WUPHD Has a New Leader

Kate Beer MPA, CPA, CGMA, has been named the new Health Officer-Administrator of Western Upper Peninsula Health Department. On Oct. 1, 2014, Beer will take the reins as health officer, the top public health official serving the 71,000 residents of Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties, succeeding Guy St. Germain, who retires September 30th.

Beer has worked at the health department since June 1996, where she currently works as director of accounting and finance. She also served as the executive officer of the health department’s former home health company.

Beer earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a major in accounting from Western Michigan University, and a master’s in public administration from Northern Michigan University. She lives in Aura with her husband, Craig, and daughter, Emily, a student at L’Anse High School. Their son, Charlie, is a student at Michigan State University.

“I am very excited about the new assignment,” Beer said. “I look forward to working with community partners to safeguard and improve health in the Western U.P. region.”

St. Germain leaves his post as health officer-executive officer after 24 years at the health department, the last 10 as health officer. Before joining the health department management team, he worked in hospital administration and banking, and earned a master’s degree in public administration.