Women Leadership of the HPS

As part of the Health Physics Society (HPS) Public Information Committee (PIC) initiative to document and celebrate the women of radiation protection, this section features newly and past elected officers of the HPS Board, chapters, sections, and committees that make the Society function.

We are proud to have them as leaders of the HPS.

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HPS Board

Kendall Berry – Treasurer-Elect (2021–2022)
Elizabeth Brackett – President-Elect Designate (2022)
Shaheen Azim Dewji – Director-Elect (2022)
Kathryn Higley – Director (2020–2023)
Angela Leek – Director-Elect (2022)
Nicole Martinez – Secretary (2021–2023)
Adela Salame-Alfie – Director (2021–2024)
Ali Simpkins – Treasurer (2019–2022)
Jama D. VanHorne-Sealy – Director (2020–2023)
Latha Vasudevan – Director (2019–2022)

HPS Chapters

Christine A. Bullock – Rio Grande Chapter President (2020–2021)
Deirdre Elder – Central Rocky Mountain Chapter President (2013–2015)
Andrea Geyer – Virginia Chapter President (2016–2017)
Sarah H. Goke – Rio Grande Chapter President (2019–2020)
Janet Gutiérrez – State of Texas Chapter President (2012–2013)
Kris Hyatt – Rio Grande Chapter President (2018–2019)

HPS Committees

Lainy Cochran – Membership Committee Chair (2020–2023)
 

HPS Sections

Amanda Anderson – Environmental/Radon Section Past President (2020–2021)
Sara Dumit – Early Career Professionals Section Secretary/Treasurer-Elect (2022–2023)
Lisa Manglass – Environmental/Radon Section President (2019–2022)
Caitlin Root – AIRRS Section Secretary/Treasurer (2020–2023)

Ask the Experts

Emily Caffrey – Ask the Experts Editor in Chief (2019–present)
 

 

HPS Board

Treasurer-Elect Kendall Berry (2021–2022)

Kendall Berry has worked in medical/research radiation safety for 24 years and has worked as a radiation safety officer (RSO) for the last 13 years. She is currently the RSO at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. She served as treasurer of her local HPS chapter, Delaware Valley Society for Radiation Safety, for seven years.

For three years, Kendall was president of the HPS Academic, Industrial, and Research Radiation Safety Section, which is the name that was given to the revitalized RSO Section. Most recently, Kendall served as a member to the HPS Board of Directors for the last three years.

Outside of work and HPS, Kendall enjoys watching her three sons grow into adulthood, photography, and being outside in nature.

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President-Elect Designate Elizabeth Brackett (2022)

Elizabeth Brackett, CHP, is a senior health physicist with the MJW Corporation, where she has spent the past 25 years providing internal dosimetry expertise to a variety of clients and as an instructor for the MJW Occupational Internal Dosimetry course. Currently, her primary role is serving as the principal scientist for internal dosimetry for the contractor team on the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000 (EEOICPA) dose-reconstruction project. Prior to joining MJW, Liz worked at the Yankee Atomic Electric Company Environmental Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Lab, and Martin Marietta Energy Systems.

Liz has a BS in physics from UMass Amherst and an MS in radiological sciences and protection from UMass Lowell. She is a fellow of the HPS and has chaired several professional-society committees. She has also served in a number of leadership positions, including director and secretary of the HPS and director and secretary of the American Academy of Health Physics. She has been a member of multiple working groups for the development of American National Standards (HPS/ANSI) and is currently serving on a National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) committee.

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Director-Elect Shaheen Azim Dewji (2022)

