Senior Director's Team
Connie Mendel, MPH
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 three dogs and boating on the Ohio River.