Susan Wheelan, M.B.A., Director
Susan Wheelan was appointed director in December 2018. Previously, she served as interim director starting in September 2018 and was the agency’s deputy director for the previous three years. As deputy director, she oversaw the Disease Prevention and Health Promotion division, which includes the following programs: Communicable Disease and Tuberculosis, Tobacco Education and Prevention Partnership, Youth Substance Use Prevention, Teen Suicide Prevention, and Maternal and Child Health. During her 18 years of service at El Paso County Public Health, Wheelan has also served as the agency’s communication director and public information officer, an administrative hearing officer, program manager of the Tobacco Education and Prevention Partnership, and an environmental health specialist.
Wheelan serves on several community boards including Kidpower, and the Colorado Springs chapter of the National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI). She is also a member of various committees including the Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials (CALPHO) Legislative Committee, the Governor’s Retail Marijuana Education Oversight Committee, and the Colorado Tobacco Review Committee.
Wheelan holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Colorado Technical University. She is also a graduate of the Colorado Springs Leadership Institute. Her additional training includes National Incident Management System courses, master’s level certification in Homeland Security Management, and Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership/Advanced Leadership Training Certification.