Dr. Shaheen Azim Dewji is an assistant professor in the Nuclear and Radiological Engineering and Medical Physics Programs in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she leads the Radiological Engineering, Detection, and Dosimetry (RED2) Research Laboratory (Twitter: @DewjiRED2). Prior, Shaheen was a faculty member in Department of Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&M University and a faculty fellow of the Center for Nuclear Security Science and Policy Initiatives. In her preceding role at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Shaheen was radiological scientist in the Center for Radiation Protection Knowledge and nondestructive assay engineer in the Safeguards and Security Technology Group. Her recent research has included assessment of patient release criteria for nuclear medicine patients, as well as development of dose coefficients associated with the external exposure and internal uptake of radionuclides due to environmental or nuclear security exposures. Shaheen completed her MS and PhD degrees in nuclear and radiological engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, and is an alumni of the Sam Nunn Security Program. As a native of Vancouver, Canada, she received her bachelor of science in physics from the University of British Columbia. Shaheen has been a member of the Health Physics Society since 2006 and was recipient of the prestigious Elda E. Anderson Award in 2018. She has served as a US representative on the ISO/TC 85/SC2 - Population Monitoring Following a Radiological Emergency since 2016 and as a member of the National Academies of Science Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board since 2020.

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Director Kathryn Higley (2020–2023)

Dr. Kathryn Higley, CHP, is the head of the School of Nuclear Science and Engineering at Oregon State University. Her career has sent her all over the Pacific Northwest, from Pacific Northwest Laboratories as an environmental health physicist at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation to the Trojan Nuclear Power Plant in Oregon in environmental radiation monitoring.

Kathy is the vice chair of ICRP Committee 4: Application of the Commission's Recommendations. She is also cochair of the Nuclear Engineering Department Heads Organization and chair of North Pacific Marine Science Organization Working Group 30: Assessment of Marine Environmental Quality of Radiation Around the North Pacific. Her goal as director is to "use her experience as a manager and educator to help the HPS successfully navigate the challenges facing many technical societies today."

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Director-Elect Angela Leek (2022)

Angela Leek, CHP, is the radiation control program director for the Iowa Department of Public Health, where she is responsible for the licensing and inspection activities for all aspects of radiation-producing machines and radioactive materials within Iowa, as well as for dose assessment and technical advice for radiation emergency preparedness and response.

Angela actively supports the development of training and presentations for various groups across the nation on radiation protection, regulatory control program perspectives, and emergency preparedness and response. Angela currently serves as the chairperson for the Conference for Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD) and has served as council chair for the CRCPD's Suggested State Regulations (SSRs) Council for several years. She is Iowa's governor-appointed state liaison officer to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, is Iowa's voting member for the Organization of Agreement States, and maintains active memberships with organizations important across many aspects of radiation protection. Angela has been involved in the radiation field for over 25 years and is certified by the American Board of Health Physics. She earned her MS in radiation health physics from Oregon State University and is currently working on her PhD at Iowa State University.

Angela looks forward to taking on the HPS director role in July 2022 and working with the amazing members of the HPS organization to explore ways to support, integrate, and encourage new health physicists, especially fellow women in the field.

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Secretary Nicole Martinez (2020–2023)

Dr. Nicole Martinez, CHP, is an assistant professor at Clemson University. Her PhD is in radiological health sciences from Colorado State University (CSU), where she specialized in health physics and radioecology. Before her tenure at CSU, she served in the United States Navy as a nuclear power instructor and radiation health officer. She is on International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) Committee 4: Application of the Commission's Recommendations and is the president of the HPS Women in Radiation Protection Section.

As secretary-elect, Nicole hopes to be a voice of encouragement for the Board and the Society as a whole to be open to new ideas and perspectives. She hopes that as a community we can increase involvement of members from all career levels, educational backgrounds, and areas of expertise to foster an environment in which ALL Society members feel welcome, valued, and included.

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Director Adela Salame-Alfie (2021–2024)

Adela Salame-Alfie has been working at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Radiation Studies Branch for about 6.5 years after a long career with the Bureau of Environmental Radiation Protection and the Division of Environmental Health Investigations at the New York State Department of Health. Adela is a Fellow of the Health Physics Society, served as chair and officer in the HPS Homeland Security and Emergency Response Section and the Northeast New York Chapter.

She is currently a member of the Atlanta Chapter. She chaired the Conference of Radiation control Program Directors (CRCPD) Board of Directors and chaired and served on several committees. She is a council member of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements and has cochaired and served on several committees. She received the CRCPD 2014 Gerald S. Parker Award and the 2021 Civil Servant Award. Adela obtained her BS in energy engineering from Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico City, Mexico, and her MS and PhD in nuclear engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.

