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!

Jackie Anderson, Clinical Supervisor, 517-541-2625
Carol Balkon, Environmental Health Specialist, 269-798-4106
Wynn Berry, Environmental Health Specialist, 517-541-2658
Milea Burgstahler, Public Health Operations Manager, 517-541-2644
Chris Chesla-Hughes, Health Analyst, 517-541-2652
David Comeau, Environmental Health Specialist, 269-798-4103
Rebekah Condon, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, 517-541-2693
Laura Fox, Personal & Community Health Director, 517-541-2603
Deb Fuller, Environmental Health Administrative Assistant/FOIA Coordinator, 517-541-2621
Matthew Hill, Environmental Health Specialist, 269-798-4108
Nick Homant, Environmental Health Specialist, 517-541-2629
Nick Justice, Environmental Health Specialist, 269-798-4136
Matthew Kelley, Environmental Health Specialist, 517-541-2619
Taresa Lucas, Finance Director, 517-541-2676
Aurelia Peña, Epidemiologist, 517-541-2600
Nikki Karazim, Personal & Community Health Supervisor, 517-541-2626
Laurel McCamman, Maternal Child Health Supervisor, 517-541-2691
Lauren Metcalfe, Outreach Supervisor, 517-541-2624
Kaylynne Miesen, Community Health Promotion Specialist, 517-541-2614
Amber Palmatier, Environmental Health Specialist, 269-798-4138
Lindsey Patterson, Community Health Promotion Specialist, 517-541-2606
Colette Scrimger, Health Officer, 517-541-2602, 269-798-4112
Amy Sharrow, Environmental Health Specialist, 517-541-2639
Emily Smale, Communications Specialist, 517-541-2669
Jodi Pessell, Community Services Supervisor, 269-798-4149
Jay VanStee, Environmental Health Director, 269-798-4159

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

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

2019-2023 Strategic Plan

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