Don Neuert

Don Neuert

Centralia Graduate Gets Master’s Degree in Security Studies

 Don Neuert, program manager with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, completed a master of arts in security studies at the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security, Monterey, California, on March 31.

Neuert, a 1984 Centralia High School graduate, has held various state public health and health care emergency preparedness positions within the Division of Public Health over his 19 years in DHS.

He currently serves as the state Emergency Medical Countermeasures program manager in the Office of Preparedness and Emergency Health Care, where he coordinates emergency medications needed in response to bioterrorism incidents or infectious disease outbreaks impacting Wisconsin communities.

In his community, Neuert is an 11-year elected official in the Beaver Dam City Council. He currently serves as the chairman of the Administrative Committee, which oversees city finances/budgets, grants, licenses, personnel and strategic planning.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational administration from the University of Wisconsin — Oshkosh. Neuert and his family have resided in Beaver Dam since October 1999.     

 During the 18-month online and in-residence program, he collaborated with homeland security officials from across the nation on current policy, strategy and organizational design challenges.

He wrote a thesis titled, “Closing the Gap: To What Extent Do Socioeconomic Barriers Impede Response to Emerging Public Health Threats?”

 Newert is the recipeint of the prestigious Zimboardo Award, which is given to the member of each graduating cohort who best embodies Dr. Philip Zimbardo’s example of combined scientific and applied excellence.

It recognizes the student whose outstanding analyses and keen insights exemplify the best in academic scholarship as applied to the solution of emergent national challenges. Candidates for the award are nominated, and the recipient chosen, by the Center for Homeland Defense and Security faculty awards committee.

Twenty-eight CHDS students participated in the ceremony. They represent a snapshot of the homeland security profession, including professionals from the fields of homeland security, emergency management, law enforcement, fire service, public health, education and city/county government.

CHDS, located at the Naval Postgraduate School, is the nation’s homeland security educator. Master’s degree students develop critical thinking, leadership and policy skills during a rigorous 18-month program.

Napavine Student Gets Scholarship From Bauer Built

Bauer Built Inc., of Durand, Wisconsin, has announced that Napavine High School student Skylar Harmon has won a G.F. “Sam” and Ethel V. Bauer/Bauer Built Inc. Scholarship.

Harmon is the daughter of Stacey and Jodi Harmon, of Chehalis, and the granddaughter of Brad and Faye Harmon, Chetek, Wisconsin. Brad Harmon is an an outside sales representative in the wholesale department at Bauer Built.  Skylar plans to attend the University of Washington, majoring in biology/premedicine.

Bauer Built introduced this scholarship program in 1994 in commemoration of its 50th anniversary and in honor of its founders, G. F. “Sam” and Ethel V. Bauer.

Harmon will be awarded $1,500 upon completing her first semester of post-secondary course of instruction. Since 1994, Bauer Built has awarded $102,000 in scholarships.

Bauer Built has been in business 73 years, servicing the Midwest with tires and expanded light mechanical services. Bauer Built has 34 tire locations, seven Michelin retread plants and four wheel-refinishing operations. It also operates a bulk petroleum business out of its headquarters in Durand.

Visiting Nurses Awards Scholarship to Centralia Student

The Visiting Nurses Foundation has awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Samantha “Sami” Teitzel, who is graduating next month from Centralia High School. Teitzel also will receive her associate of arts degree from Centralia College in the spring. She plans to attend CC to pursue a degree in nursing this fall.

She is the daughter of Alan and Rebecca Teitzel.

“Sami embodies the perfect candidate for a scholarship from our foundation,” said Jenny Collins, Visiting Nurses Foundation executive director. “She is a well-rounded and devoted student and community member. This is the third of five health care scholarships we will award for 2017.”

“The education portion of our mission is often overlooked, but we feel passionate about students taking the initial step to put themselves into a position to become a nurse,” said Trevor Elliott, 2018 Visiting Nurses board president. “Samantha is a prime example of someone local who has a passion for serving in this capacity, and we are excited to be a part of her next step.”

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