Mr. Roger D. Allan began his Level 4 SEE assignment with EPA in 1998 and has worked in the Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics and Training (OCEFT) since 2002. He prepares numerous products about EPA’s criminal enforcement program, including newsletters, articles, press releases, case summaries, pamphlets and brochures. They include both outreach products for external groups as well as for EPA offices, the general public and the media. His novel These Mountains Have Secrets was published recently. It is a murder mystery set in Virginia. (And it should be noted that the criminal enforcement attorneys and special agents that Roger works with have given the book an A+ for authenticity in its depiction of the investigation and prosecution of a crime).
Mr. Allan brought to his position a 35-year career as a newspaper reporter and editor, trade association executive and public relations practitioner. He worked as a reporter and editor of newspapers in Indiana, Virginia and Washington, D.C. A major part of his career was spent as a writer and editor of trade association publications and newsletters. He served as editor of the monthly Constructor magazine of the Associated General Contractors of America as well as editor of its weekly newsletter. He was also editor of a weekly newsletter for the Electronic Industries Association and editor of a quarterly newsletter for the Association of Financial Services Holding Companies. In addition he was a writer for the weekly newsletter of the National Association of Realtors. As a public relations writer he contributed articles on a regular basis for various commercial, specialized and technical magazines, including Town and Country, Hydrocarbon Processing and Professional Remodeling. He also served as president of the Washington, D.C., chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, and as national president of the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation. Mr. Allan graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. With this widely varied exposure, Mr. Allan nicely fleshed out the communications needs of OCEFT staff.
Julie Lastra, acting director of OCEFT’s Planning, Analysis and Communications Staff, summed up Roger’s contribution and the regard in which he is held: “Roger is a consummate professional and a tremendous asset to EPA’s criminal enforcement program. It is extremely important to communicate the results of our criminal enforcement actions to as wide an audience as possible. The vital deterrent impact of criminal enforcement will be diluted if the public doesn't know what we do or why we do it. We rely on Roger’s experience, judgment and creativity to ensure that we communicate to the public and our law enforcement partners the work that we do to protect the people and the environment every day.”