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Terry Blaine Lyons, BS, REHS

Region 8 Environmental Health Director

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

Walterboro, South Carolina 29488



Terry Blaine Lyons is employed with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC). He has worked with SC DHEC for nearly 30 years in the area of Environmental Health in various capacities, including Colleton County Field Environmentalist, Colleton and Hampton County Environmental Health Supervisor, Region 8 General Sanitation Programs Supervisor, Region 8 On-Site Wastewater Supervisor. In this capacity he served on the Region 8 Regional Management Team. Since 2006 he is currently serving as the Region 8 Environmental Health Director. He now serves on the Region 8 Regional Leadership Team.


Mr. Lyons has an Associate degree in Engineering Graphics and Design from Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Science with an emphasis in Environmental Health from the University of Alabama. He is also a graduate of the Management Academy for Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has experience as an EPA Certified Lead Risk Assessor and Lead Inspector. He obtained his N.E.H.A. Registration in 1991 as an R.E.H.S. after the South Carolina Board of Sanitarians was dissolved and Registration for Sanitarians was dropped in S.C.


Mr. Lyons is a member of the South Carolina Environmental Health Association, where he formerly served as chairman of the Awards Committee. He is also a member of the National Environmental Health Association, the South Carolina State Employees Association and the South Carolina Mosquito Control Association. He volunteers his time to assist surrounding churches with permitting and environmental issues related to their building projects.


Leadership Development Opportunities

My expectations for the benefits that would be gained by participating in Cohort VII of EPHLI have been greatly surpassed. My expectations were somewhat one-sided going into the program, thinking only of what would benefit me. I was hoping to come away with a better leadership skills and momentum to spur others on in the field of Environmental Health. EPHLI provided so much more than that. The Team Learning approach to the program not only allowed me to learn problem identification and solving, but allowed me to participate in helping others do the same. The interaction with fellow cohort members with Environmental Health experiences from around the world has expanded my understanding of the challenges and opportunities that may lie ahead in the field of Environmental Health. The Systems Thinking approach to problem solving was totally new to me. Yet, now I look forward to opportunities to put this knowledge to use in addressing local issues. Most of all, I think EPHLI has helped me come to a better understanding of myself as a manager and leader, including my positive and negative attributes. I plan to do all that I can in the years ahead to make the adjustments that will make me a better person and leader.


I would like to thank the staff of the EPHLI program and the vision that they had in developing and gaining support for this program and network of professionals that has resulted. I also wish to thank the coaches and mentors who have been an invaluable part of the experience for me. I hope that I too will be able to effectively coach and mentor some of the new generation of environmentalist that is already within our ranks.