The Kentucky Public Health Association is, with the exception of its Executive Director, a completely volunteer organization. It is governed by an elected slate of Officers and Directors working closely with the various Committee Chairs and Section Chairs. The Officers, Directors and Section Chairs comprise the full voting Board of Directors. See the complete listing below of KPHA Officers, Directors & Sections Chairs.

KPHA is always looking for volunteer help to assist with various events and programs. To volunteer send an e-mail to our Executive Director or one of the Officers or Board members listed.

2021-2022 Executive Committee

Brittany Parker
Brittany ParkerPresidentBrittanyN.Parker@ky.gov
Frankfort, KY
(502) 564-4269
Becki Casey
Becki CaseySecretarybecki.casey@ky.gov
Frankfort, KY
(502) 564-4269 x 124
Dr. Molly McKinney
Dr. Molly McKinneyImmediate Past PresidentMolly.McKinney@eku.edu
Richmond, KY
Lisa Pollock
Lisa PollockTreasurerLisa.Pollock@LTDHD.org
Elizabethtown, KY
(270) 769-1601
Meagan Hurst
Meagan HurstPresident-Electmeagan.hurst@ky.gov
Louisville, KY
(502) 564-3418 ext. 4226


Kelly Alexanderkelly.alexander@ky.gov
(502) 564-3970
Dr. Deniece BellDeniece.bell@ky.gov
(502) 564-3970
April Thomasathomas@ky.gov
(502) 564-7996 ext. 4452
(270) 259-3141
(270) 821-5242
(859) 626-4505
Elizabeth HoaglandElizabethA.Hoagland@ky.gov
Dr. Emily Messerliemily.messerli@ky.gov
(502) 892-9019
T. Benicio Gonzalest.gonzales@louisvilleky.gov
Dr. Miranda Terrymterry4@murraystate.edu
(270) 809-3839
Dr. Laurie Larkinlaurie.larkin@eku.edu
(859) 200-5268

Committee Chairs

Finance & Audit Committee
Workforce Development Committee
Conference & Awards Committee
Communications Committee
Elections Committee
Student Organization/Scholarship Committee

Executive Director

Dana Nickles
Dana NicklesExecutive Directordnickles.kpha@gmail.com
Dana Cox Nickles was named the Executive Director of the Kentucky Public Health Association and the Kentucky Health Departments Association on July 15, 2019. Nickles is a lifelong Kentuckian and holds a bachelor’s degree from Murray State University and a Juris Doctorate from Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University.

Nickles has extensive experience working for improved access to health care services in both the public and private sectors. She served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, where she had the opportunity to work with the Department for Public Health. Most recently, she was the manager of a non-profit organization providing free medical, dental, and pharmacy services to patients with limited access to health care. Nickles has been an attorney for 25 years and has served as city attorney, General Counsel for the Executive Branch Ethics Commission, Deputy General Counsel for the Administrative Office of the Courts, and as the Assistant Deputy Attorney General in charge of the Civil Division.

Dana is skilled in advocacy, management, strategic planning, and policy development and implementation. She is focused on leading through collaboration, empowering others, and building on the success of the Kentucky Public Health Association and the Kentucky Health Departments Association. Nickles lives in Frankfort, Kentucky with her family.

PO Box 4647
Frankfort, KY 40604-4647
Tel: (502) 875-2255
Fax: (502) 226-5155

Job Duties

President: President shall serve as the principal administrative officer of the Association and shall possess broad discretionary and delegatory powers to carry out the business of the Association. Additional duties shall include serving as Chair of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee; presiding at all meetings of the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and the membership; and making appointments as required by these bylaws.

President-Elect: The President-Elect shall assume the duties of the President at the close of the current President’s term; act in the capacity of the President at the President’s request or in the absence of the President; and may serve as a non-voting member of all Standing and Special Committees except the Elections Committee.

Secretary: The Secretary shall ensure that the minutes of the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, committees, and membership meetings are recorded and retained; assure the preservation, maintenance, accuracy, and accessibility of the Association’s records; and perform other duties assigned by the Board of Directors or President.

Treasurer: The Treasurer shall ensure that all funds of the Association are properly accounted for; make reports of all receipts and disbursements of the Association as required by the Board of Directors; assure the preservation, maintenance, accuracy, and accessibility of the monetary records of the Association; serve as the Chair of the Finance Committee; and perform other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors or President.

Immediate Past President: The Immediate Past President shall serve as the Chair of the Elections Committee and may serve as a non-voting member of all other Standing and Special Committees; and shall perform other duties assigned by the Board of Directors or President.

Directors: KPHA Board of Directors are elected by the membership to serve a four-year term of office. Together the elected officers, the Committee Chairs, and the Directors comprise the full voting Board of Directors for KPHA. Please feel free to contact any Director with any comments or suggestions you may have.

Committee Chair: Various individuals volunteer their time to serve KPHA as Committee Chairs based upon various interests. They and their committee are responsible for various functions of the organization relating to their committee charge. They also serve as the main resource person for their area of interest. They would appreciate any comments or suggestions that you may have about their particular area.