultz has taken pride working in Union County on behalf of the Union County Health Department

“I’ve always been passionate about helping others,” Schultz said. A graduate of the University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health, Schultz knows that the inspections he conducts are meaningful and make a difference in the county. 

He loves being outdoors, playing and watching sports, exercising and playing cards with his friends.

Adam looks forward to meeting the public during the O&M inspections.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015 13:46

Customer Satisfaction

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The Union County Health Department strives to provide high quality customer service. Whether providing a service or engaging in an enforcement action, our goal is to treat every customer with respect and professionalism. To help determine if we are achieving this goal, we rely on feedback from our customers. Whether a positive or negative experience, please share your experience with our leadership team. To provide customer feedback, please use one of the following three options:

1. Complete a short, online survey.
Please click on one of the links below to complete a survey. Please complete the Environmental Health Customer Survey if your interaction was with a member of our Environmental Health Division - Food Service, Sewage Systems, Wells, Pools, etc. If your interaction was with staff from any other division, please complete the General Health Department Customer Survey.

Environmental Health Customer Survey       General Health Department Customer Survey

2. Email contact@uchd.net  and share your concerns or experience. 

3. Call (937) 642-2053 and request to speak to the division supervisor.

Thursday, 30 April 2015 14:53

Megan Epp

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“My favorite part of my job is when I see a positive change take place in the families of Union County. I go into homes, on a daily basis, to help people overcome challenging situations, and although at times it is emotionally draining, at the end of the day it is richly rewarding.” 


Megan serves the Union County Health Department as a home visitor/ family service worker in the Help Me Grow division.  Her role in Help Me Grow is to educate Union County families, and help them create a healthy, educational, and safe environment for their children.

Megan spends her days assisting families in keeping up with health screenings, encouraging healthy behavior, providing resources, and making referrals on a weekly basis.  She enjoys the part of her job that requires her to work through problems.  By helping families, she gets to see positive results, and gets to celebrate achievements with these individuals, that she’s invested her time in. In her own words, “Helping families and children achieve their potential and believe in themselves is the most rewarding aspect of my job.”


Sunday, 28 August 2011 01:21

About Us

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The Union County Health Department (UCHD) was created in 1919 in response to the 1918 flu pandemic. Today, the Union County Health Department is made up of four divisions: Nursing, Environmental Health, Health Promotion and Planning, and Administration (includes Vital Statistics). These divisions provide services directly to our residents as well as services that protect our community as a whole. UCHD's main functions are to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, reduce the incidence of chronic disease, and promote health and well-being.


The mission of the Union County Health Department is to protect the health, safety and well-being of all Union County residents by providing quality public health services.




Sunday, 28 August 2011 00:30

Staff Directory

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The functions of the Union County Health Department are covered by a group of caring individuals. Below is our staff directory, including titles and program areas. All individuals may be reached by phone at 937-642-2053. If you receive an automated message, please dial the appropriate extension below. Staff may also be contacted via email. Email addresses all follow the same pattern: firstname.lastname@uchd.net.  If you are unsure who to send an email to, please send a message to contact@uchd.net 

The Union County Health Department leadership team consists of the Health Commissioner and the division directors. The leadership team is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the Union County Health Department and reports to the Union County Board of Health. 


Jason Orcena

Health Commissioner

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Gretchen Krantz

Vital Registrar & Senior Administrative Assistant

ext. 2060

Jennifer Thrush

Public Information Officer

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Tim Kelley

Accreditation Coordinator

645-2048 (press 2)



Paul Bresson

Fiscal Officer

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Ashley Mitchell

Deputy Director of Administration
Human Resources

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Michelle Amrine

Fiscal Assistant

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Diane Morrison

Administrative Assistant & Deputy Registrar

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Teresa Jackson

Administrative Assistant

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Environmental Health

marcia dreiseidel

Marcia Dreiseidel

Director of Environmental Health

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jim cogar

Jim Cogar

Deputy Director of Environmental Health
Sanitarian - Residential Sewage & Well Systems Program

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Melissa Henry

Sanitarian - Food Program, Nuisance Complaints

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holly rast

Holly Rast

Sanitarian - Food Program, Residential Sewage & Well Systems Program

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Adam Schultz

Sanitarian - Residential Sewage & Well Systems Program, Food Program

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Paul Ithenya

Sanitarian-In-Training - Residential Sewage & Well Systems Program

ext. 2029

Vic Olszewski

Plumbing Inspector

ext. 2025

Joe Morris

Administrative Assistant

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Zach Colles

Epidemiologist & Environmental Health Technician

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Allison Zandarski

Environmental Health Program Coordinator - Septic System Operation & Maintenance Program

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Health Promotion and Planning

shawn sech

Shawn Sech

Director of Health Promotion & Planning

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liz fries Elizabeth Fries
Deputy Director of Health Promotion & Planning

ext. 2031

shawnna jordan Shawnna Jordan  Health Planner - Traffic Safety & Pedestrian Injury Prevention

ext. 2032    

Doug Matthews Health Planner - Creating Healthy Communities ext. 2027
uchd Rebecca Honaker Health Planner - Older Adult Falls Injury Prevention

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uchd Zach Watson Communication Specialist - Social Media

ext. 2063

rick roush Rick Roush Emergency Preparedness Coordinator

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Mary Salimbene Merriman Epidemiologist ext. 2062
Vacant Zach Colles Epidemiologist & Environmental Health Technician ext. 2062
uchd Sally Basner Early Head Start Home Visitor ext. 2051


JoyceRichmond Joyce Richmond Director of Nursing

ext. 2054

SueLisman Sue Lisman Public Health Nurse - Communicable Disease/Immunizations

ext. 2056

susie knox Susie Knox

Public Health Nurse - Prenatal Clinic

ext. 2059

Kim Prior Public Health Nurse - Children with Medical Handicaps (CMH) & School Nursing Services

ext. 2055

Krista Finch Certified Nurse Practitioner - Sexual Health Clinic ext. 2057
uchd Regina Lopez-Wurth Public Health Nurse - Sexual Health Clinic ext. 2036
uchd Vacant Public Health Nurse - Immunizations & Children with Medical Handicaps (CMH) ext. 2261
tina conrad Tina Conrad Senior Administrative Assistant & Medical Billing

ext. 2058

Women, Infant & Children (WIC)- Delaware General Health District

The Women, Infant and Childrens (WIC) program is provided through a partnership with the Delaware General Health District. The staff working on this program are employees of the DGHD. If you would like to contact these individuals, you can call our main number at 937-642-2053 or you may email them. Email addresses for DGHD staff follow the pattern firstintiallastname@delawarehealth.org.

mani syar Mani Syar


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dawn wright Dawn Wright


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Miah Wurtsbaugh

Breastfeeding Peer Helper

ext. 2049

linda wolcott Linda Wolcott Administrative Assistant

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