members met and heard from the new Director of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
for the Tennessee Department of Health, Michele Gourley. Dr. Gourley has filled
this position for five months and jumped right into it. With a pastor for a
grandfather who also had a knack for the political arena, Gourley was quite
comfortable going into this position. After graduating from East Tennessee
State University with degrees in medicine and public health, she found that a
job in public health suited her more than private practice. She views her
position very much like a mission in itself.