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Ronald E. Freeman, P.E., M.P.A.

Professional Engineer Administrator

Volusia County Health Department

DeLand, FL 32720

Biography

Ron Freeman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa, a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida and is a Registered Professional Engineer.

 

Mr. Freeman moved to Florida and began working for Volusia County Environmental Management in 1989. He started there as an Environmental Specialist inspecting wastewater treatment plants and bio-residual land application areas. In 1991 he became the manager of the Volusia County Petroleum Cleanup Program. He worked in that capacity until 2001 when he joined the Volusia County Health Department. He now serves as the Professional Engineer Administrator in the Health Department’s Environmental Health Engineering Section. His responsibilities include administration of the Public Drinking Water Program, the Limited Use Public Drinking Water Program, the Public Swimming Pool Construction Program, the Well Construction Program, the Well Surveillance Program and the Water Wise Irrigation System Program

 

Mr. Freeman is very active in professional associations, including the National Environmental Health Association, the Florida Environmental Health Association, American Water Works Association and the National Conference of Local Environmental Health Administrators.  Over the years he has held several board positions in FEHA on both the state and district levels, and is currently on the Board of Trustees of NCLEHA.

Leadership Development Opportunities

Attending the Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute has been a very rewarding experience. It has allowed me to embark on a guided process of self-assessment, self- improvement and leadership development. The use of the Skillscope, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Change Style Indicator assessment tools gave me greater insight as to why I think, make decisions and act as I do. This has helped me to better understand my strengths, my weaknesses and encouraged me to make a habit of on going self-assessment and development. The use of the assessment tools also gave me a better understanding of others and an increased appreciation of diversity of thought and personality types. This will be of great benefit as I interact and work with others towards improvements in environmental public health. 

 

EPHLI introduced me to the concept of Systems Thinking and showed me how to use it to understand the complexity of problems and develope better long term solutions. Other topics of discussion such as ethical issues in public health, the ten essential environmental health services, leadership and organizational learning, and collaborative leadership were extremely interesting and enlightening. The EPHLI staff was phenomenal and the speakers were of the highest rank.

 

The curriculum fueled my passion for environmental health. I feel very fortunate to be an environmental health professional and to be able to serve my community in that capacity. There are many leadership training venues available, but I am not aware of any that speak so directly and eloquently to the needs of the environmental public health professional.