Featured Speakers

NEHA 2019 AEC Featured Speakers Announced

Keynote Address: Tuesday, July 9
Robert Kadlec, M.D., MTM&H, M.S.
Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Dr. Robert Kadlec

Dr. Kadlec has spent more than 20 years as a career officer and physician in the United States Air Force before retiring as a Colonel. Over the course of his career, he has held senior positions in the White House, the U.S. Senate, and the Department of Defense. Most recently, he served as the Deputy Staff Director to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

He previously served as staff director for Senator Richard Burr’s subcommittee on bioterrorism and public health in the 109th Congress. In that capacity, he was instrumental in drafting the Pandemic and All-Hazard Preparedness Bill (PAHPA) which was signed into law to improve the nation’s public health and medical preparedness and response capabilities for emergencies, whether deliberate, accidental, or natural.

Dr. Kadlec also served at the White House from 2002 to 2005 as director for biodefense on the Homeland Security Council, where he was responsible for conducting the biodefense end-to-end assessment, which culminated in drafting the National Biodefense Policy for the 21st Century. He served as Special Assistant to President George W. Bush for Biodefense Policy from 2007 to 2009. 


Grand Session Kickoff: Wednesday, July 10
Anne Godfrey, CCMI FCIM
Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH)
London, UK

Anne Godfrey, CCMI FCIM

Anne was appointed Chief Executive of CIEH in January 2016. Specializing in change management within the not-for-profit space, she has a proven track record of delivering challenging targets while harnessing the skills, knowledge and passion of members, staff and external stakeholders.

Anne has previously held leadership roles in a diverse range of membership organisations including CIM, where she was Chief Executive and the Law Society, where she was Director of Commercial and Membership Services.

Ms. Godfrey's earlier career in academic and professional publishing included senior sales, marketing and product development roles with Prentice Hall and Thomson Reuters. She has a first class honours degree from Glasgow University and a postgraduate diploma in law from Nottingham Law School.




Closing Session: Friday, July 12
Dr. Grayson C. Brown
Executive Director, Puerto Rico Vector Control

Dr. Grayson C. Brown

Dr. Grayson Brown, an internationally recognized public health entomologist, has been active in his field for over 40 years. His work has concentrated on implementing integrated vector management programs for municipalities and government agencies. He has more than 120 refereed publications, numerous research/development grants, and has trained many graduate students (MS and PhD) and post-doctoral scholars throughout the world. He is particularly well known for his international work which, at different times of his career, has been conducted in Africa, SE Asia, and South America.

Dr. Brown is currently the Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Vector Control Unit, which has responsibility for vector control throughout all of Puerto Rico, employs a staff of about 60, and a budget of $14 million/year. Prior to that position, he was the Chief Public Health Entomologist for the Pacific Island Health Officers Association where he worked with the environmental health agencies of island countries and territories throughout the Western Pacific region.