Volunteer Spotlight: Ron Pearson (MS ’85 )

By Sara Pennebecker | February 6, 2020

Ron Pearson is a 1985 graduate of the environmental health program and is a principal consultant with Environmental Health & Safety, Inc. in St. Paul, MN. Over his 30 year career, Pearson has been involved in the assessment and control of exposure to chemical and biological agents in the workforce, as well as product safety-related studies. Pearson currently serves as the secretary for the SPH Alumni Society Board of Directors and volunteers on the Engagement Committee. He has also served as a mentor in the award-winning SPH Mentor Program and as an event speaker for the school.

What is your favorite part of volunteering with SPH?
I have really enjoyed reconnecting with SPH. Being part of planning events, recruiting speakers, mentoring graduate students, and just generally assisting with SPH priorities is a lot of fun and very gratifying. Mentoring students has been especially fulfilling. I’ve been able to watch them obtain admission to other advanced degree programs or exciting positions in the field of public health.

Why did you decide to volunteer with SPH?
I had primarily volunteered with technical/professional associations and several non-profits since graduating from SPH. I wanted to devote some time to helping my alma mater since I benefited from my degree (MS in environmental health) throughout my career. The more I’ve learned about health care, the more I’ve come to appreciate that the field of public health is critical for populations that we serve.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering with SPH?
Just do it! Volunteers are always needed, and there are a lot of different avenues to get involved. Your contribution will be acknowledged and appreciated, and you’ll meet new folks. It is great to work with like-minded professionals in this important work.

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