Arlington Heights Native Nebu Kolenchery named 40 Under 40 in Public Health

The de Beaumont Foundation has recognized Nebu Kolenchery, a native of Arlington Heights and a graduate of Buffalo Grove High School, in its esteemed 40 Under 40 in Public Health Class of 2023. This honor celebrates his transformative work at the St. Louis County Department of Public Health and sets the stage for his current role as Chief Revenue Officer at Flourish & Thrive Labs, a consulting firm based in Grayslake.

"The professionals chosen for the 40 Under 40 in Public Health Class of 2023 demonstrate the determination, commitment, innovation, and resilience of the public health field," said Brian C. Castrucci, DrPH, president and CEO of the de Beaumont Foundation. "Their work is strengthening communities and improving lives, and I look forward to following their careers and learning from them."

"Nebu's recognition is a testament to the shifting landscape of public health, emphasizing the critical role of technological leadership and local insights," said Juliana McMillan-Wilhoit, COO of Flourish & Thrive Labs. "We are thrilled to have a visionary like Nebu, who understands the nuances of local public health, as an invaluable asset to our team."

"In St. Louis, we tackled unique challenges that demanded tailored solutions," said Nebu Kolenchery. "The impact we made was a collective effort, showcasing what can be achieved when local public health is agile, community-centered, and technologically adept."

While in St. Louis, Nebu led several groundbreaking initiatives, including the 2022 mpox response and the implementation of Salesforce as a case management tool. His community-centered approach turned potential critics into collaborators, leading to effective rollouts of testing, treatment, and vaccines.

Now at Flourish & Thrive Labs, Nebu aims to scale his local-centric vision. "Flourish & Thrive Labs is by local public health, for public health. Nebu's expertise aligns perfectly with our mission," said Jefferson McMillan-Wilhoit the CEO of Flourish and Thrive Labs. "He brings a wealth of knowledge and practical experience from St. Louis, enriching our team's ability to transform public health at the grassroots level."

For more information about the 40 Under 40 in Public Health, including a full list of honorees, visit To learn more about how Flourish & Thrive Labs is revolutionizing public health, visit

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