Richard Johnson is an environmental consultant who currently serves as the field biologist for the Martha’s Vineyard Tick Borne Illness Reduction Initiative. The Boards of Health of the six Island towns sponsored this program, beginning six years ago, to address the crucial local public health issues posed by Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses. Dick’s fellowship project will focus on the “big picture” effort to reduce ticks and tick-borne illnesses Island-wide. Matt Poole, the Edgartown Health Agent, will supervise, and Dr. Sam Telford, an internationally renowned tick expert in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Tufts University, will be advisor to the program. Among other things, Dick will: prepare a five-year strategic plan outlining program goals; research and implement methods to reduce the number of lone star ticks on the Vineyard; and increase public education and outreach. Previously, Dick served for 18 years as the Executive Director of Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation.