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The Great Lakes Center of Excellence in Environmental Health

Faculty and Staff

Daniel Hryhorczuk, MD, MPH is the Director of the Center of Excellence in Environmental Health at the University of Illinois School of Public Health. Dr. Hryhorczuk is a Professor in the Departments of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and Epidemiology. Dr. Hryhorczuk is a physician who is board-certified in occupational and environmental medicine and in medical toxicology. He founded the Occupational Health Service Institute and established the Center for Children's Environmental. As director, he successfully led our center in our effort to achieve designation as a World Health Organization Collaborating Center in Occupational and Environmental Health. He is a member of the National Advisory Committee for Occupational Health.

Bernard Turnock, MD, is a Professor in Community Health Sciences and is Director of The Illinois Public Health Preparedness Center, at the heart of which are online training initiatives that will address the need for (1) a basic "Public Health 101" course for all public health workers who lack formal education and training in public health and (2) a more extensive training program based on a framework that emphasizes cross-cutting public health skills for key categories of public health professionals.

Leslie Nickels is the Program Director for Continuing Education and Outreach for the NIOSH ERC and is a lecturer in the Division Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Illinois School of Public Health. She is the Director of Training for the Community of Excellence Program. Ms. Nickels is responsible for the development and implementation of the on-line training modules in environmental health, identify and direct the Environmental Webcast programs, and develop and implement the Environmental response courses.

Peter Scheff, PhD is a Professor in the Division of Environmental and Occupational Science and serve as the Director of the Pilot Research Grants program for the Community of Excellence. Dr. Scheff has over 20 years of experience and has worked extensively with the Illinois Department of Public Health on environmental health problems in local communities.

Salvatore Cali, CIH is the coordinator of our Environmental Health Hazard Evaluation program. He serves as liaison with the Illinois Department of Public Health's Environmental Toxicology Program. Mr. Cali has extensive experience in community based exposure assessment. He conducts lead inspections and risk assessments and is the lead instructor in the lead inspector and risk assessor courses.

Babette Nueberger, JD, MPH is an Associate Dean at UIC SPH and Assistant Professor in the Division of Health Policy Administration. Before coming to the UIC SPH Dr. Nueberger worked on environmental policy for Environmental Protection Agency Region V.

Dr. Colleen Monahan directs the Center for the Advancement of Distance Education. Dr. Monahan develops content for the web, programs and produces web events. In this project she will be actively involved in developing creative solutions that best serve the model under development.

Irene Olyniyk, MPH is the Program Administrator.