Board of Directors

The Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs (AEHAP) was formed in 1999 to address a severe workforce shortage of environmental health professionals. AEHAP works to increase the environmental health workforce by promoting and supporting environmental health science degree programs accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC). Current lists of accredited Undergraduate and Graduate Environmental Health Degree Programs can be found at the following links - Undergraduate and Graduate.

AEHAP serves as an advocate for environmental health education with policy makers about the value of investing resources into environmental health academic programs. AEHAP also supports EH program faculty with new information about environmental health, keeping our community informed of new developments that could enhance student learning experiences.

Dr. Benjamin Ryan of Baylor University (TX)

President (One-year term July 2021 to July 2022)

BIO: Dr. Ben Ryan is a Clinical Associate Professor of Environmental Health Science at Baylor University. In this role he engages in research, teaching, coordinating off campus practicums, mentoring students, and working with multidisciplinary teams of specialists and stakeholders at local, national, and international levels. Dr. Ryan actively engages professional organizations and agencies such as the National Environmental Health Association, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and World Health Organization. He is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist and has led workshops, research, teaching (undergraduate, post-graduate and executive levels), and operational activities in the private, not-for-profit and government sectors in the Indo-Pacific, Europe, and North America. Dr. Ryan has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles, guidelines, edited books, book chapters and conducted media interviews. His field experience includes environmental health assessments in urban and rural settings, responses to natural disasters and disease outbreaks, managing projects in Indigenous communities and facilitating health services for asylum seekers.

Dr. Kimberlee Hall of Western Carolina University (NC)

Past-President (One-year term July 2021 to July 2022)

BIO: Dr. Kimberlee Hall is an Associate Professor in the Environmental Health Program in the School of Health Sciences at Western Carolina University where she instructs a variety of core courses in the program curriculum. Additionally, Dr. Hall instructs several environmental and public health courses within WCU’s Liberal Studies program in an effort to recruit students to the environmental health program and profession. Dr. Hall actively engages undergraduate students in her research agenda which involves the evaluation, development, and assessment modeling of fecal pollution and source indicators in surface water for the development of microbial risk assessment models.

External to WCU, Dr. Hall is an Adjunct Professor in the environmental Health Sciences Program at East Tennessee State University and has served as a content developer and instructor for the National Environmental Health Association’s REHS/RS review courses. She received her bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Environmental biology from Appalachian State University and her Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences from East Tennessee State University.

Dr. Kim Lichtveld of University of Findlay (OH)

President-Elect (One-year term July 2021 to July 2022)

BIO: Dr. Kim Lichtveld is an Assistant Professor and Chair in the Department of Environmental, Safety and Occupational Health Management. She received her BA in Biology from Agnes Scott College, Masters in Public Health from UNC-Chapel Hill, and PhD in Atmospheric Chemistry and Toxicology from UNC-Chapel Hill. Dr. Lichtveld did a post-doc at the US EPA looking at childhood obesity and the myriad of factors related to this global epidemic. The second area of focused research, being conducted at The University of Findlay, investigates the ways in which gas-phase chemistry (indoor and outdoor environments) impacts the toxicity and mechanisms of action for exposures to both individual chemicals and mixtures of chemicals in the air. Through these experiments components and characteristics will be identifying of the multi-pollutant, airborne mixtures, and their influence on human health.

Geraldine Riouff of Western Carolina University (NC)

Treasurer (Interim Aug. 2021 to July 2022)

BIO: Geraldine Riouff earned her Bachelor of Environmental Health Science with an emphasis on Occupational Safety and Health and a Masters’ Degree in Project Management from Western Carolina University (WCU). She began her career in the Onsite Water Protection Section of the Jackson County NC Health Department, then moved into the Food, Lodging, and Institution Program. She served the citizens of Jackson County, NC for seventeen years. She is inspired to have a positive impact on students and peers. She assists students in her classes and labs gain the practical experience aligned with the skills needed by environmental health professionals in the workforce today. Geraldine joined the WCU School of Health Sciences in 2019 as an Assistant Professor in the Environmental Health Sciences Department. Geraldine was in the practice of Environmental Health from January 2001 to March of 2019. Her areas of expertise are Food Sanitation, Residential Environments, and Public Health.