Adela enjoys music, reading, and traveling.

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Treasurer Ali Simpkins (2019–2022)

Ali Simpkins has been working on the dose reconstruction project since 2009 and she currently works for Oak Ridge Associated Universities as a deputy dose reconstruction manager. She was treasurer of the Health Physics Society (HPS) from 2019 until 2022. Simpkins joined the Society in 1993 and has served on numerous committees (including being past chair of the HPS Public Information Committee) and on the Board of Directors. She became a Fellow of the HPS in 2018. She was also the recipient of the Elda E. Anderson Award in 2007, which is given for "research or development, discovery or invention, devotion to health physics, and/or significant contributions to the profession of health physics."

Simpkins holds bachelor's and master's degrees in nuclear engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology. She has 30 years of collective experience in the areas of worker dose reconstruction, environmental assessment, and nuclear safety analyses.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and teaching group fitness classes. Now that their daughters are in college, she is looking forward to more travel with her husband.

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Director Jama D. VanHorne-Sealy (2020–2023)

Lieutenant Colonel Jama D. VanHorne-Sealy is the manager of the Army Reactor Program in Bethesda, Maryland. She has served in numerous roles in the Army throughout her career, including as an assistant professor of preventive medicine and biometrics and director of radiation safety for the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, as the primary advisor on nuclear and radiation issues for the Office of Health Affairs and the chief medical officer of the Department of Homeland Security, and as the lead for the Department of Defense Medical Radiobiology Advisory Team and instructor for the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute Medical Effects of Ionizing Radiation course.

She was actively involved in the US military response to the Fukushima accident, where she established an in-country presumptive radiation detection laboratory for the US Pacific Forces and served as a technical advisor to US Forces Japan and US Embassy staff. She also developed and implemented the first Radiation Safety Program for US Forces in Afghanistan!

On being elected to the Board, Jama said, "It is my honor and privilege to serve this hardworking professional community. As one of your Board of Directors, my intent is to focus on identifying and improving our support to members and promoting young professional involvement, extolling the advantages of mentorship and being part of this community."

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Director Latha Vasudevan (2019–2022)

Dr. Latha Vasudevan, CHP, is the assistant director for Environmental Health and Safety at Texas A&M University and is the university's radiological safety officer. She is certified by the American Board of Health Physics and is a Fellow of the Health Physics Society (HPS).

Latha holds MS and PhD degrees in health physics from Texas A&M University and has more than 25 years of work experience as a professional health physicist in the University Radiation Safety Program. She has extensive experience both in research and teaching.

Latha has been an active member of the State of Texas Chapter of the HPS (STC-HPS) and the national HPS and has served in many leadership positions. She is a past president of the STC-HPS and is a board member of the HPS Women in Radiation Protection Section. Latha is also currently serving on the American Board of Health Physics Part-II Panel of Examiners.

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HPS Chapters

Rio Grande Chapter President Christine A. Bullock (2020–2021)

Christine Bullock holds a master's degree in nuclear engineering from the University of New Mexico and is certified in health physics by the American Board of Health Physics.

Christine has been a member of the HPS for more than 25 years and is a board member of the HPS Environmental/Radon Section (2019–2022). She has wholeheartedly served our Society in the past few years with her dedication to the Rio Grande Chapter of the HPS (RGCHPS), located in New Mexico. The RGCHPS, founded in 1962, represents professionals working in government, national laboratories, universities, and medical facilities or as consultants, among others.

At the RGCHPS, she has attained the highest honor of being president-elect (2019–2020), president (2020–2021), and past president (2021–2022). Among her presidential duties, Christine has organized and chaired technical meetings, encouraged scientific research, and supported the professional development of chapter members, especially those who are early-career health physicists.

"I am honored to serve as president of the Rio Grande Chapter of the HPS and for the opportunity to inspire other women in the field to be leaders and become involved in their local HPS chapters too," she said.

Christine has over 25 years of experience in the Department of Energy complex, including working at the Hanford site (Richland, Washington) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (Los Alamos, New Mexico). She has worked in radiological operations, nuclear engineering, radiation protection management, and environmental health and safety management.

