Dr. Patrick Bohan is an Associate Professor of Environmental Health Science at East Central University (Ada, OK). He joined the faculty in August 2002 after a 26 year career as an Environmental Health Officer with the U.S. Public Health Service. During his career with the Public Health Service, Dr. Bohan spent 19 years with the Indian Health Service serving in White Earth, MN, Bemidji, MN, Cincinnati, OH, and Window Rock, AZ. His last seven years were spent at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention within the National Center for Environmental Health where he played a key role in developing the Environmental Health Services Branch. Dr. Bohan has held several management positions in environmental health.
Dr. Bohan is a graduate of Lehigh University. He started his public health career in 1971 with the New Haven, CT Health Department before being commissioned in the U.S. Public Health Service in 1976. Dr. Bohan holds a Master's Degree in Environmental Health Science from the University of Rhode Island, a Master's Degree in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Cincinnati and a PhD in Occupational and Environmental Health from the University of Oklahoma College of Public Health. Dr. Bohan is a registered sanitarian with the State of Connecticut and is a Diplomate in the American Academy of Sanitarians. His research interests include environmental health workforce development and environmental health management and practice.
While with the CDC, Dr. Bohan was actively involved in promoting the importance of the accredited programs of environmental health in addressing the challenges facing the field of environmental health. He has held leadership positions with the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs and has served on the EHAC as both an academic and practitioner. Dr. Bohan grew up in North Haven, CT. He is married to Dee Bohan and he has five children.
Dr. D. Gary Brown is the Graduate Program Coordinator and a Professor at Eastern Kentucky University in the EHS Department. He is a CIH, RS and an American Academy of Sanitarians Diplomate. Dr. Brown is extremely interested in the promotion of the field of environmental health and increasing the number of EHS majors nationally.
Twice Dr. Brown has been President of AEHAP and a founding member of the National Environmental Health Diversity Recruitment Task Force (NEHDRTF), a task force centered on making diversity a positive reality within the EHS workforce.
Dr. Brown received the distinguished educational leader award in 2003 and 2005 from the EKU SGA; only 4 are given out University wide per semester. Dr. Brown received the EKU University Housing 2010 College of Health Sciences Golden Apple Award; annually, six awards are given. He is actively involved with undergraduate student research.
Dr. Brown has over 25 years’ experience in the EHS field spanning both academic and practical fields in the United States and Internationally. Dr. Brown still provides consulting for government and private entities.
Dr. Brown is on the staff of the OSHA Training Institute and an adjunct faculty member of the OESH Department at the University of West Indies at Mona; Kingston, Jamaica. Dr. Brown has taught at Trinidad and Tobago’s UWI St. Augustine and their OSHA. He has taught for the International Labour Organization. Along with Dr. Harvey he developed Jumeira University in Dubai’s EHS BS program and provided training in China.
EHAC Council Practitioner
Tom Deem was named Sr. Manager of the Boeing Everett EHS (Environment, Health and Safety) organization in May of 2017. Tom is responsible for the successful operation and integration of EHS activities that support site operations and shared services across all business units, programs, functions, and organizations at the Everett, Washington facility. He directs EHS work group activities to ensure performance against program commitments, including development and establishment of related policies, budgets, organizational structures, management relationships, and performance targets.
Tom joined Boeing as a systems analyst with the St. Louis military aircraft organization. He transferred to the helicopter manufacturing division in Mesa, Ariz., and then to Corporate headquarters as a member of the Boeing Executive Development Program. Tom joined Boeing Commercial Airplanes and led the EHS and CPM (Chemical Process Management) organizations for Boeing Fabrication, an operation of nearly 14,000 employees with facilities in Auburn, Frederickson, Renton and Everett, Washington; Portland, Oregon; Salt Lake City, Utah; Winnipeg, Canada; and Melbourne and Sydney, Australia. In 2010 Tom transferred to the Charleston South Carolina greenfield facility to lead the formation and development of the EHS program for the 787 airplane program.
Deem earned his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, and a Master’s degree in Management from the University of Phoenix. He has been in management over twenty years. From 2000 until 2005, Deem served as an Executive Board member for the Boeing Management Association. He served for a number of years as a Board of Governors member for Auburn Regional Medical Center, Auburn, WA, and a Board of Trustees member for Trident Health Systems in Charleston, SC. Tom has also served as a member on The National Environmental Health Science & Protection Accreditation Council. He is married with three grown children and enjoys golf, tennis, and swimming.
