Staff profile: Jill Schnipke.

Position:NEHA NEWS

I joined NEHA just over one year ago, but have been interested in environmental health since I was a kid playing in the creek! My dad introduced me to environmental health through a water quality study he was contributing to for the city of Lima, Ohio. I became his field sampler and then synthesized the work into a project that I took to the state science fair. During my undergraduate studies, I completed grant-funded summer research projects in both Ohio and Colorado. I earned my bachelor's degree from Ohio Wesleyan University with majors in biology and environmental studies in 2002.

Upon graduation, I worked at a local health department and earned my Ohio Registered Sanitarian credential. Then I moved to quality assurance in private industry for several years. My employers supported my involvement in several professional organizations, including the Ohio Environmental Health Association's Annual Educational Conference planning committee. I fulfilled my dream of moving to Denver and living the outdoor lifestyle in 2008, working with a couple of restaurant chains and food production companies. In 2010, I took a break from environmental health and spent nearly a year traveling globally, which brought me great personal growth and...

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