Robert L. Kay, Jr., D.Ph. (Bob) has been a Grace United Methodist Church member for nearly 30 years and presently serves as the Chair for its Board of Stewards. Bob has also served as Chair for other Grace Church committees including the Board of Trustees and the Staff Parish Relations Committee. Bob retired from 38 years of Federal service in 2009 after working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for 8 years and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) for 30 years as an Environmental Health Scientist. Bob was responsible for investigating hazardous waste sites/spills and training CDC/ATSDR staff and health assessors in 30 States. In addition, he led and coordinated training teams internationally including Spain, Portugal, Taiwan, and Mexico.
Bob received his BS degree in 1970 from the Florida State University in Geology (Major) and Biology, Chemistry, Physics (Minors). He received his Masters of Public Health (MPH) in 1977 from the University of Illinois Medical Center in environmental health. Bob also received a full fellowship from the Kellogg Foundation and Federal long-term training approval from CDC with full salary to pursue a doctorate at The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Bob obtained his Doctor of Public Health (D.Ph.) in 2004 from The Johns Hopkins University after conducting a national study on house fires (The Determinants of Death and Injury in House Fires).
Bob and his wife have raised one adopted son with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). And because of his experience with his son's ADHD issues and working with more than a hundred youth (4th-12th grade) over 5 years (2006-2010) as a volunteer badminton coach at the Brandon Hall School in Dunwoody (1701 Brandon Hall Drive, Atlanta, Georgia), Bob understands and supports the purposes of the non-profit Orion School to educate children/youth having learning issues/disabilities like ADHD and other neurobehavioral disorders in the autism spectrum. Bob has also been a volunteer coach at the Georgia State University (1979-1986) for indoor badminton and taught both faculty and students; he also served as a judge for the badminton venue at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. After being a swim-team competitor and life guard in both high school and college, Bob became a volunteer Red Cross Water Safety Instructor and taught swimming courses/life safety skills to many hundreds of children, youth and adults over the years, including senior life saving certification.