About Us

The Barry-Eaton District Health Department (BEDHD) is the nationally-accredited public health service agency for Barry and Eaton counties. We protect and improve the health of Barry and Eaton counties through education; promotion of healthy lifestyles; and implementation of effective policies and programs for individuals, families, businesses, and communities. We provide a wide variety of services, from restaurant food safety inspections to the WIC nutrition program. BEDHD is governed by the Barry-Eaton Board of Health.

BEDHD Accreditation

Accreditation Seal


To protect and enhance health by promoting and providing innovative and community-based programs and initiatives.


A community where everyone has the opportunity to live a long, healthy, and active life.

Staff Directory

To contact a specific staff member, use the below contact information.

Can't find who you're looking for or not sure who to call? Contact us at 269-945-9516 (Barry County) or 517-543-2430 (Eaton County) and we will help you!

Leadership Team:

Colette Scrimger, Health Officer, 517-541-2602, 269-798-4112
Dr. Julie Kehdi, Medical Director, 517-541-2642
Jay VanStee, Environmental Health Director, 269-798-4159
Kali Nichols, Personal & Community Health Director, 517-541-2603
Milea Burgstahler, Planning and Promotion Director, 517-541-2644
Taresa Lucas, Finance Director, 517-541-2676
Jodi Pessell, Environmental Health Supervisor, 269-798-4149
David Comeau, Environmental Health Supervisor, 269-798-4103
Jackie Anderson, Personal & Community Health Supervisor, 517-541-2625
Laurel McCamman, Personal & Community Health Supervisor, 517-541-2691
Lauren Metcalfe, Personal & Community Health Supervisor, 517-541-2624
Nikki Karazim, Personal & Community Health Supervisor, 517-541-2626
Rebekah Condon, Public Health Operations Manager, 517-541-2694


Amber Palmatier, Environmental Health Specialist, 269-798-4138
Amy Sharrow, Environmental Health Data Specialist, 517-541-2639
Aurelia Hocquard, Epidemiologist, 517-541-2600
Beth Erin, Community Health Promotion Specialist, 517-541-2667
Carol Balkon, Environmental Health Specialist, 269-798-4106
Chris Chesla-Hughes, Data Specialist, 517-541-2652
Deb Fuller, Environmental Health Administrative Assistant/FOIA Coordinator, 517-541-2621
Emily Smale, Communications Specialist/PIO, 517-541-2669
Kalie Rolfe, Environmental Health Specialist, 517-541-2619
Kaylynne Miesen, Community Health Promotion Specialist, 517-541-2614
Lindsey Patterson, Community Health Promotion Specialist, 517-541-2606
Lynsy Romanowski, Environmental Health Specialist, 269-798-4138
Maddie Vervaeke, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, 517-541-2693
Matthew Hill, Environmental Health Specialist, 269-798-4108
Nick Homant, Environmental Health Specialist, 517-541-2629
Shane Adams, Environmental Health Specialist, 517-541-2672
Sydney Nicholl, Community Health Promotion Specialist, 517-541-2623

To contact Human Resources, please email humanresources@bedhd.org or call 517-541-2671.

Page last updated on 3/6/2024.

Core Values

BEDHD identified the following values intrinsic to its service to the community:

  • We are committed to helping people.
  • We will treat people with dignity and respect.
  • We will assure good health and wellness.
  • We will fulfill the essential public health functions.


Organizational Chart
Organizational Chart

Strategic Plan
2024-2028 Strategic Plan Approved by BOH on 12/15/23

Annual Reports
2023 Annual Report
2022 Annual Report
2020-2021 Report to the Community
2019 Annual Report
2018 Annual Report

Michigan's Guide to Public Health for Local Governing Entities

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