Hello from the great state of Texas! It is an honor and privilege to serve as president of the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA). I have been a NEHA member since 1994 and attended my first NEHA Annual Educational Conference (AEC) & Exhibition in Fort Worth, Texas, that year. It was exciting. I attended the 2004 AEC in Anchorage, Alaska, and was the Texas Environmental Health Association (TEHA) president at the 2006 AEC in San Antonio, Texas. The sessions, the networking, and the feel of the AEC made me excited about being an environmental health professional and wanting to be an active part of NEHA.
Let me tell you about myself. I am the environmental health manager for the Town of Addison, Texas. Addison, immediately north of Dallas, is approximately 4 square miles with a population of 16,404 and nearly 200 full-service restaurants. Prior to working for the Town of Addison, I was an environmental health supervisor for the City of Plano Environmental Health and Sustainability Department and director of environmental health for The Colony, a suburban city of Dallas.
I am a graduate of Texas Woman's University. I hold a Professional Sanitarian license in Texas, as well as NEHA's Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian and Certified Professional-Food Safety credentials. I am also a Certified Foodservice Manager Instructor and Proctor and a Food Code Standardization Trainer through the Texas Department of State Health Services. I have been an active member of TEHA since 1994, serving on its state governing council and as president from 2005-2006. I have been responsible for state proclamations providing recognition for professional sanitarians and environmental health specialists.
As an active NEHA member, I have served as vice-president of NEHA's Region 5, which covers the states of Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. I have also served as a practitioner on the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council and as the presiding officer of the Texas Sanitarian Advisory Committee from 2002-2010.
As you can see, I have come up through the professional leadership ranks. I have taught food safety courses, conducted inspections, implemented policy, implemented and witnessed changes in the profession, made laws, and administered programs in environmental health. I am fortunate to work in a profession I am passionate about. This passion comes from a...