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Planning Committee

 

Chair:

Amy Gammel

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 food safety and health and sanitation in institutional settings. Amy maintains credentials with the National Environmental Health Association as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist and a Certified Professional in Food Safety. 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 and nutrition 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.

Co-Chair:

Stacey Baker

Stacey grew up in Colorado and graduated from Colorado State University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. She has worked for Tri-County Health Department for 11 years.  She started her career in Environmental Health as a Vector Technician in 2007.  After spending a summer trapping mosquitoes she realized that she had a passion for Environmental Health and all of its different areas. She worked as an Environmental Health Specialist for 7 years, and has been a Field Supervisor for the last 4 years.  Prior to working in Environmental Health Stacey worked in an organ and tissue transplant lab for 2 years.  Outside of work Stacey stays busy with her family and spends many hours chasing her toddler around. Stacey enjoys sports, cooking, and spending time with her 2 dogs Summit and Sadie.

Deb McBride

Deb McBrideDeb 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.


Sammi Jo Kirst

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.
Michele Girard

Michele Girard graduated from Colorado State University and held several temporary jobs as an Engineering Technician and with the Colorado Division of Wildlife. She retired after 20 years of teaching high school science, math and computers.  Upon retiring from teaching she joined El Paso County Public Health as an admin assistant in Environmental Health. Soon, she became an Environmental Health Specialist in the area of zoonosis, school safety and solid waste.  She earned her REHS.  With reorganization, she entered the world of food safety and on site wastewater treatment systems.  She also served as Food Program Manager, and in the school safety and child care programs at Prowers County Public Health and Environment.  She retired from EPCPH, having served over nine years as an EHS, and is currently retired.

Natalie Wright

Natalie has worked for Tri-County Health Department since 2013. She became a water/wastewater specialists for TCHD two years ago. She enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, rock climbing, skateboard and running. There isn’t one weekend that goes by that doesn’t include outdoor sports and traveling! Her pets consists of two pups, a cat, and a parrot.

Josh Gallegos

I am an environmental health specialist I at the Pueblo City-County Health Department.  I have been with the department for 6 months as of December.  Most of my work is in food inspections with some experience in flagging for fleas, plan reviews, and solid waste.Sports are a hobby of mine.  I am currently the sports facility manager at Dutch Clark Stadium (Football stadium for Pueblo city schools).   I love to tutor, being that I am a biochemistry nerd. Most of the students I tutor are the kids that work for me at the football stadium.  When I do have time I enjoy fishing and hiking.

Jannette Whitcomb

Jannette WhitcombJannette is a Sr. Environmental Health Specialist with the City of Aspen’s Environmental Health & Sustainability Department.  She has worked in the field of environmental health for over 20 years in Colorado.  She currently finished a major overhaul of Aspen’s air quality monitoring program with the installation of a new particulate monitor and a real-time website that tells citizens what the Air Quality Index is for Aspen. Jannette was awarded the Environmental Achievement Award in 2011 by CEHA. Jannette likes to hike the beautiful mountains in the Roaring Fork Valley.  She enjoys walking her red heeler mix named Sunny.  Jannette also loves to make handmade things that you can find featured in the CEHA AEC silent auction each year.

Stephanie Kuhn

Stephanie manages the Environmental Epidemiology Program at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. She received her MSPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (that ‘other’ UNC) in 2009. From 2003-2007, Stephanie worked at the CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Diseases in Ft. Collins. Prior to her career in public health, Stephanie worked as an environmental consultant in Boulder. Stephanie began attending CEHA’s AEC circa 2010, and promptly decided it is the best and most fun conference to attend. This year, Stephanie is coordinating the silent auction, so definitely track her down if you have comments or fresh ideas about it!

Morgan Hill

Morgan has been an Environmental Health Specialist at Garfield County Public Health for six years. Her primary role is as the air quality program coordinator for Garfield County’s extensive monitoring network; which also includes coordinating educational events and materials for the community. Like a true small health department generalist, she also works in watershed protection and planning, land use reviews, and zoonotic disease. Morgan graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in Environmental Studies, and is nearing completion of her Masters of Science in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver. Morgan stays busy enjoying the great outdoors of Colorado! Her favorite outdoor activities are mountain biking in the summer and skiing in the winter.  Living in her hometown of Glenwood Springs, Morgan also gets to spend time with family on a regular basis and is an active part of the community through her church and other volunteering opportunities.

Rachel Wilson-Roussel

Rachel Wilson-Roussel is the Sustainability Unit Manager at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and oversees a variety of cross-media, voluntary programs. She was appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to serve on the Pollution Prevention Advisory Board in 2015 and ​participates on the state’s Greening Government Leadership Council. 
Ms. Wilson-Roussel began her career in ambient air quality at the University of Iowa Hygienic Laboratory where she managed a statewide network of particulate air quality monitors. After moving to Colorado in 2005, she joined the department as the Supplemental Environmental Projects Coordinator and assisted in the negotiation of more than 225 environmental and public health projects, bringing over $18 million back to local communities across Colorado. Ms.Wilson-Roussel earned undergraduate degrees in chemistry and French from the University of Northern Iowa and is working towards completing her Masters of Public Administration at the University of Colorado, Denver

 Holly Miller
Holly grew up in Kentucky and graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health Science and received her MPH from the University of South Florida in 2011. She started her career with the Indian Health Service as a Sanitarian in Shiprock, NM. Holly currently works for the US Food and Drug Administration in Lakewood, CO in the Division of Human and Animal Foods. She is a Commissioned Officer in the US Public Health Service and has deployed to Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico as part of the federal response to the 2017 hurricanes. Holly enjoys boating and RV’ing with her husband and 2 girls.
 Roy Laws
Since 1998, Roy has worked as a professional engineer for Jefferson County Public Health in onsite wastewater treatment systems, land use planning cases, groundwater monitoring, and environmental compliance. Prior to joining environmental health work force, Roy worked as staff geologist for an environmental consulting firm and in gold exploration in Nevada. Roy earned a bachelor of science in geological engineering in 1979 and a master of science in environmental sciences and engineering in 1992 from the Colorado School of Mines. When not working for a living, Roy enjoys snow shoeing and hiking with Shellie (his wife), spending time with their grown children, spoiling grandkids, taking Hercules (a miniature pinscher) for a walk, and pursuing his quest to solve every problem with an Excel pivot table. Roy and Shellie got married in a run-through wedding chapel while participating in the 2005 Las Vegas Marathon. Shellie beat him by a mile, make that two miles.

 

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