We would be remiss if we did not acknowledge the dedication, hard work, and efforts of three members of the NEHA board of directors on the occasion of their departure from the board: Immediate Past-President Bob Custard, Region 7 Vice-President Tim Hatch, and Region 1 Vice-President Ned Therien.
Immediate Past-President Bob Custard leaves the board after 14 years of dedicated service and leadership. Bob was a strong advocate for strengthening the relationship between NEHA and its affiliates. As NEHA president, Bob made the effort to attend and speak at more than 20 affiliate conferences. Bob also was a champion for establishing a NEHA office in Washington, DC, and was gratified to see that vision come to fruition during his term as president. As a strong advocate for expanding NEHA's engagement internationally, Bob helped create the international membership category and the international partner organization structure. Bob was honored to represent NEHA on trips to Canada, Jamaica, Uganda, and Zambia.
Bob played a key role in helping NEHA through its recent leadership transition and helped orient NEHA's new executive director. As chairman of NEHA's finance committee, Bob worked diligently to help assure NEHA's financial stability. He also helped develop NEHA's investment policy. Bob also played an important role in revising NEHA's bylaws and developing many policies and position papers.
Going forward, Bob will continue to work in the environmental health field through Environmental Health Leadership Partners, his consulting firm that specializes in training and mentoring young environmental health professionals. Bob and his wife Roz will also continue their work to improve drinking water supplies in rural areas of foreign countries.
Reflecting on the past 14 years, Bob describes his service on the board as "the most rewarding experience of my career." He goes on to state, "It was my privilege to work closely with some of the giants of our profession. I learned so much and made so many friends as a result of the experience."
Bob is currently president of the Past Presidents affiliate and will continue to be actively involved in NEHA.
Region 7 Vice-President Tim Hatch leaves the board after three years of dedicated service and leadership. Tim is the director of...