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Senior Staff Biographies

Steve Divine, Director of Environmental Health and Safety
Karen Domaschko, HR Administrator
Jennifer Hunter, Director of Clinical Services
Louise Kent, Planning Administrator
George A. Moore, II, Director of Administration and Accounting
Gerry Tolbert, MD, Medical Director
Stephanie Vogel, Director of Population Health
Emily Gresham Wherle, Public Information Administrator

Steve Divine, Director of Environmental Health and Safety

Steve DivineSteve Divine has been the Director of Environmental Health and Safety since 2003. In his position, Steve oversees inspection of food service establishments, public facilities and onsite sewage systems; investigations into complaints, animal bites and nuisances; and enforcement of public health regulations. He also oversees the Health Department’s disaster preparedness program, which plans for the public health response to natural and man-made disasters. 

Steve has been with the Health Department since 1989, starting as a Health Environmentalist performing inspections and investigations related to public health regulation enforcement.

Steve has a bachelor’s of science in biology from Northern Kentucky University. He is a Registered Sanitarian and Environmental Health Specialist, and holds numerous certifications in environmental and disaster preparedness programs. Steve is a member of several professional organizations, such as the Kentucky Association of Milk, Food and Environmental Sanitarians, Kentucky Onsite Wastewater Association (founding member and past president), and National Association of County and City Health Officials. He has also served on various state and national advisory work groups.

Karen Domaschko, HR Administrator

Karen Domaschko

In her role as Human Resources Administrator, Karen acts as the sole HR practitioner for the Health Department. In this capacity, Karen oversees recruiting/hiring, employee benefits, employee safety and legal compliance.

Karen joined the Health Department in 2001 after spending two years as Human Resources Manager with Charles H. Mack and Associates, a software engineering company, and 12 years in Human Resources with Comware Incorporated, a company specializing in solutions to improve human performance in the workplace.

Karen has been certified by the Human Resources Certification Institute since 2009 and by the Kentucky Public Human Resources Association since 2003. She is a member of the both the national and local chapters of the Society for Human Resources Management and of the Kentucky Public Human Resources Association. She volunteers to assist with personnel-related matters for several Northern Kentucky organizations, including Redwood, Transitions, The Life Learning Center and Junior Achievement.

Karen holds a bachelor of arts in English from Northern Kentucky University.

Jennifer Hunter, Director of Clinical ServicesJennifer Hunter

Jennifer Hunter is the Director of Clinical Services at the Health Department, a position she has held since January 2007. She is responsible for overseeing a staff of more than 90 employees in the Clinical Services division, which provide preventative care for children and adults in four county health centers in Boone, Campbell, Grant, and Kenton Counties; as well as community-based nutrition services, home visiting services, and WIC hospital certification program.

Jennifer has more than 25 years of experience at the Health Department in a variety of positions. She is a Registered Nurse and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Northern Kentucky University, a certification in Public Health Nursing from the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, and a Master of Nursing (specialty in public health nursing) from the University of Kentucky.  

Hunter is active in several community organizations  and has served as President of the Northern Kentucky Women’s Cancer Coalition. She achieved the status of Kentucky Colonel in 2005 for her help with relief efforts in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. In 2003, Hunter’s Kentucky Public Health Leadership Institute project on Public Health Nursing Competencies was the runner-up for the American Public Health Association’s Balderson Award. She is also active in the Kentucky Public Health Association and held the position of Nursing Section Chair for 2005-2006. Jennifer has been chosen by the Chief Nurse of the Kentucky Department for Public Health to serve on the Kentucky Nurse Executive Council for the Kentucky Department for Public Health for a two-year term to work on issues facing nurse leaders in public health. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International- RHO chapter (Nursing Honor Society) which she received the Leadership Award for the RHO chapter in 2006. Hunter is also a member of the Kentucky Nurse Association and the American Nurses Association.

Louise Kent, Planning AdministratorLouise Kent

Louise Kent has worked at the Health Department for more than 20 years. As planning Administrator, she is responsible for the development and maintenance of the agency’s performance management system, provides staff training and technical assistance in quality improvement, helped pioneer community health assessment and improvement planning processes, and manages the Northern Kentucky Public Health Institute, which focuses on workforce development.

During her career at the Health Department, Louise won the national Balderson Leadership Project Award in 2008 and developed the Northern Kentucky Public Health Institute.

