MEET THE PRESIDENT 


 

Donald Simmons


Don Simmons serves as Laboratory Manager of the State Hygienic Laboratory (SHL) Ankeny laboratory with oversight of Inorganic Chemistry, Industrial Hygiene, Newborn Screening and Biomonitoring programs. He has worked for SHL for over 20 years, the last 8 years serving as Laboratory Director of the Ankeny Laboratory. He’s a technical manager of several sections in the Ankeny laboratory, including Blood Lead Testing, Metals by Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry, and Industrial Hygiene. He also serves as the Program Manager for the Lab Certification program. Don provides technical expertise in chemical terrorism response and has served on SHL’s radiation response team.

Don has been involved in many efforts to advance environmental health issues throughout the years such as projects studying arsenic in well water, the exposure to lead and other heavy metals in children. He continues to be involved in water quality testing and compliance testing at SHL.

Dr. Simmons earned a B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Oklahoma in 1985. He went on to earn M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in analytical chemistry in 1989 and 1994, respectively. He completed a two-year Environmental Health fellowship with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 1996 to 1998 developing research programs in new blood lead technology and childhood lead poisoning prevention.

Don has been on the Board of IEHA since 2015 serving as Member at Large. In 2017 he became President Elect and is now President and Chair of IEHA for 2018.