Board & Staff


Arlan Johnson


Arlan Johnson began his career at Howard County Medical Center in the Clinic Director position and after three short years, he was promoted to CEO. Arlan graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Finance. Arlan received his Masters of Healthcare Administration degree through Bellevue University in 2012.

Prior to joining the staff at HCMC, Arlan worked in the banking industry for over 15 years, most recently as a Bank Manager for Bank of the West in Grand Island. Arlan has been employed at HCMC since October of 2007. Arlan, and his wife Kori, reside in St. Paul. They also have four children: Brandon, Madison, Gunnar & Emily.

Morgan Meyer

Morgan is the Chief Financial Officer at Howard County Medical Center. Prior to her position as CFO, she worked in public accounting as a senior healthcare auditor at Seim Johnson, LLP. Morgan graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional Accounting from Hastings College in 2011.
She has been a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) since June of 2013. She is also a member of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Nebraska chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). In March of 2014, she obtained her HFMA certification as a Certified Healthcare Financial Professional (CHFP).
Morgan and her husband Jordan are both natives of and reside in St. Paul with their daughter Lainey.

Jillyn Klein

Jillyn Klein began her career at Howard County Medical Center in 2000. She was hired as a Radiologic Technologist, and in 2001 was promoted to Radiology Director. In July of 2013, Jillyn was promoted to Chief Operating Officer. Jillyn’s primary responsibilities include overseeing all of outpatient services, in addition to working to expand our current services.

Jillyn graduated from Fort Hays State University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Radiology Technology. She is currently working to earn her Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration. Prior to joining the HCMC staff, Jillyn worked in the Radiology Department at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island. Jillyn, her husband Steven, and children Tristan, Tamryn, Ty and Trasa reside in Wolbach.

Kathleen Hurst

Clinic Director

Kathleen Hurst is the Medical Clinic Director at Howard County Medical Center. She officially joined the HCMC staff in September of 2010. She received her Associates Degree in Management with a minor in Medical Office Technology from Central Community College in Grand Island. She has over 24 years of management experience, and has been working in the medical field for over 36 years. Kathleen was born and raised in the Dannebrog area and now lives in Grand Island. She is married to Butch Hurst who is a police officer for the Grand Island Police Department. She has a son and daughter-in-law that live in Texas and a granddaughter who is a 3rd grade elementary teacher for the Grand Island School system.

Leslie Belzer

Director of Human Resources

Leslie is the Director of Human Resources at Howard County Medical Center. She has worked in Human Resources for since 2001. Prior to coming to HCMC, she was the Human Resources & Benefits Manager for Bosselman Companies and in Human Resources at Chief Fabrication. Leslie has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business with an emphasis in Human Resource Management. She also holds her Professional in Human Resources Certification (PHR) and her SHRM Certified Professional designation (SHRM-CP). She holds a Board position with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Nebraska State Council. She has been a member of SHRM for 12 years and was previously a chapter President for the Central Nebraska Human Resource Management Association. Leslie started with HCMC in August of 2014. Leslie and her 2 daughters, Hayley and Carley reside in Grand Island.

Janelle Morgan

Janelle is the Co-Director of Nursing at Howard County Medical Center. She graduated in 1997 from Central Community College with her Associate Degree in Nursing. She started employment with HCMC in 1997 and transitioned to ED/Inpatient/Trauma Coordinator at HCMC in 2008. In 2015 she accepted the Co-Director of Nursing position. She is a graduate of the Nebraska Hospital Association Leadership Institute and obtained her Board Certification in Emergency Nursing in 2011. Janelle is currently a member of the Region 3 Trauma Advisory Board for the State of Nebraska & is also a member of the Emergency Nurse’s Association. She is a St. Paul native & currently resides in St. Paul with her husband Bob & children Carson & Camryn.

Kathy Bowman

Kathy is Co-Director of Nursing at Howard County Medical Center. Kathy was born and raised in Geneva Nebraska. She is a graduate of Mary Lanning Memorial School of Nursing in Hastings Nebraska. She went on to receive a Bachelors of Science in Health Arts. Kathy started her career in small rural hospitals and even though she has worked in larger facilities she still prefers the rural hospital environment. Kathy has held numerous different positions in nursing and believes that is the reason she still enjoys it as much as she did the first day.  She is married and has one son who lives and works in Lincoln- no grandkids but she does have a grand dog. Kathy is very involved in our area Medical Reserve Corp. which is another one of her passions.

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