AEC Planning Committee

Exhibit/Sponsor Coordinator

Stephanie Bennett,
City and County of Denver Public Health & Environment

An Indiana native, Stephanie relocated to Colorado to attend CSU and earned her Master of Public Health degree in 2017. She has since worked as a Public Health Investigator II in the Food Safety and Marijuana section of Denver Public Health & Environment. Outside of work, she can be found in the mountains and with her two rescue pups.

Food Track

Matt Brandt,
Colorado Department of Health and Environment

Matt is a Colorado native that moved from his hometown of Pueblo to the metro area in 2007 where he began his work in Environmental Health with Tri-County Health Department. He worked there as a generalist for six years. He now works at CDPHE as the work group lead for the Retail Food Safety Program. Matt has extensive experience conducting retail food inspections and has been involved in just about every program that fits under the banner of environmental health. Matt is also a former CEHA board member.  Matt spends his free time hiking, running, and spending time outdoors with his wife and dog (Bruiser).


Tom Butts,
Tri-County Health Department

General EH Coordinator

Devin Clark,
City and County of Denver Department of Public Health and Environment

Devin Clark is from Dallas, Texas but has since moved to Colorado after graduating from Colorado State University in 2017 with bachelor’s degree in Environmental Health.  Devin moved from Fort Collins to Denver after accepting a job as a Residential Housing Inspector with the City and County of Denver Department of Public Health and Environment. Devin was previously an intern for the City and County of Denver in the summer of 2016. Devin has enjoyed getting to know Denver and experiencing new challenges in the field on a daily basis. Devin is excited to participate on the CEHA planning committee for  the first time. She spends her free time exercising, swimming, hanging with friends and hiking. 

Entertainment/Certification Exams Coordinator

Dan Collins,
Broomfield Health and Human Services Department

Dan is a past president of Colorado Environmental Health Association (CEHA) and has served on the board as treasure and the Annual Educational Conference (AEC) chair. Dan was the recipient of CEHA’s Milton M. Miller Award in 2014.  Dan has over 35 years of Environmental Health experience in food safety, vector control, emergency response, waste water, water quality, air quality, pools, and environmental remediation programs. He received his bachelor’s in Environmental Studies with minors in Geology and Biology from Bemidji State University in northern Minnesota. Dan put himself through college working as a Gandy Dancer on a rail gang for the Soo Line Railroad. Dan also has an MA in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. Dan is a graduate of the Metro North and RIHEL leadership programs. 

Dan began his professional career working for Tri-County Health Department as a generalist. After several years in that position Dan transferred and helped develop Tri-County’s Rocky Mountain Arsenal Superfund Remediation Oversight Program. That program monitored the clean-up activities of the state’s largest superfund site and included the construction of  hazardous waste landfills, their operation and closure, demolition and removal of contaminated structures, de-militarization  of ordinance discovered during the cleanup, contaminated soil removal, air quality monitoring including odors and fugitive dust monitoring during those activities, and an off post private well inventory and monitoring program for a 20 square mile area. The site became the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge when it was removed from the Superfund list in 2010. Following that, Dan returned to his roots in EH and became the EH Manager and the Office Manager for the TCHD Castle Rock Office where he managed the staff providing EH services. Dan retired after a 30-year career with TCHD and  currently is employed by Broomfield County where he serves as the food safety and pool coordinator.

Sustain & Built Environment Coordinator

Monica Dupler,
Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment

General Track Coordinator

Amy Gammell,
Colorado Department of Health and Environment

Amy is a Colorado native and University of Colorado alumni. She has worked at CDPHE in the Division of Environmental Health and Sustainability since 2012. Amy’s primary role is the work group lead for the Institutions and Emerging Programs Unit. She is most passionate about health and sanitation in child care facilities and schools. Amy also spent several years conducting inspections in retail food establishments. Prior to working at CDPHE, Amy spent five years as an inspector for the City and County of Denver in the Department of Environmental Health. Prior to working in Denver, Amy spent several years as the health services coordinator for Head Start and Early Head Start Programs in Denver and Boulder.  Outside of work Amy keeps extremely busy with her family. She has two children who are very involved in sports, music, and  other extracurricular activities. When time allows, Amy enjoys volunteering in her community and traveling with both family and friends.