Louise has been involved with national work groups and committees focusing on performance management, quality improvement and academic health departments. She currently serves as chair of the National Association of County and City Health Official’s performance improvement work group, and is a member of NACCHO’s Performance Improvement Learning Community and HRSA-NOSLO Advisory Committee. She formerly chaired NACCHO’s Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships work group. Louise is also a member of the Public Health Foundation’s Academic Health Department Learning Community. She is a fellow of the National Public Health Leadership Institute and the Kentucky Public Health Leadership Institute.

Louise has a master’s in business administration from Sullivan University, and is a Certified Quality Improvement Associate from the American Society for Quality.

George A. Moore, II, Director of Administration and AccountingGeorge Moore

As Director of Administration and Accounting, George Moore is in charge of all accounting, payroll, information systems and building maintenance for the Health Department. George oversees all financial statements and budgeting as well. He has also twice served as Interim District Director of Health.

In his 17-year tenure with the Health Department, George, along with other administration staff, has made technology improvements a priority. He computerized the department’s purchasing process and helped coordinate the improvement of computer access for Health Department employees. When George started in 1996, a handful of computers were shared among all employees. Now, all staff members have computer access. George also helped in the development of the Health Department’s merit pay process.

Before becoming the Director of Administration and Accounting, George was the Health Department’s Accounting Supervisor. In that role, he assisted with budget preparation and bank reconciliations. George has additional work experience as a tax preparer.

George earned a bachelor’s of science in accounting from Northern Kentucky University and is a member of the Kentucky Public Health Association.

Gerry Tolbert, MD, Medical Director

Gerry TolbertGerry Tolbert, MD, joined the Health Department as Medical Director in March 2016. In this role, Tolbert works closely with Health Department staff and management to establish medical protocols, provide ongoing medical consultation and provide direct medical services to Health Department clients as needed.

Gerry began his career at Self Regional Healthcare in Greenwood, SC. A native of Northern Kentucky, Dr. Tolbert returned to the area in 2011, working in local urgent care centers and providing acute and chronic care to children and adults. More recently, Gerry worked for a company that provides on-site primary and occupational health for employees of local businesses and governmental agencies.

Presently, Gerry is employed by Christ Hospital practicing family medicine. He will continue in this role while working for the Health Department.

Gerry earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Georgetown College, and his medical degree from the University of Kentucky. He has completed coursework towards a master’s degree in public health, also at Kentucky.

He is an active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and has experience with electronic medical record programming/implementation. Gerry is also involved in efforts to open a Federally Qualified Health Center in Pendleton County, Ky., to improve access to care for low-income families.

Stephanie Vogel, Director of Population HealthStephanie Vogel

Stephanie Vogel oversees the Health Department’s Population Health division, which takes a broad look at health issues and outcomes impacting the entire community or large segments of the community. The division includes community health promotion programs such as tobacco control and physical activity, HIV prevention, HIV Case Management services, oral health and epidemiology.

Stephanie has worked at the Health Department since 1999, starting in the tobacco prevention and cessation program. Currently, Stephanie has served as Chair of the Northern Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy, and is a member of the health task force for United Way of Greater Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Community Advisory Coalition, and serves on additional community coalitions.

Stephanie has a master’s of education in health promotion and education from the University of Cincinnati and a bachelor’s of science in dietetics from Bowling Green State University. She is also a Master Certified Health Education Specialist from the National Commission of Health Education Credentialing. Stephanie is a member of the Society for Public Health Educators, the American School Health Association, and the American Association of Health Educators, Directors of Health Promotion and Education.

Emily Gresham Wherle, Public Information AdministratorEmily Gresham Wherle

Emily Gresham Wherle is the Public Information Administrator for the Health Department. Her position covers all of the agency’s communications efforts, including media relations, employee communications, marketing communications, crisis communications and managing the agency’s website.

Before arriving at the Health Department, Emily worked at Dan Pinger Public Relations in Cincinnati. Part of the agency’s business-to-business group, Emily’s public relations clients included a law firm and a chemical company. She also worked on investor relations for publicly held clients in the insurance and health care industries.

Emily holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in journalism from the Missouri School of Journalism and is a Certified Communicator in Public Health. Her research interests include news accuracy and public meetings. She is a member of the National Public Health Information Coalition and the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce's communications committee. Emily is a 2016 graduate of Leadership Northern Kentucky.