The Mobile County Health Department leadership team is dedicated to enhancing the well-being of Mobile County residents through their unwavering commitment to improving community health initiatives. With a focus on proactive strategies and evidence-based practices, they strive to address key health challenges and disparities, ensuring equitable access to quality healthcare services for all residents. Their collaborative approach fosters partnerships with local stakeholders and organizations, driving solutions that positively impact the overall health outcomes of the community.


Health Officer Kevin Philip Michaels, MD, MPH, FACOEM

Dr. Michaels boasts dual board certifications in Public Health and Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Furthermore, he acts as a designated medical examiner for the FAA, granting medical cards for Class 1, 2, and 3 categories. In addition to these roles, Dr. Michaels serves as a civil surgeon.

His educational journey includes a Bachelor of Science from Wofford College, a Master of Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health, and a medical degree from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine.

Following a distinguished 24-year career in the U.S. Army, Dr. Michaels retired, having held numerous senior medical positions such as command surgeon, chief medical officer, and chief of public health services at various military installations. He also distinguished himself as a senior flight surgeon. Prior to his current position as a health officer, he ran a successful private practice, specializing in occupational medicine services across Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi.





Dr. Russell Stevens, Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Stevens is a board-certified family medicine physician affiliated with Family Health. He offers comprehensive care to patients of all ages, specializing in chronic disease management, wound care, infectious diseases and addiction medicine.

Dr. Stevens received his medical degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and completed his residency at Saint Elizabeth’s Family Health Center.

He is board-certificated in the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM).




Dr. Stephanie Woods-Crawford, Executive Director, Prevention & Wellness

Dr. Stephanie Woods-Crawford is a distinguished figure in the realm of public health, a devoted community leader, and currently serves as the Executive Director of Prevention and Wellness. Dr. Woods-Crawford oversees critical public health programs and initiatives, including Community Prevention, Nutrition Services, Health Equity, Overdose and Substance, Environmental Health, Emergency Preparedness, Disease Surveillance and Control, and the COVID Response efforts.

With over 25 years of dedicated service in public health and a proud Native Mobilian, Dr. Woods-Crawford’s commitment to serving the common good of all of her community is evident through her multifaceted involvement in various boards, committees, and organizations. She is an active member of esteemed groups such as the Junior League of Mobile, The Links, Inc. Mobile Chapter, Groundworks Mobile, Alabama Regional Perinatal Committee, American Public Health Association, Alabama Environmental Health Association, and many more. Her leadership skills and dedication were further showcased as a 2006 graduate of Leadership Mobile.

Dr. Woods-Crawford’s career highlights include groundbreaking achievements, such as being the first African-American individual to hold the Public Information Officer position at MCHD and the first to serve as the Bureau Director over Disease Control, Environmental Health, and Preparedness. She also made history as the first African-American to assume the Executive Director position of Mobile County’s Public Health Division.

In addition to her managerial roles, Dr. Woods-Crawford has contributed to academia, stepping in to teach the Public Health class of the previous health officer when necessary, publishing a review article on Monkeypox research (Mpox), and mentoring aspiring public health majors, shaping them into future leaders in the field.

Dr. Woods-Crawford’s educational journey reflects her commitment to excellence, with a Doctorate in Health Sciences from Nova Southeastern University, a Master of Public Health from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Bachelor of Science in Communications from the University of Mobile. Her academic achievements are complemented by her service in the United States Naval Reserves.

Kelly Warren, Executive Director, Family Health

Kelly R. Warren, LMSW, MSW, MPH, a native of Mobile, Alabama, is the Executive Director of Family Health Clinical Services for the Mobile County Health Department (MCHD).  Ms. Warren has worked for MCHD for approximately 22 years in a variety of areas to include maternal and child health programs; environmental health programs; teen pregnancy prevention; Healthy Start; smoking cessation; home visitation; federally qualified health center management and planning; etc.  She also served a year in fund development for the American Heart Association for Baldwin and Escambia Counties in Alabama.

Ms. Warren is involved in multiple efforts to create/sustain healthy environments for healthy living. She was the chartering member and chair of the Women Making a Difference public health advisory board responsible for launching the efforts to create a greenway/blueway along Three Mile Creek. She has served and continues to serve on various committees and boards tasked with improving the health of the county and state via environmental efforts; city zoning and planning; fetal and infant mortality review (FIMR); child advocacy on the Department of Human Resources Quality Assurance Committee; community-wide domestic violence prevention; Leadership Mobile (class of 2010); Mobile United; Alabama Primary Health Care Association and Mobile Community Action, among others.

She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology from Birmingham-Southern College.  She continued her studies at both the University of Alabama, School of Social Work and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Public Health where she was among the first group of graduate students to matriculate the MSW/ MPH dual degree program.  Her area of concentration was Maternal and Child Health.  In 2007, she completed the Johnson & Johnson/UCLA Healthcare Executive Program at the John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. She currently holds a license to practice social work in the state of Alabama. 

She loves living on the Gulf Coast and considers it a blessing to have a career that enables her to do good work with good people daily.


Paul Betros, Executive Director, Administrative Services

Paul Betros, an accomplished professional with a wealth of experience, assumes the pivotal role of Executive Director of Administrative Services, a position he has adeptly held since December 2011. In this esteemed capacity, Paul seamlessly orchestrates and guides the operations of critical bureaus, including Administrative Services, Finance and Personnel Management. With his astute leadership, these bureaus function harmoniously to uphold the organization’s mission and objectives.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Paul is renowned for his dedication to fostering an environment of collaboration and innovation. He champions initiatives to maximize efficiency and productivity, driving the organization towards continuous improvement and sustainable growth.

In addition to his role as Executive Director, Paul is an active participant in various industry forums and community initiatives. His commitment to excellence extends beyond the confines of his professional duties, as he strives to make a meaningful impact in the broader community.

Last Updated on July 12, 2024 by MCHDadmin