New Board Of Directors Announced Through Northeast Nebraska Behavioral Health Network

NORFOLK – Region experts recently joined the Northeast Nebraska Behavioral Health Network Board of Directors.

According to a release from NNBHN, three individuals were recognized as new members to the Board of Directors.

Each will bring expertise and experience that will enhance the board’s ability to meet their goal of expanding the behavioral health workforce in northeast and northcentral Nebraska.

They include Annette Dubas, Executive Director of the Nebraska Association of Behavioral Health Organizations; Mary Ann Anderson, RN, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Oasis Counseling in Norfolk and as faculty at UNMC North – College of Nursing as well as Nicholas Shudak, PhD, Dean of the School of Education & Counseling at Wayne State College

Annette Dubas brings connections to nearly 50 organizations providing behavioral and mental health services across the state. She also brings connections to regional, state and national organizations all working to enhance the work of behavioral health professionals with a focus on expanding the behavioral health workforce.

With extensive local, regional and national involvement in the behavioral health field, Mary Ann Anderson represents the psychiatric nursing field on the board. Her work as faculty at UNMC-North College of Nursing demonstrates her commitment to workforce development in the nursing and the behavioral health field.

Nicholas Shudak brings a regional perspective of post-secondary academic institutions and strong commitment to workforce development in rural northeast and northcentral Nebraska. Dr. Shudak brings over 15 years of experience and leadership in education across multiple levels. WSC offers bachelor and masters degree programs in the Behavioral Health field with a commitment to excellence.

A group of 30 plus regional stakeholders committed to expanding the behavioral healthcare workforce developed the Northeast Nebraska Behavioral Health Network. NNBHN is home to STARS (Students Training at Rural Sites) which works to connect behavioral health students with regional and local employers; STARS also works to recruit behavioral health professionals to its 24-county service area.

For more information about NNBHN and its work to expand and enhance the behavioral health field, contact staff at 402-644-7285 or email