Staff

Leadership

Kevin Gipson
Director of Health
Email
(417)864-1657

Kevin Gipson has been with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department since 1993 serving in many different roles before becoming the director in 2004. Previous to coming to Springfield he worked for the Missouri Department of Health in Jefferson City for nearly 9 years.

His degrees include a Masters in Health Services Management from Webster University and a Bachelor of Arts from Drury University. Kevin is a Board Certified Public Health Administrator and a fellow of the Missouri Public Health Leadership Institute at St. Louis University. Kevin teaches at Missouri State University in the graduate school of public health and in the Health Service Management program at Webster University.

Kevin is a member of the American Public Health Association, National Association of City and County Health Administrators, Missouri Association of Local Public Health Agencies and is the past president of the Missouri Public Health Association. He serves as a board member for the Community Partnership of the Ozarks, Jordan Valley Community Health Center, and the Forest Institute.

Clay Goddard
Assistant Director of Health
Email
(417)864-1663

Clay joined the Springfield-Greene County Health Department in 1996 and has served in a number of roles in City government. He left the Health Department to serve as Director of Information Systems in 2005 and returned to public health in 2007 to serve as Assistant Director.

His education includes a Masters degree in Public Administration and a Bachelors degree in Political Science from Missouri State University. He is a graduate of the Missouri Public Health Leadership Institute and Leadership Springfield. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member with Drury University.

Katie Towns
Assistant Director of Health
Email
(417)874-2280

Towns served as the Public Information Officer at the Health Department until spearheading the creation of SGCHD's Division of Chronic Disease Prevention. Since 2013, Towns has served as the System Director of Corporate and Community Health with SGCHD's valued partner CoxHealth. She returned to SGCHD in September of 2015.

Towns graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine/Athletic Training and later a Master’s of Public Health from Missouri State University. After beginning her career in public health at the American Cancer Society, she was afforded opportunities to serve patients during their cancer journey as well as work in a preventative realm by serving as the Regional Director of Government Relations. In this role, Towns worked with staff and the community to initiate the coalition and strategic plan that would form One Air Alliance and eventually lead to the adoption of the smokefree ordinance in Springfield, Missouri. A transfer to the City of Springfield at the Springfield-Greene County Health Department allowed Towns to serve as the Public Information Officer and eventually spearhead the initiation of the Division of Chronic Disease Prevention. In March of 2013, Towns joined CoxHealth as the System Director of Corporate and Community Health and has been delivering strategic wellness initiatives and population health management tactics aimed to improve health outcomes and the overall state of health of the corporations and the community.

Division Administrators

 Name  Title  Email  Phone
Karen McKinnis Director of Administration Email  (417)864-1623
Jon Mooney Administrator, Chronic Disease Prevention Division Email (417)874-1250 
Kendra Findley Administrator of Community Health and Epidemiology Email  (417)864-1408
Erica Little Environmental Health Administrator Email  (417)864-1664
Pam Bryant Maternal Child Health Programs Admin Email  (417)864-1431