OUR TEAM

VALYN BODENSTEINER
VALYN BODENSTEINERCommunications Specialist
Bodensteiner is responsible for creating and executing a comprehensive marketing and communications strategy for NIAMRRE. She holds a bachelor’s degree in digital media and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in strategic communication from University of Iowa.

515-294-3104
valynb@niamrre.org

ERICA HELLMICH
ERICA HELLMICHAdministrative Specialist
Hellmich is in charge of planning and coordinating NIAMRRE projects, events, schedules, travel arrangements, and team finances. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in entomology from Iowa State University.

515-294-3352
ericah@niamrre.org

KRISTEN OBBINK
KRISTEN OBBINKAssociate Director
Dr. Obbink (DVM, MPH, DACVPM) leads NIAMRRE’s operational management and coordinates stakeholder engagement activities. She held previous roles in the Center for Food Security and Public Health, Iowa Department of Public Health, and the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals.

515-294-4049
kobbink@niamrre.org

PAUL PLUMMER
PAUL PLUMMERExecutive Director
Dr. Plummer (DVM, PhD, DACVIM (LIAM), DECSRHM) is an Associate Professor in Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine at Iowa State University. He is also the current Director of the Midwest AMR Consortium and serves on the AVMA’s Committee on Antimicrobials.

515-294-3352
pplummer@niamrre.org

Interim Executive Advisory Board

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MIKE BOEHM

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Dr. Boehm is Harlan Vice Chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln and Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska.

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BERNADETTE DUNHAM

George Washington University

Dr. Bernadette Dunham is the former Director of FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine and currently serves as an Advisor for the new FDA One Health Program. Dunham is also a Professorial Lecturer at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, where her focus is on One Health issues.

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LONNIE KING

Ohio State University

Dr. Lonnie King was the former Professor and Dean Emeritus for the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State University. He is currently a voting member on Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (PACCARB).

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SARAH NUSSER

Iowa State University

Dr. Nusser is the Vice President for Research at Iowa State University. Under Nusser’s leadership Iowa State’s sponsored research funding has reached a new record high, supporting projects in both longstanding strengths and emerging areas of inquiry.

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ROBIN PATEL

Mayo Clinic

Dr. Patel is Chair of the Division of Clinical Microbiology and a Consultant in the Division of Clinical Microbiology and Division of Infectious Diseases. She is also the incoming President of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).

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CATHIE WOTEKI

Independent Consultant

Dr. Woteki was the former Under Secretary for United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Research, Education, and Economics (REE) mission area, as well as the department’s Chief Scientist.