Jim Dingman has been an active environmental health professional for over 30 years. Half of his career was at Tri-County Health Department in Colorado. While at Tri-County, he worked in all areas of environmental health, and last served in the position of education and enforcement coordinator. He developed and provided educational training in food safety and swimming pool operations to health department staff, the regulated community, and the general public.
Jim took a position with Underwriters Laboratories in 1998, and is a Lead Regulatory Engineer in the Regulatory Services Department. In his position, he serves as a liaison between environmental health regulators and UL clients. He is also the Administrator of UL's Environmental & Public Health Council.
Jim is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist through NEHA, and is a Diplomate Laurate in the American Academy of Sanitarians. He also serves as a member of the Lake County Illinois Environmental Health Advisory Board, and is a site manager for the Medical Reserve Corps in Lake County.Jim previous served on EHAC for two terms. Since leaving the Council, he has continued to serve EHAC as a primary reviewer and site visitor.
Major Jason Finley is an Environmental Science Officer and a Medical Operations Officer with the Kentucky Army National Guard. During the past thirteen years he has served in supervisory Environmental Public Health Emergency Response positions on three Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams (WMD-CST's) in Colorado, Indiana and Kentucky. Subsequent to active military service, Major Finley was employed as an Environmental Consultant for civilian industry. He has Masters of Science degrees in Science for Disaster Response and Geoscience from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Weapons of Mass Destruction Response Element Advanced Laboratory Integrated Training and Indoctrination (IUP WMD REALITI) Program and Western Kentucky University respectively. He is a graduate of the Centers for Disease Control Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute (CDC EPHLI). He holds state and national registrations and is a member of and has been a presenter at the state, national and international level of Environmental Health.
Professional experience: Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation 1979-1982, Environmental Specialist with the Oklahoma Department of Health 1982-1993, Environmental Specialist with the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality 1993-1994, Professor and Environmental Health Program Director for Missouri Southern State University 1994 to present.
Dr. Gilkey is an Associate Professor of Environmental Health and Program Director in the Department of Environmental Radiological Health Sciences at Colorado State University (CSU). Their program has been a long-standing member of AEHAP. Gilkey has served as an academic member for EHAC Accreditation guidelines review, recruiting grant application reviewer for AEHAP, student abstract reviewer for AEHAP/NEHA and been the recipient of AEHAP's recruiting grant. He earned a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Southern California Health Sciences University and Ph.D. from CSU in Environmental Health. Dr. Gilkey is a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE) with an extensive background in ergonomics, occupational safety & health. His research involves translational research-to-practice (R2P) looking at methods to evaluate and enhance safe work practices in agriculture and evaluation of safety culture in both construction and agriculture. He also serves as the Co-director of the CSU Ergonomics Training Program and Associate Director of Continuing Education for the Mountain and Plain Education and Research Center funded by NIOSH.
Mark Houser received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Tennessee Technological University in 1980. He worked in Secondary Education for a time before beginning his career with the Tennessee Department of Health in May of 1984. In the ensuing 31 years he has served as a field environmentalist, a supervisor and currently as the Field Office Manager for the Upper Cumberland Region of Tennessee. He oversees environmental programs in 14 counties with 10 employees.
He is a two-time President of the Tennessee Environmental Health Association (2007, 2009) and was the recipient of the Lynn B. Hearn Award in 2008 as Environmentalist of the Year.
He has been a frequent guest speaker at the annual Interstate Environmental Health Seminar, a cooperative organization consisting of eight state environmental associations. He has spoken at IEHS events in New Bern, North Carolina; Fontana Village, North Carolina and Cumberland Falls, Kentucky. In addition, he served as President of the Tennessee Environmental Health Association when that organization hosted the event in the summer of 2009.
Houser conceived an idea in 2007 that became a reality in 2009 with the establishment of the Tennessee Environmental Hall of Fame. The Hall is housed at East Tennessee State University's Lamb Hall. He has served as the Hall's Executive Director since its inception. In 2014 he was inducted into the Tennessee Environmental Hall of Fame as the 13th inductee.
He has served on East Tennessee State University's Department of Environmental Health Accreditation Advisory Committee since 2011.
