Tania Busch Isaksen is a Senior Lecturer and the Undergraduate Program Coordinator for the University of Washington's Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, as well as a Clinical Associate Professor for the Department of Health Services. In addition to her teaching and administrative responsibilities, she maintains an active, practice-based research portfolio focused on public health outcomes associated with extreme heat and wildfire smoke exposures; risk communication methods; climate change-related public health adaptation planning and response, sustainable materials management, and occupational health and safety risks in the cannabis industry. Tania has over 25+ years of environmental public health experience working in local public, private and academic settings. She earned her PhD from the UW in Environmental and Occupational Hygiene, her MPH from the University of Washington’s eMPH Program, and her BS in Environmental Health from Colorado State University.
Tania has served EHAC since 2002 and has participated in the last three curriculum requirement updates. She is currently the Chair of our council.
Chad Brown, BS, MPH - Ohio
Chad Brown is the Director of Environmental Health and Deputy Health Commission
the Licking County Health Department (LCHD) located in Newark, Ohio, where he manages all of the department’s Environmental Health (EH) programs. He has worked in EH for 22 years and has worked for several local health departments in Ohio and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). Under Chad’s leadership, LCHD’s EH programs have consistently scored among the highest in the state of Ohio based on audits conducted by ODH.
Chad served as the president of the Ohio Environmental Health Association, and he led an effort to reform the process for evaluating food safety programs across the state so that they focused on risk-based inspections. This process included engaging multiple state legislators and testifying multiple times before the state’s General Assembly. Chad has also served as an adjunct professor at Ohio University, teaching in the University’s Environmental Health Program. Chad has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental
Health from Ohio University and a Masters degree in Public Health from Walden University.
Serving on the EHAC Council would be an honor. I am passionate about the field of Environmental Health, and I enjoy acting as a mentor to EH students and professionals and educating them regarding the importance of our field. Everyone is affected by EH every day and being able to assist EHAC with ensuring that high quality EH education is provided across the country would be an amazing opportunity.
Dr. D. Gary Brown - Kentucky
EHAC Council Academician
Dr. D. Gary Brown the Graduate Program Coordinator and a Professor at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) in the Department of Environmental Health Science (EHS). He is a certified industrial hygienist (CIH), registered sanitarian (RS) and a diplomat of the American Academy of sanitarians.
Twice Dr. Brown has been President of the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs. Dr. Brown was a founding member of the National Council of Diversity in Environmental Health (NCODE), a task force centered on making diversity a positive reality within the Environmental Health workforce and of EKU’s Undergraduate research/scholarship day committee. Dr. Brown was the National Environmental Health Association Technical Advisor Occupational Health and Safety.
Dr. Brown is on the staff of the OSHA Training Institute located at EKU. He teaches twice annually at the University of West Indies Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health (OESH) program at Mona located in Kingston, Jamaica. Dr. Brown has taught Principles of Industrial Hygiene to Trinidad and Tobago’s OSHA and for the International Labour Organization in Jamaica and Trinidad. Along with Dr. Harvey he developed Jumeira University in Dubai’s EHS BS program. Dr. Brown has provided training in China for Chinese corporations.
Dr. Brown has over 25 years’ experience in the field of environmental/ occupational health and safety spanning both academic and practical fields in the United States and Internationally. Dr. Brown still provides consulting for government and private entities. Prior to arriving in Eastern Kentucky, he had over 25 years professional experience in the environmental, industrial hygiene and safety arenas.
He is actively involved with undergraduate student research. Dr. Brown research interests include the promotion of the field of environmental/occupational health and safety (OESH), increasing the number of OEHS majors nationally, international OEHS and developing issues in industrial hygiene including control banding.
