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Cabinet for Health and Family Services announces appointment of Ombudsman and State Lab Director

Press Release Date:  April 4, 2005

Contact: Lisa Wallace
(502) 564-6182 ext. 4013



Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary James W. Holsinger has announced two top cabinet appointments.

George G. Myers, 41, of Lexington has been named cabinet Ombudsman.
Myers is the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government eighth district councilman and served the council as legislative aide from 2001 until his election to the council in 2004.

Previously Myers headed the Myers Group, a community development and urban revitalization consulting company.  He has also worked as a senior project manager with Urban Strategies, Inc. of St. Louis, a planning and design firm specializing in community revitalization.

Myers has a master’s degree in social work from Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Kentucky. 

Myers said he looks forward to the challenges and rewards of his position.  “Under Dr. Holsinger’s leadership, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services is becoming nationally recognized as a leader in state-level health and human services,” Myers said.  “I’m delighted to be working with a very highly skilled, professional staff dedicated to ensuring the people of Kentucky receive fair treatment and equal access to efficient, effective, quality programs and services.”

The Ombudsman’s office reviews case work and answers questions related to cabinet programs and services as a means to both resolve citizen complaints and improve cabinet operations.

The cabinet obtained an attorney general’s opinion which affirmed that Myers’ dual service to the LFUCG and the state does not violate state law.

In announcing this appointment, Holsinger said, “George Myers is uniquely qualified by virtue of his experience and education to advocate both on behalf of the more than 4 million Kentuckians the cabinet serves and the hardworking case workers and cabinet staff who also deserve the Ombudsman’s support and protection. We’re delighted to welcome him aboard.”

The cabinet also announced the appointment of Dr. Stephanie Kay Mayfield as director of the state public health laboratory in Frankfort.

Mayfield comes to state government from the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Louisville, where she served as staff pathologist and blood bank director. In addition, she is an associate professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

Mayfield said she is excited to be part of the state’s public health department.  “Thank you for the opportunity to serve as the Director of the Kentucky State Public Health Laboratory,” Mayfield said.  “I hope to further enhance the laboratory’s internal and external customer relations through enhanced technology, quality improvement programs and education. The state laboratory’s overall objective is to assist our public health department in building healthy communities.”

Previously she has worked as a teaching fellow in the Department of Biochemistry at Tennessee State University, as a chemist for CIBA GEIGY Corporation in Greensboro, North Carolina, and as associate chief of staff for education and special programs at the Louisville Veterans Administration Medical Center, among other positions.

She completed her medical education at Meharry Medical College in Nashville and the University of Medicine and Dentistry at New Jersey Medical School, Newark Hospital and Robert Wood Johnson Hospital. She was the 1989 recipient of the William B. Settle Award for Outstanding Proficiency in Pediatrics. Her undergraduate degree in chemistry was received from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Holsinger said, “I am very pleased to be able to announce that Dr. Mayfield will serve as our state lab director. She brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge to this position that will be of great service to the Commonwealth.”



Last Updated 4/6/2005