Tania M. Busch Isaksen is currently practicing environmental public health as a private consultant, as well as lecturing for the University of Washington, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. Tania began her career after receiving her bachelors of science, with an Environmental Health focus, from Colorado State University. She practiced as a generalist in a rural Colorado county until she took a position with Clallam County, WA Environmental Health Division. Tania was fortunate to work every program available at a local level, and was eventually appointed the Division's Director. Tania has a Master of Public Health from the University of Washington, and now marks her 16 th year as an environmental public health professional. Her current consulting contracts and research interests focus on integrated solid waste management issues, as well as environmental health's role in the new sustainability/green movement.
Tania is the 1999 recipient of the Washington State Environmental Health Association's John Nordin Sanitarian of the Year award. She has been a register environmental health specialist with the National Environmental Health Association since 1993. Tania is a past EHAC council member, and has actively participated in the last two curriculum guideline updates.
Dr. Stephen Johnson is an Associate Technical Fellow for the Boeing Company in Seattle, WA. Mr. Johnson has over 35 years of professional experience, including 25 at the Boeing Company. In addition to work with Boeing, Steve served as a director of safety for two other manufacturing organizations as well as work for the insurance industry. He currently serves as a senior technical safety leader providing safety advice throughout Boeing Commercial Airplanes. In addition, he serves as a principal investigator on a number of research projects that involve organizational culture, human performance, climate, behavior, leadership and applied statistics. Steve has chaired various committees for NIOSH and has been invited to speak at international and national conferences. Dr. Johnson has over 15 peer-reviewed publications and primarily oriented toward research in safety climate, culture, the measurement of climate, etc. Dr. Johnson holds a Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix, and a Master of Applied Statistics from Penn State University. He also earned a Master of Business Administration from Pacific Lutheran University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Washington.
Professor Sharron LaFollette joined the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS) in 2001 and retired in 2015. She began at UIS as chair of the Department of Environmental Studies and since 2007 is chair of the Department of Public Health. Before coming to UIS, she taught and was director of the Environmental Health Program at Illinois State University for eight years. Prior to joining academia, she spent eight years in Illinois government conducting multi-media risk assessments for all hazards and providing risk communication and environmental and occupational health educational programs for physicians, public health professionals, and the general public. She has worked at the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Illinois Abandoned Mined Lands Reclamation Council (now part of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources), and Illinois Department of Public Health. At UIS she teaches courses in environmental risk assessment, toxicology, air quality, and solid and hazardous waste at the graduate level. She was instrumental in curriculum development for two graduate certificates: 1) Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security and 2) Risk Assessment.
During the 2005-2006 academic year, she wrote the self-study and received accreditation from EHAC for the UIS M.S. in Environmental Sciences with a concentration in Risk Sciences. This degree has been reallocated to the MPH with EH concentration and is taught both on campus and online. She has served as general chair of the National Environmental Health Science & Protection Accreditation Council, and is past-president of the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs, and the Illinois Environmental Health Association (IEHA). She is also chair of the UIS Graduate Council, which reviews all graduate curricula and programs at UIS. Her research and consulting is in risk evaluation, risk communication, workforce development, indoor air quality impact on health, and radon levels related to building dynamics. Dr. LaFollette is passionate about providing quality curriculum and academic preparation for the environmental health workforce.
My Environmental Health career began in 1992 with a four year active duty enlistment as a firefighter in the United States Air Force. Upon separating from service in 1996 I returned to my home of record (Erwin, Tennessee) and enrolled at East Tennessee State University. After graduating with a BS in Environmental Health and becoming a Registered Sanitarian in North Carolina, I gained valuable experience in county level EH programs. In 2005, while serving as the Environmental Health Director for the Rutherford Polk McDowell Health District, I enrolled as a graduate student at UNC Chapel Hill where I completed a certificate in Field Epidemiology before obtaining a Masters degree in Public Health Leadership. In 2008 I accepted the position of Public Health County Director with the Tennessee Department of Health, providing oversight for Marshall, Giles, and Bedford Counties. Operating as the Emergency Response Coordinator for a shelter during Hurricane Gustav and coordinating the delivery of H1N1 vaccine for our population were among the most memorable experiences I took from my time with TDOH.
