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Matthew Ringenberg, MPH, LEHP

Emergency Response Coordinator

Illinois Department of Public Health

Peoria, IL 61614

Biography:

Matt Ringenberg is currently employed with the Illinois Department of Public Health as Emergency Response Coordinator in the Office of Preparedness and Response. Prior to joining IDPH, Matt worked as Director of Environmental Health for the Logan County Department of Public Health and Sanitarian for the Peoria City/County Health Department. He has also performed internal food safety audits in the private sector and holds an adjunct faculty position with Lincoln College in Normal, Illinois.

Matt earned a Bachelor‟s of Science in Biology and a Master‟s of Public Health with focus in Community Health Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has been a Licensed Environmental Health Practitioner in Illinois since 2003. He is also a Certified Food Service Sanitation Manager Course Instructor, Certified Food Safety Professional, Licensed Lead Inspector and Risk Assessor, and Licensed Pesticide Operator and Applicator.

Matt was accepted into the EPHLI program while employed with the Logan County Department of Public Health and was able to continue his efforts in the program due to a continuation agreement made with the Logan County Department of Public Health. It should be noted that the assessments performed and recommendations associated with this project have not been made within his capacity as an employee of the Illinois Department of Public Health.

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

EPHLI fosters leadership skills by challenging norms and comfort zones within the fellows to identify opportunities to maximize their efforts in their community. I have been honored to be a part of this exceptional program and beneficiary of the hard work and insightful instruction of the program managers and expert speakers. Mentor and coaching relationships also are important components that enhance this leadership experience. Networking opportunities and contacts made within and between cohorts will undoubtedly prove to be a valuable resource for years to come. The Skillscope report was useful in comparing how I view my own personal and work traits with the views of my colleagues. I have used that knowledge to try to build upon my strengths and place efforts into areas that make me a more valuable part of a public health team.

A job change midway through the project year presented several challenges to project development and completion. I owe a large debt of gratitude to EPHLI staff, my mentor, and team members for the patience and flexibility they exercised throughout the project year. In addition, completion of this worthwhile project was facilitated by a commitment by LCDPH to continue these efforts after my departure. Thank you for this commitment and I hope this project contributes to successful efforts in the LCDPH Food Safety Program.