Public Health Commissioners

On Monday, December 5, 2016, Mayor Frank G. Jackson was joined by Natoya Walker Minor, Chief of Public Affairs, to swear-in the newest City of Cleveland Department of Public Health Department (CDPH) employees. Mayor Jackson administered the oath of office to Persis Sosiak and Brian Kimball who will serve as the Commissions for CDPH. In addition, families and friends were also in attendance at Commissioners Sosiak’s and Kimball’s swearing in ceremony.

Persis Sosiak, Commissioner of Health, Cleveland Department of Public Health
Mayor Jackson administered the oath Ms. Sosiak, who will serve as the Commissioner of Health for the Department of Public Health. Ms. Sosiak has been a longtime, dedicated advocate for public health initiatives locally, nationally and internationally. She served as Program Manager for Cleveland Clinic’s childhood obesity prevention program for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In this role, she advised and directed program staff in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; recommended public health interventions for maximum impact and researched all areas of pediatric health and wellness.

Prior to that, she was Senior Director of the Department of Public Health and Research for the Cleveland Clinic. She has also served as a program analyst, registered nurse, and infection control practitioner. A well-documented and journal-published researcher, she has presented on her research at various national and international conferences. Commissioner Sosiak is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Obesity, American Public Health Association, Lakewood Public Library Board of Trustees, Ohio Public Health Association, and Yale Alumni Association of Cleveland. Ms. Sosiak earned a liberal arts degree from George Washington University, a master’s degree in Public Health from Yale University, and, her nursing degree from George Mason University.

Brian Kimball, Commissioner of Environment, Cleveland Department of Public Health 
Mayor Jackson administered the oath Brian Kimball who will serve as the Commissioner of Environment in the Department of Public Health. Mr.  Kimball has been a City of Cleveland employee for the past 27 years, most recently, as Lead Program Manager for the Department of Community Development. He co-wrote the $3.7 million HUD Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Grant, and manages its implementation. He works with internal and external stakeholders, including HUD on the prevention of childhood lead poisoning and healthy home actions.

Mr. Kimball is a Licensed Lead Abatement Contractor and Lead Risk Assessor, as well as a member of the Ohio Lead and Healthy Homes Advisory Council and a co-chair of the Healthy Homes Advisory Council of Greater Cleveland environmental subcommittee. He has 16 years of progressive experience in the fields of environment and public health, particularly in the area of lead poisoning prevention. Commissioner Kimball earned his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Cleveland State University, is a registered Public Health Sanitarian with the State of Ohio and is certified in food protection.

Photographer: 
Ruggero Fatica