Iowa Public Health Association

IPHA Board of Directors

Pam Mollenhauer, President 


Deb Vander Plas, Affiliate Representative to the APHA Governing Council.

Pam Mollenhauer is the Director of the Office of Public Policy at the State Hygienic Laboratory.  She has a B.A. in Marketing from Simpson College (2006) an A.A.S. degree with emphasis in Environmental Health Technology from Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (1979).  Ms. Mollenhauer currently directs the Office of Public Policy for the State Hygienic Laboratory.  Ms. Mollenhauer has been an employee of the Hygienic Laboratory since 1987. During her 29 year career she has progressed in the field of laboratory science from a lab assistant to her current position. She worked as an organic and inorganic analyst for over 18 years. Ms. Mollenhauer has been on the ground floor of development and is actively involved with many laboratory committees; Reward & Recognition, Internship and Strategic Planning.


Ms. Mollenhauer has completed the UI Learning and Development Management Series and Strategic Human Resources Series. She is a two-time award recipient of the University of Iowa Improving the Workplace Award and was given the University of Iowa Outstanding Staff Award in 2010 for her accomplishments in developing external relations. In 2014 she received the Iowa Environmental Health Association Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her service to environmental health.


Ms. Mollenhauer provides mentoring and support for site reps in HR, Training & Outreach, at the Ankeny lab. She co-developed monthly lunchtime cinema learning to increase cultural competency for Ankeny staff.  Her past professional affiliations include Past President of the Iowa Environmental Health Association (2008-2009) and Past Co-chair of the IEHA Membership & Marketing Committee.  She was conference planning committee member to the Iowa Quality Center; member of Des Moines University - Masters of Public Health Advisory Committee and 2008-2009; member to the Membership and Recognition Committee and Emerging Leader Cohort III (NOLA) - Association of Public Health Laboratories; and SHL Planning Committee affiliate - Iowa Governor’s Conference on Public Health.


Her current professional affiliations include active member of the Advocacy Committee to Iowa Public Health Association, , and participates in quarterly meetings at the Des Moines Area Community College, Bio-Tech Advisory Committee. Ms. Mollenhauer frequently presents to various audiences on such topics as mentoring, marketing and connecting laboratory services, and education to public health shareholders. She has extensive experience in student and teacher training events, tours, STEM initiatives, public health advocacy, event planning, reward and recognition of employees, as well as many other staff and community engagement activities. She was most recently reappointed to a five-year term to serve the City of Ankeny Planning & Zoning Commission.


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