Wisconsin Environmental Health Association
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About the Wisconsin Environmental Health Association: Who we are and What we do.

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
  • Epidemiology
  • 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

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
Please click here for the document. (PDF)
Click here to review the proposed changes. (DOC)

WEHA 2017 Budget
Please click here for the document. (PDF)


WEHA Elections

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.


Board of Directors

Carrie Pohjola and David St. Jules recognized for their length of service on the WEHA Board of Directors. Picture left to right: Carrie Pohjola, David St. Jules and WEHA President Sonja Dimitrijevic.

Carrie Pohjola and David St. Jules recognized for their length of service on the WEHA Board of Directors. Picture left to right: Carrie Pohjola, David St. Jules and WEHA President Sonja Dimitrijevic.

Sonja Dimitrijevic recognizing Laura Temke for her service as WEHA President from 2015-2016 .  Pictured left to right: Laura Temke and Sonja Dimitrijevic.

Sonja Dimitrijevic recognizing Laura Temke for her service as WEHA President from 2015-2016 .  Pictured left to right: Laura Temke and Sonja Dimitrijevic.

President
The President shall serve as the official representative of Wisconsin Environmental Health Association.  
Sonja Dimitrijevic, Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
Sonja.Dimitrijevic@wisconsin.gov

President-Elect
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
Mitchell.Lohr@wisconsin.gov

Director
The Director is a voting member of the Board.
Michele Williams, Pierce County Health Department
michele.williams@co.pierce.wi.us
Natalie Vandeveld, Outagamie County Public Health
natalie.vandeveld@outagamie.org

District Vice-Presidents
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
tdrew@ci.menasha.wi.us

Northwest Vice President
Carol Drury - La Crosse County Health Department
cdrury@lacrossecounty.org

Southeast Vice President
Lindy Wiedmeyer, City of Milwaukee Health Department
LWIEDM@milwaukee.gov

Southwest Vice President
Arthur Ness - Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
Arthur.Ness@wisconsin.gov

Director-at-Large
The Director-at-Large shall serve as parliamentarian for the Board of Directors.
Laura Temke, West Allis Health Department
ltemke@westalliswi.gov

Treasurer
The Treasurer shall have charge of all funds of the Association.  
Brian Hobbs, Polk County Health Department
BrianH@co.polk.wi.us

Secretary
The Secretary shall keep minutes of the meetings.  
Trista Groth, Outagamie County Public Health
trista.groth@outagamie.org 


Committees

Nominations
This committee, that is Chaired by the Immediate Past President and consist of at least 3 members, shall conduct the WEHA Board of Directors election.
Chair: Trista Groth, Outagamie County Public Health

Membership
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: Ian Wetzel, Outagamie County Public Health

Education
This committee consists of the President Elect and at least six members. The Chair of the committee is selected by the President. The responsibilities of this committee is to develop and sponsor educational seminars 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: DeAnna Simerly, Waukesha County Health Department

Joint Educational Conference
This committee shall consist of the President-Elect and at least one other member of the Association. Their purpose is to represent the organization and collaborate with partner associations for the annual Joint Educational Conference. 
Chair: Laura Temke, West Allis Health Department

Legislative
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

Awards
The Awards Committee shall consist of five members who have been recipients of the WEHA Environmental Health Sanitarian of the Year Award. The committee assists in the nomination of a candidate for the WEHA Environmental Health Professional of the Year Award and WEHA Scholarships. 
Chair: Natalie Vandeveld, Outagamie County Public Health

Leadership
The Leadership Committee shall consist of the five most recent recipients of the Leadership Award. The committee assists in the selection of recipient of the Leadership Award and stipends.
Chair: Natalie Vandeveld, Outagamie County Public Health

Publicity
This five member committee, chaired by the editor of WEHA News, shall include the four District Vice-Presidents. This committee shall furnish information about newsworthy events for the publication in WEHA News, which shall be published at least quarterly.
Chair: Natalie Vandeveld, Outagamie County Public Health

Finance
This three member committee, with a chairperson appointed by the President, shall be responsible to devise ways and means of raising funds for the operation of WEHA.
Chair: Brad Simerly – North Shore Health Department