Ms. Lerma began her tenure with the City in 2001 as a nutritionist for the Women Infants and Children (WIC
) Program and was promoted to WIC
Director in 2008. She was again promoted to Assistant Health Services Director in 2016 and took over the role of Health Services Director in 2018. As Director, she oversees a staff of 60 employees along with the responsibility of programming and financial management of eighteen programs offering various medical and nutrition services, environmental health, vital statistics, public health emergency preparedness, and the MERCY Health Care Center.
Personal Life & Education
Lerma is a native of Abilene. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Abilene Christian University, and a Certificate of Public Health from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC
). She is currently completing her Masters of Public Health at the TTUHSC