Environmental & Occupational Health Programs (EOHP)

About Us

Our mission is to protect and enhance public health by objective, scientific evaluation of health risks for chemical and radiological exposure.  We develop and provide health risk analyses to inform public and regulatory decision making. Statutory authority: 22 MRSA CHPT 271 section 1691 to 1695 External site disclaimer.

Topics we work on include:

  • Lead poisoning
  • Private well water safety and testing
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Healthy fish eating guidelines
  • Heat-related illness

We operate a toxicology consultation phone service for Maine residents. 866-292-3474 (toll-free in Maine) or 207-287-4311

We also run the Maine Tracking Network, an online, interactive public health data portal.

Mailing Address:

286 Water Street, 9th Floor
State House Station 11
Augusta, ME 04333


Staff Contact Information

Staff Title Phone
Andrew Smith, SM, ScD State Toxicologist, Program Manager of EOHP 207-287-5189
Erin Arneson, MPH Health Communication Specialist 207-287-5307
Breana Benett, MPA, MS Toxicologist 207-287-3227
Jessica Bonthius, MPH Epidemiologist 207-287-3364
Emily Brown, RN Child Health Coordinator 207-287-5348
Karyn Butts, MPH Manager of Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Unit 207-287-6650
Jackie Dearborn, MPH Environmental Lead Inspection Coordinator 207-287-1902
Kathy Decker, MPH Epidemiologist 207-287-3218
Sandra Dempsey, RN Nurse Education Consultant 207-287-8671
Ellen DeOrsay Environmental Lead Inspection Coordinator 207-287-5378
Gayle Erdheim, MS, MEd Environmental Lead Inspection Coordinator 207-287-9441
Cynthia Flick Office Associate II 207-287-4311
Sam Godfrey, MSPH Epidemiologist 207-287-3223
Holly Ireland, MS, MPH Supervisor of Lead Poisoning Control Section 207-287-8141
Dana Leeper Environmental Lead Inspection Coordinator 207-287-5668
Rebecca Lincoln, ScD Toxicologist, Coordinator of Maine Environmental Public Health Tracking Program 207-287-6445
Lisa Parker Systems Analyst 207-287-3225
Chris Paulu, ScD Environmental Epidemiologist 207-287-9932
Tom Simones, PhD Toxicologist 207-287-3365
Blazka Zgec, MS Environmental Lead Inspection Coordinator 207-287-3224