District Health Directors

Zachary Taylor, M.D., M.S. 
North Georgia Health District, District 1-2


Zachary Taylor, MD, MS, is the health director for North Georgia Health District, District 1-2, based in Dalton. District 1-2 includes Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties. Originally from LaGrange, Dr. Taylor graduated from LaGrange College with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry. He earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and his Master of Science degree from the University of Maryland. He completed an internship in internal medicine at the University of Kentucky and a residency in preventive medicine at the University of Maryland.Dr. Taylor served for 30 years as an Officer in the United States Public Health Service, including clinical practice with the Indian Health Service from 1983 to 1987 and public health practice with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other Health and Human Services agencies from 1989 to 2015. Dr. Taylor recently retired with the rank of Assistant Surgeon General. He and his wife, Joanie, relocated to Dalton from Colorado in July 2015, and they have two adult children and two grandchildren.

Pamela Logan, M.D., M.P.H., M.A. 
North Health District, District 2


Dr. Logan serves as the District Health Director for the North Health District, She graduated from Spelman College with a BA in biology before earning a medical degree from Howard University.  She then trained in Internal Medicine at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia.  She completed the Epidemic Intelligence Service Program and Preventive Medicine Residency at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to obtain training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine.  During the residency, Dr. Logan completed a Master of Public Health degree at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and worked for a year at DeKalb County Board of Health in Georgia.  After residency, Dr. Logan served in the United States Public Health Service as a medical epidemiologist stationed at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Chronic Disease Center, conducting projects in breast, cervical, and ovarian cancer prevention.  She and her husband, Guy, have three children, and in her free time, Dr. Logan enjoys reading, creative writing, and traveling with her family.

Janet Memark, M.D., MPH
Cobb & Douglas Health District, District 3-1


Dr. Memark serves as the District Health Director for the Cobb & Douglas Health District, District 3-1. Dr. Memark received both her Master of Public Health and Doctor of Medicine degrees from the University of Miami School of Medicine, subsequently receiving her training in Internal Medicine from Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago. She began her medical career as a general internist with the Department of Veterans Affairs, caring for our nation’s veterans in an academic setting that also involved the training of medical students and resident physicians. Dr. Memark joined the WellStar Health System in 2013 as the medical director of Community Health, overseeing all of the WellStar community health clinics. She then joined the new WellStar Graduate Medical Education initiative for WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center as associate program director for the new Internal Medicine Program. Dr. Memark has a passion for advocacy for vulnerable populations, health disparities and access to health services. 


Fulton Health District, District 3-2

Clayton County Health District, District 3-3

East Metro District, District 3-4

Dr. Audrey Arona is the CEO and District Health Director of the East Metro Health District, District 3-4. The district includes Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County Health Departments (GNR). Prior to her role as GNR health director, she served as a physician consultant for the Department training and mentoring clinical staff and validating GYN clinical care for Health Department clients for six years. An OB/GYN, Dr. Arona worked in a private practice in Gwinnett County for more than 19 years, specializing in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases and disorders affecting women of all ages.  Dr. Arona obtained her BS at the University of CA, San Diego, dual majoring in Biochemistry and Cellular Biology. She graduated with her MD in 1991 from the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine and completed her residency OB/GYN in 1995 from the USC. She is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and American Medical Association and an advisory board member Gwinnett County DFACS and Gwinnett Women’s Advisory Council. In addition, Dr. Arona mentors and trains physicians, residents, nurse practitioners, and other clinical staff, as she has throughout her career. 

S. Elizabeth Ford, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.A.P.
DeKalb Health District, District 3-5


Ford serves as the District Health Director for the DeKalb Health District, District 3-5. A board-certified pediatrician, Ford received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Stanford University, a medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine, and a master's degree in business administration with a focus in health services administration from Howard University Graduate School of Business. Ford also served as the Florida deputy state health officer and the deputy secretary for children's medical services and was responsible for oversight of health services for children with special health care needs. Ford serves on the board of many local organizations and was awarded the 2012 Humanitarian Award at the Dominique Wilkins Salute to the Legend ceremonies for her positive impact in the health community.

