Linda Beers has served as the Public Health Director for Essex County since 2011. As the Public Health Director, she oversees the preventive services unit (community health, emergency services, infectious and communicable disease); children services unit (early intervention and pre-school); Women Infant and Children (WIC) unit; and the nursing services unit (also known as a certified home health agency), with Essex County Public Health as one of the few remaining health departments in New York State with this direct care service. Before accepting her current position, Ms. Beers worked as the Director of Children Services, using her background in teaching and special education. Ms. Beers was recently named “Citizen of the Year” by Mountain Lake Services and the Arc of Essex County for her widespread contributions to decreasing disparities and increasing inclusion. She is active in a variety of committees and boards that support the public health mission, including the Adirondack Health Institute steering committee for the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program; Cornell Cooperative Extension; New York State Association of County Health Officials; Aging in Place Coalition; Medical Reserve Corps; Hudson Mohawk Area Health Education Center; New York State Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Advisory Board; and Adirondack Marathon Committee. She is best known for her ability to collaborate and network in the rural region she calls home. Ms. Beers recently completed a Master in Public Health degree from the University at Albany School of Public Health.