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Gary R. White, BS, MS, RS

Division Director, Environmental Health Services

Macomb County Health Department

Mt. Clemens, Michigan  48043


Gary White has been employed at the Macomb County Health Department for nearly 31 years.  His experiences over those years include food protection, onsite sewage/water supply, swimming pools, air quality, hazardous materials and emergency preparedness.  In the early 1990's, emerging water quality problems in Lake St. Clair and the surrounding watershed, necessitated new emphasis on his efforts in addressing recreational water monitoring, source water safety and illicit sewage discharge elimination. 


He has been promoted upward through the ranks throughout his career and currently holds the position of Division Director of Environmental Health Services.  He completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Sciences at Michigan Technological University (1977) and a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Hygiene at Wayne State University (1981).  He is a Registered Sanitarian in Michigan and is a fellow of the Michigan Public Health Leadership Institute.


Leadership Development Opportunities

Participating in the 2008-2009 cohort of the Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute has been nothing but worthwhile and I would highly recommended that others apply for future cohorts.  I truly enjoyed learning about and using the systems thinking process to find solutions to problems and to implement plans to make those solutions a reality. 


I also learned a great deal about myself personally and professionally through the MBTI, Skillscope, and the Change Style Indicator.  The classroom exercises and group discussions were great too.


I would like to thank the mentors, coaches and staff of EPHLI, as well as, the members of my cohort for a very rewarding and fun experience.  I would also like to thank my superiors at the Macomb County Health Department, Thomas Kalkofen, MPH, Director/Health Officer and Steve Gold, MPH, Deputy Health Officer, for allowing me to participate and supporting my EPHLI activities.  Remember the Grand Canyon!