Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman has named Kerry Winterer, a member of the state board of education, as CEO of the states department of health and human services, effective July 13. Winterer, 59 , started working in the healthcare industry in 1988, when he co-founded the Benefit Group, which administers healthcare and other plans for small employers. In his role as vice president and general counsel, Winterer oversaw the operational areas of the company, including administration and financial oversight. He was appointed to the state board of education in 2007 and elected in 2008.
As CEO of Nebraskas largest state agencywhich includes divisions in behavioral health, children and family services, developmental disabilities, Medicaid and long-term care, public health and veterans homesWinter will oversee a budget of $2.9 billion and more than 5,500 full-time employees in more than 70 offices. He will earn an annual salary of $155,000.
A Nebraska native, Winterer earned a bachelors degree in psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a law degree at Columbia University School of Law in New York.