T Benicio Gonzales, MSW, PMP, Interim Director
T serves the residents of Louisville as Interim 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.
Aja A. Barber, M.S., Community Health Administrator
Aja Barber is originally from Texas but moved to Louisville in 2016. She received her B.A. in Political Science and M.S. in Youth Development from Texas A&M University. While in graduate school, she studied the relationship between institutional racism and trauma, the structural impact of racism on psychological curriculum, and the ways activism addresses community healing. Aja has a specialized passion for facilitating the understanding that the conditions we live in are created and we can build something different by transforming our structures and institutions in ways that work for all of us.
Aja is originally from Arlington, Texas, and finds balance through yoga, hiking, traveling, watching her favorite, dramatic tv shows and her community.
Angela J. Graham, MPH, CPH, Community Health Administrator
Angela holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences, with an emphasis in Epidemiology. She has expertise in social and behavioral science with nearly a decade of experience as a market research analyst, where she designed and analyzed survey research for clients in the pharmaceutical industry.
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.
Billie Castle, PhD,MPH, Academic Health Coordinator
Dr. Castle, a Baton Rouge, Louisiana native, joined CHE September 2018 to increase student experiences, formalize LMPHW as an academic health department, and to publish and highlight the department’s work throughout the public health field. Dr. Castle has a B.S in Health Sciences (Health Management) from Howard University, a Master in Public Health (Health Policy and Management) from Texas A&M University, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Public Health Sciences (Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences) from the University of Louisville. She recently completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship with UofL’s Youth Violence Prevention Research Center. Dr. Castle’s research and practice goals are to reduce racial, social, and health disparities in marginalized communities through social equity and community engagement.