Commissioner Fitzgerald Announces the Executive Leadership Team

September 3, 2013

Originally Published July 05, 2011

Sid Barrett joined the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) in June 2011, after 11 years as Section Chief for the Consumer Interests Section in the Office of the Attorney General. As General Counsel, he advises the Commissioner of DPH and supervises a staff of legal service officers within the agency.

Before entering public service, Mr. Barrett was a partner in the firm of Porter & Barrett, engaged in the litigation, arbitration and mediation of complex commercial disputes. In addition, he served as a mediator and arbitrator for several courts and private organizations, including the American Arbitration Association, American Stock Exchange, and the National Association of Securities Dealers where he helped design and implement a nationwide arbitrator training program.

Mr. Barrett received a Bachelor of Arts from Davidson College and a Juris Doctorate from Emory University School of Law.

Kenneth Bramlett was appointed Inspector General for the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) on June 1, 2011.
Mr. Bramlett was formerly the State Registrar and Director of the Office of Vital Records from 2009 and led the Georgia Department of Human Resources' (DHR) Office of Investigative Services (OIS) from 1999 to 2009.

Commissioner Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., is pleased to announce her Executive Leadership Team for the new Department of Public Health (DPH). She has appointed ten division chiefs to guide the structure and goals of DPH. Here’s a brief introduction of each team member.

Prior to his work at DPH and DHR, Mr. Bramlett served 23 years with the Cobb County Police Department as Commander of Internal Affairs, Criminal Investigations, Hostage Negotiations Team and Assistant Commander of the Marietta/Cobb/Smyrna Narcotics Unit. He also served as Deputy Director of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission from 1998 to 1999.

Mr. Bramlett graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Academy in Quantico, Virginia in 1990. He also graduated from the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College in 2005, received a Bachelor of Arts in Management from Shorter College in 2006, and a Masters in Public Administration from Columbus State University in December 2009.

An active duty Marine from 1972 to 1975, he currently serves as Commandant of the North Georgia Mountains Detachment of the Marine Corps League.

Janie Brodnax serves as Chief Operating Officer for the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH).

Since coming to DPH in 2005, she has served as Director of DPH Transition Team Lead, Public Health Contracts Administration, Department of Human Resources (DHR)/Department of Community Health (DCH) Transition Member, Senior Director of Contracts and Insurance Management, Administrative Services Section Director, and Administrative Operations Manager.

Prior to coming to DPH, Ms. Brodnax worked at Georgia Regional Hospital Atlanta under the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD), where her responsibilities consisted of Agency Procurement Officer and Manager of the Business Office.

Ms. Brodnax has over 30 years experience in Finance, Operations, Consultation, Facilitation, Projects Management, Change Management, Management Consultation, and Corporate Leadership. She is a member of the Georgia Government Finance Officers Association and the Georgia Fiscal Management Council.

Yvette Daniels serves as the Director of Health Promotion for the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), where she oversees four programs including Maternal and Child Health, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, the Volunteer Health Care Program and the Office of Health Equity.

Previously she was the Deputy Director of Legislative and External Affairs, where she was responsible for the development and direction of the legislative goals and agenda for areas impacting Public Health. Ms. Daniels was previously the Director of Legislation and Policy for the Division of Public Health during its tenure in the Department of Human Resources (DHR), and also served as the Legal Services Manager.

Before joining DPH, Ms. Daniels was an Assistant State Attorney with the State Attorney's Office in Jacksonville, Florida. She earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Georgia and her Juris Doctorate from the University Of Georgia School of Law.

Ryan Deal serves as the Director of Communications for the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH). As the chief communications officer, Mr. Deal oversees all aspects of internal and external communications for the Department and its programs and divisions. His team within the Office of Communications manages all marketing and communications plans and vendors while leading communicators in Georgia's 18 public health districts. Mr. Deal most recently served in the same capacity at the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) which recently also housed Public Health.
Mr. Deal joined Public Health in 2010 to serve as the State Public Health Risk Communicator in the Section of Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR), managing all aspects of the Public Health/Emergency Preparedness and Response Risk Communication Program to plan, prepare for and respond to statewide disease outbreaks, natural and man-made disasters.
Before joining the public sector, Mr. Deal worked as an Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist. He drew on that experience to lead crisis and emergency communication teams during the H1N1 pandemic response, a national foodborne disease outbreak, and he served as a public relations and marketing consultant for a variety of Fortune 500 corporations and non-profit groups. Mr. Deal also served as an instructor at East Carolina University.