Christine is currently an environmental health physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and her expertise has been recognized recently through the Secretary of Energy Achievement Award (received in 2020).

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Central Rocky Mountain Chapter President Deirdre Elder (2013–2015)

Deirdre Elder, MS, CHP, is a certified health physicist with an undergraduate degree in engineering physics from Colorado School of Mines and a master's degree in radiological health sciences (health physics) from Colorado State University. She is the radiation safety manager for the UCHealth system and serves as the radiation safety officer and laser safety officer for the University of Colorado Hospital, Longs Peak Hospital, Highlands Ranch Hospital, and other facilities in the University of Colorado Health system. She is also a certified medical laser safety officer and a member of the Laser Institute of America.

Deirdre is an active member of the Health Physics Society (HPS) and has served on several committees, including the Continuing Education Committee (July 2009–July 2012), Government Relations Committee (2015–present), Program Committee (July 2017–present), and Public Information Committee (July 2019–present). She also served the Medical Health Physics Section as a board member (July 2014–July 2019) and secretary/treasurer (July 2017–July 2019). She has been a contributor to the HPS website Ask the Experts feature since 2015 and has been the medical and dental patient issues topic editor since January 2020. She has also served as a reviewer for the Health Physics Journal since 2010.

Deirdre is an active member of the Central Rocky Mountain Chapter and served as the president from May 2013 to April 2015. She has served on the board as president-elect (2012–2013), past president (2015–2016), and board member at large (May 2020–present).

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Virginia Chapter President Andrea Geyer (2016–2017)

Andrea Geyer with her husband, Ronald Geyer, and three grandchildren

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Andrea Geyer, MS, CHP, grew up less than 100 miles east of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant, which spurred her love for atomic science. After the accident, her mother made her consume powdered milk and created a long-lasting change in her breakfast cereal habits. While attending her final year in high school, Andrea was afforded an opportunity to take a course titled Nuclear Science, which allowed her to finally understand the events and the science behind it all. This small course made Andrea eager to find a college where she could continue to understand nuclear science. Luckily, Andrea was able to attend Trenton State College, now named College of New Jersey, which offered a collegiate track in physics with a concentration in health physics. From there, the program offered Andrea a taste of a field that allowed integrated science where she could use her mathematical and scientific skills across all realms of health physics.

Andrea Geyer (lower right) with her three sisters and mother

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After graduating from Trenton State College, Andrea accepted a position with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) as a radiation health inspector. With the experience from the NRC, she gained an opportunity to work as a NASA educational specialist/program manager prior to her tenure at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY). Once she gained a position as a health physicist with NNSY, she began her advocacy to bring more talented individuals into health physics by serving as president (2016–2017) and a notable member of the Virginia Chapter of the Health Physics Society (HPS) and member of the CHP exam panel. Furthermore, she became a member of the advisory and assistance team for NNSY's Radiological Emergency Response Organization. Along with this great journey, Andrea has become a mentor to many at NNSY. Her greatest advice to young health physicists is "once you get started in health physics work, keep growing and learning to advance as far as you want. Join and participate in a professional society like HPS so that HP will be your profession, not just a job you do."

Andrea lives in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia and spends time making scrapbooks for her grandchildren and teaching her dog new tricks. She serves as a manager and branch head for the DT-702 dosimetry program and Health Physics Corporate Training for Code 2360.8, Fleet Maintenance and Radiological Support Division. Andrea's desire is to continue to bring awareness to the personal and professional benefits of the HPS by promoting the understanding that health physics necessarily includes public outreach and education. She believes that respecting those who do not have a general health physics understanding helps to create an insight to continue to learn and increases career self-awareness to ensure misconstrued information about nuclear science does not spread.

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Rio Grande Chapter President Sarah H. Goke (2019–2020)

Born and raised in Maine, Sarah Goke holds a BA in physics from the University of Southern Maine and an MS in radiological sciences and protection from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Sarah has been a member of the HPS for 23 years and an active member in the Rio Grande Chapter of the HPS (RGCHPS) for 16 years. She has been elected to several positions within the chapter, including director (2015–2018), president-elect (2018–2019), president (2019–2020), and past president (2020–2021). She currently serves as chapter secretary. The RGCHPS, located in the state of New Mexico and founded in 1962, represents professionals working in government, national laboratories, universities, and medical facilities or as consultants, among others.

