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Diana M. Wilson, BS, REHS

Food Program Supervisor

Kern County Environmental Health Services Department

Bakersfield, CA   93301

Biography

Diana M. Wilson is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist IV with the Kern County Environmental Health Services Department.  She has been with the department for 23 years and served in various capacities conducting inspections of food facilities, hotels, pools, spas and housing complaints.  She has also worked for 17 years in the Solid Waste Program, where she permitted and inspected medical waste facilities, landfills, and composting sites.

 

She is currently the Food Program Supervisor.  Her responsibilities include interpretation of federal, state, and local regulations; development of policy; development and documentation of performance measures; public assistance and outreach.  She directly supervises a staff of eight and supervises the food program related activities of three additional staff.

 

Diana also coordinates training of the Environmental Health Specialists – In Training for the Department.  She has assisted the California Registered Environmental Health Specialist Program with updating the criteria for training new specialists.

 

Diana received her bachelor degrees in Biology and Chemistry from California State University of Bakersfield.  She is working on her Masters Degree in Public Administration.

 

Leadership Development Opportunities

I have gained insight into my leadership skills and have gained skills to improve my leadership abilities.  The Skillscopeâ and Myers-Brigg Type Indicatorâ are profoundly useful tools for personal evaluation of current leadership abilities and personality traits respectively.  Knowing how my personality affected my skills and where I was lacking skills gave me a position to start from for improvement.  The Individual Development Plan (IDP) was a tool that I used to improve areas where I was weak.   The IDP allowed me to focus on certain skills and rather than be overwhelmed by the question of ‘what do I do now that I know what to work on’.  The Systems Thinking approach is valuable for rooting out the source of the public health issue rather than looking for a quick fix that will not solve the problem.  The professional network was very helpful in two ways:  working together on assignments gave me a deeper understanding of my leadship project; and I realized that most jurisdictions are faced with the same issues as our Department.  The mentor program provides an added resource for thinking through complex issues.