Contact IDE&R

Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Response
1000 SW Jackson Street, Suite 075
Topeka, KS 66612
Phone: 877-427-7317
Fax: 877-427-7318

24 Hour Hotline for disease reporting and public health emergencies: 1-877-427-7317

Report a food-related illness or complaint: visit

State Epidemiologist
Farah Ahmed, MPH, PhD

Deputy State Epidemiologist &
Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Response Section Director
Sheri Tubach, MPH, MS

State Public Health Veterinarian
Ingrid Garrison, DVM, MPH, Dipl.ACVPM

Surveillance Systems Section Director
Shannon Sandall

Senior Epidemiologists
Daniel Neises, MPH
Chelsea Raybern, MPH

Justin Blanding, MPH
Amie Cook, MPH
Robert Geist, MPH, CIC, FAPIC
Samad Ishrati, MPH
Allison Zaldivar, MPH

Medical Investigator
Ella Vajnar

Public Health Consultants
Nichole Seawell

Healthcare-Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance (HAI/AR)
Program Director
Bryna Stacey, MPH, BSN, RN

HAI/AR Program Subject Matter Expert
Kellie Wark, MD, MPH

Cory Brockman

Quality Assurance Coordinator
Mary Aker

Electronic Laboratory Reporting Coordinator
Linda King

Administrative Specialist
Renee Rivera