Sarah has over 23 years of experience as a health physicist, including five years' experience in health physics consulting at Scientech NES (New Milford, Connecticut) and 16 years in the Sandia National Laboratories Radiation Protection Program (Albuquerque, New Mexico). She has worked in decontamination and decommissioning, occupational external and internal dosimetry, radiological operations support, radiation protection policy and requirements management, and nuclear incident response.

Sarah is currently a principal health physicist at Sandia National Laboratories. In her free time, she enjoys genealogy, hiking, and exploring the state of New Mexico with her husband and their 6-year-old son.

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State of Texas Chapter President Janet Gutiérrez (2012–2013)

Dr. Janet Gutiérrez has over 20 years of experience working in radiation protection. She is the radiation safety program manager within the Environmental Health & Safety department of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). She is also the radiation safety officer of UT Physicians, which is the university's clinical practice plan. She supports two radioactive material permits (broad scope for the research and medical use of radioactive materials and medical radioactive materials permit) and the medical and research uses of x rays and lasers at UTHealth and UT Physicians.

In 1995, Janet became a student member of both the State of Texas Chapter of the Health Physics Society (STC-HPS; previously named South Texas Chapter) and the HPS. The STC-HPS has expanded more recently to encompass the entire state of Texas. She has been a full member of the HPS since 2002. She has served various roles within the STC-HPS, including as president from 2012 to 2013, Nominations Committee chair from 1999 to 2001, and Public Relations Committee chair from 2013 to 2018. She even provided a salute to the STC-HPS presidents in an STC-HPS Billet article. She also received an HPS Volunteer of the Year award in 2002 for outstanding service. Most recently, Janet served as secretary (2018–2019) and director (2020) for the American Academy of Health Physics (AAHP) Executive Committee.

Janet is a member of high distinction within the STC-HPS and is a remarkable example of leadership and volunteering for the profession. She has served as a judge for the local Science and Engineering Fair of Houston on and off for 20 years, representing the STC-HPS. She has enjoyed working with other women and men through the years in the health physics profession and within the STC-HPS and AAHP.

Janet has demonstrated academic and professional achievement through the years. After earning her bachelor's degree in radiological health engineering from Texas A&M University, she earned her master of science in industrial hygiene and a doctorate of public health in occupational health from the UTHealth School of Public Health. She is also a certified health physicist and has coauthored nine peer-reviewed articles (most in Health Physics) and one book chapter. She is currently in pursuit of the 10th peer-reviewed article. Almost all of her achievements were remarkably completed while she was working full-time and raising two wonderful children.

In her free time, Janet enjoys time with her family, photography, and walks in the park.

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Rio Grande Chapter President Kris Hyatt (2018–2019)

Kris Hyatt has over 15 years of experience working in radiation protection, including emergency response and weapons test engineering. She is currently working at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) for the Environmental Protection and Compliance Division.

Kris has been a member of the HPS for seven years and is a key member of the Rio Grande Chapter of the HPS (RGCHPS). The RGCHPS, located in the state of New Mexico and founded in 1962, represents professionals working in government, national laboratories, universities, and medical facilities or as consultants, among others. Kris was president-elect (2017–2018), president (2018–2019), and past president (2019–2020) of the RGCHPS.

Kris is the type of member any local HPS chapter would be honored to have, as she has set a great example of leadership and boldness. In fact, she has inspired and encouraged other women to be actively involved in the chapter. After Kris, three women (Sarah Goke, Christine Bullock, and Alexandra Robinson) assumed the presidential position within the RGCHPS in 2019, 2020, and 2021 respectively.

"I am pleased to see that, for four years in a row now, incredibly talented women accepted the challenge to serve as president of the Rio Grande Chapter of the HPS," she said.

