Rear Admiral Kelly M. Taylor

Rear Admiral Kelly M. Taylor, M.S., R.E.H.S
Senior Environmental Health Scientist

Rear Admiral (RADM) Kelly Taylor is currently serving as the Chief Professional Environmental Health Officer for the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service (Corps). As Chief Professional Environmental Health Officer, RADM Taylor leads the Commissioned Corps Environmental Health Professional Affairs, and advises the Office of the Surgeon General and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the recruitment, assignment, deployment, retention, and career development of Corps environmental health professionals.

RADM Taylor currently serves as the Acting Chief of Staff for Indian Health Service (IHS). The IHS, an agency within HHS, is the principal federal health care advocate and provider for American Indians and Alaska Natives. In this position, RADM Taylor oversees the coordination of key agency activities and works to improve overall agency responsiveness. She works closely with HHS and supports the Office of the Director in a broad range of managerial duties related to the development and implementation of IHS initiatives and priorities.

RADM Taylor began her career with IHS in 1990 as a Service Unit Sanitarian in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. She also served as an Environmental Health Specialist in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and as the Director of the IHS Albuquerque Area Office Division of Environmental Health Services.

RADM Taylor was selected as the National Injury Prevention Program Manager in IHS Headquarters, and then was selected to serve in her position of record as the Director of the Division of Environmental Health Services, where she provided leadership and direction to the 12 IHS area environmental health programs and technical expertise to IHS leadership on all environmental health issues affecting American Indians and Alaska Natives. Her most recent assignment was Acting Director, Office of Clinical and Preventive Services.

RADM Taylor has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arkansas and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Health from Colorado State University. She completed the Office of Personnel Management’s Federal Executive Institute, Leadership for a Democratic Society in 2013, is a graduate of the IHS Injury Prevention Specialist Fellowship program, and has been a registered Environmental Health Specialist since 1992.