Ms. Vielhauer has been with the department since May of 2000. She began her DEP career in the Office of General Counsel and then spent over nine years in the Division of Air Resource Management. After working for Air, she became the Deputy Division Director in the Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration (otherwise known as DEAR) and was there for 4 years before being asked to head up the new Division of Water Restoration Assistance.
Trina has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Bowling Green State University in Ohio as well as a Masters in Public Policy Administration and Law Degree from The Ohio State University.
Question Session with Trina
What profession did you think you would be when you were growing up?
I really did not know. I was always good at math, but I didn’t see it as a career or anything. I liked sports and liked to write so for awhile I thought a sports writer/journalist. Then I thought about child psychology. In high school I shadowed a family friend that practiced child psychology and ruled that out! When I entered college, I was still undeclared.
What excites you about your work at DEP?
I work with great, hard-working and dedicated people every day and they keep me going on those crazy days when nothing goes as planned! Our division helps fund a lot of important local projects through state and federal grant and loan programs. At the end of the day, it is good to know that we’ve helped the citizens of Florida with so many important wastewater, stormwater and drinking water projects as well as beach nourishment and non-mandatory land reclamations.
What is the coolest project you have worked on and why?
That’s a tough one! I’ve had a couple of tough and interesting permitting issues (I was even a witness at a DOAH hearing which was exciting!) and some challenging projects in DEAR. Reviewing and learning about air pollution control technologies was pretty exciting, too. Right now I think it is pretty cool to have the opportunity to help put together the new Division of Water Restoration Assistance. I like trying to find synergies between programs and encouraging creativity with our staff. I enjoy hearing their ideas of how we can work together to improve all aspects of our programs.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.