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Note of Thanks to Departing Board Members

We would be remiss if we did not acknowledge the dedication, hard work, and efforts of four members of NEHA's board of directors on the occasion of their departure from the board: Region 2 Vice-President Keith Allen, Region 7 Vice-President Timothy Mitchell, Immediate Past-President David Riggs, and Region 4 Vice-President Sharon Smith.

Region 2 Vice-President Keith Allen leaves the board after 3 years of dedicated service and leadership, serving in this position from 2015-2018. Keith has worked in the field of environmental health for nearly 18 years and is currently employed as a senior environmental health specialist with the City of Long Beach Department of Health & Human Services. In addition, he is a part-time faculty member at his alma mater, Long Beach State University, where he teaches graduate level courses in environmental health.

Keith was the 2005 president of the California Environmental Health Association's (CEHA) Southern Chapter and was the 2006 CEHA Charles Senn Award recipient. He also proudly holds the prestigious status as a diplomate of the American Academy of Sanitarians. Keith coauthored an article in the September 2014 issue of the Journal of Environmental Health titled "A Community Outbreak of Salmonella enterica Serotype Typhimurium Associated With an Asymptomatic Food Handler in Two Local Restaurants."

"Serving on the NEHA board over the past 3 years has truly been an unforgettable experience," states Keith. "It was rewarding to serve my colleagues in the environmental health community and in helping make our profession better. I am very blessed to have made some lifelong friends with fellow NEHA board members."

Region 7 Vice-President Timothy Mitchell leaves the board after 1 year of dedicated service and leadership. Timothy has worked in the public and private environmental health sectors for two decades. He is credentialed through NEHA as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian and Certified Professional-Food Safety. Timothy is a strong advocate of NEHA's credentialing programs, training opportunities, and support of the environmental health profession.

Immediate Past-President David Riggs leaves the board after 15 years of dedicated service and leadership. Dave has retired after a 48-year career in management and training in environmental health and has been a member of NEHA for 43 years. He has been a strong advocate for the state...

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