Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
Join the Donnelly College community for the Sister Jerome Keeler Lecture Series featuring Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha. This presentation is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Dr. Hanna-Attisha is the author of the book, What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis. Resistance, and Hope in an American City. This book was chosen for our 2020-2021 Common Read program—a campus wide initiative that allows all students, faculty, and staff to read and discuss a common thought-provoking book throughout the year. Dr. Hanna-Attisha is founder and director of the Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, an innovative and model public health program in Flint, Michigan. A pediatrician, scientist, activist and author, Dr. Hanna-Attisha has testified three times before the United States Congress, awarded the Freedom of Expression Courage Award by PEN America, named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and most recently recognized as one of USA Today’s Women of the Century for her role in uncovering the Flint water crisis and leading recovery efforts.
Dr. Hanna-Attisha will be joined by Jeffery Robichaud, director of EPA Region 7’s Water Division. After college Jeff spent three years with an environmental consulting firm, before joining EPA in 1998 as an engineer leading the development of two National Primary Drinking Water Regulations in EPA's Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water in D.C. In 2001, he moved to Kansas City where he has served in a variety of leadership roles including Senior Policy Advisor to the Regional Administrator, Chief of the Environmental Assessment and Monitoring Branch, Deputy Director of the Environmental Sciences and Technology Branch, Acting Assistant Regional Administrator, and Deputy Director of the Water, Wetlands, and Pesticides Division. Jeff hails from Redmond, WA and earned his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and his Master of Science in Engineering Management from the University of Kansas, where he taught for several years before becoming Water Director. His interests include innovation, urban waters, and his hometown Seahawks.