Thomas Deem, BS, MBA - Arizona
EHAC Council Practitioner
Thomas (Tom) Deem is a Senior Occupational Safety and Health specialist for The Boeing Company. He is a member of the enterprise-wide Workplace Safety organization, with broad support responsibilities for safety and health programs at the factory and site levels across the corporation. Tom has worked for the Environmental, Health and Safety function at Boeing for over thirty years, leading teams and organizations responsible for occupational safety, industrial hygiene, ergonomics, wellness, disability management, environmental compliance and stewardship, fire protection, security, facilities, and capital budgets. Tom has served on leadership teams at domestic and international sites while performing in a management role. In addition to his experience in the industrial manufacturing environment, Tom has participated on hospital boards in Washington and South Carolina as a member and as chairman. Tom is also a member of the National Safety Council Campbell Institute work group on Contractor Safety. Tom has a MBA from the University of Phoenix, and a BS in Computer Science from University of Missouri – St. Louis.
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.
Jason Finley, MS, DAAS, REHS, RS - Kentucky
EHAC Council Practitioner and Vice Chair for Undergraduate Programs
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.
Mike Fletcher, PhD, REHS - Missouri
EHAC Council,Treasurer and Academician
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.
David Gilkey, PHD, DABCO, DACBOH, CPE, CSP, REHS/RS, FICC
EHAC Council Academician
Dave is an Associate Professor at Montana Technological University in Butte, MT. He was the Undergraduate EH Program Director at Colorado State University (CSU) from 2001 – 2015 and he has been a NEHA member since 1997. Dave is presently a MEHA member and serving on the Public Health Workforce Development Committee as the EH representative.
Dave’s formal education and training includes a master’s degree in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver followed by a Ph.D. in Environmental Health from CSU. He has EH practice experience through a structured internship at the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment.
Dave has been attending EHAC meetings since 2002 and served the council for two terms. During his tenure on EHAC, he Co-chaired the Undergraduate Committee with Dr. Lynn Burgess. He also served on the Undergraduate Guidelines Committee through two cycles updating standards in EH higher education. Dave has completed four EHAC site visits, two as site lead, working with council colleagues. After leaving the committee for his ‘year off’ in 2018, he continued working with EHAC by leading the Outcomes Assessment Committee.
Most recently, Dave worked with MSU as the EHAC mentor for the preparation of their self- study resulting in full accreditation.
As the CSU EH program director, Dave led the program through EHAC/NEHSPAC reaccreditation in 2001, 2005, 2010 and 2015. Under his leadership the program prospered and ranked in the top three larger programs in the US. In addition, Dave served on the AEHAP board and contributed to promoting the profession on many fronts. Dave coordinated the Student Research Competition for several years and was awarded the Jack Hatlen Award in 2014 from AEHAP and the Milton M. Miller Award from the Colorado Health Association in 2017. Dave earned his REHS/RS credential in 2017.
Carolyn Hester Harvey, PhD, RS, DAAS, CIH, CHMM - Kentucky and Texas
EHAC Council Academician
I have been involved with environmental health for over 50 hears in both academic and the private sector. I have academic credentials which I believe add to my ability to work with academic programs and faculty. I have previously served on the EHAC Council and found it to be a great experience. I would like to continue to be involved in working with schools and faculty to enhance their ability to become an EHAC accredited program. At one time EHAC had meetings with potential schools to help with their applications for the accreditation as well as guide them thru the process. I would like to help initiate more recruitment of qualified schools into EHAC. Being on the Council is an advantage when dealing with new programs. I have more time to devote to the process and feel that I can use my time to help increase the number of accredited programs which I believe will benefit EHAC as an organization and increase our number of accredited graduates.
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.
Chyla Hunter, LCDR - Maryland
EHAC Council Practitioner and Secretary
LCDR Chyla T. Hunter is an Environmental Health Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service, and has been assigned to the US Food and Drug Administration in Rockville, MD for 12 years. As of the 2018 EHAC Annual meeting, Chyla was nominated and is serving as the Secretary for 2018-2019. Most recently LCDR Hunter joined EHAC’s Nominations and Policy Committees.
LCDR Hunter has a B.S. in Environmental Health from East Carolina University and holds a graduate certificate in Global Health. She joined the USPHS Rapid Deployment Force Team 3 and is on their Administration Team and the Chair of the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Workgroup (MWR).
