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Meet the Board Members

Our Board of Directors is comprised of volunteers from Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland. If you are interested in participating on the board, please send an e-mail to NCAEHA.President@gmail.com. Minimal volunteering opportunities are also available. Inquire us about Board Committees!

Kristen Pybus, MPA, REHS/RS, CP-FS



Fairfax County Health Department


Kristen (Kris) Pybus graduated from James Madison University with a BS in Health Sciences and a minor in Nutrition. She received her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from George Mason University. Kris’s career in Environmental Health began with the Fairfax County Health Department (HD) in 2003. In 2006, she transitioned to Arlington County as an Environmental Health Specialist (EHS) where she reviewed plans for new establishments and performed food and recreational water facility inspections. In, 2013, Kris became Arlington County’s Senior Environmental Health Specialist responsible for standardization of 8 staff and the Quality Assurance program.


Presently, she has returned to the Fairfax County HD as an EHS II and District Standardization Officer. Kris has been a member of NCAEHA since 2003 and previously held the NCAEHA positions of secretary, Virginia Representative and VP of Programs & Professional Advancement. She maintains NEHA’s CP-FS and REHS/RS credentials. 


Fairfax County Health Department

Allison Olguin

Vice President of Programs

and Professional Advancement

Allison Olguin obtained a BS in Environmental Science from Washington State University in 2000, and has a variety of different professional experiences in Environmental Health. Over the course of her career, she has worked in the Virology section of the Utah State Health Lab in Salt Lake City, in a water quality lab at the Centennial Water and Sanitation District in Colorado, as an Environmental Specialist for the Florida Department of Health, and finally, as a middle school science teacher in Virginia.

Nicole Biala Gragasin, REHS

Vice President of Membership


Fairfax County Health Department

Nicole Biala is an Environmental Health Specialist II for the Fairfax County Health Department. Originally from California, Nicole graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Sciences with an option in Community Health from California State University, Long Beach. Nicole began her career in 2013 with Fairfax County as an Environmental Health Technician for the OS&W section conducting recreational water facility inspections and private well water inspections. She soon advanced on to become an Environmental Health Specialist II where she gained further experience in food safety, hotel, and child care inspections for the Consumer Protection Program. In addition, Nicole continues to develop her career as she has recently joined the Plan Review team where duties include approval of plans for new and emerging restaurants.


Nicole has served on multiple notable committees within the Health Department including the Active Managerial Control team, EH IT team, the Health Department’s Customer Service team and has taken part with NACCHO mentoring. Furthermore, she is an active general member with NEHA and maintains the NEHA REHS/RS credential. Nicole has been a part of the NCAEHA as a general member since 2014.


Arlington County Public Health Division

Julia Balsley, REHS/RS, CP-FS


Julia Balsley graduated from Salisbury University in 1998 with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Environmental Health. That summer she began her career as an Environmental Sanitarian with the State of Maryland for the Anne Arundel County Health Department in the Community & Housing Protection Program. In 2001 she became an Environmental Health Specialist with Arlington County's Public Health Division. In the Environmental Health Program she performs food, hotel and water recreational facility inspections. She leads the Water Recreation Facilities Program and reviews architectural plans of all these establishments for code requirements.


Julia first joined NCAEHA in 2000. She has served as the Virginia Representative and has sat on the Awards Committee. She maintains NEHA's REHS/RS and CP-FS credentials and us has a Lead Risk Assessor License from the Commonwealth of Virginia. In 2015 she was presented the Jerrold M. Michael Award in recognition of her dedicated service to Environmental Health.

Victoria Griffith



Griffith Safety Group

Victoria Griffith is the Vice President of Quality Assurance and Purchasing for the Farmers Restaurant Group. She oversees all the health, safety and quality systems for the restaurants as well as oversight of all purchasing for the growing farmer owned group. Prior to coming to Farmers Restaurant Group she was Founder and President of Griffith Safety Group based out of Georgetown in Washington DC. Her company helped support many local chefs and restaurant groups with her signature client being Jose Andres’ Think Food Group. For two years she served as the Food Safety Advisor to Cambro© out of California. Her Bachelor of Science in Food Marketing and Distribution Processes is from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. Victoria is active in the community with a goal of building public private partnerships for the advancement of food safety in the hopitality industry in the Nation’s Capital. She has proudly supported the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington for 20 years as well as the National Capital Area Environmental Health Association where she has held the offices of President and CEO, Vice President, Industry Liaison and is currently a first term treasurer. Victoria is internationally recognized for her work and commitment to hand washing with the Hand Washing Olympics Competition the she created during her 16 year tenure at the Clyde’s Restaurant Group. This competition has been recognized multiple times by the FDA as a best practice for reducing the risk factors in the industry.


