LMPHW Senior Director's Team
Director Sarah Moyer, MD, MPH, leads a team of 250 employees at the Louisville Metro Dept. of Public Health and Wellness. Dr. Moyer also holds an appointment to the faculty of the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences where she helps educate and inspire the next generation of public health leaders and professionals. She is a board-certified family physician.
Dr. Moyer earned a Doctor of Medicine from the Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. She completed her Family Medicine Residency at the Wake Forest School of Medicine and earned a Master’s in Public Health with honors from Dartmouth. She earned her undergraduate degree from Colorado College.
Recently, the de Beaumont Foundation named her one of 40 Under 40 national leaders in public health. Under Dr. Moyer’s leadership, Louisville’s Smoke-Free Ordinance expanded to include electronic cigarettes and hookah products and Kentucky’s first Syringe Exchange Program, was established. For more information about Dr. Moyer, click here.
T Benicio Gonzales, MSW, PMP, 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.
SarahBeth Hartlage, MD, serves as Interim Medical Director. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in microbiology at the University of Alabama and her Master’s Degree at Tulane University, focused on Cell and Molecular Biology. She earned her MD from the University of South Alabama before completing her residency in anesthesiology at the University of Louisville. While at UofL, Dr. Hartlage was honored to be named Chief Resident by her peers and the faculty. She became Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, where she cared for vulnerable patients in specialty areas such as Obstetrics and Trauma while also teaching medical students and resident physicians. Dr. Hartlage serves on the Executive Board for Women in Anesthesiology and was proud to represent the organization as a delegate to the American Women’s Medical Association / Medical Women’s International Association Centennial Congress. She participates in a Working Group that researches gender equity in medicine and was instrumental in the passage of a statement of support regarding parental leave and breastfeeding support for physician mothers. She also maintains professional memberships in the Society for Education in Anesthesia and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, reflecting her sincere interests in both technology integration and educating the next generation of physicians. Today, Dr. Hartlage is focused on public health, serving as Associate Medical Director for the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, where she oversees such broad programs as epidemiologic monitoring of communicable disease, clinics for specialty care, and maternal/child health and development initiatives. To read her full bio, click here.
Connie Mendel, MPH serves as Director of Environmental Health, Public Health Preparedness and Laboratory. She earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of South Carolina and Master of Public Health from University of Louisville. She began her public health career in 1997 with the Jefferson County Health Department as an environmental health specialist in the Hazardous Materials Emergency Response, Food Safety, and Mosquito Control programs. She ascended the ranks of the environmental health section as Mosquito Control and Hazardous Materials program supervisor, Environmental Health Manger, Administrator, and Deputy Director before becoming Director of Environmental Health, Public Health Preparedness and Laboratory. Connie is a fellow with the Kentucky Public Health Leadership Institute and actively participates with the Kentucky Environmental Health and the Kentucky Public Health Associations. She developed and implemented LMPHW’s vector-borne disease surveillance program for West Nile virus, assisted in the creation of the CDC’s Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response (EHTER) Course following Hurricane Katrina and developed guidelines for Louisville Metro and Kentucky’s public health response to methamphetamine-clandestine drug laboratories, Ebola decontamination, multi-chemical train derailments and post 9/11 anthrax incidents. Connie has been a member of the Louisville/ Jefferson County Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) since 2007 and served as Secretary from 2010-2016, leading the organization’s planning and facilitation of emergency response training exercise and conference events. As a member of LMPHW’s Senior Director’s Team, Connie is focused on operationalizing health equality in our daily operations and removing barriers which prevent people from attaining their highest level of health. Family time is spent with her husband and daughter enjoying the outdoors with their 3 dogs and boating on the Ohio River.
Jon Moore serves as Director of Administration leading a team that oversees core business support including Human Resources, Fiscal and Financial Management, Information Technology, Communications, and Administrative Logistics. Jon began working for Louisville Metro Government in 2010 at the Revenue Commission in city taxation, then held various roles within the Office of Management and Budget focused on fiscal management and budgeting for a handful of city departments before establishing roots at the Department of Public Health and Wellness in 2016. Jon is a lifelong Louisvillian and holds a Bachelors of Accounting from the University of Louisville. He enjoys applying his business acumen and passion for people to serve his city. Jon’s top strengths are: relator, learner, restorative, individualization, and achiever.
Gabriell Gassaway, MPH, serves as the Chief of Staff at Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness where she collaborates with the division directors on department strategy and community relationship building. Previously she supervised the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program where she worked closely with agency and community partners to address lead poisoning by focusing on community education, policy analysis, and development of cross-sector partnerships. Under her leadership the program has received national recognition by several organizations including the CDC. Prior to her work in Louisville, Gabriell worked at the Tennessee Department of Health in Nashville, TN. Through her work at both the state and local levels, she has proven expertise in program development and implementation, quality improvement, and program management. Gabriell is currently completing PhD coursework in Public Health Sciences at the University of Louisville. She also holds a Master of Public Health from East Tennessee State University and a Bachelor of Science from Middle Tennessee State University.
Amanda Clark, PsyM, serves as Deputy Chief of Staff. She earned her Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Florida and her Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Spalding University. Before joining LMPHW as Administrative Coordinator and liaison to the Board of Health, she served in such varied roles as social worker, small business owner, volunteer coordinator and social media specialist. Drawn to LMPHW’s health equity work, she joined the department in 2018. In 2020, she was recognized as Administrative Support Staff of the Year by the Kentucky Public Health Association. Amanda is focused on supporting the Senior Director’s Team, particularly Dr. Moyer, in advancing the department’s mission of achieving health equity. She enjoys communications, project management and developing new skills.