Executive Leadership Team

Janel Heinrich, MPH, MA

Director – Public Health Madison & Dane County

Kate Austin Stanford, MPH, MPA

Director – Operations Division

Bonnie Koenig, MPH/EH, RS

Director – Environmental Health Division

Carl Meyer, MPH

Director – Community Health Division

Aurielle Smith, MPH

Director – Policy, Planning & Evaluation Division


Board of Health

Work of the Board of Health focuses on policy, financial and contractual oversight for the health department, and assurance that state and local public health laws and regulations are enforced. Using local health assessment data, guidance from the Board assures that resources are allocated and initiatives are pursued to protect and improve the health of our community.

Board of Health Meetings

Agendas/Minutes — In the "Meeting Body" drop down menu, select "Board of Health", and then the year you are looking for, and then "search".

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Board of Health Statements

Board of Health Members

Our Board of Health is made up of one County Board Supervisor, one Common Council member, three Dane County Residents and three City of Madison residents.  Appointments to the Board of Health are made following the guidelines set forth by Wisconsin State Statutory References for Local Boards of Health (Chapters 251.03 & 251.04)

Dr. Jerry Halverson, Chair

Dr. Halverson is a Psychiatrist and practices in Madison and Oconomowoc. He is the Medical Director of Rogers Memorial Hospital in Oconomowoc and adjunct Clinical Faculty of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health. He has been involved in Public Health initiatives through his involvement with the Dane County and Wisconsin Medical Societies and the Wisconsin Psychiatric Association. Dane County resident.

Kim Whitmore, 1st Chair

Kim is an Assistant Professor at the UW-School of Nursing and also serves as an affiliate on the Public Health faculty at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.  She has had an extensive history in local public health working as a local Health Officer for the City of Cudahy, and as the Policy Section Chief and State Health Plan Officer for the Wisconsin Division of Health.  Dane County resident.

Robin Lankton, 2nd Chair

Robin is the Director of Population Health at UW Health. She earned her Master of Public Health in Community Health Sciences and Bixby Certificate in Population and Reproductive Health from the University of California-Los Angeles in 2006. Robin is a Certified Health Education Specialist who has primarily worked with African American and Latinx communities in Los Angeles and Madison around the topics of maternal and child health, HIV and immunizations. Her areas of interest include community health improvement, systems change, collaborative partnerships and supporting the conditions for all people to have the best opportunity to live well and thrive.  City of Madison resident.

Alder Lindsey Lemmer

Alder Lemmer represents District 3 for the City of Madison. She works as a senior communications strategist and has a Master of Business Administration. Common Council member.

Supervisor Holly Hatcher

Supervisor Hatcher is a Registered Nurse and an active community member. She serves on nursing committees and councils through her employer, volunteers as a longtime mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County, is a delegate to the State Democratic Party, and serves as representative for her Assembly District for the Dane County Democrats Executive Board.

She currently works as a nurse at UW Hospitals and Clinics. She is passionate about supporting and caring for her patients and is proud to work along side so many talented healthcare professionals.Her priorities are to build on our community support systems, protect the health and safety of our citizens, help families succeed, protect our natural resources, and work to create an equitable community for all to live and thrive. County Board Supervisor.

Dr. Debbie Jones

Dr. Debbie Jones is a Hospitalist physician for SSM Health-Dean & St. Mary's in Madison, arguably the first full time Hospitalist in the State of Wisconsin. She is a board certified Internist who received her education at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine and her formal training at St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago. In her spare time, she leads and supports many efforts locally and nationally to advance women and persons of color in Medicine. City of Madison resident.

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 Dane County resident.

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City of Madison resident.