Freese will be vacating her position on July 24, but is taking the time to train her replacement, Sheryl Raybould.
"It is a strictly family-oriented move," Freese said. " My son will be a freshman in high school this upcoming year and I felt it was a good spot for a transition and move to where he could be closer to his father in Florida."
Raybould, who was born and raised in Brazil, spent the past six years working in the Pediatric Critical Care Unit at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
"This will be a new challenge," Raybould said."It was very hard dealing with all the trauma that came through as part of my last job."
Freese has been the county's public health nurse since October 2006, but did not anticipate leaving the position so soon.
"Opportunities arose which I felt would be in the best interest of my family, and I just could not pass them up," Freese said.
Freese began training Raybould to the job Monday and is confident she is the right person for the position.
"We are orienting her to the job and showing her how we do things here in the Clay County Health Department," Freese said. "Sheryl is picking things up very quickly, and I am sure will be great as the new public health nurse."
No immediate changes are anticipated to the programs and services provided by the health department. Smoking cessation classes and various other clinics will still be offered. The next smoking cessation class begins this Monday, July 23.
"We are giving her the opportunity to adjust and get used to the job," Freese said. "Possibly, after time, she will want to implement new things into the department.
Raybould is excited about the possibility of working closer to home and within her own community.
"This is a different area of nursing than I have been in before," Rayboult said. "My family has lived in Brazil for a long time, and it will be a thrill to be able to work with the public in my hometown community."
Freese is also looking forward to the warmer winters in Florida, but admits she will miss the job.
"I've loved having this job and I wish I could take it with me," Freese said. "It has been a joy serving as public health nurse for the short time that I have. I wish Sheryl the best of luck in the job."