NEHA October 2022 Journal of Environmental Health

October 2022 • Journal of Environmental Health 61 Walter F. Snyder Environmental Health Award CAPT Luis O. Rodriguez, MS, REHS/RS, CP-FS, CPO, DAAS The Snyder Award was created in 1971 in honor of Walter F. Snyder, cofounder and first executive director of NSF. Presented by NSF and NEHA, this award is given annually to individuals who continue Snyder’s legacy through outstanding contributions to environmental and public health. NSF and NEHA are proud to announce that CAPT Luis O. Rodriguez, MS, REHS/RS, CP-FS, CPO, DAAS, is the 2022 recipient of the Walter F. Snyder Environmental Health Award. CAPT Rodriguez is a senior environmental health specialist for the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) assigned to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and has dedicated his career of more than 20 years to safeguarding environmental health and safety. “From improving emergency preparedness to strengthening environmental health programs nationwide, Luis has spent his entire career demonstrating his commitment to improving and protecting public health,” said Pedro Sancha, president and CEO of NSF. “Luis has established an impressive track record of consensus-building and leadership throughout his career in environmental health, both in the U.S. and beyond,” said Dr. David Dyjack, executive director of NEHA. “Most recently, his leadership has been leveraged through a total of four CDC deployments to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic in cruise ships, emergency intake sites, and more. Luis continues to be called on by our nation in recognition of his expertise in environmental health, vessel sanitation, and emergency preparedness and response.” For the past two decades, CAPT Rodriguez has served in fundamental roles addressing environmental hazards and improving environmental health services. In his role at CDC, he leads e—orts to modernize the national environmental health workforce by helping state and local health departments improve the collection, integration, dissemination, and use of data related to environmental health services. Through his extensive work in vessel sanitation, CAPT Rodriguez helped prevent the introduction of acute gastroenteritis into the U.S. from cruise ships sailing from foreign to domestic ports since 2010. He directed more than 3,000 operational and construction inspections, numerous outbreak surveillance and investigations, more than 50 training seminars for cruise ship managers, and served on deployments to address the COVID-19 pandemic. CAPT Rodriguez has received numerous awards for his leadership and commitment to environmental health. He most recently received a USPHS Outstanding Service Medal as well as the National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry’s Excellence in Quantitative Sciences Award. He was also nominated for the USPHS Environmental Health Officer Advisory Committee’s Ted Moran Award. Read the full award press release at www. iation-neha-walter-f-snyder-environmentalhealth-award. SPOKANE, WASHINGTON NEHA Past Presidents Award Michéle Samarya-Timm, MA, HO, MCHES, REHS, DLAAS Each year, the NEHA Past Presidents A—iliate identifies a hero or group of heroes from the profession of environmental health. NEHA Presidential Citations Certificates are given to those individuals who made exemplary impacts on the association during the term of o—ice of the NEHA president. President Roy Kroeger conferred Presidential Citations to the following individuals: For exceptional service to the NEHA-FDA Retail Flexible Funding Model Grant Program: Rance Baker Rosie DeVito Art Johnstone Jaclyn Miller Maribeth Niesen Dr. Manjit (Mike) Randhawa For superior organization and execution in support of the 2021 NEHA o—ice relocation: Steven Dourdis Michael Newman Cole Wilson In recognition of outstanding service and leadership on the NEHA Board of Directors during the last year: Dr. D. Gary Brown In recognition of outstanding service and support during my entire tenure on the NEHA Board of Directors: Ti‹any Gaertner NSF Student Research Scholar Carli Koenig Missouri Southern State University AEHAP, in partnership with NFS, offers a $3,500 internship to one undergraduate student from an EHAC-accredited program. The selected student completes an 8–10-week internship on a research project identified by NSF. Hedgerow So ware CEO Neil Grinwis (le ) and NEHA Past President Dr. Priscilla Oliver (right) presented Michéle Samarya-Timm (middle) with the NEHA Past Presidents Award and honorarium. NEHA President Roy Kroeger announced his Presidential Citations to honor those individuals who made exemplary contributions during his presidency. CAPT Luis Rodriguez graciously accepted the 2022 Walter F. Snyder Environmental Health Award given by NSF and NEHA.