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University of Iowa News Release

March 15, 2006

Photos: Todd Linden, Denise O'Brien, and Laurie Zelnio (left to right )

UI College Of Public Health Announces New Board Members

Three new representatives appointed to the University of Iowa College of Public Health's board of advisors bring practical expertise in health care administration, sustainable agriculture and occupational safety.

The incoming members are Todd Linden, president and CEO of Grinnell Regional Medical Center in Grinnell, Iowa; Denise O'Brien, founder and executive director of the Women, Food, and Agriculture Network based in Atlantic, Iowa; and Laurie Zelnio, director of safety, environment and standards at Deere & Company in Moline, Ill.

"Through their diverse experiences, members of the board provide vision and guidance to the college and help to shape its policies, priorities and programs," said James Merchant, dean of the UI College of Public Health.

The College of Public Health's board of advisors is comprised of 23 leaders representing business and labor, government, health care, health insurance, higher education and volunteer associations. The board meets biannually to discuss issues and opportunities that affect the college and the UI.

The new board members replace the following members who have completed their terms: Marilyn Adams, founder and president of Farm Safety 4 Just Kids; John Connett, professor and head of biostatistics at the University of Minnesota; Mary Pittman, president of the Health Research and Educational Trust; and Fred Toca, president of Toca Enterprises.

STORY SOURCE: The University of Iowa College of Public Health, Office of Communications, 4261 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

MEDIA CONTACT: Dan McMillan, 319-335-6835,

PHOTOS: Photographs of Todd Linden, Denise O'Brien, and Laurie Zelnio are available at the following website