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Wieringa Joins Memorial Health Board

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Memorial Health announces the appointment of a new board member, Emily Wieringa of Plain City. Appointed by the Union County Commissioners, Wieringa will serve a six-year term for the seat formerly held by Donna Burke and will take an active role on the eight-member volunteer Board of Trustees who govern the path of Memorial Health.

Wieringa currently serves as the Director of Construction and Engineering at The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Powell where she has worked since 2012. In this position, she has administrative oversight of capital construction projects for The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Zoombezi Bay, Safari Golf Course, and the Wilds. Wieringa also has a wealth of expertise in the engineering and construction fields, with previous experience from 2009 to 2012 as Project Engineer for the Union County Engineers Department. In addition, she served eight years as Senior Project Manager at Thomas & Marker Construction Company, where she focused on numerous Marysville-area primary education, zoological, and office facility construction projects.

Wieringa received her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. She is a Registered Professional Engineer with the State of Ohio. In 2015, she was nominated and selected in the inaugural group of STEM Exemplars for the Ohio Academy of Science.

Wieringa has been a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) since 1997 and actively serves in several capacities as a member of the ASCE Central Ohio branch. Her passion for engineering and science inspires Wieringa to share her career path and story with students. As such she assists with the annual ASCE Career Day outreach program for high school students, serves as a mentor for engineering students at The Ohio State University, and has sat on panels at Purdue University for incoming students interested in engineering.

Speaking to her appointment, Wieringa said, “As a local resident and a life-long learner, I am anxious to both serve my community and learn the ins-and-outs of the healthcare business model. It certainly is an exciting time to join the board as we progress through the Memorial 2020 renovation and expansion project. I hope to be an asset to the team on the upcoming construction phases, as well as support Memorial in our goals to provide trusted care and unsurpassed patient experiences.”

Wieringa will join current board members including Chairperson Nikki Conklin, Vice-Chairperson Gary McDowell, Secretary Neal Handler, Chad Hoffman, Doug Loudenslager, Thomas Ranney, and Dennis Stone. The Memorial Health Board of Trustees is a bipartisan board, comprised of no more than four members of the same political party.