Who We Are
The Wisconsin Environmental Health Association, Inc. (WEHA), a non-profit organization, is comprised of over 250 members. Members include professionals in the public, private and academic sector throughout the state. Even with the diverse professional background, all WEHA members share one common thread: to improve the health and well-being of Wisconsin residents by focusing on environmental and public health issues. Read about our history.
WEHA is an organization that consists of volunteers who work together to help strengthen the field of environmental and public health. Members participate to share ideas, educate and learn about a variety of environmental and public health issues. Members also work to move the profession of environmental and public health forward by taking on challenging issues and creating solutions. WEHA continues to make an effort to bring in all professionals who are interested and dedicated to the field of environmental and public health. Becoming a member is easy and by participating you can become part of the organized network of professionals that is WEHA.
Environmental and public health consists of a broad spectrum of professionals. Below is a list of areas of expertise that WEHA members have and contribute to the organization.
- Community Noise Control
- Disaster/Emergency Preparedness
- Drinking Water Protection
- Food Protection / Sanitation
- Hazardous Materials
- Institutional Health and Safety
- Environmental / Public Health Legislation
- Occupational Safety / Industrial Hygiene
- Plan Review and Environmental Site Assessments
- Public Health Education
- Public Health Nursing
- Radiation Safety
- Recreational Health
- Swimming Pools, Spas, Water Parks
- Vector Control
- Solid Waste Control
- Underground Storage Tanks
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What We Do
The purpose of WEHA is to maintain and improve the standards of performance of professionals in Environmental Health by encouraging research, education and the dissemination of information.
As we strive to meet our purpose WEHA will:
- Encourage the employment of qualified Environmental Health professionals.
- Stimulate forums for dialogue and exchange of information.
- Foster professional and ethical growth of members.
- Actively participate in the legislative and political process to promote and advocate for Environmental Health.
- Offer leadership opportunities to members.
- Educate and recruit professionally trained individuals to the Environmental Health profession.
- Promote professional certifications and provide continued educational opportunities.
- Recognize outstanding achievement, service and contributions by members.
Environmental Health is the area of activity which deals with the protection of human health through the assessment, management, control and prevention of environmental factors which may adversely affect the health, comfort, safety and well-being of human populations. Read the Environmental Health Careers Brochure. (PDF)
WEHA CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS
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WEHA 2018 Budget
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Each year WEHA members participate in an election to nominate individuals to various positions within the organization. All elected officers assume office at the close of the Annual business meeting. The Nominating Committee receives candidate information for each race and furnishes it to the voting members.
CALL FOR 2018 NOMINATIONS
We need interested, dedicated individuals to serve in WEHA leadership positions! Nominations of persons interested in serving are due on August 24, 2018.
The following offices will be up for election in the fall of 2018:
- President- Elect: This position assumes the office of the President and assists the President. Additionally, the President-Elect participates as a member of the Education and Conference Committee. Mitch Lohr currently holds this position, which will become vacant when he assumes the position of President.
- Secretary: This position mainly records and posts the Board minutes as well as other duties during elections. Trista Groth currently holds this position and will not be seeking re-election.
- Treasurer: This position keeps track of the organizations financing as well as our investments for scholarships, etc. It involves not only long-term planning and tracking, but also paying and tracking everyday expenses and disbursements. Brian Hobbs currently holds the position and will be seeking re-election.
- Director-at-Large: This member of the board performs ad hoc duties as assigned by the President and may only be held by past WEHA presidents. Laura Temke currently holds this position and will be seeking re-election.
- Director (2): A Director is a voting member of the Board. There are two Director positions on the Board. Natalie Vandeveld holds one position and will be seeking re-election. Michele Williams currently holds the other position and will be seeking re-election.
- District Vice-President, NE: This person represents members in the Northeast part of the state, and prepares a report on their activities for board meetings as well as serves as a WEHA representative to that area. Todd Drew currently holds this position and will not be seeking re-election.
- District Vice-President, SW: This person represents members in the Southwest part of the state, and prepares a report on their activities for board meetings as well as serves as a WEHA representative to that area. Arthur Ness currently holds this position and will not be seeking re-election.
The only requirement for these jobs is that the nominee be a member in good standing of WEHA during the election and the term. Additionally, all Board members are expected to attend all Board meetings. If you are interested, nominations along with your name, current position, employer, position sought, and biography may be sent to Trista Groth, Nominations Committee Chair, at Trista.email@example.com
Please give this chance to serve your full consideration.
Board of Directors
The President shall serve as the official representative of Wisconsin Environmental Health Association.
Sonja Dimitrijevic, Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
The President-Elect shall prepare for assuming the office of President, assist in confirming committee chair appointments, participate on the Education and Joint Educational Committees , and assist the President by attending Board meetings.
Mitch Lohr, Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
The Director is a voting member of the Board.
Michele Williams, Pierce County Health Department
Natalie Vandeveld, Outagamie County Public Health
WEHA shall consist of four Districts. Each of these Districts shall be governed by a District Vice-President. District Vice-Presidents attend Board meetings and maintain communication with the members of their respective district.
Northeast Vice President
Todd Drew, City of Menasha Health Department
Northwest Vice President
Carol Drury, La Crosse County Health Department
Southeast Vice President
Lindy Wiedmeyer, City of Milwaukee Health Department
Southwest Vice President
Arthur Ness, Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
The Director-at-Large shall serve as parliamentarian for the Board of Directors.
Laura Temke, West Allis Health Department
The Treasurer shall have charge of all funds of the Association.
Brian Hobbs, Polk County Health Department
The Secretary shall keep minutes of the meetings.
Trista Groth, Outagamie County Public Health
Awards and Leadership
The Awards and Leadership Committee consist of two subgroups - Awards and Leadership. The two subgroups shall consist of five members who have been recipients of the WEHA Environmental Health Sanitarian of the Year Award and Leadership Award. The committee assists in the nomination of a candidate for the WEHA Environmental Health Professional of the Year Award, WEHA Scholarships and the Leadership Award.
Chair: Natalie Vandeveld, Outagamie County Public Health
Education and Conference
This committee consists of the President Elect and at least six members. The Chair of the committee is the President or designee. The responsibility of this committee is to develop and sponsor educational seminars, conferences and other activities to enhance the capabilities and knowledge of all member environmental health professionals. In addition, other work may consist of promoting careers in environmental health.
Chair: Lindy Wiedmeyer, City of Milwaukee Health Department
This five member committee, chaired by a member appointed by the President, shall study existing and proposed legislation which affects environmental health professionals, or public health, and will recommend appropriate action by the Association.
Chair: Patty Lombardo, Polk County Health Department
This committee consists up to six members and chaired by the President Elect and have the role of conduct actions to market WEHA. This includes publishing newsworthy events and information to the membership. Along with promoting and recruiting for positions for the Board and/or committees.
Chair: Mitch Lohr, Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
This committee shall consist of the four District Vice-Presidents and may include members of the Association. It is chaired by a District-Vice President selected by the President. This committee shall promote membership in the Association.
Chair: Carol Drury, La Crosse County Health Department