Retired Director
Shelby County Health Department

First 8 Memphis Board

Yvonne Smith Madlock was appointed Director of the Shelby County Health Department in June 1995.  She was Shelby County’s first female and first African American Public Health Director and served in that capacity for 20 years through the administration of three elected County Mayors until her retirement in July 2015.  Prior to her appointment as Director, Mrs. Madlock was Administrator for the Memphis and Shelby County Health Department, Bureau of Personal Health Services. From 1990-1993 she was Executive Director of Mid-South Family Health Care Center. For 12 years Mrs. Madlock was employed by Memphis Health Center in various administrative capacities including Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Patient Care Services after joining the Federally Qualified Health Center in 1978 as a Health Educator.

Ms. Madlock taught history for a number of years at Houston Community College and Lee High School in New Haven, Connecticut.  A graduate of Wellesley College, Mrs. Madlock holds a Masters of Arts Degree in Teaching History and Urban Education from Wesleyan University (Middletown, Connecticut); she also completed graduate work at the University Of Texas School Of Public Health (Houston).  She is a 1999 graduate of the Public Health Leadership Institute of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the University of California and is a member of the 1992 Leadership Memphis Class. In the summer of 2000, she completed the Harvard University Leadership in Minority Health Program.

Through her engagement in many local civic and professional organizations, Ms. Madlock has demonstrated her commitment to service focused on assuring and creating health equity, economic opportunity and social justice. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Alliance for the Homeless, Methodist Healthcare Foundation and the Grants and Initiatives Committee of the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis. Previously she has served on and held leadership positions on the boards of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), Tennessee Primary Care Association, Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA), the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis (CFGM), Leadership Memphis, Mid-town Mental Health Center, The First Years’ Institute and Girls Incorporated of Memphis.  She is a member of the Memphis Chapter of the Links, Incorporated and Beulah Baptist Church. 

She is the wife of Lawrence E. Madlock, MD and together they are the proud parents of three adult children. 

Yvonne Smith Madlock