Elected November 2017
Term Ending: November 2020
Eldonna Chesnut, RN, BSN, MSN, is employed by Johnson County Department of Health and Environment as division director of Child Care Licensing since 2001. She is a member of the inaugural class of Kansas Public Health Leadership Institute and served on their advisory board after program completion. Eldonna serves as the JCDHE representative to many county and statewide organizations related to child care and to public health.
Eldonna has served Kansas Public Health Association as past president, president-elect, director at large, Section chair, and Affiliate Representative to APHA Governing Council. Eldonna also served as Conference Committee chair and was on the conference committee member for several years. Additionally, she was an Orientation Manual Project committee member, and past Membership chair. Eldonna received the Samuel Crumbine award, KPHA’s highest honor, in 2012. She is one of the founding members of MINK – (Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas Public Health Associations). Under the mentorship of the Great Lakes Region, MINK started meeting by conference call on a monthly basis and in person at an annual spring meeting. The camaraderie, best practice sharing, and support of each other has helped Region 7 become a recognizable name within APHA and with other Affiliates.
Within APHA, Eldonna is currently serving as Council of Affiliates as immediate past chair. Additional roles included CoA chair and chair-elect, CoA Liaison to Intersectional Section Council Steering Committee, and Region 7 Representative to CoA. She was actively involved in the APHA Joint Membership Pilot for six years. In 2016, she served on the APHA Executive Board as the CoA representative. During that time she was an active participant in the Committee on Social Responsibly, Executive Board Membership Committee, and Annual Meeting Speaker Vetting subcommittee. She is currently still serving on the APHA EB Membership Committee as CoA representative. She has been an APHA member since 2008 and is currently a member of three Sections: Maternal Child Health and the Child Care Committee (under MCH Section), Health Administration, and Public Health Nursing, as well as served on the Opioid Policy workgroup. Eldonna has attended the APHA Annual Meeting and Affiliate Day every year since 2008.