Louise Gau

Louise Gau
Billing/Admin Specialist
Louise’s passion has always been to do 'good work' that makes a difference. She states, “in Weight Mgt we are all dedicated to doing whatever it takes to help our patients achieve their goals. Because Alegent Health is dedicated to the healing ministry of Jesus Christ, I know that I'm in a place to do 'good work' that can really make a difference.”

Cora Villagomez

Cora Villagomez, APRN, FNP-C
Nurse and Health Educator

Cora joined our team in February 2010 as a nurse and health educator. She received her bachelor of science in nursing as well as her master’s of science in nursing at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She is now currently working in the program as Nurse Practitioner Coordinator. She has other experience working in the ER, as well as a personal trainer and teaching fitness classes. She has a passion in coaching patients how to transform their behaviors to improve the quality of their lives.

Grant Hewitt

Grant Hewitt
Team Lead

Grant has been working at Weight Management for over 7 years. 5 of those as a Health Educator, and more than 2 as Program Coordinator/Team Lead. He has a degree in exercise physiology from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Also has experience personal training and is a former GNC employee. “I love to teach and help people see fresh new ways of looking at and experiencing healthy behaviors”.

Cora Villagomez

Katie Werth, NP-C
Bariatric Coordinator

Katie joined Weight Management in May 2009. She has her Associate of Science in Nursing from College of St. Mary’s. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Creighton University and her Master of Science in Nursing from University Nebraska Medical Center. As a nurse, she worked in the OR with the Bariatric Surgeons in order to understand the surgical components. She currently is an ASMBS CBN item writer. She enjoys working with Bariatric patients to prepare them for surgery.

Jeannie Beckman

Jeannie Beckman, RN

Jeannie has worked as a Nurse in a variety of settings, including Critical Care, Dialysis, Home Care, a College setting, and in a Medical Clinic. She had helped to coordinate the Weight Management Program’s beginnings at Immanuel and Mercy in Council Bluffs. Jeannie attended the University of Nebraska – College of Nursing and loves the direct contact with patients since the very start of her career as a nurse. In working with patient's she hopes they find, as part of this program, that small daily changes in their lives will add up to a big difference in their health.

Tim Pontti

Tim Pontti, RN
Health Educator

Tim joined our team in April 2010 as a nurse and health educator. He attended University of Nebraska Medical Center where he received his Bachelor's Degree. Currently Tim is supporting HMR with nursing and health educator duties at all three locations (Mercy, Immanuel Medical Center and Lakeside Hospital).

Sue Philbin

Sue Philbin
Health Educator

Sue, the Mercy Team’s Health Educator, has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Food & Nutrition. A long time Alegent Employee, she has worked with patients throughout her career with Alegent. She has successfully completed the weight loss program and takes on the challenges of the Maintenance Patients to hold her accountable with maintaining her weight loss. Sue is a member of the Alegent Wellness Committee and enjoys bringing fun to assignments and activities for patients and staff alike.

Shana Skillstad

Shana Skillstad
Health Educator

Shana joined the Weight Management team in June of 2011 as a Health Educator. Her background is in personal training, group fitness, youth programming and body building. She attended UNO and received her BS in Exercise Science. She is currently working on her Masters at Bellevue University in Healthcare Administration. Shana is always looking for new ways to physically challenge herself and ran in the Corporate Cup & Market-2-Market races recently. Running is not her favorite activity, but it pushes her out of her comfort zone.

Leeanna Carr

Leeanna Carr
Health Educator

Leeanna Carr joins our team with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and has a strong background in personal training, group fitness and nutrition. She enjoys coaching and teaching patients about making positive lifestyle changes. When Leeanna is not at work, she enjoys working out, cheering at high school football games (especially, Millard South, “GO PATRIOTS”!) and is a movie and TV junkie!

Jacque Thiele

Jacque Thiele
Dietitian

Jackie joined the team as the Registered Dietitian for Alegent Creighton Health’s Weight Management Center in 2013. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and completed her Internship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. When she is not at work helping others reach their

Laura Jennings

Laura Jennings, RN
Bariatric Surgery Nurse Navigator

Laura is a Registered Nurse and has been employed at Immanuel since 1990. She joined the Immanuel Weight Management Center Bariatric Surgery Team as a Nurse Navigator in 2007.

Jeanne Scheve

Jeanne Scheve, RN
Bariatric Surgery Nurse Navigator

Jeanne joined the Immanuel Weight Management team in July, 2009. A 20-year Alegent Creighton staff member, Jeanne previously worked in Alegent’s outpatient surgery centers at Bergan Mercy, Lakeside and Lakeside Procedure Center. This surgery experience is helping Jeanne navigate bariatric surgery patients through their weight loss journey.

Leslie Minino

Leslie Minino
Bariatric Specialist

Leslie started as a Childcare Teacher at Immanuel Medical Center in June, 2008 in the Child Development Center then was promoted to Team Lead July of 2012. Upon graduation from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with my Bachelor's in Human Sciences and Education in May 2013, I knew that I wanted to discover opportunities within healthy lifestyles/weight management. Just recently joined the Weight Mgmt/Bariatric Surgery team in September 2013 and is interested in pursuing further educational aspirations in the future.

Melanie Peltz

Melanie Peltz
OD, Wellness Services

Melanie has been a member of the Immanuel family since 2004 as a special projects analyst for administration and coordinator in weight management. Her varied background includes a BA in English from Austin College, management of international tours of Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance, Blue Man Group, and David Copperfield, and instruction of group fitness at Better Bodies.

Jill Schmeeckle

Jill Schmeeckle
Business Development Coordinator

Jill is the Business Development Coordinator for Alegent Health’s Weight Management, Diabetes and Wellness Centers. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska-Kearney and has worked in Marketing & Sales for the last eight years with various companies, and joined Weight Management in 2011. When not at work, Jill loves spending time with her husband and two kids.