Title: Public Health Sanitarian
Company: Westchester County Department of Health
Location: New York
Education: Intern, Registered Environmental Health Specialist, Bloomfield Health Department, Bloomfield, NJ (2017); MPH in Environmental Health Science, New York Medical College (2017); Intern, Chemist, Department of Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Olabisi Onabanjo University (2009); BS in Chemistry, Olabisi Onabanjo University (2009)
Career History: Public Health Sanitarian, Lead-Based Risk Accessor, Inspector, Westchester County Department of Health, Mount Kisco, NY (2020-Present); Direct Support Professional, Community Based Services, Inc., North Salem, NY (2016-Present); Public Health Sanitarian, Lead-Based Risk Assessor, Inspector, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York, NY (2019-2020); Assistant Residence Manager, Community Living Corporation, Mount Kisco, NY (2018-2019); Direct Support Professional, Abbott House, Irvington, NY (2014-2016); Kitchen Helper, Cashier, McDonald’s, Mahopac, NY (2013-2014); Concierge, Receptionist Assistant, Chelsea Hotel, Abuja, Nigeria (2011-2012); Teacher, Science and Mathematics, Dean of Academics, St. John Vianney Catholic Schools, Gurara, Niger, Nigeria (2010-2011); Coordinator, Nigeria Christian Coppers’ Fellowship, Gurara, Niger, Nigeria (2010-2011)
Sylvester Maduabuchi Ndimele, MPH, Public Health Sanitarian at Westchester County Department of Health, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of public health.
Passionate about helping people, Mr. Ndimele has always strived to have an impact on others through his work—and naturally gravitated toward public health. Born and raised in Nigeria, he grew up on a farm, which served as his foundation as he learned about work ethic, creativity, innovation, and being productive and dedicated to the job at hand. Greatly inspired by his parents, he studied hard and ultimately earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Olabisi Onabanjo University in Nigeria in 2009, followed by an internship as a chemist within the institution’s Department of Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry the same year. Between 2010 and 2011, he served as a coordinator for Nigeria Christina Coppers’ Fellowship before advancing to the roles of science and mathematics teacher and Dean of Academics at St. John Vianney Catholic Schools. In addition, he was a concierge and a receptionist assistant at Chelsea Hotel from 2011 to 2012. In 2013, he immigrated to the United States by himself and moved to New York, where he worked as a kitchen helper and cashier at McDonald’s and as a direct support professional at Abbott House. Since 2016, he has excelled as a direct support professional for Community Based Services, Inc., a position he held while pursuing further training and education in his field. Mr. Ndimele obtained a Master of Public Health in environmental health science from New York Medical College and became an intern and registered environmental health specialist at the Bloomfield Health Department in 2017.
Mr. Ndimele then offered his services as an assistant residence manager at Community Living Corporation from 2018 to 2019 and found success as a public health sanitarian, a lead-based risk assessor, and an inspector for the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene from 2019 to 2020. Beginning in 2020, he has been the public health sanitarian, lead-based risk accessory, and inspector at the Westchester County Department of Health. Additionally, he has worked with New York City’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Primary Prevention Program, through which he tests children and analyzes potential exposures. When vaccinations became available during the COVID-19 pandemic, he assisted in clinics and helped provide vaccines, medical assistance, and guidance to anyone who needed it. He has also volunteered with the Red Cross and has been a member of the National Environmental Health Association since 2017.
Looking toward the future, Mr. Ndimele hopes to apply for an associate position in the Westchester County Department of Health, and aspires to go back to school, earn another degree, and become part of academia to educate others about public health.