Staff

Leadership



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

Clay Goddard has been with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department since 1996 serving in a variety of roles. He was named Director in 2017.
 
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. Clay is the current president of the Missouri Center for Public Health Excellence. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member with Drury University. 
 
Clay is a member of the American Public Health Association and National Association of City and County Health Administrators. He serves on the board for Community Partnership of the Ozarks and Co-chairs the Community Investment process for the United Way of the Ozarks. Clay is also a veteran of the United States Coast Guard.
 

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