March 31, 2023
MCHD recognizes Senior Women Administrators
MOBILE, Ala. — There is a saying, “charity begins at home and spreads abroad.” The same goes for honor and recognition, and that’s what the Health Equity Office (HEO) would like to do. We want to celebrate and applaud some of the Mobile County Health Department’s (MCHD) Senior Women Administrators. These women have worked tirelessly over the years to advance the agency’s mission. Many days they might wonder if it’s all worthwhile; we want them to know that all their hard work and dedication have made a difference in the lives of their employees, patients, and communities. An underlying tenet of health equity is working to make sure that every person has an opportunity to be as healthy as they can be. The Women being recognized have shown they are committed to helping the Mobile community to be Healthy, Get Healthy, and to Stay Healthy.
HEO wants to celebrate these women and share their stories with our MCHD family during Women’s History Month.
Kelly R. Warren, LMSW, MPH – Executive Director, Family Health
Kelly Warren is a lifelong Mobilian who has had a decorated career with MCHD and Family Health (FH). She has worked in a number of roles, including Social Work Intern, Social Worker, Clinic Administrator, Director of the TEEN Center, Bureau Director of Maternal & Child Health, Director of Prevention and Wellness, and finally, as the Executive Director of Family Health.
Throughout these various positions, Mrs. Warren has been able to have a marked impact on improving the health and well-being of Mobile County. Among her many accomplishments is securing funding for Teen Pregnancy Prevention. At the end of the project, the teen birth rate had declined by 40 percent over the 5-year project period. Other accomplishments include expanding HIV testing and environmental advocacy for the 3 Mile Creek. Mrs. Warren is also an active member of the community through her work with the Junior League of Mobile, various boards, and previously with Mobile United.
Mrs. Warren loves working for MCHD/FH and working with the great people at the agency. She enjoys the meaningful work being done at the agency and the fact that there are not any dull days. As she puts it, “It is a true blessing to get to do work that matters every day.”
Mrs. Warren is a lifelong learner with a rich educational background. She matriculated the inaugural class of dual-degree MSW/MPH students at the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In addition, she graduated from the Johnson & Johnson/UCLA Health Care Executive Program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. She was also a 2010 graduate of Leadership Mobile.
In terms of her personal life, Mrs. Warren has been married to her husband, Gene, for over 21 years and is a mom to Sarah Frances and Faulkner. She also has two unruly dogs, Jaeger and Angus.
Stephanie Woods-Crawford, MPH, D.H.Sc. – Executive Director, Prevention & Wellness
Dr. Stephanie Woods-Crawford is a native Mobilian and proud of it! She loves Mobile and all its communities with their unique cultures and flair, where she returned after working in Broadcast, Communications, and Advertising in Atlanta, Ga.; Biloxi, Miss., and Duluth, Minn. Dr. Woods-Crawford has over 25 years of experience working in the healthcare field and 20 of those years with MCHD. Since starting at MCHD as a Public Information Officer, Dr. Woods-Crawford was promoted through the ranks and held numerous management positions, including Public Health Administrator with oversight of Adult Health, Pediatrics, Dental, Women’s Health, Inspection Services, Bureau Director of Infectious Diseases and Environmental Health with oversight of Infectious Disease & Outbreak, District Sexually Transmitted Diseases Surveillance & Control, District Tuberculosis Surveillance & Control, District HIV Prevention Program, Immunizations, Rabies Control, Vector Services, Onsite Services, Nutrition Services, Women’s Infant & Children (WIC), and Emergency Preparedness.
In her current role, she oversees all Public Health Programs, which include various preventative programs, Office of Communications, Grants Management, Health Equity, and COVID Response. When asked what she likes most about her job, she said she returned to her beloved hometown to make a difference because this is the place she grew up in, and she wanted to make it a better place for her child and all who live in Mobile. “MCHD’s mission is to promote, improve and protect the health of Mobile County, and on a daily basis I am able to work with wonderful people, doing what I am passionate about and making my community a better place for all.”
Dr. Woods-Crawford earned her Doctorate in Health Sciences from Nova Southeastern University, holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from the University of Mobile. She is also a proud McGill-Toolen Catholic High School graduate who attended Little Flower Catholic School. Dr. Woods-Crawford served honorably in the United States Naval Reserves and was a graduate of Mobile Unite’’s 2006 Leadership Mobile class. As a health and environmental advocate, Dr. Woods-Crawford has served on numerous boards in the community, where she has developed and influenced policy changes and recommendations to improve health outcomes.
Dr. Woods-Crawford is the proud mother of Margaret Elizabeth, who is the love of her life and has the honor of being the caretaker of her parents. She attends St. Pius X Catholic Church, where she is a member of the Belle Canto Choir and serves as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister. Outside of work, she enjoys spending quality time with her family and her fur babies – Koko and Kobe, fishing with her father, shopping with her mother, doing arts and crafts, volunteering in her beloved community as a Junior League of Mobile member, and celebrating the rich culture of the birthplace of Mardi Gras.
Linette Clausman, MS – Chief Financial Officer
Linette Clausman was born and raised in the Florida panhandle, surrounded by military and public service influences from rural and suburban settings. Her mother and grandmothers worked in accounting, which greatly influenced her decision to pursue a career in Accounting.
