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In the Spotlight 2018

Lydia Zweimiller is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS), Certified Professional-Food Safety, and Certified Pool Operator currently working as Environmental Health Supervisor at the Alexandria Health Department (AHD). Previously, she spent several years at the Charles County Department of Health in Maryland as a generalist environmental health specialist after receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. In her role as supervisor, she uses her skillset to enhance public health in the community not just by managing a team of regulators, but by regular interaction with industry partners, community partners, and other City departments and programs. Lydia regularly participates in continuing education both in leadership and environmental health to enhance her knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although she has only been supervisor for a short time, her constant dedication to becoming a better leader and advancing the AHD Environmental Health Specialists has helped their program to develop and grow.

Lydia uses her motivation to encourage her employees and peers to excel as well. She has participated on three different committees at AHD, and has used those experiences to help aid the organization in meeting its vision, mission and values. For example, she volunteered to co-chair the Employee Relations Committee where she created and served as editor of an employee newsletter. While on the Incident

Lydia Zweimiller, REHS

Environmental Health Supervisor

Alexandria Health Department,

Environmental Health Division

In the Spotlight highlights a NCAEHA member and Environmental Health professional in the DC, MD, VA region, while highlighting their accomplishments and background. If you would like to nominate an individual or group, please email NCAEHA.DOC@gmail.com with the name, organization, and their contact information.

In the Spotlight was last updated on: March 27, 2018

Management Team, she often volunteered to participate in drills and exercises that improved AHD's emergency preparedness. Furthermore, she served as Secretary, Vice President of Membership and Vice President of Education for the AHD Toastmasters Club which has aided AHD in developing professionally and personally.

Lydia is engaged in professional associations for environmental health as well. In 2014, she won the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) Sabbatical Exchange Ambassador Award. She used this award to visit the United Kingdom to study differences in requirements and practices for hand washing and glove use. From this experience, she wrote an article that was published in the Journal of Environmental Health. She has also presented at several NEHA Annual Education Conferences on the topics of food safety and aquatic health. Ms. Zweimiller is also involved in the National Capitol Area Environmental Health Association. She has aided NCAEHA representatives in planning educational conferences in Alexandria and has presented on the topic of food safety.

In addition to these professional achievements, Lydia is currently working towards earning her Master’s Degree in Public Health in order to broaden her knowledge and skills. She has also recently accepted a new position as a Safety and Occupational Health Specialist with the Architect of the Capitol where she hopes to continue to develop her skills in environmental and occupational health. Her knowledge of and passion for environmental health and public health continue to motivate her to make a difference in her professional environmental and the community that she serves.