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Vivian E. Nelson, MSEE, BSc, REHS

Principal; Nelson Consulting Group

Santa Barbara, CA 93160



Ms. Nelson currently serves as a county Director and Manager of Environmental Health Services in California. She has dedicated herself to public service for over 23 years in the discipline of Environmental Health. Vivian “fell” into the profession after being inspired by an inspection from Environmental Health during the drilling of a water well at her family home. She has not looked back since.


Vivian has adopted the attitude of a life-long learner. There is an opportunity to learn something in every encounter and every challenge, be it positive or negative. She has received many accreditations, accolades and awards but her favorite acclaim is that of mentor. Sharing her knowledge and insights with young professionals who are coming up the ranks in the environmental health discipline is what she cherishes most. Vivian hopes to advance the profession by helping others find their dedication to discovering solutions for human problems within the environment.

Vivian has obtained her Bachelor of Science, and Masters of Science in Environmental Engineering. But more importantly, she is now a proud graduate fellow of the CDC Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute, Cohort VII, 2011 – 2012.


Leadership Development Opportunities

I have greatly enjoyed the opportunity to expand my knowledge and professional development through the EPHLI. I have found that the relationships which were developed, the networking opportunities and friendships have expanded my world and vision. It has been a unique experience and one which will guide my future and the way in which I conduct Environmental Health business for my community. I have gained a new perspective and renewed my dedication to the profession and investment in the success of future generations of environmental health professionals to protect our communities and our world.


The mentors and coaches were extremely helpful, professional, generous with their time and full of guidance, patience and understanding. They have my profound admiration. The two intersession weeks were the best. I would like to especially thank Captain John Sarisky for sharing his passion and love of environmental public health with this cohort. He is an inspiration and caused me to stop and deeply reflect on “why I do what I do”.


It will not stop here. I will take the seeds of what I have learned, plant them and make them grow to share the bounty of the crop. I am deeply grateful, and sincerely thankful for the wonderful opportunity of being a part of EPHLI Cohort VII.