EHAC-National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council



Timothy J. Murphy

Timothy J. Murphy, PhD, R.E.H.S - Academic

Dr. Murphy is an Associate Professor, in the Environmental Safety and Occupational Health Programs, and instructs in the EHAC accredited M.Sc. program as well as the ABET accredited B.Sc. program. He is the 2009 College of Science Faculty Chair at The University of Findlay. He has more than 25 years experience in local environmental public health, environmental remediation and environmental, safety and occupational health education.
Dr. Murphy is a past recipient of an Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute (EPHLI) Fellowship and has been a mentor in the EPHLI program for the last 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 frilled of environmental health as a career choice amongst high school students, and adding more EHAC accredited academic programs across the nation.

Jim Dingman

Jim Dingman, MS, REHS, DLAAS - Practitioner

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 previously served on EHAC for two terms. Since leaving the Council, he has continued to serve EHAC as a primary reviewer and site visitor.

David Gilkey

David Gilkey, PhD  - Academic 
(Undergraduate Program Co-Chair)

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.

Lynn Burgess

Lynn Burgess, PhD - Academic
(Undergraduate Program Co-Chair)

I graduated with a B.S. degree in zoology from Utah State University in 1974 and then I served for six years as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. I returned to college at Eastern Washington University and graduated in 1989 with a master's in biology. I worked for several years in the milk processing and animal feed businesses as the production and lab manager and product quality control. I worked in environmental health in 1990 at a county health department before returning to Utah State University and graduated in 1998 with a Ph.D. in toxicology. My primarily research area was in the chemoprevention of cancer and gap junctional communications.
I started work in 1999 at Dickinson State University as a biology professor. Presently, I am a professor and the Director of the Environmental Health Program. I started the program in the fall of 2003. We were accredited in June of 2010.>
I have completed two, three year terms with EAHC. I was the President of the Board of Directors of AEHAP last year and serve as the past-president. I'm a member of the Society of Toxicology and NEHA. I also direct an NIH funded research program for undergraduate students and we are studying the toxicology of cadmium on gap junctional communication in kidney cells.

Sharron LaFollette

Sharron LaFollette, PhD - Academic 
(Graduate Program Chair)

Professor Sharron LaFollette joined the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS) in 2001. 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.

Sandra Long

Sandra Long, REHS, RS, CP-FS - Practitioner
(Elections Committee Chair)

Sandra Long is the Inspections Services Supervisor for the City of Plano Health Department. She has been with the City of Plano since 1994. Prior to hiring with the City of Plano she was Director of Environmental Health for the City of The Colony, Texas.
Ms. Long is a graduate of Texas Woman’s University with a degree Bachelors of Science Degree. Her graduate work was with the University of North Texas. Ms. Long is a Professional Sanitarian in the State of Texas and holds Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian and Certified Professional - Food Safety credentials with the National Environmental Health Association. She is an Approved Instructor for the Texas Department of State Health Services Certified Food Managers Program, and a Food Code Standardization Trainer through the Texas Department of State Health Services. In addition to almost 20 years experience in food service inspections other experience includes water and wastewater monitoring and testing, epidemiology, plan review, building inspections, code enforcement and animal services.
Sandra has been an active member of Texas Environmental Health Association (TEHA) since 1994 and served on the TEHA state governing council from 1997 - 2000. and 2002 - 2007 She has been responsible for Proclamations providing recognition from the State of Texas for Professional Sanitarians and Environmental Health Specialists. In 1996 & 1999 she served on the Texas Environmental Health Association Annual Education Conference (AEC) Program Committee. 2004 she served as AEC Program Chair.
Ms. Long served on the Sanitarian Advisory Committee to the State of Texas as presiding officer from 2002 to 2010. She is currently the National Environmental Health Association Regional Vice President for Region V (2008- present). NEHA Region V includes the states of New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri.
Other professional associations include, Texas Public Health Association (1995 -2009), Texas Association of Municipal Health Officials (1992 - 1996), Texas Association of Local Health Officials (1992 - 1994), and the Texas Water Utilities Association (1983 - 1998)
Publication: Evaluation of HACCP Program in Plano, Texas Resulted in New Approach to Guidelines and Inspections, Food Protection Trends, formerly Dairy, Food and Environmental Sanitation, January 2003, Vol. 66, No. 1
She is active with her church, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Denton, TX and her community with the Boy Scouts of America as Troop Committee Chair for Troop 1001 and as crew advisor for Venture Crew 1001 in The Colony, TX and Volunteer Coordinator on The Colony High School Band Board.

