At its monthly meeting on April 27th, the Chatham County Board of Health recognized individuals who work daily to improve the health of Chatham County residents. The awards, which were presented by Board of Health Chair John Kessler, are given annually to an employee, supervisor, and community partner who embody the mission of the health department.
The recipient of the 2015 Community Health Partnership Award was Lyn Smith, who is the Department Chair for the Healthful Living and Physical Education Department at Northwood High School. “Ms. Smith has collaborated with the health department for over six years to bring evidence-based sexual and reproductive health resources into her classroom,” said Health Promotion Coordinator Anna Stormzand. “Ms. Smith’s work with the health department is an excellent example of a community partnership between the school district and the public health department.”
The second award of the evening went to Roxana Lopez, who was named the 2015 Employee of the Year. Ms. Lopez, Office Assistant in the Environmental Health Division, is well-regarded by all of her colleagues at the health department and always willing to lend a hand. According to Environmental Health Director Anne Lowry, “Roxana does her job as well as looks at the overall goals of the health department to determine if there is more she can do to help meet our goals. She never shies away from extra duties.”
Dr. Kessler presented the final award to Animal Services Director Leigh Anne Garrard, who is the 2015 Supervisor of the Year. Since joining the agency in 2012, Ms. Garrard has earned the respect of colleagues and community partners alike for her dedication to animal welfare and improving the health of Chatham County residents and their pets. “Leigh Anne has a very difficult job, but handles every situation professionally and consistently puts others first. She is very deserving of this honor,” said Health Director Layton Long.
The Chatham County Public Health Department would like to congratulate Ms. Smith, Ms. Lopez, and Ms. Garrard and thank them for their service to Chatham County.