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LFCHD Employee Newsletter

Archive for the month “February, 2017”

Welcome new employees!

Please take a moment to welcome the newest employees of the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.


Cristian DePalma
Social worker specialist/HANDS


Tommi Marquardt
Nurse specialist/School Health


Cara Kay
Finance Officer/Admin


Judy Martinez
Community Health Assistant/CHEE


Valerie Freeman
Nurse specialist/School Health


Tami Ross
Licensed diabetes educator/CHEE


Shirley Powell
Nurse specialist/School Health


Candy Guzman
Clinical services rep/Clinic


Vivian Billings


Terri Gonzalez
Family support specialist/HANDS

Kentucky Deferred Compensation offers more than you think

Did you know that Kentucky Deferred Compensation (KDC) offers more than 401K accounts?  See below the list of accounts you can choose from and the four different ways you can invest through KDC:

Account Choices

401K – Contributions are pre-taxed payroll deductions. You can transfer funds from another qualified plan to your KDC account. The minimum deposit is $30 monthly with a maximum annual contribution of $18,000. If you are age 50 and above you can deposit a catch-up amount of $6,000 annually.  The funds are available to you upon severance from employment, retirement, or in the year age 59 ½. You can receive a loan against the funds and this account does allow for Emergency/Hardship Withdrawals.

457(b) – This account mirrors the 401K account except for two important differences. This account is available to you upon severance from employment, regardless of your age. Withdrawals are taxed as ordinary income but are not subject to the IRS 10% early withdrawal penalty.

Roth 401K – Contributions to this account are after tax deductions. The minimum and maximum contributions are the same as the traditional 401K. You can only roll over funds from another Roth 401K or Deemed Roth IRA account. Qualified distributions are not subject to federal income tax. If you withdrawal funds before owning the account for 5 years and reaching 59 ½, the investment earnings will be subject to ordinary tax and possibly a 10% early withdrawal penalty tax. This account does not allow loans against the funds or Emergency Hardship Withdrawals.

Deemed Roth IRA – After tax annual maximum contribution is $5,500 with a $1,000 catch-up allowed if you are age 50 and above. You may deposit funds into this account through payroll deductions or direct payments as long as you are actively working for a participating employer. You can directly rollover funds from another Roth IRA or Roth 41K. Contributions and earnings can be withdrawn at any time. However, earnings may be subject to federal taxes or penalties if the money has not been maintained in the account for 5 years and the owner has not reached 59 ½.

Deemed Traditional IRA – After tax, annual maximum contribution is $5,500 with a $1,000 catch-up allowed if you are age 50 and above. You may deposit funds into this account through payroll deductions or direct payments until the year you reach 70 ½, and are actively working for a participating employer. You can directly rollover funds from another Traditional IRA account or another qualified retirement plan (e.g. 401K) but not a Roth IRA. Withdrawals may be subject to regular income tax. Withdrawals taken before age 59 ½ may be subject to a 10% early withdrawal penalty.

Investment Options

Nationwide Pro Account – For a small asset management fee, you contract with Nationwide Investment Advisors to manage your KDC account in accordance with information that you provide.

Investment Advice from NIA – This free online tool allows you to use research and educational tools to help choose funds. You must initiate any actions you with to take.

Select a Managed Target Fund – You select professionally managed target retirement funds closest to your retirement age.

Do It Yourself – Selecting from a diversified set of over 30 investment options designed for long-term retirement savings.

Please contact our Kentucky Deferred Compensation Representative if you would like to sign up for an account or make changes to an existing account. Please feel free to contact him to answer any of your questions about the accounts or investment options.


Know Your Co-Worker: Laura Foley


When I worked at the Kentucky Department for Public Health, I taught a self-defense class. We would begin class by sharing our mantra with a partner:  Call: “You are worth protecting!” Response: “I am worth protecting!” If you don’t believe that, deep down where you live, fighting techniques will be of little value.  

Name: Laura Foley

Job Title: Executive Assistant to the Commissioner

Department/Program Name: Administration/Commissioner’s Office

Years worked at LFCHD: Less than one, but it really feels like less than one!

Previous job (if different from current position): When I was younger, I was a professional classical ballet dancer and martial arts instructor. No, I am not joking.

