Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

NEHA Second Vice Presidential Candidate Profiles

Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

NEHA Second Vice Presidential Candidate Profiles

Article excerpt

NEHA elects its leaders through a ballot that goes to all active and life members prior to the annual conference. Among other things, the ballot features the election for the position of NEHA second vice president. The person elected to this position begins a five-year commitment to NEHA that involves advancing each year to a different national office, eventually to become NEHAs president.

Election policies specify that profiles for the second vice president be limited to 800 words in total length. If a candidate's profile exceeds that limit, the policy requires that the profile is terminated at the last sentence before the 800-word limit is exceeded. In addition, the submitted profiles have not been grammatically edited, but presented as submitted and within the 800-word limitation. This year, NEHA presents four candidates for the second vice president office. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order as they will appear on the ballot.

Stan Hazan, BSc, MPH, MBA Sr. Director of Science & Regulatory Affairs, NSF International

Dedicated to Environmental Health

During my 25 years at the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF International), I have had the honor of working with, and learning from, four distinguished NEHA Presidents. They set a very high bar for this key leadership position because of their dedication to environmental health and the profession. The next few years will see important strategic, operational and leadership challenges at NEHA, and I believe that my 35 years of private sector environmental health business and management experience can help NEHA meet these challenges head on. I am delighted to have the support of my employer NSF, to serve NEHA in a Board capacity.

My Environmental Health Career

I graduated from the University of Toronto in 1977 with degrees in organic chemistry and biochemistry and started my environmental health career as an analytical chemist. Shifting my focus to the business aspects of environmental laboratories, I returned to the University of Michigan Business School in 1985 to earn an MBA, and soon thereafter, joined NSF. I worked with health departments on standards and certifications of commercial food equipment, municipal water supply products, wastewater systems, plumbing system components, pool and spa equipment, biohazard cabinets and more. My time at NSF helped me to more fully appreciate the breadth and critical role of the Environmental Health professional. It is this appreciation that led me to become more active within NEHA and to successfully pursue an MPH in Environmental Health from the University of Michigan--School of Public Health.

Professional Track Record

At NSF; I have convened diverse stakeholder groups to develop consensus national standards. I have worked with hundreds of manufacturers, government agencies at all levels and many diverse trade and professional associations to develop product certification programs. I have also interacted extensively with regulators and academia to develop, manage and deliver education and training programs, including national and international conferences and webinars. I have worked with regulators both here and abroad to ensure their voices and issues are heard. I have succeeded professionally by listening and responding to the needs of stakeholders; the same qualities and skills I would bring to the 2nd VP position at NEHA.

Leadership

I represent NSF on a variety of technical, scientific and regulatory issues. I serve as Secretary of the NSF Council of Public Health Consultants that oversees all NSF standards. As coordinator for the NSF/WHO Collaborating Center I work to leverage NSF expertise to global health issues pertaining to food, water and indoor environments. As a board member of both the UM SPH Dean's Advisory Board, and the Partnership for Food Safety Education, I provide both business and management perspectives - in environmental health. …

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