Jamie Hisel of Eastern Kentucky University

Secretary (Two-year term July 2021 to July 2023)

BIO: Jamie currently serves as Clinical Faculty in the Environmental Health Science Department and teaches a variety of courses in the program curriculum. She has been with the department for 10 years, serving as the faculty advisor for all EHS students, advisor for the Student Environmental Health Association EKU Chapter (SEHA), and is the lead recruiter for the program. She is a past President and the current Secretary of the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs (AEHAP). She recently received one of EKU’s highest teaching awards - “Critical Reading Teacher of the Year.” She has also received numerous recognitions over the years for “Outstanding Instructor” for First Year Courses. In addition, she is a part-time consultant for an Environmental and Occupational Health consulting group based out of Lexington, KY.

Her research interests include addiction & substance abuse and the environmental impact on our society, particularly pharmaceuticals in our water sources.

Dr. Sean Banaee of Old Dominion University (VA)

Member-at-Large (Three-year term July 2020 to July 2023)

BIO: Dr. Banaee has been practicing Occupational Health and Safety for over twenty years in multiple academic institutions and industries. He received his Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2015. He was granted Dean Outstanding Award from UCLA school of public health. He also earned an Advanced International Degree in Occupational Health from National Institute for Working Life (NIWL), Stockholm, Sweden.

He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and Certified Safety Professional (CSP). Dr. Banaee’s research area is environmental and occupational risk assessment, personal protective equipment permeability, and ergonomics. He has published several papers in peer-reviewed journals and presented at international and national conferences.

Currently, he is serving as Assistant Professor and Program Director for the Environmental and Occupational Health department, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. He is teaching courses as Principles of Environmental Health, Environmental Health Senior Seminar, Environmental Health Field Practices, and Principles of Industrial Hygiene.

Dr. Stephanie Richards of East Carolina University (NC)

Member-at-Large (Three-year term July 2021 to July 2024)

BIO: Stephanie Richards is a Professor in the Environmental Health Sciences program, Department of Health Education and Promotion, College of Health and Human Performance at East Carolina University

(ECU). She is the Graduate Program Director for the MS Environmental Health Program at ECU.  She received a bachelor’s degree (Biology) and a MS Environmental Health from ECU and PhD (Entomology) from North Carolina State University. She completed a post-doctoral position in vector biology/arbovirology at the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory (University of Florida).

Dr. Richards teaches undergraduate (BSEH) and graduate (MSEH, DrPH) courses such as Public Health Pest Management/Vector-Borne Diseases and Environmental Health Program Management. Her research focuses on vector-virus interactions, vector competence, insecticide resistance, mosquito control, and personal protection against pests. Dr. Richards has published 64 peer-reviewed journal articles, one book chapter, and numerous electronic publications. She has mentored dozens of undergraduate/graduate students during her career. 

She is the Editor-in-Chief for the international peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Insights.

Dr. Richards currently serves as Treasurer on the North Carolina Mosquito and Vector Control Association (NCMVCA) Board, with previous appointments as Secretary, Vice-President, and President. She has also served as Vice-President and President for the Mid-Atlantic Mosquito Control Association (nine member states).

Chuck Treser, Executive Director

Following 10 years with a local health department, Chuck was recruited to join the Environmental Health faculty at the University of Washington to lead a project developing a system for assuring the continuing competencies of EH practitioners. At the UW, as a senior lecturer and then principal lecturer, he worked with undergraduate EH students to ensure graduates have a solid educational base for either continuing graduate work or for employment in government, nonprofit, or private organizations. He supervised the internships of undergraduate students at various agencies. His long career has garnered him several lifetime achievement awards including the WSEHA’s Outstanding Sanitarian Award, WSPHA's Tom Drummey Award and the APHA Environment Section's Distinguished Service Award. Since retirement (sort of) as Principal Lecturer Emeritus he remains active serving as the Director of the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs (AEHAP). In this capacity, he represents AEHAP on the Environmental Health & Equity Collaborative and the Nation Environmental Health Partnership Council – two organizations funded by CDC to provide guidance to the National Center for Environmental Health. He is also active in the American Academy of Sanitarians.

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