Steve Eaton is DHHS Director for the Gaston County Department of Health and Human Services. Steve is from Hickory, NC and holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from East Carolina University, a graduate certificate in Public Health Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University. He joined the former Gaston County Health Department in 2011 as Assistant Health Director.
Earlier in his career, Steve was the executive director for two North Carolina Smart Start Agencies and for the Early Head Start Program in Alexander County. He has experience in public health policy, population health outcomes, and community engagement. He serves on the UNCC School of Public Health Advisory Board, the Lenoir Rhyne University Master of Public Health Advisory Board, the Gaston County School Health Advisory Council, and as the regional chairman for the NC Association of Local Health Directors.