Daniel Runde

Co-Chair

Daniel Runde, M.D., is the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Iowa Harm Reduction Coalition. As Co-Chair he provides guidance and direction as the organization continues to expand its efforts in multiple arenas, including overdose prevention, community outreach, legislative advocacy and harm reduction education. Daniel currently works as an Emergency Medicine (EM) physician at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinic, where he serves as Assistant Program Director for the EM Residency, a Course Director in the Carver College of Medicine, and Co-Director of the Mobile Clinic. Prior to attending medical school, he worked with people who use drugs in his role as director of Las Duchas in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Daniel graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Philosophy before receiving his M.D. from the University of Iowa College of Medicine. He completed his residency training in EM at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital in New York, NY and a Fellowship in Medical Education at Harbor-UCLA and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. After returning to Iowa, Daniel also received a Master Degree in Medical Education from the University of Iowa. He has received multiple “Teacher of The Year” awards within his department as well as recognition for “Best Lecture” and “Best Speaker” from Council of Emergency Medicine Directors Academic Assembly. Daniel is a proud Cedar Rapidian and cherishes memories of growing up with Crunch Berry-scented breezes as he gazed upon the world’s largest pre-fabricated tree. He realizes on a daily basis how lucky he is to be married to his partner Katie and is equal parts smitten and befuddled by his two ridiculous children, Alice and Jane.

Sarah Ziegenhorn

Co-Chair

Sarah Ziegenhorn is the co-chair of the board of directors and co-founder of the Iowa Harm Reduction Coalition (IHRC). Sarah has worked with people who use drugs for over six years, including with the Washington, D.C. syringe service program HIPS.  Before founding IHRC, she was the Special Assistant to the President and Research Associate with the Washington, D.C. health policy think tank, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. She has an extensive background in public health and health care policy research, project management, communications; and fundraising, grant writing, grant administration and evaluation. Sarah graduated from Macalester College with a degree in Geography and Community Health. She is currently an M.D. candidate at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, where her research interests include ethnography, women’s health care disparities, and substance use during pregnancy. Sarah is the recipient of the 2017 U.S. Public Health Service “Excellence in Public Health” award. She is also a native Iowan, growing up both on her family’s farm near Muscatine, IA and in Iowa City. Sarah is a yoga teacher (200-RYT) and lives in Iowa City with her partner and her dog, Callie.

Chris Buresh, M.D.

Medical Director

Chris Buresh, M.D. is proud to serve as the Medical Director for the Iowa Harm Reduction Coalition.  The medical director he is charged with the safe and responsible distribution and use of medications as well as for overseeing medical-related protocols and ensuring accountability with pharmaceuticals. Chris has training in public health, pediatrics, and emergency medicine. Through his work in these fields, he has seen and worked through some of the impacts that drug use has on individuals, families, and communities.  Chris has been involved with the founding or expansion of 3 other health related not-for-profit organizations in Iowa.  He and his wife have 4 children and are doing their best to raise them with a zeal for social justice.

Nicole Novak, Ph.D., MSc

Board Member

Nicole Novak, Ph.D., MSc, is an outreach team leader and joined IHRC’s board of directors in 2017. She is passionate about health equity in Iowa and believes in grassroots action to make it easier for Iowans to care for themselves, their families, and their communities. Prior to returning to her home state of Iowa she was a friend and ally to Camp Take Notice, a democratically self-governing community of people experiencing homelessness in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She was also a resident volunteer at Mercy House, a house of hospitality and intentional community affiliated with Camp Take Notice. She earned MSc degrees in Medical Anthropology and Global Health as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan. Nicole conducts epidemiologic and community-engaged research on a number of topics related to health and social justice and currently works as a postdoctoral scholar in the University of Iowa College of Public Health. She lives in Iowa City with her husband, Ethan, and IHRC outreach sidekick, Ursa.

Jeffrey C. Reist BS, PharmD, BCPS

Board Member

Jeffrey C. Reist BS, PharmD, BCPS is a Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Pharmacy Practice Laboratory at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. His teaching and research interests include geriatrics, dementia care and substance use disorders. He maintains a practice site at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Department of Family Medicine Geriatric Clinic. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy (BS Pharm) and the University of Florida College of Pharmacy (PharmD). He is Board Certified as a Pharmacotherapy Specialist by the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties.

Kevin W. Techau

Board Member

Kevin W. Techau is an attorney with the Scheldrup Blades Law Firm with offices in Cedar Rapids  & Des Moines, Iowa and Omaha, Nebraska. He is chair of the firm’s Government Compliance, Internal Investigations/Municipal Defense practice.  He previously served as the presidentially appointed United States Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa 2014-2017.  As chief federal law enforcement official for the District, he organized and led the Eastern Iowa Opioid Initiative. Kevin’s 30-year public/private career includes service as Commissioner of the Iowa Department of Public Safety and Director of the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals in Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack’s cabinet and seven years as Associate General Counsel at American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company. He retired as a Colonel with 27 years of total military service including seven years on active duty with the United States Air Force as a Judge Advocate, and 20 years of service with the Iowa Air National Guard, upon retirement he was awarded the Legion of Merit Medal. A graduate of the University of Iowa College of Business and College of Law, Kevin’s community service currently incudes Boards of Keep Iowa Beautiful and America’s Job Honor Award. Past service includes Boards of the Des Moines Public Library (Past President), Keep Iowa Beautiful (Past President), Des Moines Area Religious Council, Iowa National Guard Credit Union and Iowa National Guard Officer’s Association (Past President). He received the Iowa Public Health Heroes Award, University of Iowa, College of Public Health, 2016; Safe Kids Iowa Leadership Award, Blank Children’s Hospital, 2007; Government Leadership Award, Greater Des Moines Partnership, 2006.

Kent Hoskinson

Board Member

Kent Hoskinson was born in Iowa, but spent much of adulthood living in south Florida. He has dealt with a substance use disorder most of his life, and has experienced firsthand all of the highs and all of the rock bottom lows of addiction. He gets motivation from the fact that helping others helps him in his recovery. He never did the wife and kids thing, but has enjoyed creating and performing music most of his life. Kent lives in Des Moines, where he co-leads the DSM chapter of IHRC.

Joe Zito

Board Member