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.

Robin Lankton, 1st 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.

Dr. Gene Musser, 2nd Chair

Dr. Gene Musser is a retired cardiologist, having practiced at Meriter Hospital, the last 20 years employed by the University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation and School of Medicine and Public Health, of which he's Emeritus Associate Professor (Clinical). He has in the past been a member of the Boards of Directors of the Physicians Plus Medical Group and Insurance Corp, the University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation, and Meriter Health Services. He's currently Chair of the Council on Legislation of the Wisconsin Medical Society, a member of the League of Women Voters, and Co-Chair of the group Fitchburg Progress, among several other activities. Dane County resident.

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.

Alder Matt Phair

Alder Matt Phair has eight years of experience on both the Common Council and our Board of Health. He has spent most of his professional career in public education, most recently as an 8th grade social studies teacher in Mt. Horeb. Alder Phair lives in the west side of Madison. Common Council member.

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City of Madison resident.

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Dane County resident.