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Lisa A. Carpenter

Program Manager

Snohomish Health District

Everett, WA 98201


Lisa Carpenter received her B.S. in Medical Microbiology from Central Washington University in 1986 and her M.B.A. in Managerial Leadership from City University in 2004. Lisa initiated her career with the Seattle/King County Health Department in 1987 as an Environmental Health Specialist (EHS) in the Food and Living Environment Program. In 1990 she began work as an EHS with the Snohomish Health District in Everett, Washington. Shortly thereafter she moved into a Senior EHS position.


In 2000, she began managing the District's Partners in Child Care (PiCC) Program. During that time, the program has been comprehensively developed with the help of an energetic, multidisciplinary team of heath professionals. The PiCC Program strives to provide consultative health and safety services to the licensed child care community of Snohomish County. Lisa has presented at several national and state conferences on both food safety and child care health and safety topics.

What I Learned at EPHLI

Participating in the EPHLI as a fellow has been a phenomenal experience on many levels for me. The experience has allowed me an opportunity to work on a local public health challenge using a prescribed method of systems thinking. While working through the project, I also received ongoing support and direction upon my request. Additionally, by participating in the Institute, I have refined my knowledge of my own personal leadership strengths and challenges. With this information, I have compiled a method of building on my leadership assets that will drive me well into the future as I continually strive to further hone my leadership skills and abilities.


The EPHLI has also offered me a number of opportunities to work with other environmental public health professionals across the nation who bring a myriad of expertise to the group. Many of these individuals have become personal friends in addition to colleagues and my relationships with them are and will continue to be highly valued. The on-site gatherings have allowed me opportunities to learn how many other health jurisdictions are structured and pursue carrying out their responsibilities within their own communities. The Institute plays a significant role in laying a strong foundation for environmental health professionals to share information and further develop their own professional entity.


Furthermore, the Institute has given me the opportunity to learn more about not only systems thinking and project development, but also about collaboration, conflict management, the 10 Essentials of Environmental Health, and many other areas of public health and overall management that I will carry with me well into the future. It has been an honor to participate as a fellow in the first class of the Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute. It is my hope that the Institute will receive future funding so others in the field may also have exposure to this outstanding opportunity.