Kristen (Kris) Pybus graduated from James Madison University with a BS in Health Sciences and a minor in Nutrition. She received her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from George Mason University. Kris’s career in Environmental Health began with the Fairfax County Health Department (HD) in 2003. In 2006, she transitioned to Arlington County as an Environmental Health Specialist (EHS) where she reviewed plans for new establishments and performed food and recreational water facility inspections. In, 2013, Kris became Arlington County’s Senior Environmental Health Specialist responsible for standardization of 8 staff and the Quality Assurance program.
Presently, she has returned to the Fairfax County HD as an EHS II and District Standardization Officer. Kris has been a member of NCAEHA since 2003 and previously held the NCAEHA positions of secretary, Virginia Representative and VP of Programs & Professional Advancement. She maintains NEHA’s CP-FS and REHS/RS credentials.
VP of membership/ Director of Communications
Nicole Gragasin, REHS/RS
Nicole Biala is an Environmental Health Specialist II for the Fairfax County Health Department. Originally from California, Nicole graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Sciences with an option in Community Health from California State University, Long Beach. Nicole began her career in 2013 with Fairfax County as an Environmental Health Technician for the OS&W section conducting recreational water facility inspections and private well water inspections. She soon advanced on to become an Environmental Health Specialist II where she gained further experience in food safety, hotel, and child care inspections for the Consumer Protection Program. In addition, Nicole has completed a year with the Plan Review team where duties include approval of plans for new and emerging restaurants and first routine inspections.
Nicole has served on multiple notable committees within the Health Department including the Active Managerial Control team, Temporary Food Establishment Committee, EH IT team, the Fairfax Co.'s HD Customer Service team and is on her second year with NACCHO mentoring program. Furthermore, she is an active general member with NEHA and maintains the NEHA REHS/RS credential. Nicole has been a part of the NCAEHA as a general member since 2014.
Last but not least, Nicole is the proud developer of this new Membership Platform website which has launched January 2020 :)
VP of programs and professional advancement
Allison Olguin obtained a BS in Environmental Science from Washington State University in 2000, and has a variety of different professional experiences in Environmental Health. Over the course of her career, she has worked in the Virology section of the Utah State Health Lab in Salt Lake City, in a water quality lab at the Centennial Water and Sanitation District in Colorado, as an Environmental Specialist for the Florida Department of Health, and finally, as a middle school science teacher in Virginia.
Julia Balsley, REHS/RS, CP-FS
Julia Balsley graduated from Salisbury University in 1998 with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Environmental Health. That summer she began her career as an Environmental Sanitarian with the State of Maryland for the Anne Arundel County Health Department in the Community & Housing Protection Program. In 2001 she became an Environmental Health Specialist with Arlington County's Public Health Division. In the Environmental Health Program she performs food, hotel and water recreational facility inspections. She leads the Water Recreation Facilities Program and reviews architectural plans of all these establishments for code requirements.
Julia first joined NCAEHA in 2000. She has served as the Virginia Representative and has sat on the Awards Committee. She maintains NEHA's REHS/RS and CP-FS credentials and us has a Lead Risk Assessor License from the Commonwealth of Virginia. In 2015 she was presented the Jerrold M. Michael Award in recognition of her dedicated service to Environmental Health.
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Courtney Hale is an Environmental Technician II with the Fairfax County Health Department. She’s been with the Health Department since 2018 primarily focusing on the Water Recreation Facilities Program. Courtney spent much of her summers working as an area supervisor for a pool company in the area. She has used her industry experience to help bridge the gap between industry and regulators to create a safer swimming pool environment here in Fairfax County. Courtney is also tasked with aiding in the Health and Safety Menace program which involves interacting with county residents and helping them find solutions for environmental concerns such as pest issues, mold, and trash/garbage. Courtney holds of a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with a concentration in Public Health Education from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. Courtney is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) through NCHEC. She is a new member to National Capital Environmental Health Association and excited to serve as Treasurer.
Washington DC Representative
Lanita is a sanitarian with the District of Columbia Department of Health’s Food Safety & Hygiene Inspection services Division (FSHISD). She is originally from Orlando, Florida, where she enlisted into the US Air Force as a Public Health Technician, conducting food safety inspections and doing public health work abroad and stateside for 7 years. She obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Sciences with a concentration in Environmental health Studies from Trident University. Lanita comes with a wealth of experience as a Virginia Department of Health standardized Environmental Health Specialist previously serving Arlington, County Virginia.
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Rahel’s degree is a B.S. in Community Health from California State University Los Angeles. I have been working as an Environmental Health Specialist since 2001 at Montgomery County Health Department. As a generalist with Montgomery County I have worked in a variety of programs including food protection, plan review, food born outbreak investigation, group home inspection, private education institution as well as in the pool inspection program. Prior to working at Montgomery County I worked in Baltimore city in the food protection program as well as Aids surveillance.
I am hoping by being a representative for Maryland, I can bring knowledge and information to both Maryland Environmental Health Specialists as well as NCAEHA members.
amanda losardo, mph, rehs/rs
Amanda Losardo graduated from The State University of New York College at Oneonta in 2014 with a BS in Human Biology. She earned her Master of Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology from George Mason University in 2017. Amanda started her career in environmental health working as an Environmental Technician in the Disease Carrying Insects Program (DCIP) at the Fairfax County Health Department. Amanda then interned at the United States Environmental Protection Agency and worked on a wide variety of projects, including but not limited to, pesticides, asbestos, air quality, and drinking water. After her internship, Amanda was hired as an Environmental Technician with the Onsite Sewage and Water Program at the Fairfax County Health Department. She then moved on to food inspections by working as an Environmental Health Specialist in the Food Protection Program for the Prince George's County Health Department.
Amanda currently works as an Environmental Health Specialist in the Food Protection Program for the Alexandria Health Department. She has worked in many different areas of environmental health and recently earned her REHS. Amanda currently resides in Alexandria, VA and enjoys cooking and spending time with her corgi, Finn.
jeanine flaherty, mph
Jeanine Flaherty has a B.S. in Community Health from University of Massachusetts and holds a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Social and Behavioral Health from Boston University School of Public Health. She has over 20 years of experience in the health field in various professional capacities. This includes working in research at Massachusetts General Hospital, working in the regulatory arena for many years, as an advisor and consultant for numerous municipalities as well as private clients, and experience in the private sector in retail food and food manufacturing. She was the Executive Director of Public Health for the City of Taunton, Massachusetts for 10 years. During this time she also studied at Northeastern University graduate school in the areas of vaccine management and emergency preparedness. She served as an Executive Board Member for the Massachusetts Environmental Health Association for 11 years. In 1997, she was acknowledged for assisting in drafting the Foodborne Illness Investigation and Control Reference Manual for Massachusetts Department of Public Health. As a private consultant for 8 years, she advised and provided services for over 20 municipalities as well as private sector clients.
Jeanine joined Legal Sea Foods, LLC, as Director of Quality Assurance and Food Safety in February of 2015, overseeing food safety and quality assurance for the manufacturing plant and all restaurants, as well as leading the in house laboratory. In 2016 she successfully led the company through a Global Food Safety Initiative certification. She now holds the position of Vice President of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Compliance at the company. Jeanine is passionate about food safety and is very active in the retail food and food manufacturing industry, academia and the regulatory arena.
Our Board of Directors is comprised of volunteers from Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland. If you are interested in participating on the board, please send an e-mail to NCAEHA.President@gmail.com. Minimal volunteering opportunities are also available. Inquire us about Board Committees!