Personnel for the Monroe County Health Council
Patty Williford, Executive Director
Patty is a state certified Prevention Specialist and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Radford University. She has worked with the Monroe County Health Council since 2008. Prior to that, she worked for seven years as an addiction counselor and program developer in a variety of facilities and levels of care. Patty has a passion for Monroe County and the youth she serves.
"Our youth are our future. They deserve every opportunity our community can develop. I feel that Monroe County and its citizens are truly blessed to have such wonderful organizations that will partner and work together to make it and its people safer, healthier, and happier."
Crystal Russell, Project Director
Crystal has a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee and has worked with the Monroe County Health Council since 2011. Prior to that, she worked as a case manager in behavioral health for six years. Crystal also has experience working in hospital systems, medical offices and school systems. Crystal is native to Monroe County and cares deeply about the well-being of its citizens and progress towards change for a better future.
She is currently the Program Director of Monroe STOPe (Standing Together Offering Protection and Encouragement), a domestic violence prevention program offering individual and group counseling to victims of domestic violence and their children residing in Monroe County. Monroe STOPe also offers court advocacy, research into the social issue of domestic violence in Monroe County and community and school education.
Gabbie McConkey, Project Assistant
Gabbie has lived in Monroe County since 1998 and is enjoying raising her family here. She has been teaching Zumba© Fitness since 2008. She also teaches primary fitness and numerous classes for children, which is her favorite!
Gabbie is a volunteer at heart. Volunteering at Madisonville Primary and Intermediate Schools, and as a Cheerleading coach for Upward. She is currently teaching Zumba classes for the Monroe In Motion at MIS, MMS, and Headstart schools.
Heather Rhymes, Community Outreach Advocate
With a passion for serving those in need, Heather prioritizes the improvement and overall well being of our community and those residing in it. Having devoted years of her life to working with disadvantaged teens across Monroe County, and with a background in Developmental Psychology, she fully understands the needs of our rural area and is eager to reach out and assist in meeting those needs. As a wife and mother, she spends her spare time fostering those most important relationships and cares deeply about the future of Monroe County.
Jennifer Davis, Chairperson
Jennifer has a B.A. from Carson Newman University and has been with Sweetwater City Schools for 11 years. As the District Health Coordinator, Jennifer oversees all aspects of the state-mandated Coordinated School Health program. She serves on the Regional Health Council and the Tennessee School Health Association. In addition to public health service, she serves on the Sweetwater Public Library Foundation Board, Sweetwater Valley Citizens for the Arts, and the Sweetwater Kiwanis Club. Jennifer is a new mommy and loves spending time with her husband and son!