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Upcoming HLO closures due to state holidays

​​Mark your calendar and note that the Health Licensing Office (and all State of Oregon agencies) will be closed on the following days:

  • Thursday and Friday, November 22-23, 2018, for Thanksgiving
  • Tuesday, December 25, 2018, for Christmas
  • Tuesday, January 1, 2019, for New Year's Day
  • Monday, January 21, 2019, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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Practitioner information

The following regulated professions are overseen by the Environmental Health Registration Board. Learn more about applying for a license, associated fees, laws, rules and more by following the links below:

About the board

The Environmental Health Registration Board oversees the practices of environmental health specialists and waste water specialists.

The Environmental Health Registration Board consists of seven members appointed by the governor:

  • Four registered environmental health specialists with at least four years of experience in environmental sanitation
  • One physician licensed to practice medicine or surgery who has an emphasis in public health
  • One representative of the food or food/alcohol beverage retail industry
  • One public member

Terms of office are four years, but a member serves at the pleasure of the governor. A member holds office until the appointment and qualification of a successor. A member is eligible for reappointment. If a person serves two consecutive full terms, a period of at least four years must elapse before the person is again eligible for appointment to serve on the board.

Board members

Frank Brown

Frank Brown

Term: 2nd Full
Term end: 2/16/2022
Albany


Frank Brown has been a practicing Environmental Health Specialist for more than 30 years. Brown has been a registered sanitarian with the National Environmental Health Association since 1994 and is also a registered environmental health specialist in Oregon. Brown received a bachelor’s degree in environmental health/sanitation from Illinois State University, one of the few accredited environmental health degree programs in the nation at that time. He completed a Master of Business Administration with a focus on public administration from Columbia Southern University. He came to Oregon in April 2011, working for the Washington County Environmental Health Program as the Licensing Supervisor. Brown’s two dogs keep him busy, but he still finds time to teach exercise classes and play tennis.

Rhonda Robb

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 11/5/2021
Portland


Rhonda Robb is an Environmental Health Specialist for Multnomah County, where she is the Plans Examiner for the Mobile Food Truck Program. Rhonda earned her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from the University of Oregon, and since has taken a circuitous route to her current position; A common theme in her work has been exploring the connection between public health and the environment. In 2004, she obtained her Masters in Science, studying the risk factors of endemic cholera in Bangladesh. During graduate school and following, she worked as a Research Analyst at the Oregon Health Authority where she mapped cancer clusters to reveal patterns for the Cancer Registry and the Breast and Cervical Cancer Programs.
 
In 2013, Rhonda decided to shift her focus to a more hands on approach in Environmental Health. Working two part time jobs with Multnomah County and the Port of Portland she went back to school to obtain the science courses needed to get to where she is today. In 2016, Rhonda completed the Multnomah County Leadership Academy, where her interest in health diplomacy took shape. "Environmental health programs protect communities from natural and man-made threats in the environment, and the responsibility to protect the public’s health is shared across federal, state, and local jurisdictions. The link between health and policy require the health communities to practice diplomacy while examining the skills, knowledge, and resources needed to achieve their mutual goals". Rhonda is also activity engaged in equity work, both on internal processes of the Environmental Health department, and within her community as an inspector.
 
In her free time, Rhonda enjoys traveling and seeking outdoor adventures with her husband Hassan, and dog, Moses.

Jonathan Schott

Jonathan Schott

Term: 2nd Full
Term end: 5/31/2021
Baker City


Dr. Jonathan Schott is Medical Director at Pine Eagle Clinic, Baker County Health Department, St. Luke’s Eastern Oregon Medical Associates, and Baker County Child Abuse Center, and is Rural Medical Director for St. Luke’s Health System. He was in private practice from 1999 to 2010. He has been a member of St. Luke’s Health System Clinical Leadership Council since 2011 and St. Luke’s Health System Diabetes Initiative Physician Lead since 2012. He obtained his medical degree from Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine and served a family practice residency at Idaho State University after obtaining a bachelor’s of science in Biology from Oregon State University.

“With health care reform nationally and on the state level, how medical care is delivered is going to change not only in the public sector, but also in the public sector,” Dr. Schott said. “Those changes and partnerships occur through relationship building and focused effort. I’m honored to be a part of the process by which that change occurs as it relates to public health at the state level.”

Scott Kruger

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 6/30/2022
Salem


Scott Kruger is a native Oregonian who has worked in the food service industry for over 20 years. He attended Linn-Benton Community College before transferring to Oregon State University and graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in 1999. Kruger completed his Environmental Health Trainee program in Lane County and was hired by Benton County in 2005, where he is currently employed.

Kruger is passionate about teaching food safety and the food service industry as a whole. He thoroughly enjoys working with restaurant operators; educating and assisting them to reduce risk and help them to keep moving forward in a positive direction.

He is currently living in Salem with his wife of 27 years, Ellen, and supporting his two children in their college prep honors program at South Salem High School.

“This is a great privilege to be selected to serve the citizens of Oregon and assist the board with oversight of the Environmental Health profession.

The Environmental Health Registration Board currently has an opening for a Env Health Specialist. To apply, fill out the Application form.

The Environmental Health Registration Board currently has an opening for a Food Industry Rep. To apply, fill out the Application form.

The Environmental Health Registration Board currently has an opening for a Public Member. To apply, fill out the Application form.

Board recruitment

Are you interested in serving as a volunteer citizen board member? HLO-regulated boards seek new members as current member terms expire. The Environmental Health Registration Board is recruiting for a representative of the food or food/alcohol beverage retail industry and for an environmental health specialist.

Overview of HLO-regulated professions and boards
Current board vacancies and information on how to apply

Questions?

For policy questions, contact Policy Analyst Anne Thompson at 503-373-1904 or anne.p.thompson@state.or.us.

For licensing qualification questions, contact Qualifications Specialist Cristina Wardwell at 503-373-1740 or cristina.r.wardwell@state.or.us.

For board recruitment questions, contact Paige Sims at 503-373-1915 or paige.s.sims@state.or.us.

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