Prior to starting her position as a Certification Officer for FDA’s Office of Training, Education and Development / Division of Testing, Measurement and Certification she was an experienced Investigator who conducted inspections and operations in the Foods Program including Dietary Supplements, Seafood, and Tobacco areas and later became a program expert. As a result of her knowledge and regulatory experience, her education in global health, and her leadership, communication and organizational skills, LCDR Hunter was tasked to develop three new national certification programs, to include the Blood Bank and Plasma Center Investigator Certification Program and the Import and Domestic Compliance Officer Certification Programs.
Her office serves as a focal point to provide leadership in directing regulatory training and certification programs for all Office of Regulatory Affairs personnel and works closely with Center Program Offices. Her office establishes certification programs which determine competency standards that qualify regulatory staff through fair and reliable assessment practices while adhering to national certification standards. These certification programs provide a foundation for ensuring highly skilled investigators are available to carry out FDA’s mission of promoting and protecting public health by establishing professional standards and certifying competency in FDA practices.
Stephen E. Johnson, DM, CSP, ARM - Washington
EHAC Council Practitioner
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.
Swatantra Kethireddy, PhD - Mississippi
EHAC Council Academician
Swatantra Reddy Kethireddy is an Environmental health scientist, Geographical Information Systems and Statistical Analyst who is experienced in the industry as well as the academia. Currently, he is an assistant professor and coordinator of environmental health programs at the Mississippi Valley State University. He teaches courses for graduate and undergraduate environmental health and biology students. He enjoys working with the students and mentees who are passionate and ready to take challenges. Reddy received Environmental Science Ph.D. from Jackson State University in December 2014. He also received a master’s degree in environmental biotechnology during 2008 and a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology, Biochemistry and chemistry during 2006.
For pleasure, he enjoys playing volleyball and tennis. During the free time, he also likes to read literature and books on self-improvement, science, business, technology, and a variety of topics. A recent manuscript project on Mississippi asthma health was submitted to AIMS Environmental Science journal for publication.
Sharron LaFollette, PhD - Illinois
EHAC Council Academician and Vice Chair of Graduate Programs
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.
Jason Lewis, MPH, REHS, CDR, USPHS - California
EHAC Council Practitioner
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.
Ying Li, PhD
EHAC Council Academician - Tennessee
Dr. Li received her Ph.D. in public policy from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) and an M.S. and B.S. degrees both in environmental science from Peking University in China. After completing her Ph.D. in 2008, she conducted two-year postdoctoral research at Department of Environmental Science and Engineering in School of Public Health at UNC. Between 2011 and 2014, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at Columbia University on the Earth Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship. Dr. Li joined the faculty of the Department of Environmental Health, College of Public Health at ETSU as an assistant professor in August 2014. At ETSU, Dr. Li teaches undergraduate courses in Introduction to Environmental Health and Program Planning and Administration, and graduate courses in Program ).
Administration and Environmental Health Practice. Her current research interests include evaluating future impacts of climate change on public health, assessing burden of disease of outdoor air pollution, air pollution control and climate policy analysis, and community-based studies of indoor and outdoor air pollutant exposures in disadvantaged populations in rural Appalachia. Dr. Li has completed two university funded grants as the Principle Investigator and currently serve as a co-Investigator on a NIH-funded grant (RO1). Since starting at ETSU in 2014, she has authored and co-authored 12 refereed publications and has presented her research in various national or international conferences. Dr. Li serves as a regular reviewer or handling editor for more than 10 journals, and also a peer reviewer for several federal or international grants. Dr. Li has extensive experience and am very committed to enhancing the teaching and research in environmental health science.
COL (Ret.) Wendell Moore, US Army - Maryland
EHAC Council Practitioner
COL Moore is currently employed by the Veterans Health Administration and is engaged with policy issues that affect veterans to include transitioning from a focus on healthcare to that of health, which increases the recognition of the importance of public health. COL Moore had a distinguished military career as an Environmental Science and Engineering Officer. His experiences encompassed a broad spectrum of technical and applied environmental health sciences at many organizational levels. COL Moore culminated his military career in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Environment, Safety and Occupational Health at the Pentagon. A proven leader, his titles throughout his military career in the areas of environmental safety and occupational health included Commander, Director, Chief and Branch Chief, and Project Officer.
