County Executive Announces Hiring of Two New Directors

MARCH 13, 2014- County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper announced two new appointments to her administration.  She has named Melissa Lyon as the new Director of Public Health and Kevin Lundeen as the new Director of Children and Youth Services.

Melissa Lyon brings with her nine years of public health experience and six years of administrative and supervisory experience through Great Lakes Medical Research and the Chautuaqua County (NY) Health Department.  Melissa has a Master of Public Health Degree from Kaplan University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from State University of New York at Fredonia.

As the Director of Public Health, Lyon will be responsible for administering all public health programs on a county-wide basis.  She will work directly with the County Executive as well as the Erie County Board of Health.

Lyon replaces Karen Tobin who has served as Interim Director of Public Health since January 3.  Tobin replaced Andy Glass who served as the Director of Public Health for nine years.  Mr. Glass left Erie County in January to take a new position in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Kevin Lundeen brings with him over 18 years of administrative and supervisory experience in children and youth services.  He has served as the Director of Children and Youth Program for Warren County for the past 11 years.  Lundeen holds a Bachelors of Social Sciences – Criminal Justice degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

As Director of Children and Youth Services, Lundeen will be responsible for the direction, planning and oversight of the program, personnel and fiscal operations of the agency.

Lundeen will replace Mary Ann Daniels as the Director of OCY.  Daniels will assume the position of Director of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, to which she has been appointed, once Lundeen begins his work with the County.

“I am glad to finally make permanent appointments to these two important positions in my administration,” said Dahlkemper.  “Melissa and Kevin bring an abundance of experience and enthusiasm with them.  I look forward to their leadership and their assistance in moving Erie County forward.”

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