Olugbenga O. Obasanjo, M.D., Ph.D.
LaGrange Health District, District 4 


Dr. Obasanjo serves as the District Health Director for District 4 Public Health in LaGrange. He received his medical degree at the University of Ibadan, in Nigeria in 1994. He earned his Master of Public Health degree in 1996 and Doctor of Philosophy degree in epidemiology in 1999 from the Johns Hopkins University, gaining experience as an epidemiologist with the Maryland Department of Health during his doctoral studies. He completed an internship in internal medicine at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center and returned to Johns Hopkins, where he completed his residency training in public health and preventive medicine in 2001. From 2002-2009, Dr. Obasanjo worked with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s AIDS Prevention Initiative in Nigeria and as a consultant to Nigerian governments and private industry on HIV prevention. He returned permanently to the U.S. in 2009 as a medical officer with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In May 2011, he began work as a physician in Prince William County in Northern Virginia then took a tour of duty in the Middle East with the U.S. Army as a Preventive Medicine Officer. Dr. Obasanjo enjoys riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and reading. He also runs several half marathons every year to support various charities.

Thomas Craft, M.D.
South Central Health District, District 5-1


Dr. Craft serves as the District Health Director in the South Central Health District, District 5-1, in Dublin, Georgia. The South Central Health District is the public health authority for ten counties in the middle Georgia area. The 10 counties are Bleckley, Dodge, Johnson, Laurens, Montgomery, Pulaski, Telfair, Treutlen, Wheeler, and Wilcox counties.

Dr. Craft completed his undergraduate program at Mercer University in Macon and received his medical education at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. Following medical school, he completed his internship and family practice residency at Self Memorial Hospital in Greenwood, South Carolina.

Prior to joining DPH in March 2018, Dr. Craft provided primary care services and wellness care for patients ages 2 – 102 at a 10-partner Family Medicine practice in Dublin, Georgia. He has diverse experience specializing in family practice for more than 24 years. He also served as the Director of Family Practice for Fairview Park Hospital and served on various hospital committees including Pharmacy and Therapeutics, as well as the Executive Committee for two terms.

Dr. Craft is a native of Laurens County.  He is married to Angela Grenade Craft of Dodge County, and together they have six grown children. They enjoy involvement in their local church, as well as any and all activities that include family. Dr. Craft particularly enjoys gardening, hunting, fresh-water fishing, and the great outdoors.”

Renee' M. Haynes, M.D., M.P.H.
North Central Health District, District 5-2

Dr. Reneé Haynes serves as the District Health Director of the North Central Health District (District 5-2, Macon) in September 2018. Dr. Haynes did her undergraduate work at Duke University and attended Florida International University for graduate work. She received her medical degree from the Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Haynes is passionate about public health and has worked in the field for over a decade. She is a family medicine physician and, prior to her current role in public health, worked for the Department of Veteran’s Affairs in Atlanta, GA. During her career, Dr. Haynes has received numerous honors and awards such as the 2012 National Award for Excellence in Public Health from the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. As District Health Director for North Central Health District, she oversees public health activities across 13 counties in Central Georgia.

Stephen Goggans, M.D., M.P.H.
East Central Health District, District 6



Dr. Goggans serves as the District Health Director for the East Central Health District, District 6. Dr. Goggans holds a doctorate in medicine from the Medical College of Georgia and earned his Bachelor of Arts from Emory University. He completed an internship in the Department of Pathology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia. Most recently, Dr. Goggans received his master’s degree in public health from the University of Georgia’s College of Public Health in 2013. Dr. Goggans brings more than 13 years of experience to DPH having held leadership roles at some of Georgia’s most prominent health care and educational institutions. Since 2002, he has served as an assistant professor of medicine in the Department of Medicine at Georgia Regents University while also delivering clinical care at the Georgia Regents Health System. 