Water/Waste Water/Silent Auction Coordinator

Dan Hendershott,
Summit County Environmental Health

Dan grew up in Denver. He received a bachelors degree from CSU in Environmental Health. He completed an internship at Summit County and then got his first career job at Tri-County Health Department in metro Denver where he remained for 6 years. In 2004, he relocated to Summit County Environmental Health where he and coworkers have accomplished many improvements and there are many things to still complete so he doesn’t plan on leaving any time soon. He believes strongly that we regulate with respect for customers and keep focused on public health outcomes using the regulations as a tool to achieving that goal.

Air/Waste Track Coordinator

Morgan Hill,
Garfield County Public Health

Food Track Coordinator

Sammi Jo Kirst,
El Paso County Public Health

Sammi Jo works for El Paso County Public Health as an Environmental Health Specialist II. She has been with El Paso since fall of 2016 conducting retail food and body art inspections, performing air quality complaint investigations, and teaching food safety courses. Prior to moving to Colorado, she was a general Environmental Health Speacialist in rural Wisconsin for four years where she conducted inspections for retail food, body art, pools, lodging and also worked with the Department of Natural Resources on public well testing/inspections. She hold a B.S. of Environmental Health from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.  Outside of work Sammi Jo enjoys time hiking, camping, and exploring Colorado with her fiance and  Dalmatian named Pongo.

Past Chair

Roy Laws,
Jefferson County Public Health

Air/Waste Track Coordinator

Selina Lujan,
City of Fort Collins

IT Coordinator

Deb McBride,
Tri-County Health Department

Deb McBride worked for Tri-County Health Department for 25 years, 9 years for Administrative Services and 16 years for Environmental Health.  After retiring, she went to work part time for the Caring for Colorado Foundation.  Besides CEHA, she volunteers with the American Legion Auxiliary, Columbine Federal Credit Union and is on the founding boards of a newly created nonprofit and a newly created foundation.  Deb rescues older, special needs dogs and currently lives with two who  have finally trained her to their satisfaction.  When not working, Deb likes to travel nationally and internationally and tries to include at least one trip per year with her grandchildren (2),great grandchildren (2), her God daughter or her nephew.

CEHA President

Ben Metcalf,
Tri-County Health Department

Howdy, all I am Ben Metcalf the current President of CEHA.  I have been employed in environmental health for going on 12 years.  I started my life in EH by having significant interactions with the health inspector over my college years with my fraternity (not all were very good on my part), which allowed my insight in what food safety actually was, and how to make foods safe for the public.  I was hired by the Wyoming Department of Agriculture, as a Consumer Health Specialist before I Graduated from the University of Wyoming (Go Pokes!), and worked for the dept. for 6 ½ years.  I was hired by Tri-County Health Department (TCHD before moving down to Colorado to start a life with my longtime girlfriend who is now my wife and proud parent of our son Beckett. I have worked for TCHD for coming on 6 years, and have moved up the ranks from a EHS  trainee, to being the Enforcement and Plan Review Specialist.  While the majority of my career has been strictly in foods as a regular Environmental Health Specialist I was exposed to working with onsite waste water treatment systems, or a I will  always call them “septic systems”.   That being said, I have thoroughly enjoyed my career thus far in EH and look forwarded to  my continued learning by being exposed to more areas of Environmental Health.  