In January 2009, one of her career highlights was to be contracted as the food safety liaison for the catering company that provided all the food for President Obama’s Inauguration Commander in Chief Ball. Victoria resides in Northern Virginia with her husband Michael and their dog, Evie.

Lanita Carpenter

Washington DC Representative

Lanita is a sanitarian with the District of Columbia Department of Health’s Food Safety & Hygiene Inspection services Division (FSHISD). She is originally from Orlando, Florida, where she enlisted into the US Air Force as a Public Health Technician, conducting food safety inspections and doing public health work abroad and stateside for 7 years. She obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Sciences with a concentration in Environmental health Studies from Trident University. Lanita comes with a wealth of experience as a Virginia Department of Health standardized Environmental Health Specialist previously serving Arlington, County Virginia. 

Erin Miller, MPH, CP-FS

Virginia Representative


Alexandria Health Department

Erin Miller graduated from Western Carolina University with a BS in Environmental Health in 2007 and earned her Master’s in Public Health from Florida International University in 2009. In 2008, Erin started her Environmental Health career with the Miami-Dade Health Department in the Food & Group Care program.  In 2010, she started working as a Senior Environmental Health Specialist with the Alexandria Health Department conducting food safety and aquatic health inspections. During her time in Alexandria, Erin has been has been responsible for a variety of projects within the department including: the coordination of staff and permits for temporary events, plan reviews, change of ownerships and training of staff.


Erin has been a member of NCAEHA since 2010. She currently holds NEHA’s CP-FS credential and NSPF’s CPO credential.

Austyn Ries, CP-FS

Director of Communications


Fairfax County Health Department

Austyn graduated with a B.S. in Community Health with a concentration in Nutrition from George Mason University in 2016. She has previously worked as an Environmental Technician in Fairfax County Health Department’s Disease Carrying Insects Program (DCIP) where she conducted trapping and surveillance of mosquitoes and ticks, as well as obtained a Pesticide Applicator License to conduct inspection and larvicide of stormwater ponds throughout the county. She has since joined the department’s Consumer Protection Program as an Environmental Health Specialist II, conducting various environmental safety inspections including food, pools, hotels, and childcare facilities since January 2017. She has garnered experience in email marketing and communications throughout her career and looks forward to working and learning with the NCAEHA team.

In her free time, she enjoys traveling and hiking with a most recent trip to Ireland and spending time with her friends, family, and puppy.


Legal Sea Foods, LLC

Jeanine Flaherty, MPH

Industry Liaison

Jeanine Flaherty has a B.S. in Community Health from University of Massachusetts and holds a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Social and Behavioral Health from Boston University School of Public Health. She has over 20 years of experience in the health field in various professional capacities. This includes working in research at Massachusetts General Hospital, working in the regulatory arena for many years, as an advisor and consultant for numerous municipalities as well as private clients, and experience in the private sector in retail food and food manufacturing. She was the Executive Director of Public Health for the City of Taunton, Massachusetts for 10 years. During this time she also studied at Northeastern University graduate school in the areas of vaccine management and emergency preparedness. She served as an Executive Board Member for the Massachusetts Environmental Health Association for 11 years. In 1997, she was acknowledged for assisting in drafting the Foodborne Illness Investigation and Control Reference Manual for Massachusetts Department of Public Health. As a private consultant for 8 years, she advised and provided services for over 20 municipalities as well as private sector clients.


Jeanine joined Legal Sea Foods, LLC, as Director of Quality Assurance and Food Safety in February of 2015, overseeing food safety and quality assurance for the manufacturing plant and all restaurants, as well as leading the in house laboratory. In 2016 she successfully led the company through a Global Food Safety Initiative certification. She now holds the position of Executive Director of Food Safety, Quality and Regulatory Compliance at the company.  Jeanine is passionate about food safety and is very active in the retail food and food manufacturing industry, academia and the regulatory arena.

Amanda Losardo, MPH, REHS

Communications Assistant


Prince George's County Health Department

Amanda Losardo graduated from The State University of New York College at Oneonta in 2014 with a BS in Human Biology. She earned her Master of Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology from George Mason University in 2017. Amanda started her career in environmental health working as an Environmental Technician in the Disease Carrying Insects Program (DCIP) at the Fairfax County Health Department. Amanda then interned at the United States Environmental Protection Agency and worked on a wide variety of projects, including but not limited to, pesticides, asbestos, air quality, and drinking water. After her internship, Amanda was hired as an Environmental Technician with the Onsite Sewage and Water Program at the Fairfax County Health Department. She then moved on to food inspections by working as an Environmental Health Specialist in the Food Protection Program for the Prince George's County Health Department.


Amanda currently works as an Environmental Health Specialist in the Food Protection Program for the Alexandria Health Department. She has worked in many different areas of environmental health and recently earned her REHS. Amanda currently resides in Alexandria, VA and enjoys cooking and spending time with her corgi, Finn.