Presentation:    Building an Environmental Health Program of Excellence in a Time of Austerity

Speakers:            Bob Custard, REHS/RS, CP-FS; Lydia Zweimiller, REHS; Michele Howard; and Erin May, MPH, CPO

 

Bob Custard is the Environmental Health Manager for the Alexandria (VA) Health Department.  During his 25+ year career in environmental health, he has served as the manager of environmental health units in local health departments in both rural and urban areas.  Bob also spent ten years at the state level in Virginia as Director of Environmental Health Training.  Bob currently serves on the NEHA Board of Directors.

Lydia Zweimiller is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist currently working as an Environmental Health Specialist Senior with a focus on food safety at the Alexandria Health Department in Virginia. Previously, she spent several years at the Charles County Department of Health in Maryland as a generalist REHS after receiving her Bachelor's Degree in biology from St. Mary's College of Maryland. Lydia is also the recipient of the 2014 NEHA/UL Sabbatical Exchange Program Award which she will use to study glove use and hand washing practices in the UK.

Michele Howard is the EH Technical Specialist/District Standardization Officer for the Alexandria Health Department.  She is responsible for training and standardization of 8 Environmental Health staff.  She is a Certified Pool Operator Instructor with NSPF, providing training courses for specialists across a tri-State area.  Previously, she spent 17 years with the Florida Department of Health working in Food Safety, Aquatic Health, Onsite Sewage, Drinking Water and Rabies/Epidemiology programs.

Erin May has been working as an Environmental Health Specialist Senior with a focus on food safety at the Alexandria Health Department in Virginia for the past four years.  Prior to her current position she spent several years at the Miami-Dade County Health Department in Florida in the Food and Group Care program.  Erin holds a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Health from Western Carolina University and a Master's in Public Health from Florida International University.  She also had the opportunity to participate in the U.S. Public Health Service's JRCOSTEP internship program working with the Indian Health Service in Dillingham, Alaska while finishing her undergraduate degree.