Certified Environmental Health Professional in Food Protection. Trained in the Arbovirus Surveillance Specimen Collection program for West Nile and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Ability to grasp new ideas and integrate them into desired results. Able to handle challenges, with proven history of increased productivity. Combine patience, determination, and persistence to troubleshoot client issues. Confident, articulate, and professional speaking abilities (and experience). Strongly committed to team building and staff development. Proficient in using technology to enhance data and information management. Enjoy working as a team member as well as independently. Proven adaptability to differing cultural and business environments. Utilize strong levels of management skills and leadership abilities. Able to analyze detailed information, formulate decisions quickly and implement them effectively. Proficient in Word, Excel, Windows and Macintosh Applications with basic knowledge in EpiInfo, Essence and Merlin surveillance system data programs. Experience with Merlin (Registry System) and Essence (Florida Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-based epidemics).
Florida Department of HealthWest Palm Beach, FLEnvironmental Health Specialist II01/2007 to 05/2015
Division of Environmental Public Health) 40 hrs/wk Serves as Lead Investigator or primary coordinator in an outbreak investigation Facilitates, plans, develops and conducts the steps in an epidemiologic outbreak investigation, surveillance and interventions limited in scope and /or complexity to determine the cause of disease and implement methods of disease control Performs food related complaints, sanitary nuisance complaints and investigations of food borne illnesses by identifying contaminated food sources and removing it from the market place to prevent the occurrence of further illness Prepares epidemiologic/foodborne illness reports Perform Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) investigation, if needed Coordinate with the LHD Infection Control Nurse, Epidemiologist or Medical Investigator results of investigations and serves as point of contact for regulated facilities Performs inspections and enforces the provision of the State and local health codes pertaining to food, water, housing, solid waste disposal and management services to the private and public sector Supervises, performs and trains new Environmental Health Specialists and intern medical residency students to conduct site inspections of various establishments and facilities such as Restaurants, Mobile Home Parks, Migrant Labor Camps, Child Care, Residential Facilities, Foster Homes, Sober Houses, Assisted Living Facilities, Hospitals, Nursing homes and other regulated facilities and related food services.
Provides supervision, consultation and cross trains environmental staff in other divisions Collects water samples, well water samples and food samples at businesses/homes and other sources for laboratory analysis Investigates fly, mosquito and other insect nuisances and infestations including and determining the source of the vector problem and making recommendations for abatement Advises food handlers of proper food handling techniques and trainings Reviews and approves facility plans of new and remodeled food or facility establishments Reviews license applications and issue or deny state licenses/permits to businesses based on compliance or non- compliance Interprets and explains the significance of local, state, and public health laws Issues abatement and warning notices for enforcement while conferring with local and state officials on sanitation problems Collects and interprets data and information from a variety of sources and prepares recommendations accordingly Writes reports, correspondences, findings of investigations and updates the Environmental Data Set making recommendations for correction or legal action Serves as expert witness at conferences, hearings and court Completes project documentations and performs all duties pertaining to catching, holding and drawing blood from chicken flocks for the Arbovirus Surveillance Program to check for West Nile and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.
Works independently or as team player Performs various duties in support of section operations Certified in Hazardous Waste Management and Operations (Hazwoper) Trained in Emergency Preparedness.
Volusia County Health DepartmentDaytona Beach, FLIntern01/2006 to 06/2006
40 hrs/wk Collected and tested samples of water, sewage and other sources for laboratory analysis Responsible for conducting safety inspections on public swimming pools throughout the county and reviewed public pool plans as needed Trained and worked in other program areas within the Health Department such as Water Survey, Onsite Sewage and Treatment Disposal, Indoor and Outdoor Air Pollution, Biomedical and Hazardous Waste.
Inspected a variety of entities for compliance with various legal codes governing sanitary conditions Maintained state records according to state policies Prepared and made presentations Accessed state recording system to record manage time and workload.
J & K Clothes Care CenterMacon, GACo-Owner01/2002 to 01/2006
Responsible for the day to day operations of the business Set up and monitored work schedules each week for employees Provided quality customer services and clothing care to the community Managed a staff of 4-6 workers on a daily basis to provide quality clothing care to the community Planned, evaluated and conducted business promotions for the business within the community Kept accurate financial records Conducted annual and yearly evaluations of the employees.
Department of Family and Children ServicesMilledgeville/Twiggs, GAFoster Care/Placement Worker01/2000 to 01/2002
40+ hrs/wk Selected, removed and placed child(ren) in a suitable home or other placement options Worked along with birth families on meeting case plan goals for reunification or other plans for child Monitored reunification plans with parents on a daily basis to produce a positive outcome and completion Set up doctor appointment and visits for children on caseload Supported foster parents in their role as agency partners in providing care for child(ren) Prepared, presented cases and kept courts informed of the status of cases on caseload Maintained caseload records and files according to state rules, policies and regulations Planned and organized parental visits with children on site at the office or at another designated pre-approved location Maintained a caseload of 300-400 cases.
Total Renal Care, IncMacon, GAPatient Care Technician/Dialysis Technician01/1999 to 01/2000
40 hrs/wk Set up and monitored dialysis machines and systems, observed machines and RO water system for correct functioning and Managed and fixed reuse equipment needed to clean dialyzers of patients for reuse Provided chronic hemodialysis therapy; recommended a dialysis plan for ultra-filtration to a Registered Nurse, initiated dialysis via approved access, observed all safety measures and monitored patient's vital signs applicable to critically ill patients Responded to visual and audible alarms and made appropriate adjustments before, during and after the dialysis treatment Obtained blood samples, culture specimens and reviewed dialysis treatment.
Bachelor of Science Degree:Biology1999Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville, GeorgiaBiology
Master of Public Health Degree:Environmental Health and SciencesFort Valley State University, Fort Valley, GeorgiaEnvironmental Health and Sciences
Doctor of Public Health DegreeCapella University, Minneapolis, MinnesotaTraining: Completed numerous courses and seminars in customer service, compliance, food borne illness investigations, enforcement, time management, leadership, performance assessment, food safety and FEMA National Incident Management System.