Awards

Recognizing excellence throughout our communities.

Trail Blazer

To recognize and honor a creative and innovative Public Health Director who has less than five years’ experience, which has demonstrated great leadership skills. Guidelines recognize the qualities of loyalty, devotion and perseverance for the betterment of public health departments, with an impact on comprehensive public health services.

  • 2023: Matthew Rhodes – Oldham County
  • 2022: Tammy Riley – Pike County
  • 2021: Roanya Rice – North Central District
  • 2020: No Awards
  • 2019: Rebecca Kissick – Clark County
  • 2018: Dr. Sarah Moyer – Louisville Metro
  • 2017: Andrea Renfrow – Bullitt County
  • 2016: Sara Jo Best – Lincoln Trail District
  • 2015: Andrew Beckett – Bourbon County
  • 2014: Randy Gooch – Jessamine County
  • 2013: Crystal Miller – WEDCO District
  • 2012: Allison Adams – Buffalo Trace
  • 2011: Brandon Hurley – Anderson County
  • 2010: Scott Lockard – Clark County
  • 2009: Paula Alexander – Franklin County
  • 2008: Jim Tolley – Pennyrile District
  • 2007: Faith Frazier – Lawrence County
  • 2006: Rebecca Tandy – Monroe County
  • 2005: Dennis Chaney – Barren River District

Outstanding Director

To honor and recognize exceptional and meritorious achievement as a Public Health Director. Guidelines will recognize contributions to the improvement of the overall status of health departments across this great commonwealth, must have five years or more of experience as a Public Health Director, must reflect innovative and creative approaches with an impact on comprehensive public health services.

  • 2023: Judy Mattingly, Franklin County 
  • 2022: Sara Jo Best – Lincoln Trail District
  • 2021: Denise Beach – Hopkins County
  • 2020: No Awards
  • 2019: Randy Gooch – Jessamine County
  • 2018: Shawn Crabtree – Lake Cumberland District
  • 2017: Allison Adams – Buffalo Trace District
  • 2016: Dr. Georgia Heise – Three Rivers District
  • 2015: Dennis Chaney – Barren River District
  • 2014: Scott Lockard – Clark County
  • 2013: Jen Harris – Todd County
  • 2012: Mark Hensley – Laurel County
  • 2011: Bertie K. Salyer – Magoffin County
  • 2010: Georgia Heise – Three Rivers District
  • 2009: Paul Hopkins – Pike County
  • 2008: Garland VanZant – Woodford County
  • 2007: Jim Rousey – Madison County
  • 2006: Linda Sims – Lincoln Trail District
  • 2005: Ned Fitzgibbons – Bullitt County

Lifetime Achievement

To recognize and honor an individual who over the course of his or her career, has made significant contribution to Public Health. Guidelines will recognize at least two of the following criteria: mentoring and practice at the local and state level; leadership role in the county/district and state or national level; at least 15 years’ experience in public health in a leadership or director role.

  • 2023: Mark Hensley – Laurel County
  • 2022: Randy Gooch – Jessamine County
  • 2021: Dr. Georgia Heise – Three Rivers District
  • 2020: No Awards
  • 2019: Maria Hardy – Ashland-Boyd County
  • 2018: Jan Chamness – Montgomery County
  • 2017: Scott Lockard – Clark County
  • 2016: Thursa Sloan – Floyd County