In 2011 I received a commission with the US Public Health Service as an Environmental Health Officer with the US Coast Guard in Norfolk Virginia. My assignment to the Environmental Health Branch allowed me to put my professional experience into practice and expanded my skill set exponentially. In April 2015 I left HSWL SC for an assignment as an Institutional Environmental Health Officer with the Indian Health Service in Phoenix, Arizona. While there I had the opportunity to serve as the Safety Officer for USPHS Rapid Deployment Force 5 (RDF-5) and was deployed in response to Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.
I am very excited to be returning to the Coast Guard HSWL SC Safety and Environmental Health Division in Alameda, CA. While we enjoyed our time in the desert southwest, I am looking forward to settling into the San Francisco Bay Area with my Wife, Rachel, and three Daughters, Grace, Lily, and Maggie.
Dr. Milton Morris is employed as the director of the Environmental Health Science Program at Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina. He has been employed there since 1989. His work in environmental management includes his serving as an Environmental Science Officer within the United States Army Reserves where he retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1999. Prior to then he served as an environmental health practitioner and as an environmental health specialist with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
Dr. Morris holds a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in public health with a specialization in environmental epidemiology from Walden University of Minneapolis Minnesota. He conducted his dissertation on assessing environmental health perceptions about child lead poisoning among practicing pediatricians. Some of his work has been accepted for presentation at the 2012 annual educational conference of NEHA to be held in June 2012 in San Diego, California. Morris also holds a master of public health (MPH) degree with a specialization in environmental health science from the University of South Carolina located in his current hometown. He also received a baccalaureate degree with honors in biological science from South Carolina State College in Orangeburg, South Carolina.
Dr. Morris is extremely distinguished in his field of study. He has assisted in securing more than three million dollars in research grant funding at his employment college. He has also managed the environmental health science major at the college almost since its inception. In that capacity, he has spearheaded both accreditation and re-accreditation of the program. He has made many professional presentations and has written or assisted in the writing of several funded proposals. Morris has professional credentials that include the registered environmental health specialist designation as well as the certified professional in food safety. He is also a diplomate of the American Academy of Sanitarians (DAAS).
Priscilla Oliver, PhD. is a Senior Life Scientist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Atlanta, Georgia.Dr. Oliver is Regional Program Manager for the Partnership for Sustainable Healthcare and a Project Officer for Interagency Agreements and Grants on Pollution Prevention and Sustainability. Dr. Oliver has been dedicated to teaching and speaking on environmental health and protection issues in college and medical educational settings and in her community. She serves as a peer reviewer of the Journal of Environmental Health, Technical Advisor of the Hazardous Materials and Toxic Substances Section of the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), Mentor, and a charter member of the U.S. CDC/EKU Initiative, the National Council on Diversity in Environmental Health (N-CODE Health).
Dr. Oliver has taught Academic Medicine and Environmental Health at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. She has written and managed several grants in public health, environmental health, and education. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Originally from Portsmouth, VA, Dr. Welford C. Roberts grew up in Philadelphia, PA and graduated from The Central High School of Philadelphia. He has a Doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in Environmental Health (EH), with an emphasis in Occupational Health and Industrial Toxicology, from the University of South Carolina's Arnold School of Public Health. He also has Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees in Biology from Hampton University. Dr. Roberts is an educator and practitioner, having served in a variety of technical, applied, research, and consultative EH positions during his career. He is a Past President of the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) and was the 2014 recipient of its Walter S. Mangold Award. Dr. Roberts also is a Diplomate of the Academy of Sanitarians and received its Davis Calvin Wagner Award in 2002. Currently, Dr. Roberts is a part-time Professor of Health Sciences with Trident University International's College of Health and Human Services and previously was an Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine and Biometry in Occupational and Environmental Health (EOH) Sciences, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Dr. Roberts served in the U.S. Army for 23 years as an Environmental Science Officer and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. He also has been an EH consultant with several companies; the most recent as Subject Matter Expert supporting Human Performance and Force Health Protection (EOH) U.S. Air Force medical research portfolios. Dr. Roberts' professional relationship to EH education and reason for wanting to be on the Accreditation Council are reflected by his experiences. He understands the profession's needs and dynamics and realizes the importance of quality education and student preparation to meet current and future challenges and demands. The following quotes by NEHA President Roberts reflect his commitment to environmental health education: "the opportunity toâ€¦project our knowledge and experience into the future of environmental health" (JEH 72, 2010) and commitment "to identify and address issues that affect the environmental health workforce" (JEH 72, 2009).