Chuck Treser

Chuck Treser, MPH - Academic  

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 Senior Lecturer, 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. Chuck has twice served as president of the AEHAP and is the Principal Investigator on a cooperative agreement between AEHAP and CDC.

Don Williams

Don Williams, REHS, MPH, DAAS - 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. 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.

Jason Finley

Jason Finley, MS, DAAS, REHS, RS - Practioner 

Jason Finley is an Environmental Science Officer with the Kentucky National Guard. During the past fifteen years he has served in supervisory Environmental Public Health positions in Colorado, Indiana and Kentucky. Subsequent to active military service, he 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 and Western Kentucky University respectively. He is a graduate of the Centers for Disease Control Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute. He holds state and national registrations and has been a presenter at the state, national and international level. His professional relationship to Environmental Health education is through training others. His reasons for wanting to be on the Accreditation Council is to be able to provide and receive insight into the relationship between Environmental Health education and the ability to mitigate and eliminate threats to improve response.

Jason Lewis

Jason Lewis, MPH, REHS, LCDR, USPHS - Practitioner 

My appreciation for Environmental Health began while serving as a firefighter in the USAF. The prospect of continuing HAZMAT Emergency Response, upon separating from service, led me to East Tennessee State University. After graduating with a BS in Environmental Health (May 2000) and becoming an RS through the North Carolina Board of Sanitarian Examiners, I gained experience in all programs at the county level. In 2005, 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 in Public Health.

In 2008 I accepted the position of Public Health County Director with a Regional Health Department in Tennessee. 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 USPHS as an Environmental Health Officer in Norfolk Virginia, where I currently provide support to units throughout the Coast Guard. I deployed in October 2012 as an Assistant Safety Officer during Hurricane Sandy.

I am an REHS through NEHA, with an interest in public health emergency preparedness and response as well as program planning and administration. I am seeking membership to the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council to play an active role in the future of the profession. Thank you for your consideration.

Laura Suppes

Laura M. Suppes, PhD, MPH, REHS - Academic

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.

Milton Morris

Milton A. Morris, Ph.D., MPH, REHS, DAAS, CP-FS - Academic 

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).

Patrick Bohan

Pat Bohan, RS, MSEH, MS, PhD - Academic

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.

Priscilla Oliver

Priscilla Oliver, PhD - Practitioner 

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.

Stephen Johnson

Stephen E. Johnson, DM, CSP, ARM - 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.

Thomas Turco

Thomas Turco, MS, REHS - Academic

I started at the health district in 1971 - when major changes were coming. 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

Wil Hayes, MPH, L.E.H.P. - Practitioner

I have 17 years of public and environmental health experience in Illinois and am a Licensed Environmental Health Practitioner in the State of Illinois. I received my Bachelors Degree in biology from Blackburn College in 1996 and am currently pursuing my Masters of Public Health at the University of Illinois Springfield.
The first 14 plus years of my career were spent at the Knox County Health Department where I started as an Environmental Health Specialist and worked my way up to Director of Health Protection. In July of 2010, I left Knox County for the Director of Environmental Health position at the Peoria City/County Health Department.
During my career I have worked to improve the profession serving on the Illinois Environmental Health Association (IEHA) board of Directors for 12 years including two terms as President. I have chaired and served on several IEHA committees and am currently the Chairperson of the Legislative Committee. I have also served on the Board of the Illinois Association of Local Environmental Health Administrators (IALEHA) and am a past president. In 2010, I graduated from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute (EPHLI).
Currently I am a member of the Lieutenant Governor's Farmers Market Task Force for Illinois, the Partnership for Food Protection's Local Agency Work Group, and the Central Illinois Groundwater Task Force. In 2012, I was recognized by my colleagues for my dedication to the profession and presented with the IEHA Sanitarian of the Year Award.