President, Term 2020-2023

Josh Skeggs,
Tri-County Health Department

Josh started his public health career by obtaining a B.S. in Public Health from the University of Colorado Denver before starting at Tri-County Health Department as an Environmental Health Specialist. Josh remained a part of the consumer protection program for over 4 years before becoming a Plan Review Specialist and Food Program Enforcement Specialist. Josh has been a member of the Colorado Environmental Health Association Board since 2018. In his free time he enjoys hiking and camping throughout Colorado, reading a myriad of fiction and non-fiction novels, and playing board and video games with friends.

Past President, Term 2019-2022

Keith Seimsen,

President Elect, Term 2021-2024

Conner Gerken,
Northeast Colorado Health Department

My name is Conner Gerken.  I was born and raised in Fort Morgan, Colorado.  I graduated from Fort Morgan High School in May of 2012.  I attended Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado and received my bachelor’s degree in biology in December of 2016. While attend school I worked numerous jobs in the healthcare field.  I worked at Eben-Ezer Lutheran Care Center in Brush as a CNA, Home Care of the Grand Valley in Grand Junction as a CNA, and at Community Hospital in Grand Junction as a surgical aide.  After graduating from CMU I worked as a service member for AmeriCorps doing after school science programs for children from low income households.  In June of 2017 I was hired as an Environmental Health Specialist at the Northeastern Colorado Health Department and have been in love with EH ever since.  I have served as             the northeast representative for the CEHA board as an interim until I was voted in at the AEC in 2018. I                                            was chair for the 2021 AEC.

Treasurer, Term 2021-2022 (appointed by board; requires vote by members for full term)

Laura DeGolier,
Tri-County Health Department

I grew up in the Chicago burbs and moved to Colorado in 1993 right after I graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health. Later, I received my Master’s in Public Health at the University of Denver. I got my start in environmental health as an intern at Summit County and eventually made my way to Tri-County Health Department where I’ve settled in for 27 years assuming various positions including an Environmental Health Specialist, Communicable Disease Control Specialist/Supervisor and now in my current role as an Environmental Health Manager. I enjoy the outdoors whether hiking, stand up paddle boarding, gardening or hanging out on the patio or hammock. I also have a love for genealogy, investigating the past and learning history.     

Secretary, Term 2021-2023

Monica Dupler,
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Monica Dupler is an Environmental Protection Specialist at CDPHE, where she works in the Retail Food Program. Prior to taking on her role at CDPHE, Monica earned a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition with a concentration in Food Safety at Colorado State University – Fort Collins in 2016 before starting her career with the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment from 2018-2021. Monica has a passion for health communications, fermentation science, and gardening

Annual Education Conference Chair, Term 2021-2022

Kelli Powell,

Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment

Kelli is an Environmental Health Specialist with Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment where she primarily works in Retail Food and Marijuana programs. In 2006 she graduated with her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Denver where she went on to explore professions in banking, law enforcement, and liquor and marijuana licensing before taking an interest in public health. Kelli is a Pueblo native with a passion for making the community where she lives and works a healthy and thriving environment. Kelli joined the Annual Education Conference (AEC) Planning Committee in 2021 and is excited to fulfill her new role as AEC Chair in 2021-2022. In her free time she enjoys photography, hiking, exploring all that colorful Colorado has to offer, cooking and baking, and spending quality time with friends and family.

Northeast Representative Term 2022 (appointed by board; requires vote by members for full term) 

Dan Joseph, 

Weld County Health Department

I am originally from Illinois and ended up moving to Colorado to attend UNC.  I earned a degree in environmental earth science with a minor in environmental studies.   My studies required an internship and I found one with the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment.  Six months after graduating a position opened with Weld and I was hired.  That was 22 years ago!  My entire career has been with Weld, but it has allowed me to hold many different positions at many different levels giving me a lot of knowledge and relationships to draw upon.   I love my new position, but retail food will always be close to my heart.  When I am not working, I love playing sports (racquetball and hockey) and spending time with family and friends.  I have been a member of CEHA for a long time and am happy to be part of the team. 

Southeast Representative, Term 2021-2023

Aaron Chavez,

Huerfano Counties District Health Department

I received a Bachelor of Science from Colorado State University - Ft. Collins, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biological Science in Environmental Health. 

Upon graduation, I moved to Minnesota where I briefly worked for the City of Minneapolis as a health inspector as well as Deli Express and Pillsbury as part of their food safety teams. The bulk of my career (17 years) was spent at Ramsey County (EHS II) as part of the Solid and Hazardous Waste unit where I conducted inspections of factories, hospitals, schools, pre-demolition inspections, and various other industries. I also served as an educator and participated in various outreach activities. My current employment with LA-H involves the inspection of food, childcare, OWTS and marijuana, as well as other duties related to mosquitos, radon, tires and public health nuisances. 

West Slope Representative, Term 2021-2023

Hannah Wynd,

Grand County Public Health

Hannah Wynd is an Environmental Health Specialist at Grand County Public Health overseeing the rather new department of Environmental Health. Previously she was an Environmental Health Specialist at Summit County Public Health beginning in 2017 and worked within food safety, water quality, and air quality. She was raised in Colorado and received her Bachelor of Arts in 2015 from the University of Colorado Boulder double majoring in Environmental Studies and Geography with a specialization in Sustainable Development. Her interest in environmental health lead her to pursue a Master of Public Health from the Colorado School of Public Health Anschutz Medical Campus with a concentration in Global Environmental and Occupational Health in 2016. In addition, she also obtained the REHS credential in 2018. Hannah looks forward to the opportunity to serve Colorado’s environmental health community with providing a focus on the unique and diverse needs of the Western Slope. She loves living in rural Northwestern Colorado with her family and                                            two dogs.

Metropolitan Representative

Vacant- contact if interested in becoming this regions representative

Industry Representative, Term 2021- 2023

Stacey Baker

Lewis Palmer School District 38

Director of Nutrition Services for Lewis-Palmer School District. Worked at Tri-County Health Department previously for 14 years as an Environmental Health specialist and Field Supervisor.

Student Representative, Term 2020-2022

Claire Conkling,

Colorado State University- Fort Collins

I am a third-year student at Colorado State University studying Environmental Public Health with a minor in Food Science and Safety. I chose Environmental Health because I’m passionate about science and helping people.  I’m originally from Fruita, CO and when I’m not doing schoolwork, I love exploring the great outdoors, hanging out with friends, and collecting vinyl records. 

EH Directors Representative

Morgan Hill,

Eagle County Environmental Health

Morgan Hill has been the environmental health manager at Eagle County Public Health and Environment since December 2019. Most of her first year at Eagle County was consumed by pandemic response, but in "normal" times she oversees staff in the retail food, OWTS, childcares and schools programs. She also works in water quality, land use, and climate change. Previously, she worked as an environmental health specialist at Garfield County for eight years and focused primarily on air quality and radon. Morgan has a bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a master's degree in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver. When she's not working Morgan loves to bike, trail run, ski, get out on the river, and hang out with friends!

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