Beverley Townsend, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.A.F.P. 
West Central Health District, District 7


Townsend serves as the District Health Director for the West Central Health District, District 7. She earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi, a master's degree in pharmacology and toxicology from Purdue University, and a medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. She completed her residency in family medicine in Columbus, Georgia. She also earned a master's degree in business administration from Kennesaw State University. Townsend practiced family medicine in the rural counties of the Chattahoochee Valley area for nearly twenty-five years. She has served on numerous professional societies including serving as treasurer for the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians and president and secretary of the Columbus/Ft. Benning Medical Association. She has two adult sons.

William R. Grow, M.D., F.A.C.P. 
South Health District, District 8-1

Grow serves as the District Health Director for the South Health District, District 8-1. He earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Georgia and a medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in 1970. After completing an internal medicine residency at the Medical College of Georgia, his last as chief resident, he entered the U.S. Air Force for two years and then moved to Valdosta, Georgia where he practiced medicine for 35 years and started Valdosta Medical Clinic in 1989 serving as its president for 20 years. He joined public health in December of 2010 as the district health director. In his leisure time, he enjoys quail hunting, aerobic outdoor activity, working with his horses, traveling, and spending time with his family, especially his grandkids.

Charles Ruis, M.D.
Southwest Health District, District 8-2


Charles Ruis, M.D., is the health director in the Southwest Health District, District 8-2. There he oversees 14 county health departments and two farm worker clinics. Prior to receiving his Bachelor of Science degree and his Doctor of Medicine degree from Medical College of Georgia, Dr. Ruis attended Georgia Southwestern and later the University of Georgia. He performed both his internship and his residency in family practice at Medical Center of Central Georgia. He is board-certified in family medicine. Most recently, Dr. Ruis served as medical director for Georgia Correctional Healthcare, providing physician services at Georgia state prisons. Prior to that, he was medical director for Federally Qualified Community Health Centers in Ocilla and Unadilla. He also has substantial experience in emergency medicine, including working at Sumter Regional Hospital from 2003 until it closed from tornado damage in 2005. Dr. Ruis has served as the chair of the Crisp County Board of Health since 2007. He and his wife, Barbara, are active in the Cordele First United Methodist Church and enjoy music and a variety of outdoor activities.

Lawton C. Davis, M.D. 
Coastal Health District, District 9-1


Dr. Davis serves as the District Health Director for the Coastal Health District, District 9-1. He earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Furman University and a medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. After completing an internal medicine residency he spent one year on the Medical College of Georgia faculty before entering private practice in Dublin, Georgia. He practiced internal medicine for thirteen years, and worked full time as an ER physician for two years in Dublin. In 1998, Dr. Davis became the district health director for Georgia’s South Central District. He has served as the chair of the state's technical review committee (onsite sewage disposal) since its creation in July of 1999. He has served on the boards of multiple local organizations and is a proponent of strengthening public health's community presence through community involvement. Davis and his wife, Diane, have three grown children. He enjoys coastal boating and fishing and golf.

Rosemarie Parks, M.D., M.P.H. 
Southeast Health District, District 9-2


Parks serves as the District Health Director for the Southeast Health District, District 9-2. Parks has been in this position since July 2005. Parks was director of medical education at a federally-qualified health center before joining the Southeast Health District. She holds a master's degree in public health from Youngstown State University, Ohio, and a medical degree from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. She completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, Ohio. Parks is board certified in internal medicine. She also served as the director of the Internal Medicine Residency Ambulatory Care Clinic at St. Elizabeth Health Center. She and her husband, Marc, have two children.

Claude A. Burnett, M.D., M.A., M.P.H. 
Northeast Health District, District 10


Burnett serves as the District Health Director for the Northeast Health District, District 10. He was an epidemiologist at the CDC from 1971 to 1978. He has a master's degree in public health from the University of North Carolina and a master's degree in public policy from Duke University. He has experience with public health data systems since 1971 and has implemented surveys of teens and citizens to use for policy change. He and his wife, Barbara, have two children.

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