Kris' motivation and determination are inspiring, as she is currently pursuing her master's degree in nuclear engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, which includes taking classes over the summer while she is still getting adjusted to her new position in the Radioactive Air Emissions Management Group at LANL.

In her free time, Kris enjoys traveling, reading, and hiking.

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HPS Committees

Membership Committee Chair Lainy Cochran (2020–2023)

Lainy Cochran is a health physicist at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Since starting in 2016, her work has focused primarily on advancing the radiological dose assessment capability for the Federal Radiological Monitoring and Assessment Center and serving as a responder for the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Nuclear Emergency Support Team. Lainy holds a BS in radiological health engineering and an MS in nuclear engineering from Texas A&M University. She received her American Board of Health Physics certification in 2021.

Lainy joined the Health Physics Society (HPS) as a student and is passionate about ensuring that anyone with an interest in radiation protection feels welcome in the Society. Lainy has a strong record of professional service in the radiation protection field, including being an advocate for women in nuclear sciences. She is a member of the HPS Early Career Professionals Section, Homeland Security and Emergency Response Section, and Women in Radiation Protection Section and is the chair of the HPS Membership Committee. Additionally, she is a member of the US Women in Nuclear, where until recently she was responsible for maintaining the US Women in Nuclear website.

Lainy interned at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria, for a year (2013–2014) and is a recipient of a prestigious fellowship from the HPS, the Robert Gardner Memorial Fellowship (2014). She has worked at or visited several nuclear power plants, including two outside of the country (Austria and Japan). Lainy had the opportunity to visit Japan's nuclear fuel and reactor facilities as part of the 2016 Nuclear Facilities Experience at Texas A&M.

Lainy is currently involved in a variety of research projects, including a collaboration between SNL and Georgia Tech University.

In her free time, Lainy enjoys spending time with her friends and family in the beautiful New Mexico outdoors.

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HPS Sections

Environmental/Radon Section Past President Amanda Anderson (2020–2021)

Amanda Anderson is a nuclear safety and radiation protection specialist in the Office of the Chief of Nuclear Safety (CNS), Office of Environmental Management (EM), US Department of Energy (DOE). Amanda also represents the United States in the Arctic Council Air Monitoring and Assessment Radioactivity experts group and DOE EM in the Multi-Agency Survey and Site Investigation Manual (MARSSIM) workgroup. She is a certified health physicist and past president of the Health Physics Society (HPS) Environmental/Radon Section (2020–2021).

Since joining the DOE in 2008, Amanda has served as Outreach Technical Program Director, Office of Enterprise Assessments, the Team Lead in the Departmental Representative’s Office to the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB), and as a health physicist in the Office of Health, Safety, and Security. She previously served in the United States Navy as a helicopter pilot and a radiation health officer from 1994 to 2008. Amanda holds a BS degree in nuclear engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MS degree in radiological health sciences from Colorado State University.

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Early Career Professionals Section Secretary/Treasurer-Elect Sara Dumit (2022–2023)

Dr. Sara Dumit is a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). She earned her PhD in pharmaceutical sciences from Washington State University, with doctoral research work in chelation modeling conducted at the United States Transuranium and Uranium Registries. Her postdoctoral research work was completed at LANL's Internal Dosimetry Group – Radiation Protection Division.

Nationally, Sara serves as a member of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) Scientific Committee 6-13 and as a consultant for the American National Standards Institute N13.64. She is a member of the Health Physics Society (HPS) Public Information Committee, a founding member of the HPS Women in Radiation Protection celebratory web page, and secretary/treasurer of the HPS Early Career Professionals Section. Sara is a guest lecturer on internal dosimetry at Northern New Mexico College and an ad hoc reviewer for the Health Physics Journal.

Internationally, Sara is a member-mentee of the International Commission on Radiological Protection Task Group 121 and is a member of the European Radiation Dosimetry Group (EURADOS) Working Group 7. She is also a member of the "Wound Project – Measurement and Dose Assessment in Case of Internal Contamination Through Wounds" for the World Health Organization–Radiation Emergency Medical Preparedness and Assistance Network. Sara is also a Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting Young Scientist – Alumna (2022: Chemistry and 2021: Interdisciplinary).

