Sheila Johnson
Public Information Officer, Nebraska Environmental Trust
Phone: (402) 471-5409
Fax: (402) 471-8233

Press Release: Dr. Joseph Acierno Named To Environmental Trust Board



Lincoln, NE – March 15, 2013 - The Nebraska Environmental Trust is pleased to announce that Dr. Joesph Acierno has been named to the board by Governor Dave Heineman in succession of Dr. Joann Schaefer. Dr. Acierno is the new Chief Medical Officer and Director of the Division of Public Health for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. Before assuming his current position on March 8, 2013, Dr. Acierno had served as Deputy Chief Medical Officer since 2007 and was legal counsel to the department prior to that.

As Director and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Acierno oversees regulatory activity and community health. He is committed to ensuring Nebraskans receive safe, effective quality care as well as helping them live a healthy lifestyle throughout their entire lives.

He continues to promote a culture of wellness across the state through health education, immunizations, preventive screenings, good nutrition, physical activity and disease prevention.

He is a member of the public health emergency response team and is also part of the National Health Security Preparedness Index Project Governance Workgroup sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Association for State and Territorial Health Officials.

Commenting on his appointment, Dr Acierno said, “I’m looking forward to serving on the Trust board and learning about the various projects they fund.”

The Trust Board is comprised of 14 members representing the State of Nebraska and its citizens. Nine citizen representatives are appointed by the Governor to serve six year terms. Three representatives are chosen from each congressional district, serve without pay and represent a wide variety of natural resource interests. Five agency directors make up the remaining seats on the board to provide coordination with existing state resources. A staff of five handles the day-to-day activities of the organization.

Mark Brohman, Executive Director of the Trust said, “We are excited to have Dr. Acierno join us and bring his medical and legal expertise to the board.” 

The Trust was established in 1992 and has funded more than $195 million to 1,500 projects across the state. Anyone – citizens, organizations, communities, farmers and businesses – can apply for projects involving habitat, surface and ground water, waste management, air quality and soil management in Nebraska.  The Nebraska Environmental Trust works to preserve, protect and restore our natural resources for future generations.

For more information, you may contact Ms Sheila Johnson at 402- 471-1714.