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Nicole Hedeen, MEHA President

Nicole Hedeen is an Epidemiologist with the Minnesota Department of Health and President of the Minnesota Environmental Health Association (MEHA). At the health department she leads outbreak investigations and acts as a liaison between Epidemiologists and Environmental Health Specialists. She is also the food coordinator for the Minnesota Environmental Health Specialist Network. Nicole has been active with MEHA for the last 7 years and has held various board and committee positions within the association. In her free time, Nicole enjoys picking flowers with her 2 year old daughter and taking naps with her 2 month old son!

Sharon Smith, NEHA Region 4 Vice President

Sharon Smith serves as the NEHA Region 4 VP. She works for the Minnesota Department of Health as a regional supervisor in the Drinking Water Protection Section. She received a BS in Microbiology from Iowa State University and has over 30 years of experience in the field of environmental health.

Dr. David Dyjack, NEHA Executive Director

David T. Dyjack, Dr.PH, CIH is Executive Director & CEO of the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), a position he has held since May 2015. He contributes to many national and international advisory committees in public health covering the broad menu of capacity building initiatives inclusive of adult continuing professional education, formal academic degrees, emergency preparedness, informatics, & environmental health.  Under his leadership, NEHA has established a presence in Washington D.C. in support of efforts to influence national policy. Dr. Dyjack earned a doctorate in public health from the University of Michigan, an MSPH from the University of Utah, and is a board certified industrial hygienist (CIH). Return to Conference Schedule