Public Health Director


Joshua Horton has been the Public Health Director of the Grayson County Health Department since December 2019. Prior to becoming director, Joshua was the Safety, Compliance, and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for Breckinridge Health. Joshua has worked in healthcare for nearly 10 years. Along with healthcare, Joshua has a background in education. 

He is a 2017 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University (Masters of Safety, Security, Emergency Management), 2014 Western Governors University (Master's of Business Administration), 2012 Western Kentucky University (Bachelor's of Science in Education), and 2010 Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (General Studies).

Joshua serves on the following boards as a director:

  • Kentucky Public Health Association 

  • Central Kentucky Community Action

  • Grayson County Chamber of Commerce 


Finance/HR/Emergency Management Preparedness Coordinator 


Marlaina Priest-Meier has been employed with GCHD for 16 years. Prior to working at Grayson County Health Department, she worked at Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center. All together, Marlaina has 20 years of healthcare experience. 

She is a 2009, 2013, and 2014 graduate of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College where she received degrees in general studies, business administration, and human resources.