Steve Eaton, MPH
Public Health Director
Steve Eaton is Public Health Director for the Gaston County Department of Health & Human Services. Steve is from Hickory, NC and holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from East Carolina University, a graduate certificate in Public Health Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University. He joined the former Gaston County Health Department in 2011 as Assistant Health Director. Earlier in his career, Steve was the executive director for two North Carolina Smart Start Agencies and for the Early Head Start Program in Alexander County. He has experience in public health policy, population health outcomes, and community engagement. He serves on the UNCC School of Public Health Advisory Board, the Lenoir Rhyne University Master of Public Health Advisory Board, the Gaston County School Health Advisory Council, and as the regional chairman for the NC Association of Local Health Directors.
Social Services Director
Angela "Angi" Karchmer has served as the Director of Social Services since 2016. Angi is a native of Gaston County and graduated from North Gaston High School. She attended Appalachian State University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Communications. Having been with the County for over twenty years, Angi was a Child Support Enforcement Supervisor from 1998 to 2003 and was promoted to Economic Services Coordinator in 2003. She then served as the Economic Support Services Administrator before being promoted to her current position. She was named an employee of the year in 2009 and completed the NC Department of Commerce Leadership Academy in 2010. In 2013 she completed the County Administration course and was selected as a LGFCU Fellow for the “Leading for Results” program, both at UNC-Chapel Hill. Angi currently serves on the North Carolina Employment and Training Association Advisory Board and the NC Workforce Development Training Center Board.
Tia Robertson, MD MS FACOG
Dr. Robertson is the Medical Director for Gaston County Public Health and is a practicing Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist. Dr. Robertson earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of Georgia and a Master of Science Degree in Biology from Georgia State University. She earned her Medical Doctorate from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and completed an Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. Prior to medical school, Dr. Robertson worked as a clinical researcher with publications for studies on prostate cancer in African-American men, female sexual functioning and urinary incontinence in women. She was later introduced to public health in her role as the first Program Director for Midtown Urology Health and Education Foundation in 2004-2005. As the Gaston County Public Health Medical Director, Dr. Robertson oversees the agency’s provision of clinical services and supervises the work of physicians and providers. She also leads the department in delivering health services for the entire community and acts as a liaison to other local health agencies and community health partners. Dr. Robertson currently serves on the executive leadership team leading Gaston County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Robertson’s notable honors and awards include the Chief Resident Research Award for her study on “Health Literacy in Obstetrics” in 2014; an “Excellence in Care” Award from Atrium Health-Lincoln for patient care in 2017; the “Rookie of the Year” Award by Gaston County DHHS for her internal and community leadership in 2019.
Economic Services Administrator
Tina Stogner has served as the Economic Services Administrator since 2019. Growing up in Mount Holly, she graduated from East Gaston High School and then UNC-Charlotte where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. In 2012, Tina joined Gaston County as Economic Services Supervisor in Medicaid. She was promoted to Economic Services Coordinator in 2013 before moving to her current position. Prior to Gaston DHHS, Tina worked in both Mecklenburg and Iredell counties in various positions. She has more than 24 years of public assistance program experience. Tina oversees Medicaid, Food & Nutrition Services, Program Integrity and Non-Emergency Medicaid Transportation. She is a 2017 Leadership Gaston alumni and serves on the Transportation Advisory Board and the board for Carolina Center for Counseling & Clinical Services, Inc.
Cathy Cheek, BSBA
Public Health Business Services Administrator
Cathy Cheek joined the former Gaston County Health Department in 2004 as Accounting Supervisor, and worked as Administrative Officer and Business Services Coordinator before becoming Business Services Administrator in 2011. She oversees and manages the Public Health Division's annual budget, accounting, purchasing and receiving, and vital records – which processes birth and death certificates, front desk operations, business office, and human resources functions. Cathy holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Gardner Webb University. She also completed the Management Academy of Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill. Prior to coming to the Health Department, Cathy worked for more than 25 years in non profits, and state and local government.
Adult and Aging Services Administrator
Michael Coone joined the Gaston County Department of Health and Human Services Management Team in 2014, serving as Administrator of Adult & Aging Services. Prior to Gaston DHHS, Michael worked for Catawba County for eight years, where he was the Quality Management & Training Director for Family NET of Catawba County, a Division of Catawba County Department of Social Services. Michael has an additional eight years of direct care and management experience working with adult and geriatric populations with severe and persistent mental illness in inpatient and community treatment settings. In addition to Adult & Aging Services, Michael also oversees ACCESS Central Transportation. Michael completed undergraduate studies at Western Carolina University and a Graduate Certificate in Health Care Administration from East Carolina University.
Brittain Kenney, MPH
Assistant Health Director
Brittain Kenney is the Assistant Health Director for the Gaston County Department of Health & Human Services. Brittain is originally from Statesville, NC and has her B.A. in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Master of Public Health degree through the Public Health Leadership Program at UNC's Gillings School of Global Public Health. She has worked for the Gaston County Department of Health & Human Services (and previously for Gaston County Health Department) since 2005, primarily in roles related to health education, community engagement, and public communication.
