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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 health and sanitation in child care facilities. Amy also specializes in food safety and plays a large role in the work on the FDA Voluntary National Program Standards. 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 and music. When time allows, Amy enjoys volunteering in her community and traveling with both family and friends.


Stacey Baker

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 Specialist 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 holds a B.S. of Environmental Health from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Outside of work Sammi Jo enjoys spending time hiking, camping, and exploring Colorado with her fiancé 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.

Jodi Zimmerman

Jodi ZimmermanMy name is Jodi Zimmerman and I have been working in EH for about 5 years now. I currently work for El Paso County Public Health and mainly do food safety and tattoo shop inspections. I am the proud mother of two boys who are 13 and 4. I am an avid runner and just signed up for my first 24k! I enjoy live music, yoga, exercising, and camping/hiking. Looking forward to an exciting year with CEHA!

Morgan Hill

Morgan HillMorgan has been an Environmental Health Specialist at Garfield County Public Health for over four 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 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 currently getting her master’s 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



Sally Born

Sally BornSally is an Environmental Public Health Investigator for the City and County of Denver Department of Environmental Health. She has been with Denver for 3+ years and works in the food safety section, conducting food safety inspections, working on foodborne illness investigations, and teaching basic food safety classes!  Outside of Environmental Health, Sally spends her evenings and weekends as a Zumba Fitness instructor! WIth any extra free time, you can find her working at the City of Lakewood recreation centers, playing volleyball, dancing, cooking, or hiking or camping in the mountains


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