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Health Department Staff

Administrator, Preparedness Planner

Jennifer Caffrey

Jennifer Caffrey, CHEP, MA

812-738-3237, extension 1021

Jennifer has a dual Master's degree in Human Resource Management and Human Resource Development from Webster University.  She served as the Director of the Maternal and Child Health Division of the Harrison County Health Department for 12 years before transitioning to the Administrator/Preparedness Planner position in February, 2022.  She recently obtained her certification as a Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional (CHEP) and is certified to teach CPR, First Aid, and Blood-borne Pathogens Classes through the American Heart Association.  Jennifer has lived in Harrison County for 27 years.  She's married and has two adult daughters and a teen son.

Director of Public Health Nursing

Alyssa Janes

Alyssa Janes, BSN, RN
812-738-3237, extension 1019

Alyssa had been the director of the Nursing division since September, 2019.  Previously, she worked for a year in dialysis, and was at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit on the hematology/oncology unit for two years.  She has pediatric experience in school nursing as well.  Alyssa graduated from Spalding University in 2016.  She's from Harrison County and currently makes her home here with her husand and young family.

Public Health Nurse

Anna Jones

Anna Jones, RN
812-738-3237, extension 1020

Anna is one of our Public Health Nurses.  She came to the health department in 2016.  For two years prior, she was a nurse at the Harrison County After Hours Care Clinic.  She graduated from the Galen College of Nursing in Louisville in 2013.  She's a life-long Harrison County resident, and resides with her husband a two young children.

Administrative Assistant

Lela Monroe

Lela Monroe, CMA
812-738-3237, extension 1017

Lela is the administrative assistant and scheduler for the Nursing division.  She became part of the team in August, 2022.  She is a 2016 IVY Tech graduate, having studied medical assisting and medical office procedures.  She's lived in Harrison County her whole life, and currently lives with her husband and three children.

MCH Director

Theresa Buechele
Theresa Buechele, CMA
812-738-3237, extension 1098
Theresa has been an invaluable part of the health department since 2010.  In early 2022, She became the director of the Maternal and Child Health Division of the health department.  She is also head of the lead testing service here.  For the previous 12 years, she worked in the Public Health Nursing division as the administrative assistant and scheduler.  Theresa has worked in the medical profession since 1984, for doctors in Louisville and right here in Harrison County.  She lives here in Harrison County with her husband, and they have three grown children.

MCH administrative assistant

Kayla Sonner

Kayla Sonner, LPN, CPC

812-738-3237, extension 1016

Kayla has been a wonderful addition to the MCH Clinic's team since January, 2021.  She obtained her LPN degree in 2013 from IVY Tech and became a Certified Professional Coder in 2020.  She's a lifelong Harrison County resident and lives here with her husand and two young sons.

MCH Clinic Nurse

Allison Ratliff

Allison Ratliff, RN
812-738-3237, extension 1022

Allison has been a valuable member of the MCH Clinic since August, 2021.  She graduated from Galen College of Nursing in 2019.  Prior to coming to the health department, she worked for two years as a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse at Norton Children's Hospital in Louisville.  She is also a Basic Life Support (BLS) Instructor through the American Heart Association.  Allison lives here in Harrison County with her husband and young family.

Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

Veronica Shireman

Veronica Shireman, WHNP

812-738-3237, Option 2

Veronica became part of our staff in November, 2022 as our women’s health nurse practitioner.  She received her masters degree from Vanderbilt University in 2020. Since 2001, Veronica has worked in healthcare as a dental hygienist, nurse, and nurse aide.  She moved to Harrison County from Louisville in 2005.  She is married with three children.

Spanish Translator

Mandy Rhoades

Mandy Rhoads
812-738-3237, extension 1016

Mandy was raised in Texas.  Her husband's family lived in Corydon, so they moved here, and she started working at the MCH Clinic in March, 2000.  She loves her job as an interpretor, a much-needed service in this area and other parts of Indiana.  She likes giving and helping people.  Mandy says, "There is more happiness in giving than receiving.  Right?"

Environmental Health Director

Danny Schroeder

Danny Schroeder, EHS
812-738-3237, extension 1018

Danny has been with the health department since 1991.  He was the only food inspector for nearly a decade, but since 2005, heads up the septic system division.  He is adept at coming up with innovative solutions for problem sites.  He also handles environmental complaints.  Danny and his wife are life-long residents of Harrison County and have three grown children.

Septic Systems

Anthony Phillips

Anthony Phillips, EHS
812-738-3237, extension 1012

Anthony has been in the Environmental Health division since June, 2021.  He mainly works with septic systems... studying soil surveys, performing site inspections and final inspections.  For three years prior to coming to the health department, he was the manager of a group home for developmentally delayed youth.  After living in and graduating from school in Floyd County, Anthony joined the US Army in 1999.  While there he met and married his wife.  Together, they served in various locales around the country and the world.  After her military retirement, they decided to settle in Harrison County where they live with their three children.

Chief Food Specialist

Matthew Baker

Matthew Baker, EHS
812-738-3237, extension 1082

Matt became a full-time member of the health department in January, 2022.  He is the chief food inspector, dealing with permanent, temporary, and mobile food establishments, as well as school cafeterias, farmer's markets, and more.  He also inspects and permits tattoo parlors and public and semi-public pools.  Since September, 2020, he worked for the health department under contract at the COVID testing and vaccine sites.  He graduated from the Florida Atlantic University in 2012 with a BS in Exercise  Science and Health Promotion.  He and his wife moved here from Florida in 2020, where they owned Acreage Massage Therapy.  They have two young sons.

Environmental Support

Tracy Monroe

Tracy Monroe, EHS
812-738-3237, extension 1013

Tracy has worked at the health department since 1998.  She graduated from IUS in 1995 with a BA in biology.  After being the only food inspector for over 20 years, she currently mainly works in the office, looking up septic permit records for property owners and realtors, drawing them on our mapping system, updating and maintaining electronic records, taking care of reported animal bites, scheduling the annual rabies shot clinics, and maintaining the website for this site.  She also helps with environmental complaints, septic and food inspections as needed.  She's lived in Harrison County since 1971.  She and her husband have two grown sons and three grandchildren.

Vital Records Registrar, Accounting

Buffy Fleace

Buffy Fleace

812-738-3237, extension 1015

Buffy has been with the health department since July, 2002.  She graduated from IUS with a BS in Business in 1995.  In addition to taking care of birth and death records, legal name changes, and paternity affidavits, she is also the bookkeeper for the health department, doing all of the accounting and money management.  She's lived in Harrison County her entire life.  She's married and has two grown children.