She holds a master’s degree in Accounting and has held several licenses through her past work in the finance industry. Linette’s prior work experience includes fifteen years in the non-profit sector, where she worked in accounting, operations, human resources, development, and grant writing. In April 2019, she was appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at MCHD. As CFO, she oversees accounting, patient billing, purchasing, warehouse/fixed asset inventory, and provides information to the Executive Leadership team to aid in strategic decisions making for overall financial management and performance of the agency. She and her team are currently working on implementing a new integrative accounting system.
Mrs. Clausman is happily married and considers her greatest accomplishment is her 22-year-old son, Gavin. Gavin will graduate in April with a 4.0 GPA and a bachelor’s degree in Engineering and will then pursue a master’s in Aerospace Engineering. Mrs. Clausman believes another major accomplishment is having the opportunity to mentor, train, and empower personal and professional growth in others. She feels blessed knowing she has played a small part in organizations that improve the lives of others.
Charity Gardner, MPH – Health Services Administrator
Charity Gardner grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and she said she considered her childhood to be pretty “idyllic” in a Mayberry kind of way, with wonderful parents and three siblings who are still considered her best friends today. At the age of 19, she began her big adventure, and she joined the Army. She traveled across the United States and to many countries spanning several continents before landing in Mobile.
Mrs. Gardner served in the Army for 15 years, where she led medical aid campaigns across Afghanistan and Panama, advising their national public health officer on sustainable healthcare options and completing clean water projects in remote villages. She worked on recovery efforts in New Orleans and central Louisiana following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, encompassing citizen and soldier shelter and aid. She led medical training efforts of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and non-NATO Soldiers in Italy, Germany, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. She has trained thousands of Americans in American Heart Association (AHA) BLS, CPR, and First Aid. Mrs. Gardner now serves as an master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force as an intelligence analyst with the 76th Fighter Squadron at Moody AFB in Georgia — the Flying Tigers!
Mrs. Gardner joined MCHD in April 2020, and she was quite pleased to begin a job in public health at the beginning of the pandemic. Her first job at MCHD was as the Clinic Administrator for the Women’s Health Center. She currently serves as a Health Service Administrator responsible for the Mobile Medical Units, DIP, Eight Mile, Semmes, Southwest, and & Women’s Health Centers. She also serves on the Region IV Perinatal Advisory Committee, Fetal and Infant Mortality Review (FIMR), Alabama Baby Coalition, MCHD Safety Committee, and Management Council.
Mrs. Gardner attends Cottage Hill Baptist Church and enjoys hunting, traveling, reading, adventure races, and time well spent with her family. She has been married for seven years to her husband, Britton, who is the Resident Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service office in Mobile. They have four daughters, Sheridan, Ashton, Lillian, and Sully, and one son, Rowdy. Mrs. Gardner’s diverse experience and exposure to international cultures have helped to shape her understanding of health disparities and the need to find health solutions via a health equity lens.
Pebbles King, MBA – Bureau Director of Community & Nutrition Services
Pebbles King hails from Citronelle and is the youngest of three siblings. After high school, she matriculated at Faulkner State and received her B.A from Auburn University. She completed her MBA degree at Columbia Southern University.
Ms. King began her professional work career as a substance abuse prevention specialist at Singing River Health System in Pascagoula, Miss. She shared that she chose her career in healthcare “to impact the health of communities outside of the normal ‘clinical’ duties.” In 2006, she joined MCHD as a Health Educator. Over the past 16 years, she has held several different jobs; Health Educator Coordinator, Program Administrator, and Sr. Program Administrator. Additionally, she leads the agency’s Service for Excellence initiative. In 2019, she was promoted to her current position as Bureau Director. When asked what she finds most gratifying about her job, she replied, “being able to impact all ages in Mobile County communities with public health interventions and ensuring their needs are addressed.”
Ms. King enjoys traveling and shopping in her spare time and is a motorcycle enthusiast. In addition, she is an avid motorcycle rider and regularly attends motorcycle rallies across the country.
Angela Jones-Jackson, MBA, MA – Health Services Administrator, Family Health
Angela Jones-Jackson was born in Fort Benning, Geo., and raised as a military “brat,” moving across the globe based on her father’s assignments. She lived in Germany for almost 10 years, and when her father retired from the military, her family relocated to Mobile. She is a twin and has three siblings. Angela earned aa Master of Business Administration and a Master of Art specializing in Health Care Administration.
She has more than 20 years of experience working in healthcare with Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), Franklin Health Center, Health Services, Inc., and Coastal Family Health (MS). In 2019, she joined MCHD in her current role as a Health Services Administrator. She chose to make her career working with FQHCs because she is passionate about seeing the uninsured and underinsured communities be able to receive much-needed healthcare services regardless of their ability to pay. Ms. Jones-Jackson feels working with FQHCs is not just employment but a mission for her to help and serve the less fortunate. Understanding the importance of receiving early and regular health care every opportunity she gets, in and out of work, she shares with others the options they have for receiving health care services at MCHD.
Ms. Jones-Jackson has five sons who she adores and prays for daily. She is an active member of Fowl River Baptist Church, and her faith and family upbringing inform her values and desires to serve others. She enjoys reading, furniture shopping, and interior decorating in her leisure time.