Meet Our Team
T Benicio Gonzales, MSW, PMP, Director
T serves the residents of Louisville as Director for the Center for Health Equity. T began working of the Center for Health Equity in 2010 to coordinate the department’s Racial Healing and Equity Initiative. T supports the department’s strategy to deepen its focus on the root causes of health through authentic community engagement, strategic partnerships, addressing data gaps and challenges, and through policy analysis and development. As an active community member, T is committed to numerous organizations, projects, boards, and community campaigns. T has varied interests, including: LGBTQ health, racial equity, crafting, and watching any TV show with Gordon Ramsay.
T is originally from Texas and has called Louisville, Kentucky, home since 2006. T is a graduate of the University of Houston where T earned a Master of Social Work with a policy concentration. T holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas. T’s top strengths are: deliberative, analytical, connectedness, relator, and learner.
Angela J. Graham, MPH, CPH, Community Health Administrator
She specialized in large multinational programs, conducting public relations, messaging, and usage research in over 40 countries with patients and healthcare providers.
Angela also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and English from Case Western Reserve University.
Leanne M. French, MS, Administrator,Strategic Partnerships
Leanne focuses on partnerships in her role at the Center for Health Equity. She has led partner-driven work in Louisville since 2004, when she joined the department to coordinate the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement, which earned a U. S. Conference of Mayor’s City Livability Award. Prior to working at the Center, Leanne served as the Department’s Deputy Director from 2015-16, led projects to create smoke-free zones in Metro parks, oversaw the alignment of resources to strengthen maternal and child health-serving programs, and implemented a Community Health Worker model that reduced hospital readmissions at KentuckyOne Health.
Previously, Leanne created and implemented West Virginia University’s first comprehensive sexual violence prevention program, including the modification of sexual harassment policies. She also led Huntington, West Virginia’s multi-year, cross-sector partnership with the National Immunization Coalition.
Leanne is passionate about working in and with community to support mothers and ensure that all children have the opportunity to grow up safe, healthy, and able to reach to their full potential. She has undergraduate degrees in Community Health and Health Care Administration and a Master’s degree in Public Health, all from Western Kentucky University and is a qualified administrator of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator.
Rebecca Hollenbach, MPH, Executive Administrator
Rebecca has been working for Louisville residents as part of Louisville Metro Government since she moved here in 2016. In her time at the Center for Health Equity, she has led key projects such as the 2017 Health Equity Report, the community health needs assessment, and helped lay the groundwork for a participatory budgeting pilot after the community generated this idea at the 2016 My Dream for Lou policy summit. She also helped transition the Center for Health Equity from 5 employees to 40, with a focus on root causes, data and policy. She currently coordinates policy and planning work for the COVID-19 response and is managing the 2021 Health Equity Report.
Rebecca has also served as an enterprise-wide consultant in the Office of Performance Improvement, where she focused on process improvement, data quality, strategic planning, evaluation, and racial equity training. She founded LouEval, a network of Louisville evaluators and is a graduate of Louisville Metro’s leadership program, Executive Fellows.
Rebecca’s passion is working towards a Louisville where all residents can live long, healthy, and happy lives. This means addressing the ways systems of power, like racism, impact our society and creating solutions that will move us closer to equity. Originally from Pennsylvania, Rebecca received her Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts from Ursinus College in Biology and French, and her Master of Public Health from Emory University in Behavioral Science and Health Education with a certificate in Socio-contextual determinants of health.