Julia Balsley graduated from Salisbury University in 1998 with a Bachelor 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, Secretary and has sat on the By-Laws, Elections & Awards Committees. She maintains NEHA's REHS/RS credential and 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.
VP of membership/ Director of Communications
Nicole Gragasin, REHS/RS, CPO
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 works simultaneously with the Plan Review team where duties include approval of plans for new and emerging restaurants and first routine inspections.
Nicole has served on multiple notable committees within the Health Department including the Active Managerial Control team, Temporary Food Establishment Committee, EH IT team, the Fairfax Co.'s HD Customer Service team and has 2 Cohort year experience with NACCHO mentoring program. 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 before joining Board as VP of Membership in 2018.
Last but not least, Nicole is the proud developer of this new Membership Platform website which has launched January 2020 :)
VP of programs and professional advancement
Kendra Washington, REHS/RS, CP-FS, CPO
Kendra first began her professional career as a Sanitarian with the Charles County Department of Health in 2014, where she covered various duties including overseeing the Transient Non-Community water sampling program, rabies control, and food safety. From 2016 to 2020 she worked as an Environmental Health Specialist Sr. for the City of Alexandria, covering tourist lodging, aquatic health and food safety. Currently holds a position at the Arlington County Public Health Division as An Environmental Health Specialist. She is a proud graduate of Ohio University, with a bachelor’s degree in environmental health science, and maintains the REHS, CP-FS, CPO and Virginia lead risk assessor certificate.
Washington DC Representative
Lanita Carpenter, MBA
Lanita is a sanitarian with the District of Columbia Department of Health’s Food Safety 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, and her Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in public administration from Strayer University. Lanita comes with a wealth of experience as a Virginia Department of Health standardized Environmental Health Specialist previously serving Arlington, County Virginia.
Joseph Morin, MPA, REHS
Joe began his food safety career as a Veterinary Food Specialist in the US Army between 1992 and 2000. He has worked in local Public Health since 2001, and experience as a Sanitarian, Emergency Preparedness Planner, and a Quality Manager/PHAB Accreditation Coordinator. For the past 6 years, he has worked for Amtrak as a Senior Public Health Specialist for the Central Region and is currently the Senior Manager of Public Health. Joe received his Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science and his Master’s of Public Administration, with a focus in Environmental Policy from Southern Illinois University. He holds environmental health credentials with NEHA and the states of Maryland & Illinois.
amanda Coletti, mph, rehs/rs, CPO
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.
jeanine flaherty, mph
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 Vice President of Quality Assurance 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.
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!