Sara has authored and coauthored numerous scientific papers and abstracts in the radiation protection literature. She has presented her research numerous times (nationally and internationally), including as an invited speaker at HPS and EURADOS meetings. Recently, Sara received the NCRP 2022 John D. Boice, Jr., Young Investigator Award and the HPS 2022 Elda E. Anderson Award.

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Environmental/Radon Section President Lisa Manglass (2019–2022)

Dr. Lisa Manglass is an assistant professor of physics at Francis Marion University. She attended the Clemson University PhD program in environmental engineering and earth sciences (health physics focus). Prior to her doctorate work, Lisa worked for SENES and Arcadis consultants as an environmental health physics consultant from 2009 to 2016. As a consultant, she worked all over the United States and Canada and primarily focused on NORM/TENORM disposal and decommissioning efforts, uranium recovery, large and small area radiological characterization, dose-based radiological risk assessment, and compliance/conformance auditing. She holds an MS in radiological health sciences from Colorado State University and a BS in physics from the University of Georgia.

For the Health Physics Society (HPS), Lisa has served as a board member of the Environment and Radon Section (2017–2020), secretary of the Central Rocky Mountain Chapter (2011–2016), secretary of the Clemson University Chapter (2016–2017), and secretary of the Colorado State University Chapter (2008–2009). She also serves as a judge and board member for the Science Ambassador Scholarship program, a private college scholarship fund that provides several scholarships, including a "full ride" scholarship, to young women interested in improving the field of scientific communication through their work. Lisa is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion in the HPS and was an invited panelist at the 2020 HPS Virtual Workshop's Special Session on Diversity & Inclusion, was a lead author of the HPS Diversity Equity and Inclusion Task Force Report, and planned the HPS's first special session on environmental justice in 2021.

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AIRRS Section Secretary/Treasurer Caitlin Root (2020–2023)

Caitlin Root is a safety advisor at Yale University in the Office of Environmental Health and Safety. She earned her master's degree from Clemson University in environmental health physics and her bachelor's degree in health physics from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Her first position was as a laboratory safety specialist at Princeton University in the Office of Environmental Health and Safety. She moved down to Tennessee to become a health physicist at Oak Ridge Associated Universities in the Professional Training Programs and taught health physics courses to various customers before moving on to Yale University.

Caitlin credits her success in health physics to her university and internship mentors, Dr. David Simpson (Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania), Dr. Nicole Martinez (Clemson University), and Tammy Stemen (Yale University), all of whom supported and encouraged her to participate and become involved with the Health Physics Society and other young professionals. She hopes to continue encouraging younger people to join our field and make them feel comfortable and accepted within the Society and amongst other health physicists. Caitlin hopes to become a mentor herself to young health physicists, much like her role models before.

In her free time, Caitlin enjoys traveling, reading, and hiking.

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Ask the Experts

Editor in Chief Emily Caffrey (2019–present)

Dr. Emily Caffrey is the program director and an assistant professor for the University of Alabama at Birmingham Master's in Health Physics Program. She has a BS in nuclear engineering and a PhD in radiation health physics and statistics from Oregon State University (OSU). Her technical expertise is in ionizing radiation dosimetry and statistics. She obtained the title of certified health physicist (CHP) from the American Board of Health Physics in 2021.

Emily is a member of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements. She is very active in the Health Physics Society (HPS), serving as the editor in chief of "Ask the Experts"—the Society's most successful public information and outreach endeavor, which reaches over 1.5 million individuals annually. Emily also serves on the HPS Program Committee, which develops and manages the technical program of the Society's meetings, and on the American Academy of Health Physics Communications Committee. She is the past chair of the HPS Public Information Committee (PIC), founder of the HPS Social Media Sub-Committee of the PIC, and cofounder of the HPS Women in Radiation Protection celebratory web page.

Emily is a recipient of the HPS Elda E. Anderson award for outstanding early career health physicists. In 2019, she was selected as one of 10 recipients of Oregon State's Council of Outstanding Early Career Engineers. This award is reserved for OSU alumni who have distinguished themselves through professional practice and service to OSU, the profession, or society at large.

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