Brady L. Kerkman
Chief Executive Officer
 
Brady L. Kerkman is originally from Clearwater, Nebraska, and is a graduate of Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota, with a double major in psychology and sociology. He comes to Choice Family Health Care with a broad array of experience working for Corrections in South Dakota, directing two national disability programs in South Dakota, managing policy and compliance for the Utah Department of Health, and operating a child advocacy center advocating for young adults who fell victim to abuse and sexual assault. Brady has a strong passion for mission-driven organizations that are prevalent in nonprofit agencies. He is very committed to serving the most vulnerable and has a strong commitment to the team that he works alongside. During his spare time, which is generally very limited when running a nonprofit center, he enjoys spending time with his wife Maria, son Dimitri, and their three miniature pinschers. He enjoys home projects, woodworking and painting.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dr. Steven Husen
Medical Director
 
Dr. Steven Husen, M.D., has been with Choice Family Health Care for the past 24 years as the Medical Director. He is originally from Wood River, Nebraska. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of NebraskaLincoln and his medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Husen is the founder of Family Practice of Grand Island, which opened its doors in 1978 and has been a valuable resource to surrounding communities. He brings valuable insight, experience and supervision to the clinical services provided at both clinics within Choice Family Health Care. Choice Family Health Care is fortunate to have a well-respected and esteemed member of the healthcare community as part of the team.
 
Max Norvell
Licensed Pharmacist  
 
 
 
 
Gayle Smidt
Executive Assistant 
 
Gayle is the executive assistant to the chief executive officer of Choice Family Health Care. She has been employed at the agency for five years. Gayle has taken classes in accounting and computers at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She has been married for 44 years and has three children and five grandchildren. Gayle enjoys gardening, reading and trail riding. She and her husband live with one cat, one dog, two horses and six chickens.
 
 
 
 
 
Vicki Stoecker 
Contracted Financial Services Coordinator

 
 
 
 
  
 
 
Melody Grim
Patient Accounts and IT Director
 
Melody is the patient accounts and IT director for Choice Family Health Care. She started with CFHC as a volunteer in 1994, and the organization quickly realized her skill set and she became a full-time employee. Melody oversees all patient accounts and supervises the office manager. She enjoys the diverse cross-section of individuals that CFHC serves on a daily basis. Melody finds the work she does extremely rewarding, knowing that many people’s lives are better off than they were before because of services that CFHC provided them. She has worked with many staff over the past 23 years and has found the team at CFHC to be very focused and committed. During her spare time, Melody enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.
 
 
Angela Paul
LPN - Clinical Assistant II
 
Angela joined Choice Family Health Care in 2011 as an LPN in the agency's Grand Island clinic. She graduated in 2003 from Central Community College with her LPN. Angela comes to Choice Family Health Care with experience in long-term, acute, rehabilitative care and as an elementary and middle school nurse. Angela is known to set the tone for superior customer service with high patient satisfaction as she treats every patient with the highest level of integrity, professionalism and courtesy. She is also known for being very proud of maintaining a very neat and clean work area and lab, as she limits the traffic to her and her patients. She spends her free time with her four children and her two dogs.

 
 
 
 
 
Christy Olson
Patient Accounts Clerk
 
Christy resides in Edgar, Nebraska. She is the proud mother of two great children. Christy joined the Choice Family Health Care team in January 2016 as the patient accounts clerk, and her main responsibilities include working with insurance companies, taking payments and quality control for agency coding. Christy has fit into the dynamic of CFHC and the strong teamwork mentality. She prides herself on high-quality work and finds it rewarding to know that she has made a difference in patients' lives. During her spare time, Christy enjoys reading, camping, riding ATVs and relaxing outdoors on the deck.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jessica Larraga
Office Manager
 
Jessica comes to Choice Family Health Care with previous experience working in long-term care. When first employed at CFHC, she was a Clinical Assistant I. She has learned that hard work, commitment and professionalism is recognized and was promoted to office manager. In the past two years, Jessica has gained a great amount of experience from patient services, grant requirements, pharmaceutical contracts, ordering supplies and leading a team of clinical assistants. She has seen many changes to include the addition of primary care, mental health services, refugee screenings and now the goal of a mobile medical unit. Choice Family Health Care is able to provide services to patients on a sliding fee scale, and flexible payment plans helps ensure patients receive prompt, quality and affordable healthcare. Central Nebraska has a strong need for services provided by CFHC, and she is proud to be a member of a team that is constantly looking to expand to better serve those who are most vulnerable.
Roxanna Raymundo
Clinical Assistant II

 
 
 
Stephanie Lueninghoener
Clinical Assistant II
 
Stephanie is a native of Kearney, Nebraska. Her husband and four children are excited to be part of the community and see it grow over the years. Stephanie graduated from Kearney High School and went on to graduate from Joseph’s College of Beauty – Kearney in April of 2005. Stephanie worked as a cosmetologist for five years before returning to school to earn her Associate of Science in medical assisting services from Herzing University in 2013. In 2017, Stephanie became certified as a medical assistant. She worked in skilled care as a CNA/med aid until becoming employed full-time at Choice Family Health Care in Kearney in January 2017. Stephanie has great respect for the patients of Choice Family Health Care and looks forward to meeting and serving each patient.
 
  
 



 
Vacant
Clinical Assistant I

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Azucena Hernandez
Clinical Assistant I
 
Azucena joined Choice Family Health Care in 2017 as a Clinical Assistant I. Prior to coming to CFHC, she worked at the Grand Island Veterans' Home for nearly two years. What Azucena has enjoyed most about her time at CFHC has been working with the the staff and being involved in helping young females get started on a contraceptive method to lower the rates of teen pregnancies, as well as helping low-income families who can't afford medical services anywhere else. In her spare time, Azucena loves spending time with her family cooking, grilling outside and just sitting out by the bonfire on chilly nights roasting marshmallows.
 
 
Ana Avalos
Outreach & Education Specialist
 
Ana Avalos started at Choice Family Health Care in July for her externship from Kaplan University. Prior to CFHC, she worked at St. Francis Hospital for three years and the Grand Island Veterans' Home for four years. Ana enjoys helping patients and seeing them smile.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sonya Frances
Mental Health Therapist
 
Sonya believes every person deserves to feel safe, secure and at peace within themselves. Her approach is to work with clients collaboratively. Sonya has more than five years of experience helping patients with mental, emotional and behavioral health issues. She also has more than 11 years of experience with career counseling and working with individuals experiencing academic difficulties. Sonya enjoys working with individuals, couples and families in a relaxed setting.