Meet IH Heroes Rebecca and Ramone

Rebecca

Hometown: Winter Park, Florida
Alma Maters: University of Central Florida (BS); University of South Florida (MPH, PhD)
Certifications: Epidemiology, CIH, CIC
Interests: Community volunteer work, local theater, travel

After serving in the U.S. Army for four years after high school, Rebecca took advantage of the educational opportunities offered to achieve a college degree. Working for a software developer that specialized in health information technology, she made her first forays into epidemiology. She soon found that she had a knack for data research and a passion for public health, receiving her master’s and doctoral degrees in short order.

An active leader within the AIHA Local Section, Rebecca taught future professionals for several years at UCF before leaving academic life. She is now with a private consulting firm that works in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on a long-term health technology initiative.


 


Ramone

Hometown: Lubbock, Texas
Alma Maters: Texas State University (BS); University of Texas at Austin (PhD)
Certifications: CSP, CET, CIH
Interests: Horseback riding, family camping trips, charity work

Ramone always wanted to be an educator, and started teaching high school science after earning his BS in education from Texas State. In the aftermath of a major hurricane, he and his family helped the community recover from the extensive devastation. Seeing first-hand the lingering health hazards posed by the damage from the mass flooding, Ramone decided to pursue a PhD in Public Health.

Wanting to help safety professionals and first responders be better prepared, he joined a consulting firm that instructs IH professionals in new and emerging technologies. Ramone is now the head of their training division, chairs AIHA’s Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) Committee, and recently contributed to updating AIHA’s body of knowledge on IAQ practices.