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Speakers for July 2007 Webcast: “Healthy Homes and Kids: Making the Connection”


M. Deborah Millette
Epidemiologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

M. Deborah Millette is an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She serves as the Associate Director for Program Development in the Division of Emergency and Environmental Health Services, in CDC's National Center for Environmental Health. She has responsibility for program initiatives and serves as the project officer for the National Healthy Homes Training Center and Network which is part of the Healthy Homes Initiative. She began her career with CDC in 1994 in the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry’ s Division of Health Studies, where she served as a technical project officer and as the Principal Investigator for a study of exposure to dioxin and volatile organic compounds in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. She has presented scientific papers regarding dioxin, community partnerships, communicating scientific results, and Healthy Homes at numerous scientific meetings. Prior to coming to public health, Deb was president of Millette and Associates, a management consulting firm specializing in organizational and human resource development. She began her career as a Testing and a Personnel Specialist for the State of Ohio.


Emily E. Williams
Director, Healthy Homes Division

Emily Williams, Director of HUD’s Healthy Homes Division, has a Master of Science in Physical Chemistry and more than 22 years experience in environmental research programs. Emily has worked with the Healthy Homes program for more than 5 years and has served as Director of this program since 2003. She manages the Healthy Homes Initiative grant program that promotes cost-effective assessment and intervention methods for controlling multiple housing hazards associated with the health of residents, particularly children. In this role, she supervises staff located at HUD Headquarters, as well as in HUD Regions across the country.


Rebecca L. Morley
Executive Director, National Center for Healthy Housing

Rebecca Morley is the executive director of the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) where she leads NCHH’s multi-disciplinary staff in developing and promoting practical methods to protect children from environmental health hazards, while preserving affordable housing. She led the development of the National Healthy Homes Training Center with funding from CDC and spearheaded NCHH’s work in the gulf coast following Hurricane’s Katrina and Rita. She has authored numerous articles and publications on the topic of housing-related health hazards. Before joining NCHH in 2002, Ms. Morley was a senior associate with ICF Consulting in Washington, DC where she advised clients, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and HUD on the development of lead poisoning prevention and healthy homes programs. Before joining ICF, Ms. Morley worked with HUD in a variety of posts, including the Office of the Secretary, the Office of Public Affairs, and the Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control. During her tenure at HUD, she was responsible for developing lead paint regulations and developing and overseeing children’s environmental health projects. She served on the President’s Task Force for Children’s Environmental Health Safety and contributed to HUD’s preliminary health homes initiative plan and strategic plan to eliminate childhood lead poisoning by 2010. She designed and implemented a national multi-million dollar healthy homes education campaign focused on injury prevention. Ms. Morley also served as a legislative fellow to U.S. Senator Jack Reed where she authored key components of the Kennedy Health Bill related to childhood lead poisoning and helped to establish a national childhood lead poisoning prevention week through a Senate resolution.


Paul Haan
Project Manager, Get the Lead Out!

Paul Haan has served as the Project Coordinator for the successful Get the Lead Out! project since 2001 and is leading efforts to broaden local capacity to address other children’s environmental health concerns in housing as the Executive Director of the newly formed Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan, an outgrowth of Get the Lead Out!. Mr. Haan was responsible for coordinating and supporting the activities of twenty-two partner organizations as the Project Coordinator for Get the Lead Out! His activities focused upon collaborative program design, resource development, capacity building, and project evaluation and improvement. Mr. Haan is a graduate of Calvin College (BA in philosophy, communications, and English with post-baccalaureate secondary education degree). He has worked extensively in community organizations and non-profit management in west Michigan since 1988. Mr. Haan currently serves as co-chair of the Michigan Lead Safe Partnership and as a member of the following groups: GVSU Kirkhof College of Nursing Community Advisory Committee, Spectrum Health – Healthier Communities Urban Health Advisory, United Growth Coalition of Kent County, the West Michigan Environmental Action Council, and the Dyer-Ives Foundation Contributions Committee. Mr. Haan was recognized as one of two “Governor’s Hometown Health Heroes” by the Michigan Department of Community Health in 2004. Get the Lead Out! received an Children’s Environmental Health Excellence award in 2006.


Karen L. Meyerson
RN, BSN, AE-C Manager, Asthma Network of West Michigan

Karen L. Meyerson is Manager of the Asthma Network of West Michigan, the asthma coalition serving West Michigan. A certified asthma educator, she supervises a staff of asthma educators and a medical social worker providing intensive case management services for low-income children and adults with moderate to severe asthma. She also serves on the Asthma Network’s Speaker’s Bureau and has lectured extensively on asthma for both professional and lay audiences. Karen has been appointed as Clinical Adjunct Faculty in the Kirkhof College Nursing, Grand Valley State University, and is currently enrolled in Grand Valley’s Master of Science in Nursing program (with graduation anticipated in August 2007). In addition, Karen serves on the Michigan Department of Community Health-sponsored Michigan Asthma Advisory Committee, the Michigan Pediatric Asthma Mortality Review Panel, the Michigan Consortium of Asthma Coalitions Steering Team, and was elected to the National Asthma Educator Certification Board, where she serves as Vice-Chair.


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