The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) funds and collaborates with eighteen separate public health districts throughout the state. District 4 Public Health is comprised of 12 counties in west Georgia: Butts, Carroll, Coweta, Fayette, Heard, Henry, Lamar, Meriwether, Pike, Spalding, Troup and Upson.

To protect and improve the health of our communities through the prevention of disease, the promotion of healthy behaviors, access to quality services, strong community partnerships, and disaster preparedness.

To lead the way for our communities to live healthier and safer lives.

Olugbenga O. Obasanjo

Olugbenga O. Obasanjo MD, PhD, MPH, MBA, is the District Health Director. Previously, he served for more than five years on the front lines of public health in Africa. He worked with the AIDS Prevention Initiative, a project of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to develop and deliver health policy and programs to control and prevent HIV infection in Nigeria. He also developed health communication intervention programs for private companies and Nigerian governments at the local, state and national levels. Certified in public health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners and in preventive medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine, Obasanjo received his medical degree from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria and completed his residency in preventive medicine at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Debbi Heard

Debbi Heard is the Executive Assistant to the District Health Director and also the Board of Health Liaison for District 4 Public Health. She has been with District 4 for 25 years working in various programs. She has been Assistant to the District Health Director for 14 years. As Board of Health Liaison she is the point of contact between the county boards and the district.

Debbi attended business courses at West Georgia Technical College. She is a Mercer Leadership graduate, leader of the Quality Champions group and leader of PHAB Domain 12.

Wendy LeVan

Wendy LeVan is the Nursing Director for District 4. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Coe College in 1976. She has been with District 4 for twenty-one years, serving as the Family Planning Coordinator, Women’s Health Coordinator, and has now been the Director of Nursing and Clinical Services since 2005. Wendy also serves as the District Nurse Planner which allows her to complete the processes required by the ANCC COA (American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation) and the GNA (Georgia Nurses Association) to obtain CNE (Continuing Nursing Education) contact hours for activities in District 4. Wendy is honored to serve as a Georgia Public Health Nurse. Over the years, she has learned that it is important to always appreciate the past, focus on the present and have a vision for the future.

Melinda Knight

Melinda Knight is the Environmental Health Director for District 4. She received her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Georgia in 1998. She began her career as an entry level Environmental Health Specialist in Meriwether County in 1998. In 2005, Melinda became the Environmental Health Manager in Pike County and later took on management duties in Upson County as well. In 2011, she came to work at the District Office as the Emergency Preparedness Specialist. In 2012, Melinda became the Environmental Health Manager in Troup County until starting her position at the District Office as the Environmental Health Director. She has received her certificate as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist and currently serves as President-elect for the Georgia Environmental Health Association as well as on the Board of Directors for the Georgia On-Site Wastewater Association. Melinda is actively involved on both the District 4 and State Environmental Health Strike Teams.

Barbara T. Stephens

Barbara T. Stephens is the District 4 Human Resources Director. She has worked with District 4 for over twenty years. Prior to transferring to HR in 2002, Barbara served as a WIC Administrator. She has previously worked in the banking field in the areas of audits, compliance and security. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from LaGrange College in 1990. She is a Graduate Human Resource Professional through the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government and completed the College of Public Health Leadership Academy in 2013. Along with being a member of the Council for State Personnel Administration, Barbara also serves as the coordinator for the State/District Human Resources Directors group for the Georgia Public Health Districts.

Connie Walton

Connie Walton is the District 4 Workforce Development & Training Coordinator. She has worked with District 4 for 30 years, beginning her career in Meriwether County as a WIC Clerk. During her tenure she has held various positions including 11 years with the District WIC Program and 12 years as Meriwether County Administrative Manager.  Connie received her Bachelor of Applied Science from Clayton State University, Level I and II Certifications for Certified Local Government Finance Officer from University of Georgia and is a certified Crucial Conversation facilitator and Customer Service Trainer.  Connie also received the Outstanding Service Award in Administration for 2016 from the Georgia Public Health Association.  She is committed to ensuring that the District 4 workforce has the skills and knowledge needed to be successful.

Teresa McDaniel

Teresa McDaniel is the District Administrator for District 4. She has more than 20 years with District 4 Public Health. She worked 16 years in Upson Co. as the Co. Administrative Manager before transferring to the District Office in 2013. She has served as Compliance Officer and Deputy Administrator as well as Interim District Administrator for Macon, GA District Office. Teresa has completed the Governmental Accounting Certifications I & II with University of GA as well as Level I & II Certifications for Certified Local Government Finance Officer from University of GA. She has her certification as Certified Professional Medical Auditor with AAPC, she is a recent Mercer Leadership Graduate and now serves on the Annex Review Committee for the State of GA.


Nick Burke

Nick Burke is the IT Director of both District 4 and District 7 (West Central Health District), covering a total of 28 counties. He is the only IT Director in the state that covers two Districts. Nick received his Associate’s Degree from West Georgia Technical College and is certified in Microsoft, Cisco and Novell. He is also a Mercer Leadership Graduate and serves on many Committees at the District and State Level. Nick has proudly served District 4 Public Health for seventeen years. Prior to serving at District 4, Nick was the IT Director at Clark-Holder Clinic in LaGrange. Nick’s favorite part about his job is that no two projects are ever the same; his job is a new adventure every day.

Freda Mitchem

Freda Mitchem, RDN, LD has worked with Public Health for over 17 years. She began her career with District 4 as a Public Health Nutritionist for the Troup and Meriwether County WIC Programs. After completing the Georgia Department of Public Health Dietetic Internship Program and later becoming a Registered and Licensed Dietitian, Freda worked as a Regional Nutrition Manager for the Carroll, Heard, and Troup County WIC and Nutrition Centers.  Freda maintained that position for over 6 years before accepting her current position as the District 4 Nutrition Services Director.

Ryan Jones

Ryan Jones, BSEH, Ga CEM, is the Emergency Preparedness Director for District 4 Public Health.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health from the University of Georgia. Ryan began his career in Public Health as an Environmental Health Specialist in Carroll County.  Ryan has recently come to District 4 from the State Department of Public Health, Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response where he served as the Environmental Health Emergency Planner and Mass Fatality Planner. In these roles, Ryan oversaw five Environmental Health Strike Teams across the State as well as facilitated the acquisition of seven mass fatality trailers for the Department to increase Georgia’s ability to respond to such disasters. He also serves as vice-chair within the Emergency Preparedness Section of the Georgia Public Health Association.

Susie Hammock

Susie Hammock is the Accreditation and Quality Improvement Coordinator for District 4. Susie began her time at District 4 in 2016 as an intern with Columbus State University. After graduating Cum Laude from Columbus State in May of 2017, she accepted the position of Chronic Disease Prevention Manager. In December of 2017, she was asked to take on the role of Accreditation and Quality Improvement Coordinator. Susie has enjoyed the challenge of this role and is looking forward to District 4 becoming nationally accredited in the near future.

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