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Our Staff

Dawn Vader, MBA, CPA, Adminstrator

Dawn manages the day-to-day operations of the Health Department.

Megan Pitts, RN, BSN, CPST

Megan is a registered nurse who serves as WIC Coordinator, Breastfeeding Coordinator, Child Passenger Safety Technician, and works with Bioterrorism Preparedness.

Sandi Nelson, R.N., B.S.N., Health Educator

Sandi is a registered nurse who assists with Child Care Health Consultant health promotions,Teen Outreach Program and Maternal Child Health Grant, focusing on education regarding prevention and reduction of obesity in the community.

Debbie Smith, PBT, CM

Debbie is a phlebotomist (she draws bloods and prepares it for the lab), and oversees worksite wellness, and many other responsibilities."

Sharon Korsi, Administrative Assistant

Sharon helps keep the office running smoothly, and serves as registrar, WIC clerk and billing clerk.

Melissa Elliot, Breastfeeding peer counselor

Melissa works with other moms, helping new mothers become comfortable with breastfeeding their infants.

Donna Moriarty, Nurse Practitioner

Donna is the person you see for exams at the twice-monthly Womens' Wellness Clinic.

jeff.jpg Jeff Owen, Environmental Public Health Specialist


Jeff is responsible for food establishment inspections and permitting, food complaint investigations, food recalls, truck wreck involving food investigations, frozen dessert licensing, summer food service program inspections, lodging inspections and lodging complain investigations, on-site wastewater permitting and inspections and on-site wastewater complaint investigations. 


Hickory County Health Department Board members are Kathy Rains RN, FNP-BC, Chairman; Warren Olinger, Vice Chairman; Starr Garrison-Miller, Secretary/Treasurer; Lilly Brenner, and Reed Wouters, D.O.