Dr. Roberts has lived mostly on the east coast (Philadelphia, PA; Hampton Roads, VA; Frederick, MD; Columbia, SC), but also did a 1-year tour of duty with the Second Infantry Division in South Korea. Dr. Roberts and his wife currently reside in South Riding (Northern), VA.
Laura M. Suppes, PhD, MPH, REHS, is an Assistant Professor with the Environmental Public Health program at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. She received her BSEPH from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, MPH in Public Health Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota, and PhD in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of Arizona. Her research interests are chemical, biological, and physical hazard identification and remediation in recreational water environments (lakes, rivers, swimming pools, etc.), exposure assessment, and quantitative microbiological risk assessment. Dr. Suppes became interested in recreational water safety while working as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist for a local health department in Minnesota. Her most recent research focuses on assessing anthropogenic input of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in swimming pool water. As junior faculty at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, Dr. Suppes is interested in serving on the EHAC Accreditation Council to expand her understanding of and experience with the accreditation process for environmental health programs. She intends to support, improve and expand environmental health opportunities for undergraduates with her experience serving as an EHAC Accreditation Council member.
Charles D. (Chuck) Treser received his BA degree in history from Thiel College in 1967, and served three years in the U.S. Army. He began his career in environmental health as an environmental health inspector with the Allegheny County Health Department in Pittsburgh, Pa. In 1976, Mr. Treser received his Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan. He returned to the Allegheny County Health Department and was promoted to environmental health administrator, where he developed a comprehensive training program for new environmental health employees.
Chuck joined the University of Washington's Department of Environmental Health in 1980 to manage a continuing competency education system for environmental health personnel. Since then, his teaching and research have expanded to examine how the principles and concepts of environmental health are practiced in the field at environmental health agencies at the local, state, federal and international levels.
Currently a Principal Lecturer Emeritus, Chuck teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as the School-wide extended MPH degree program. He is an active participant in the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice. Chuck remains professionally active in environmental and public health professional organizations. He has done consulting work for several local health departments and private sector firms. His awards include the WSPHA's Tom Drummey Award and the APHA Environment Section's Distinguished Service Award, and EHAC's Jack B. Hatlen Distinguished Service Award . Chuck has twice served as president of the AEHAP and is the Principal Investigator on a cooperative agreement between AEHAP and CDC.
Upon graduation from the University of Idaho with a BS in Entomology in 1968, I accepted a graduate assistance position with the USDA Biological Control of Weeds unit at University of California Berkeley and graduated with my MS in Entomology. I ultimately ended up at Central District Health Department in Boise, Idaho as a field sanitarian and was employed as the Environmental Health Director for 25 years.
At the Health Department my philosophy of program delivery was based upon not forgetting the foundations of public health, but also evaluating programmatic delivery to build upon those foundations - such as utilizing alternative sewage disposal systems, participating in the National Voluntary Retail Food Program, and implementing Consumer Product Safety inspections into Child care programs. Being in the State Capitol I appreciated the opportunities to be involved in statewide statute and regulatory development.
As I am now an educator in Boise State University's Environmental and Occupational Health Program, I can share my field expertise to a new generation of public health workers. My philosophy for education is to provide students with "tools" for their professional lives and expose them to field experiences, as opposed to purely delivering an academic presentation. I see this "industry" as being on the cusp of major changes in programmatic delivery due to advances in technological tools and the expectations of the students. These are some exciting times to be involved in education, just like when I started at the health district in 1971 when major changes were coming.
CAPT Donald B Williams Jr. is an Environmental Health officer with the U. S. Public Health Service and is assigned to the Indian Health Service, stationed in Tucson, AZ. He has been working in the field for 25 years and has previously served two terms on the Accreditation Council from 2005-11. He served as Membership Chair for most of that period. Beyond his professional qualifications Don has a keen interest in the COSTEP program of the USPHS and has served as a preceptor for thirteen COSTEP students, five of whom have gone on to careers as PHS officers. Additionally, since he completed the two terms he has served as the EHAC Liaison to the PHS Environmental Health Officers Professional Advisory Committee so he has stayed abreast of the workings and activities of the Council. The only reason he has not previously come back to the Council as a member has been the travel restrictions imposed upon Health and Human Services employees and was not certain that he could commit to being at the annual meetings. He has now received assurances that he should be able to attend at least the three meetings during which he will serve. He would appreciate your endorsement in the form of your vote.