NEHA May 2014 Journal of Environmental Health - page 8

Volume 76 • Number 9
“To be an environmental health professional is to have the
opportunity to both understand and practice a science and …
serve people.”
Nelson Fabian, MS, Executive Director, NEHA
“As an environmental health professional, I have the privilege and
great satisfaction of working in a field that is dedicated to making
people’s lives healthier, safer, and more enjoyable.”
CAPT Michael E. Herring, REHS, MPH, USPHS, Senior
Environmental Health Scientist/Training and Technical Assistance
Team Leader, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention
“It means that every single day, my profession (environmental
health) provides me with the challenging and fulfilling opportunity
to protect people’s health and the environment upon which
all life depends. It means that I am one small part of a larger
constellation of professions collaborating to cause positive
change in this world so that our children, and our children’s
children, will have cleaner air, cleaner water, safer food, and a
sustainable planet.”
Scott E. Holmes, REHS, MS, Manager, Environmental Public
Health Division, Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department
“To be an environmental health professional is awesome because
it allows me the opportunity to teach, learn from, protect, and
serve people on issues relating to their health, their cultures and
customs, and the environments in which they live.”
Lois Maisel, RN, CP-FS, Environmental Health Specialist II,
Fairfax County Health Department
“Dedication, service, pride, commitment, collaboration, and
prevention are what being an environmental health professional
means to me.”
Patrick J. Maloney, MPAH, RS, CHO, Chief of Environmental Health/
Assistant Director of Public Health, Brookline Health Department;
Adjunct Professor, University Of Massachusetts–Lowell
“An environmental health professional is someone intent on
making the world a better place to live.”
John A. Marcello, REHS, CP-FS, Pacific Region Retail Food
Specialist, Food and Drug Administration
“Being a local, state, federal, or industry environmental health
professional means that you are continually practicing/applying
current public health and safety principles that protect and serve
your community’s environmental, public health, and safety needs
by utilizing and executing a comprehensive proactive plan of
action rather than a typical verbiage-only response.”
George M. Nakamura, REHS, MPA, DAAS, FSSME
“Being an environmental health professional means being able to
take care of the health, safety, and well-being of all people every
minute of the day … through the protection of life, the water, air,
and land.”
Priscilla Oliver, PhD, Senior Life Scientist, U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency; Adjunct Professor, Morehouse School
of Medicine
“Being an environmental [health] professional means being the
unsung hero who saves the public from death and disease.”
Dick Pantages, NEHA Past President
“A committed individual utilizing science and public health
principles to protect people and the environment from illness,
death, and disease.”
Eric Pessell, REHS, Environmental Health Director, Kent County
Health Department
“It is dedication to the work of making life safer and healthier for
people along with the joy of doing it.”
Vince Radke, MPH, RS, CP-FS, DAAS, CPH, Sanitarian, National
Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention
“The course of history is influenced by disease outbreaks and
environmental disasters; therefore, environmental health and the
expertise of environmental health professionals can shape the
future by applying knowledge and tools that prevent diseases
and relieve environmental stresses to protect our ecosystems
and the public’s health.”
Welford C. Roberts, PhD, DAAS, RS/REHS, NEHA Past President
“Protecting people’s health and the environment through
education, learning opportunities, and sharing information are
what it means to me to be an environmental health professional.”
Zia Siddiqi, PhD, BCE, Director of Quality Systems, Orkin, Inc.
“Environmental health professionals act as educators, consultants,
and enforcement officers, using specialized technical skills and
knowledge, to ensure people are able to live, work, and play in
safe, healthy environments.”
Sharon L. Smith, RS, West Central Region Supervisor, Drinking
Water Protection, Minnesota Department of Health
“We in the environmental health profession come from many
backgrounds and have an ethos and a desire to achieve common
goals; we create healthy communities through our abilities to
recognize and analyze environmental health problems, develop
plans for improvement, and to take appropriate actions.”
John Steward, REHS, MPH, CAPT, USPHS (ret.), School of Public
Health, Georgia State University
“Being an environmental health professional allows me to help
people understand the links between (individual and public) health
and our environment (homes, restaurants, the natural environment,
etc.), and improve the condition of both those things.”
M.L. Tanner, HHS, Environmental Health Manager III, Bureau of
Environmental Health Services, South Carolina Department of
Health and Environmental Control
“To be an environmental health professional is to not only
understand the environmental causes of illness and death, but also
be able to explain them to nonenvironmental health professionals,
and develop [and implement] interventions to minimize the health
effects of those environmental causes of illness and death.”
Felix I. Zemel, MCP, MPH, REHS/RS, DAAS, Health Agent/
Administrator, Cohasset Board of Health
What Does Being an Environmental Health Professional Mean to You?
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