Carrie Meier, MPH
Community Health Education Administrator
Carrie is the Administrator over the Community Health Education Section of the Public Health Division. She is from Asheboro, NC and received her BS in Public Health Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her MPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She previously served as the Parents matter Program Coordinator and then the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Supervisor at the Gaston County Health Department. She also worked as a Health Educator on the NC Folic Acid Council grant, coordinated H1N1 clinics at the Randolph County Health Department, and is a Teach for America Alumni. Carrie was awarded the NC SOPHE Grace Daniels Promising New Health Educator Award in 2012 and received the Gaston Youth Connected Spotlight on Leaders Award in 2015.
Abigail Newton, MPH
Special Projects Manager, Public Health Division
Abby Newton is the Special Projects Manager for the Public Health Division of the Gaston County Department of Health & Human Services. She joined the former Gaston County Health Department as the Community Health Education Administrator in 2011. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from Oregon State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Before coming to Gaston County, she was Community Health Manager for the Lincoln County Health Department and was a research coordinator at Oregon Health and Sciences University. Abby oversees the health department’s teen pregnancy prevention, health promotion and nutrition, Girls on the Run, and the Childcare Health Consultant programs, as well as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). She is passionate about working with communities to identify and address county health problems. In fact, she is now fully engaged in a Community Transformation Grant that is working to enhance fitness and nutrition practices in the Highland Community.
Tereasa J. Osborne, J.D.
Lead Attorney, Social Services
Tereasa Osborne became Lead Attorney for the Department of Health & Human Services in November 2011 and leads a Legal Team that handles Child Protective Service petitions and court proceedings, child support, Adult Protective Services petitions and court proceedings, and advises Social Services staff on legal matters. Tereasa is from West Jefferson, North Carolina. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Appalachian State and a Juris Doctorate from Mercer University School of Law, where she was a Woodruff Scholar. She practiced law with a private firm, served as a JAG Officer in the U.S. Air Force, and was an Assistant District Attorney in Mecklenburg County for four years before joining the staff at Gaston HHS.
Cheri Singleton, MN, BSN, RN
Public Health Community and Support Services Administrator
Cheri Singleton is the Interim Personal Health Services and Nursing Administrator for the Public Health Division of the Gaston County Department of Health & Human Services. She joined the department as the Assistant PHS Administrator in 2015. She holds a Master’s in Nursing in Communities and Diverse Populations from the University of Washington, Seattle, and a Bachelor’s in Science Nursing from Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma WA. She comes to Gaston County with 22 years of experience in nursing, volunteering in the community on health education, Parish Nursing, and working as a Public Health Nurse in Tacoma, WA with Child Health, Maternity, Child Protective Services, Childcare Nurse Consulting, and program development with Maternal Fetal Medicine at Madigan Army Medical Center, Ft. Lewis Washington. She moved to North Carolina in 2006, working in Mecklenburg County Health Department/Carolinas Health Care System as a Maternal Child Health Manager over Maternal Child Health Programs and several Smart Start Grants. She moved to Levine Children’s Hospital’s Teen Health Connection as a Clinical Nurse Specialist working with adolescent eating disorder patients, providing clinical care, and serving as a liaison with Mecklenburg County Adolescent Foster Care program. Cheri oversees the health departments' Maternity, Family Planning, Teen Wellness Clinic, Immunization, Communicable Disease, Adult Health, Patient Accounts, Laboratory, and Registration areas. She is a 2017 Leadership Gaston alumni and also the received the Rookie of the Year award in 2017.
Business Services Administrator, Social Services Division
Dana Sisk joined the Gaston County Department of Health & Human Services as the Business Services Administrator in 2015. She oversees and manages the annual budget, and accounting functions for the agency. She previously worked for more than eight years as a Regional Program Representative/Local Business Liaison with the N.C. Division of Social Services, providing fiscal and administrative management for more than 25 counties, including Gaston and the Eastern Band of Cherokee counties. From 1991 to 2007, Dana worked for the Burke County Department of Social Services in several capacities, including Administrative Officer. Dana holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory and an Associate in Business Administration from Western Piedmont Community College.
Children & Family Services Administrator
Tiyania Shands is the Child and Family Services Administrator for the Gaston County Department of Health & Human Services. She attended Johnson C Smith University where she earned her Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work degrees. Tiyania is originally from Laurens, SC. She has worked for the Gaston County Department of Health and Human Services since March 2015. In 2018, Tiyania was promoted to Foster Care Program Coordinator and promoted again on January 20, 2021 to her current position.
Economic Support Services Administrator
Angela Sanford is the Economic Support Services Administrator. Angie grew up in Gaston County and graduated from North Gaston High School. She attended Belmont Abbey College where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Business Management. She first joined Gaston County in 1997 and was promoted to an Economic Services Supervisor in 2007. She was promoted to Economic Services Coordinator in 2019 before moving to her current position as Economic Support Services Administrator. She has more than 20 years of public assistance program experience. Angie oversees Child Support Enforcement, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Work First, Child Daycare, Energy Programs, Support Services and various temporary assistance programs.