COL Moore has been a longtime member of the National Environmental Health Association and also is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Sanitarians (currently Chairman –Elect). Other professional credentials include: Registered Sanitarian & Environmental Health Specialist, Registered Environmental Sanitarian, Registered Environmental Professional, and Certified Hazardous Materials Manager.
COL Moore is an advocate for environmental health education and environmental health students. He has, for many years, participated in NEHA/AAS forums to talk with and mentor student conference attendees. While on active duty, he also mentored many emerging and mid-career officers advising and helping them to pursue both continuing education and formal civilian graduate education.
Tim Murphy, PhD, REHS, DAAS - Ohio
EHAC Council Academic
Dr. Murphy is an Associate Professor and Department Chair, in the Environmental Safety and Occupational Health Programs, and instructs in the EHAC accredited M.Sc. program as well as the EHAC and ABET accredited B.Sc. program. He is the 2009 College of Science Faculty Chair at The University of Findlay, and served at the President of the University Faculty Senate for the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 academic years. He has more than 28 years experience in local environmental public health, environmental remediation and environmental, safety and occupational health education. Under Dr. Murphy’s leadership, enrollment in the ESOH undergraduate program has grown from freshmen class sizes of 10 to incoming classes of 20 - 25 in the last 3 years.
Dr. Murphy is a past recipient of an Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute (EPHLI) Fellowship and was a mentor in the EPHLI program for 4 years. Dr. Murphy’s primary research interests include public health leadership and workforce development issues, including credentialing of environmental public health officers and the educational competencies of the credentialed professional. His research interests also include emergency preparedness and emergency response, along with solid and hazardous waste management issues.
Dr. Murphy’s interest in serving on the EHAC council is his desire to ensure that the knowledge, skills and abilities of future environmental health professionals remain at the highest level of competency. One way to help achieve this goal is by continued improvement in environmental health curriculum, raising the awareness of the field of environmental health as a career choice amongst high school students, and adding more EHAC accredited academic programs across the nation.
Lee A. Newman, PhD - New York
EHAC Council Academician
Dr. Lee Newman has experience both as an environmental health practitioner as the former president of a remediation/consulting firm, and as an academic who has done research in the area of environmental remediation and toxicity for over 20 years. As Coordinator for SUNY-ESF’s new Environmental Health program, she understands the work that goes into preparing a program for accreditation, of navigating the paperwork, and is deeply grateful to all those in EHAC who helped her along the path to accreditation. She hopes to be able to help other new programs to gain their accreditation as she herself was helped by other EHAC members. Her background includes being an Associate Professor of Biotechnology at SUNY ESF, the Founding President of the International Phytotechnology Society, and the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Phytoremediation. She has previously held faculty positions at the University of Washington and the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina and was a Research Biochemist at the DOE’s Brookhaven National Laboratory. Dr. Newman has extensive experience in organizing conferences, and also in obtaining funding for student involvement, and looks forward to being able to help increase student involvement in these programs and opportunities.
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.
CDR Mike Quinn is a senior Environmental Health Officer (EHO) in the US Public Health Service (USPHS). He currently serves as the Chief of Safety & Health Operations for the US Department of the Interior (DOI) where he oversees occupational safety and health (OSH) activities for ten federal agencies. CDR Quinn is past-chair of the Environmental Health Officer Professional Advisory Committee (EHOPAC) and a current member of NEHA’s Student & Young Professional Advisory Committee. As an EHOPAC member, he led initial development of the Adopt-a-School Program. He has previously worked with the EHAC regarding EHO appointment standards and internship programs.
