Meet your AEHA Board Members

The AEHA Publications Committee recently had a question & answer session with the current AEHA board members. Read on to learn more!

President

Chrs Dankmeyer

  • Name/Professional Credentials: Chris Dankmeyer, MSc, REHS
  • BOD Position: President
  • AEHA Member Since: 2004 – 2009, 2012-Present
  • AEHA Priority(s): I want to engage Alaska’s past, present and future environmental health specialists to build a stronger AEHA professional network. We have done, and we will continue to do, some amazing work in our amazing state. I see AEHA as not just a way of sharing relevant information to Alaska’s environmental health practitioners, but also a way to build camaraderie and have a little fun.
  • EH Interest/Expertise: I consider myself an environmental health generalist who has built a lot of experience in drinking water safety and traditional food safety.
  • Current Employer: Maniilaq Association
  • Email Contact: chris.dankmeyer@maniilaq.org

President Elect

john walker

John Walker, CCFS, is the AEHA President Elect. An AEHA member since 2010, John hopes to help advance the education of EH practitioners and public outreach. His environmental health area of interest is food safety, and his employer is JTAK Food Safety.

Q: Tell us how you first learned of an entered the field of environmental health.
A: One summer semester, I took an Environmental Biology class.  I thought it was very interesting and swapped my major to Environmental Health the following fall semester.

Q: Describe your proudest professional moment to date.
A: So far, that I am still in business as a private consultant.

Q: What is your favorite flavor of ice cream and why?
A: Good lord there are so many.  If I had to pick only one, I guess Cookies & Cream.  But then there is Coffee…..ooh and can’t forget plain old Strawberry, drenched in hot fudge.

Q: What’s the best way to spend an Alaskan summer day/evening?
A: I am a home-body by nature, so a relaxing home BBQ with friends and family.

Q: How do you feel technology has impacted the environmental health profession over the last ten years?
A: I would embrace any technology that makes our jobs easier.  Alaska needs to embrace these new technologies as soon as possible.  The shrinking workforce and budget demands more efficiency.

Treasurer

Joy Britt

Joy Britt, MPH, CTTS, is the AEHA Treasurer. While on the AEHA board, Joy’s priorities include helping grow the Environmental Health Professional community in Alaska and attract interest to this field. Joy works at ANTHC, and her environmental health area of interest is contaminated sites/brownfields and the translation of how a healthy environment can lead to better long term health.

Q: Tell us about the most favorite environmental health project that you’ve ever worked on.
A: My favorite project in this short time would be managing the Brownfields Track at ATCEM (www.atacemak.org). It has been great to showcase brownfields as one of the top environmental health concerns in Alaska and gain more traction regarding brownfields topics at this popular environmental health conference. Additionally, it was great to see the attendees, who come from all over Alaska, interested in the brownfields presentations, making the track a great success.

Q: What is your favorite holiday? Do you have any special memories or traditions?
A: My favorite holiday is Christmas. Because I am not from Alaska (I am from Guam), Christmas is a treasured time when I can fly to see my family and be near to those I love. In Alaska, I do enjoy the winter wonderland which is completely opposite of what I grew up with (decorating palm trees instead of pine).

Q: Describe the most unusual thing at your desk?
A: One may say I have several unusual things at my desk, but the one that gets the most comments is a picture of a tattoo of a zombie Christopher Walken on a man’s calve. I got this odd piece of art while in Bend, Oregon – where zombie clave tattoos were all the rage at the time.

Q: If you weren’t doing what you do today, what dream job would you have?
A: I would LOVE to host a travel/foodie show on the Food Network. Hosts like Andrew Zimmern or Anthony Bourdain get to travel, eat, and experience many different cultures for a living; so rad! Otherwise, I would be a Doctor serving rural communities… or a doctor/foodie/tv host! One can dream.

Secretary

Lacey Walsh

  • Name/Professional Credentials: Lacey Walsh, REHS
  • BOD Position: Secretary
  • AEHA Member Since: 2014
  • EH Interest/Expertise: Field Environmental Health & Air Quality
  • Current Employer: Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
  • Email Contact: lmwalsh@anthc.org

Q: While holding the term of secretary, what do you plan to contribute to AEHA? (Ex. Frequent member communication, improved visibility of website, updated member list & e-mail listserv, etc.)
A: I hope to improve organization and efficiency

Q: Describe the most interesting place you’ve ever visited. What made it so interesting?
A: I don’t think I could choose just one place. Every place is different and interesting in its own way!

Q: How do you spend your free time? Any hobbies?
A: hiking, knitting, and reading

Q: Describe your first environmental health experience (i.e. when you learned about the profession), and what made you decide to study the field?
A: I studied environmental health in college. The more I learned, the more interested I became!

Past President

Chris Fish

Chris Fish, CIH, REHS, is the AEHA Past President. An AEHA member since July 2010, Chris’ priorities include constitution & bylaws, leadership, and professional development. His work is related to occupational health and safety at ANTHC.

Q: Tell us who your hero is and why.
A: My parents, because they managed to keep their sanity while raising me and my 5 siblings.

Q: If you could spent a month anywhere in the world, tell us where you’d go and why.
A: I would spend it in Illinois and Wisconsin with my family and close friends to catch up.

Q: If you weren’t doing what you do today, what dream job would you have?
A: Bartender

Q: What’s one thing you’d like to accomplish before you die?
A: Pass on all my life lessons to my children.

Q: Do you have anything further to share with readers?
A: Keep up the good work, and thanks for teaching me the profession.

PHOTO CREDIT: Wikipedia. (2016). Board of directors. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Board_of_directors

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