Paul Kirk understands water quality and can identify potential risks that our lakes and reservoirs face in natural, accidental or criminal events. The self-dubbed “Water Police” ensure the quality of water for the Commonwealth's 2.5 million people daily.
Who: Jennifer Jenner
What: Lab Supervisor, Chemical Threat Laboratory
Where: Massachusetts Department of Public Health
MOSES: Member since 2001.
A suspicious letter is delivered to the State House. Inside the envelope is a white powder. The Chemical Terrorism Response Laboratory is activated and Jennifer gets the call. Should a toxic agent be purposely released or a chemical accident occurs, it is her team that identifies the chemicals and the numbers of people exposed.
Who: Jenmina Ojuka
What: Environmental Analyst
Where: Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
MOSES: Member since 1998.
"When we inhale fine particles -- 2.5 micrometers or smaller -- they can penetrate deeply into our lungs and cause respiratory illnesses," Jenmina explains. He and the DEP air quality team maintain sensitive field equipment that is used to collect and measure air samples, ensuring the air we breathe is safe.
Who: Laura Conlee
What: Black Bear Project Leader
Where: Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife
MOSES: Member since 2008.
Bear is just one of the 14 furbearer species Laura Conlee monitors for the Commonwealth. On any given day she can be found tracking through the woods, educating a group of school children or helping a town understand why coyotes are in their backyard.
MOSES: Making a Difference.
“There’s something civil servants have that the private sector
doesn’t and that is the duty of loyalty to the greater good –
the duty of loyalty to the collective best interest of all rather
than the interest of a few.”