CDR Quinn has over 25 years of experience as a practicing safety professional, industrial hygienist, and environmental health specialist working for seven federal agencies. He is the first USPHS officer to ever serve as a national-level OSH program director for a DOI agency (i.e. the National Park Service). Prior to joining the USPHS, he worked as a consultant for the Idaho OSHA Consultation Program. He began his career as an enlisted preventive medicine specialist in the US Navy. CDR Quinn holds BS degrees in EH and Biology from Boise State University, an MPH in Public Health Practice from the University of South Florida (USF), and a MS in Safety Sciences from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is currently pursuing a DrPH degree also at USF.
CDR Quinn is interested in supporting the next generation of EH practitioners through professional development and by ensuring that high-quality training programs are available to support the long-term viability/success of the profession.
Welford C. Roberts - PhD., R.S., R.E.H.S., D.A.A.S. - Virginia
EHAC Council Academician
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 Diplomat 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.
Dr. Rania Sabty is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist and an Industrial hygienist. She is currently Assistant Professor in Environmental and Occupational Health at California State University Northridge, where she previously was a Lecturer for seven years. She has over 17 years of experience designing, developing and instructing Environmental Health curricula for universities. She has held prior academic positions at California State University Los Angeles and Trident University International. She has experience in program accreditation processes; at Trident University, she played a key role in the accreditation of the B.S. in Health Science program which became the first program to reach WASC accreditation status at the university.
Her research experience is based in workplace, laboratory and community settings. Her current research is funded by NIOSH and focuses on evaluating the exposure of outdoor day laborers to heat stress and other workplace hazards. Previously, she conducted research to reduce children’s exposure to near-roadway air pollutants, utilizing a community-participatory approach to assess needs, set priorities, identify solutions, implement an intervention and evaluate the effectiveness of air filtration systems on indoor air quality inside classrooms. She also led a study to assess the exposure of children to environmental hazards in a largely Latino low-income public housing community, using a community-based participatory methodology. Her past research experience also includes assessment of aerosol particle size distribution and worker exposure to chromate-containing paint in the aerospace industry.
She is passionate about environmental justice. She is currently member of the Community Advisory Group for the Exide project where she provides technical expertise for protecting under-represented and underserved communities and workers during lead clean-up activities. She has participated in policy making including setting the Process Safety Management standard for petroleum refineries in California and, the Indoor Heat Illness standard in California.
Outside of academia, she has held employments as environmental health specialist at the UCLA Labor Occupational Safety and Health program and, at Johnson and Johnson industries. In addition, she provided consulting services for environmental litigation and for assessing health and safety in Maquiladora industries located along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Christopher Sparks is a Chief Sanitarian with the Houston Health Department (HHD), and is in his 17th year of progressively responsible experience in Public Health and Environmental Health Programs.
Mr. Sparks has 15 years as a Registered Sanitarian in Ohio and Texas. His field experience includes retail food safety, aquatic and recreational facilities, school building environment, nuisance investigation, barbershops, public laundries, hotel/motels and solid and infectious wastes facilities.
As the State Program Manager with the DSHS, he managed the State retail food safety program; nuisance determination for the Economically Distressed Areas Program, which provides funding for water and waste water projects; 600 yearly Youth Camps inspections; state swimming pools inspections; legislative bill analysis; and provided direction to 260+ retail food safety programs through training, guidance documents, and clarifications; and, rules updates including assisting in the development of the 2014 Farmers Market Rules and the 2015 Texas Food Establishment Rules.
Mr. Sparks holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from the University of Akron, a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Graduate Certification in Local and Urban Management from Cleveland State University and a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree with a focus in Environmental Health from Texas A&M University.
My interest in serving a practitioner on the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council stems from my desire to contribute in the cultivation of properly educated and trained future Environmental Health Practitioners.
Laura M. Suppes - PhD, MPH, REHS - Minnesota
EHAC Council Academician
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.
Chuck Treser, MPH - Washington
EHAC Council Academician
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.
Don Williams - CAPT (Ret.) USPHS, REHS, MPH, DAAS - Arizona
EHAC Council Practitioner
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.