Mr. Deal earned a bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism at Emerson College in Boston and recently studied Radiological Emergency Planning: Terrorism, Security, and Communication at the Harvard University School of Public Health.

James C. Howgate, II, MPH serves as the Chief of Staff for the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH). Mr. Howgate first joined public health at the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness in Atlanta in 2005, where he served as the Director of the Division of Population Health Department of Health and Wellness, and later as an Epidemiologist. In 2009, he joined the Division of Public Health under the Department of Community Health (DCH) as the Departmental Enterprise Coordinator, where he acted as a conduit between Departmental administrative functions and all Public Health Programs across the state.

Prior to his work in Public Health, Mr. Howgate worked for the Georgia Emerging Infections Program in the Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Infectious Diseases where he managed several federally funded epidemiological studies.

Mr. Howgate earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia in 1991, and later earned a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology in 2000 from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Carole C. Jakeway, MPH, BSN, RN, NEA-BC serves as the District and County Operations Director for the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), where she oversees the Pharmacy and Nursing programs. Prior to her role as director in 2009, Ms. Jakeway served as the Chief Nurse for the Georgia Division of Public Health under the Department of Community Health (DCH) for 20 years.

She has over 40 years of public health nursing experience in the states of Washington, South Carolina and Georgia that include staff nursing, school health, home health, supervision, consultation and administration. This experience includes 15 years with local county health departments and the remainder with official state public health agencies. Ms. Jakeway served as President of the Association of State and Territorial Directors of Nursing (ASTDN), the nursing affiliate of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) during 2001-2002 and has served on multiple ASTDN Committees.

Ms. Jakeway received her Master of Public Health degree from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Mercy College of Detroit.

J. Patrick O'Neal, M.D., serves as the Director of Health Protection for the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), where he has oversight responsibility for Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Trauma, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Epidemiology, Infectious Disease, Immunizations, and Environmental Health.

Since 2002, Dr. O'Neal served as the Medical Director for the Office of EMS/Trauma in the Georgia Division of Public Health under the Department of Community Health (DCH). For 29 years prior, he practiced emergency medicine at DeKalb Medical Center in Decatur. In his final seven years at Dekalb Medical Center, he served as the Regional Medical Director for EMS throughout the Greater Atlanta area. Dr. O'Neal formerly served as Director of the Outpatient Clinic at the Medical Center of Central Georgia for two years before his work at Dekalb.

He completed an undergraduate program at Davidson College in North Carolina and received his medical education at the Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. Following medical school, he completed a rotating internship at Providence Hospital, Portland, Oregon, prior to entering the United States Air Force for training in flight medicine. Dr. O'Neal served as a flight surgeon in Viet Nam in 1970-71.

Kate Pfirman serves as the Chief Financial Officer for the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), where she oversees the financial services, grant management, and budget offices.

Ms. Pfirman has been with state government since 1995. Over her 16 year career with the state, she has held various positions, including Treasurer at the Department of Transportation (DOT), Chief Administrative Officer at Georgia Technology Authority (GTA), Division Director at the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget (OPB), and Deputy Commissioner at the Department of Human Resources (DHR).

She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Emory University and a Master's degree in Accounting from The American University. Ms. Pfirman is a Certified Public Accountant.

Perry Sims, MPA, PMP, serves as Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH).
Prior to joining Public Health, Mr. Sims served as Deputy CIO for the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH). While in DCH, he initially served as Director, Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) and managed the day-to-day operations and support of Georgia's Medicaid claims processing system that supported over 1.6 million Georgia Medicaid and Peachcare for Kids members.

Mr. Sims started his career with the State of Georgia in 2002 as Information Systems Director in what is now the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD).

His professional career also includes 24 years of active duty service in the United States Air Force. Mr. Sims' educational achievements include two Associate of Applied Science degrees from the Community College of the Air Force, one in Educational Systems Technology and another in Electronic Systems Technology. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in Political Science, and a Master of Public Administration from Auburn University at Montgomery. He also carries the credentials of certified Project Management Professional.