What is your favorite thing about working at LFCHD? Learning new things every day and enjoying opportunities to contribute on our great team. I think life is about two things: learning and helping each other.

What is a helpful work tip you have learned at LFCHD? I have learned to show staff the same regard I give clients, guests, and visitors to our agency. A smile, given once, may be remembered forever.

What is your favorite movie, type of music/musician, or book?

Film: Local Hero (1983, directed by Bill Forsyth): a young Texas oilman is sent by his eccentric boss to a tiny coastal village in Scotland to purchase the town to build a refinery — it is very special. Also, the films of Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, and Akira Kurosawa.

Television: Star Trek (The Original Series), Little House on the Prairie, Frasier, Arrested Development.

Music: In addition to composing my own music, I love classical music, gospel, jazz, old country music (Tom T. Hall is a hero of mine!), and too many bands/singers/performers to list here. One album anyone who has ever lost a love should hear is Frank Sinatra’s masterpiece Watertown.

Books: I’ve read The Bible and The Lord of the Rings every year since I was nine years old. One of my favorite quick-reads is Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. Avoid the movie — read the book. The parallel novel, Ender’s Shadow is, perhaps, even better. I read, listen to audiobooks, and take online classes constantly. I’m (slowly!) working through The Feynman Lectures now and I just got a new dictionary I’ll be reading over the next 18 months.

What is your favorite color? Blue-green. It is the color that connects the oceans and the plant world. If Earth had an official color, I would argue for blue-green (though Carl Sagan called Earth a “pale blue dot”).

What is your favorite food/place to eat? Grandmother’s table, as a child.

What do you like to do for fun? Write. Stories, plays, poetry, jokes, and music. And think about science.

What type of pets do you have? Currently, a dog and cat. I once had a hamster I named “Peeve” so I could introduce him as “my pet—Peeve!”

Where is your favorite place to vacation? Florida, because that is where my family is.

What word(s) describe you best? Underachieving overachiever.

What is your greatest accomplishment? My son. In distant second place may be a unified theory of everything. I am thinking through a theory of nature that unifies general relativity and quantum mechanics.

Know Your Co-Worker feature returns; enter to win a prize!

The Employee Association wanted to help LFCHD staff get to know each other better and worked with the Communications Office to bring back the “Know Your Co-Worker” feature in Healthy Times! This online feature is a series of brief questions designed to let employees share information about their job and some life outside of work. Participation is, of course, completely voluntary, but we’d love to have as many people as possible take part!

If interested, take a few moments to fill out the form below, and we’ll contact you about arranging to get a picture to use with your answers. We look forward to bringing back this Healthy Times feature and hope you enjoy knowing your co-workers!

And if that’s not enough to get you interested, everyone who submits a form by noon, Friday, March 3, will be entered into a drawing to win a $30 gift card, courtesy of the Employee Association!

Flowers, desserts highlight LFCHD Valentine’s Day

Thanks to the Employee Association, LFCHD staff got the chance to celebrate Valentine’s Day with special carnations and an array of desserts. Be sure to check out the pictures below (click on an image to see a larger version). Congratulations to Karen Cecil and Roanya Rice on winning the giant Hershey bars. A special thanks to Dr. Humbaugh for purchasing a carnation for everyone in the department!

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New safety feature: blue signs on entrances


Have you noticed those big, blue letters on the outside doors of the main health department building? The Safety Committee requested these signs as a way for first responders to clearly identify the different stairwells and back exits for our building. In case of an emergency, fire, police and other emergency personnel will have a better idea where an incident is occurring or where staff may be sheltering or exiting.

This is another small step in the development of our Active Shooter/Armed Aggressor policy and plan. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Safety Chair Doraine Bailey.


Wearing red for women’s heart health

Employees dressed in red on Friday, Feb. 3, for National Wear Red Day, a day to raise awareness in the fight against heart disease in women. The health department also held a social media campaign on this day by posting a series of messages on the health department’s Facebook and Twitter pages using the national #GoRedWearRed hashtags.
Want to continue to Go Red this February? Here’s a few other ways you can do so:
• Know your heart score
• Live healthy
• Know the signs of a heart attack
• Start walking

To find out how these things can lessen your risk of developing heart disease, and to learn more information about heart disease in general, click here.

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