Food/Beverage Coordinator

Holly Miller,
Food and Drug Administration

Silent Auction Coordinator

Cherie Sanchez,
City and County of Denver

Hello, I’m Cherie Sanchez and I am a Public Health Investigator with the City and County of Denver. I have been with the city since February of 2018. In my role I perform heath inspections and child care licensing inspections for various child care providers throughout southeast Denver. I am fortunate to visit child care centers, preschools, family child care homes, before and after school programs and Summer programs. I have over 20 years of experience in various positions within the child care field. I am a Denver native and find it exciting to be able to partner with the community to help provide healthy and safe care for children!

Photography Coordinator

Keith Siemsen,
Colorado Department of Health and Environment


Jon Strauss,
Colorado Department of Health and Environment

During my career with the Division of Environmental Health and Sustainability I have been involved in all aspects of field investigation. I have training and advanced field experience in GMPs, Juice HACCP, Seafood HACCP, acidified foods, and am also a Certified Shellfish Standardization Officer. I have over 19 years of experience with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and became the State Manufactured Food Program and Recall Coordinator in 2015. My job duties include providing training to and assessing program staff; conducting industry training and outreach; developing policy, as well as managing the FDA Contract.  When I’m not working I can be found close to my wife Renee and son Michael, usually volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America.

CEHA Past President

Joshua Williams,
Garfield County Public Health

After Honorable service in the United States Army as a Fire Support Specialist (13F), Mr. Williams graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Management with a minor in Geology.  Joshua currently is serving as the Environmental Health Manager for Garfield County, Colorado.  He was previously employed as the Administrator of the Delaware County Health Department in Indiana, and his career in public health has included service as an Environmental Health Specialist with the Boone County Health Dept. and the Delaware County Health Dept., an Assistant Supervisor with the Marion County Health Dept. in the Vector Control section, Manager and Chief Sanitarian of the Huntington County Dept. of Health, and Director of Environmental Health for the Boone County Health Department (Indiana).   Joshua is a Past-President of the Colorado Environmental Health Association, Past-President of the Indiana Environmental Health Association, Past Co-Chair of the Indiana Local Health Department Manager’s Association, and Past Treasurer of the Indiana Public Health Association.  Joshua also served on the Local Health Department Infrastructure Committee, the Advisory   Board for the development of the Indiana Public Health Policy and Research Center, and as an At-Large member of the Board  of Directors of the Indiana Public Health Association.  He is also a graduate from the National Association of City and County  Health Officials national Survive and Thrive fellowship training for local health officials and is a member of the American Legion and The Loyal Order of the Moose.

Sustainability Track Coordinator

Rachel Wilson,
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Water/Waste Water Track Coordinator

Natalie Wright,
Tri-County Health Department

Natalie Wright is the Environmental Health Supervisor for Consumer Protection in Castle Rock. Natalie has worked for Tri-County Health Department for 6 ½ years. She began her employment as an Environmental Health Generalist inspecting restaurants, childcares, pools, and septic systems. She spent the last three years specializing in water and wastewater. Natalie has been on the CEHA Planning Committee for three years and is also the CEHA Board Secretary. On her days off, you can find her hiking with her sweet Corgi (Fox), traveling, doing home improvement projects, dancing, going to concerts or playing pool at the local dive bar.


Water / Wastewater Track Coordinator
Jeff McCarron,

Environmental Health Specialist IV, Tri-County Health Department

Jeff began his career at TCHD in 2005, as an EHS Trainee. Jeff has worked in the Retail Food Protection program, has performed hundreds of childcare inspections, has standardized staff in the childcare program, has managed TCHD’s Body Art Program for three years, Jeff has acted as lead trainer for numerous TCHD staff. Jeff now serves as a lead inspector and trainer for TCHD’s water program, and manages the Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems program, the Swimming Pool and Spa inspection program, and the Environmental Record Review program for TCHD’s Commerce City Office. In his free time, Jeff enjoys all things to do with the Colorado outdoors, engaging in Church activities, enjoying time with his wife as a new “empty-nester” and travelling to visit his kids across the country.


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