The Harry Grant Award is intended to be awarded only to individuals who exemplified superior life time performance in environmental health. It is not to be given merely out each year but only on infrequent occasion awarded to those who deserve such and who went well above and beyond to give service to the public and fellow professionals.
McKeever was nominated by Carmily Stone of the Iowa Department of Public Health.
Stone indicated McKeever demonstrated her worthiness for the award through her service to environmental health professionals throughout Iowa.
As an employee of Clay County, McKeever has several responsibilities which include not only environmental health, but also EMS and zoning, according to Stone.
Regionally, Stone pointed out McKeever has served as the coordinator of the Northwest Iowa Sanitarian Group for the past 10 years.
McKeever has served as the District 5 representative on the IPHA Board, and also served IEHA as president, professional development chair, and registry coordinator. She showed her commitment twice to the past president's role when a fellow IEHA member was unable to complete their term. By returning for a second term as past president, it meant serving as co-chair for the Spring Public Health Conference and the chair of the IEHA nominating committee again.
While performing as EHA Registry coordinator she provides the mechanism for environmental health specialists to track their CEUs for professional development purposes and maintain their compliance with contracts held with state agencies.