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Dr. Peter Norton, M.D., OBGYN, Health Authority & Medical Director


Dr. Norton, a well respected, board certified obstetrician/gynecologist, practiced obstetrics in Abilene from 1976-2002, and gynecology from 1976-2015.  After graduating from Baylor College of Medicine in 1970, Dr. Norton completed a rotating internship at the City of Memphis Hospitals; a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine; and served as an obstetrician/gynecologist at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.  Dr. Norton serves as the Health Authority and Medical Director for the Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District (ATCPHD), and provides medical oversight for all clinical programs within the health division, including the COACH Clinic.


Annette Lerma, Interim Health Services Director


Ms. Lerma provides oversight of Laboratory Services, Vital Statistics, Preparedness and Epidemiology, the WIC Program and Administrative Services for the health district.  She also assists in the development and management of the division’s budget as well as assisting the Health Director with all aspects of division management, strategic planning, personnel and grant & city reporting.  Ms. Lerma obtained her Bachelors of Science degree from Abilene Christian University in 1999 and began working for the City of Abilene in September 2001 as a Nutritionist for the WIC Program.  She was promoted to WIC Director in March 2008 and moved into the Assistant Health Director’s role for the health district in October 2016.


Barby Jeffers, RN, ADN, BSN, MSN Ed, Nursing Program Manager


Ms. Jeffers graduated from Haney Vo Tech in Panama City, Florida with a certificate in Practical Nursing in 1992. She went on to graduate from Bohecker College in Columbus, Ohio with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing in 2008. She graduated from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona with both a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (2010) and a Master’s of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Education in 2012. Her nursing career has spanned 25 years in the disciplines of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospital telemetry, ER Case Management, Arizona State Survey for LTC, Nurse Care Coordinator - Magellan Health Services for Maricopa County in AZ, Nursing Educator, Medical Professions instructor, and am currently a CPRO Instructor for the American Red Cross. Life is a Garden…plant something and watch it grow!


Terri Auger, REHS/RS
 Environmental Health Manager


Ms. Auger received her Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from Florida Atlantic University. She started her career as a volatile organic chemist in Boca Raton, Florida testing soil, air, and water on the gas chromatography-mass spectrometry system. Ms. Auger began working for the City of Abilene in 2014 as a health inspector and received licensing as an Registered Environmental Health Specialist from the State of Texas and from the National Environmental Health Association. Her duties include inspection of various environmental health issues from food establishments, pools, daycares, vector control,to on-site sewage systems. She was promoted to Environmental Health manager in May 2017 and works closely with all divisions of the Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District and the community to prevent disease, injury, and disability related to people and their environment.