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Publication: Journal of Environmental Health
Date published:
Language: English
PMID: 23855
ISSN: 00220892
Journal code: PENV

The National Environmental Health Association elects its leaders through a ballot that goes to all active and life members prior to the annual conference. Among other things, the ballot features the election for the position of NEHA second vice president. The person elected begins a five-year commitment to NEHA that involves advancing each year to a different national office, eventually to become NEHAs president.

Election policies specify that profiles for the second vice president be limited to 800 words in total length. If a candidate's profile exceeds that limit, the policy requires that the profile is terminated at the last sentence before the 800-word limit is exceeded. In addition, the submitted profiles have not been grammatically edited, but presented as submitted and within the 800-word limitation. This year, NEHA presents one candidate for the second vice president office.

David E. Riggs, REHS/RS, MS

David Riggs graduated from Ferris State University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health and received his Masters in Science from Eastern Michigan University. Dave has pursued a career in Environmental Health for over 40 years. He first worked as the Senior Environmental Health Specialist for the Ann Arbor- Washtenaw County Health Department in Ann Arbor Michigan while he completed his Masters Degree. Upon completion of his graduate degree work, he moved with his family to Prineville, Oregon where he served for 13 years as Public Health Administrator for the Crook County Health Department. During that time he developed programs in environmental health, community health and mental health services. Dave then moved to Longview, Washington where he spent 12 years as the Director of the Environmental Health Division for Cowlitz County. He then served as Vocational Training Manager for Tongue Point Job Corps Center where he was responsible for 580 residential students in 17 vocations and high school and GED programs and nearly 50 employees in 12 unions. Dave then served in Wahkiakum County for 8 lfi years as the Environmental Health, Safety, and Water Laboratory Coordinator. Finally, he was the Public Health Administrator and Environmental Services Director for the Columbia County Health Department.

Dave has been active both professionally and in his community. He is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist in Washington, Oregon, and NEHA. He has been a Professional Member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, Region 1 Vice-President (Washington, Oregon, Idaho & Alaska) for the National Environmental Health Association, Past Chairman of the National Conference of Local Environmental Health Administrators, Past President of the Oregon Environmental Health Association, and Executive Board Member of the Washington State Environmental Health Association. Dave has received numerous state and national commendations both for this leadership in Public Health Management and Environmental Health Service. Dave is active in the Elks serving as District Chairman for the "Hoop Shoot" Contest in which over 1600 young people from 8 to 13 years old participated in the south district last year. He also belongs to the Eagles Club and is active in his church.

Dave, and his wife June, have 4 children and 6 grandchildren who all reside in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska.


James J. Balsamo, Jr., MS, MPH, MHA, RS, CP-FS

Métairie, LA

LeGrande G. Beatson, Jr., MS, REHS

Lynchburg, VA

Vickie L. Church, MPA, REHS

San Diego, CA

Elwin B. Coll, RS

Ray, Ml

Elliott Faison, Jr.

Lanham, MD

Heather Gallant

Sandwich, MA

Carolyn H. Harvey, PhD

Richmond, KY

Alan R. Heck, RS

Columbia, MD

John S. Horvath, REHS

Snellville, GA

Dion L. Lerman

Philadelphia, PA

Richard McCutcheon

Centennial, CO

Lloyd W. Mitchell, III, RS, MPH, PhD

Spanaway, WA

Richard W. Mitzelfelt


Wendell A. Moore, RS, REHS, DAAS, HQDA

Bowie, MD

George Morris, RS


Richard E. Pierce

Wilkes Barre, PA

Edward H. Rau, RS, MS, CHSP

Frederick, MD

B. Robert Rothenhoefer, II, RS, REHS, CP-FS

Falls Church, VA

James M. Speckhart, MS

Norfolk, VA

Elizabeth Tennant

Seattle, WA

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