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Board of Scientific Counselors

BSC Membership

The key role of the members of the Board of Scientific Counselors (“Board”), NCEH/ATSDR is to provide advice and guidance to the Secretary, HHS, the Director, CDC and the Director, NCEH/ATSDR. Their advice and guidance is with regard to program goals, objectives, strategies, and priorities to fulfill the agencies' mission to protect and promote people's health.

The BSC consists of 16 voting members and four non-voting federal expert members. NCEH/ATSDR recruits nominees through announcements they publish in the Federal Register, and through recommendations from BSC members and CDC partners and staff. The Department of Health and Human Services selects the BSC members who then serve up to four years. Federal expert members serve as representatives from four federal agencies:

  • Department of Energy
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
  • Environmental Protection Agency

In addition, for the Board to effectively carry out its functions, the Secretary can also select additional officials of the United States Government if necessary.

Occasionally the BSC may establish subcommittees with the approval of the Secretary, HHS, or designee. The BSC will notify the Department Committee Management Officer of the establishment of each subcommittee, and will provide information on its name, membership, function, and estimated frequency of meetings.


Designated Federal Officer


William (Bill) Cibulas, PhD, MS, CAPT
Acting Associate Director for Science, National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
4770 Buford Highway, N.E., MS-F61
Atlanta, Georgia 30341
Phone: 770-488-0662
Email: wic1@cdc.gov

Members


Lisa Alvarez-Cohen, PhD
Fred and Claire Sauer Professor, Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, University of California
760 Davis Hall
Berkeley, California 94720-1710
Phone: 510-643-5969
Email: alvarez@ce.berkeley.edu
Term: 9/6/12 - 6/2/16

Hillary M. Carpenter, PhD
Toxicologist
1766 Lakewood Drive,
Maplewood, Minnesota 55109
Phone: 651-503-3193
Email: hillcarp@yahoo.com
Term: 9/5/2012 - 6/2/2016

Julia M. Gohlke, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health-University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
RPHB 530; 1530 3rd Av. S
Birmingham, Alabama 35294-0022
Phone: 205-934-7060
Email: JGohlke@ms.soph.uab.edu
Term: 5/2/12 - 6/2/16

Rebecca A. Head, PhD, DABT
Lecturer, Eastern Michigan University/Health Planning CEO, RHead & Associates, LLC 910 Edgewood Place
Ann Arbor, MI 48103-4863
Email: rhead@umich.edu
Cell: 734.320.0081
Term: 5/11/12 – 6/2/15

Himanshu Jani, MBA
The Coca-Cola Company Director, Quality Safety & Environment Capability and Development
1 Coca-Cola Plaza
Atlanta, GA 30313
Phone: 404-676-3785
Email: hijani@coca-cola.com
Term: 2/27/14 – 6/02/17

Ewa King, PhD
Associate Director, State Health Laboratories, Rhode Island Department of Health
50 Orms Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02904
Phone: 401-222-1999
Email: Ewa.King@health.ri.gov
Term: 5/1/12 -– 6/2/15

Melissa J. Perry ScD, MHS
Department of Environmental and Occupational Health School of Public Health and Health Services, The George Washington University
2100 M Street, NW, Suite 203A
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: 202-994-1734
Email: melissa.perry@gwumc.edu
Term: 2/3/14 - 6/02/17

Kenneth S. Ramos, MD, PhD
Associate Vice President, Precision Health Sciences, Professor of Medicine, Arizona Health Sciences Center, University of Arizona
1295 North Martin Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85721
Phone: 520-626-8334
E-mail: ksramos@email.arizona.edu
Term: 5/8/12 –- 6/2/15

Sanjay M. Ranchod, J.D.
Assistant General Counsel and Director, Policy and Electricity Markets, SolarCity Corporation
San Mateo, CA 94402
Phone: 650-332-0453
Email: sranchod@solarcity.com
Term: 9/14/12 - 6/2/16

Matthew J Strickland, PhD MPH
Department of Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
1518 Clifton Rd NE
Atlanta GA 30307
Phone: 404-712-8912
Email: mjstric@emory.edu
Term: 2/3/14 - 6/02/17

Phillip L. Williams, PhD
Dean, College of Public Health, University of Georgia, Coverdell Center
Athens, GA 30602-7396
Phone 706-542-0939
Email: pwilliam@uga.edu
Term: 2/6/14 - 6/02/17

Robert O. Wright, MD MPH
Professor of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine, Director, Division of Environmental Health, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
One Gustave Levy Place; Box 1057
New York, NY 10029
Phone: 212-824-7035
Email: robert.wright@mssm.edu
Term: 11/12/12 – 6/2/16

Federal Experts


John A. Decker, CIH, RPh
Senior Scientist, Office of the Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health , Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Road, MS E-20
Atlanta, Georgia 30333
Phone: 404-498-2582
E-mail: jad4@cdc.gov

Bonnie S. Richter, MPH, PhD
Senior Epidemiologist, Office of Health and Safety. HS-13, US Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave, SW
Washington, DC 20585
Phone: 301 903-4501
FAX: 301 903-4501
E-mail: bonnie.richter@eh.doe.gov

Kristina Thayer, Ph.D.
Director, NTP Center for the Evaluation of Risks to Human Reproduction (CERHR), NIEHS/NTP
530 Davis Drive
Room 2154/Mail Drop K2-04
Morrisville, North Carolina 27560
Phone: 919-541-5021
E-mail: thayer@niehs.nih.gov

Hal Zenick, PhD
Director, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, MD B305-01, United States Environmental Protection Agency
86 Alexander Drive
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711
Phone: (919) 541-2281
E-mail: zenick.hal@epa.gov

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