Abbey Alkon, RN, PhD, FAAN
UCSF School of Nursing
Abbey Alkon, RN PhD is a Professor at the UCSF School of Nursing, and Director of the California Childcare Health Program. She is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and epidemiologist who had conducted community-based studies in child care settings. She has published findings on the effect of child care health consultation on child care quality and is presently developing a National Health and Safety Checklist based on the third edition of Caring for Our Children.
Abby Mutic, BS, BSN, MSN
Abby Mutic felt compelled to become a researcher, close the clinical research gap that persists, and translate literature into clinical practice changes. Abby’s unique academic experiences have provided her with a diverse background with which to pursue a doctoral education. She chose to enhance my undergraduate biology studies with psychology, leading to a focused biobehavioral discipline. Later, Abby focused on maternal-child nursing receiving a MSN specializing in nurse-midwifery. Working with high poverty rates and women with poor health awareness, she developed an interest in identifying chemical risk factors adversely affecting pregnant women and children. While at Emory, Abby has been building foundational research skills in data collection, management, analysis, and dissemination.
Adelita Cantu, Ph.D., RN
University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio
Adelita is a nationally recognized doctoral prepared expert, specializing in public/community health nursing and clinical nursing research. Her program of science in teaching, service and research has been focused on building healthy communities through the enhancement of public and community health grounded in the Socio-Ecological Model as a framework to prevent disease and promote health and wellbeing at primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention. Through many of her own publishings she has impacted health in communities, neighborhoods, and families.
Adrienne Wald, EdD, MBA, RN, CNE, MCHES, FNYAM
Dr. Adrienne Wald holds a Doctorate degree from Teachers College Columbia University; MBA in health care management from Adelphi University, BSN from Boston University, and certification in Nursing Education (CNE) and Health Education (MCHES). She served as Health Services Administrator at the American Red Cross in Greater New York and in healthcare management in systems consulting and medical education and publishing firms, was undergraduate program director of nursing at the University of Massachusetts Boston and director of Wellness Education at the College of New Rochelle. Dr. Wald’s areas of teaching expertise are nursing research, leadership, policy, and health promotion. Her clinical areas are oncology nursing and public health.
Andy Naja-Riese, MS, BS
Agricultural Institute of Marin
Andy Naja-Riese MS, BS, Chief Executive Officer Agricultural Institute of Marin (AIM) a San Francisco Bay Area non-profit that connects communities, responsible farmers and producers. He has 15 years’ experience in community food systems and education and previously spent 10 years with the Federal government, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service, overseeing programs in the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service. Andy Naja-Riese has led 100+ workshops, seminars, and presentations on food security and public health for a variety of adult audiences in health sciences, nutrition, and nursing. He holds a Masters in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, and has worked in federal, state, and local anti-hunger and food systems work for 15 years.
Ann Hancock, MPH
The Climate Center
Ann Hancock (along with Mike Sandler) started The Climate Center in 2001, with a focus on influencing local government to prioritize the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. While working on Sustainability First, a general plan for the City of Marin, Ann had learned about the global ICLEI program Cities for Climate Protection, whose motto is “local action moves the world.” The program works with local governments to commit to and achieve greenhouse gas reductions goals. Ann believed that for climate protection to succeed, places like her home community—Sonoma County—had to set the bar, so she along with Mike Sandler, founded The Climate Center (originally The Climate Protection Campaign) to provide leadership and support for local governments. In summer of 2001, they set the organization’s first goal: to have the county and all nine of its cities commit to the Cities for Climate Protection program by 2002. The issue of climate change was not in the spotlight at that time, but Ann and Mike achieved their goal four months ahead of schedule. Sonoma County was the first county in the nation to have all its cities and the county be 100% committed to emission reductions.
Health Care Without Harm Europe
Anna Fuhrmann focuses on administering the Nurses Climate Challenge, which provides resources and networking opportunities for nurses across Europe who want to take action to protect their patients and communities from the worst impacts of climate change. Additionally, she supports the Health Care Climate Challenge and Race to Zero (in cooperation with UNFCCC) in Europe, connecting European hospitals and healthcare systems in their efforts to become climate-smart.
Anne Hulick, RN, MS, JD
Clean Water Action
Anne, RN, MS, JD is the Connecticut Director of Clean Water Action/Clean Water Fund and focuses on passing health protective policies aimed at mitigating climate change by promoting energy efficiency and clean, renewable energy, protecting our waters and reducing exposure to toxic chemicals. Anne started her career as a critical care nurse and then as nursing director. She holds a BSN from the University of Hartford and a MS in administration from UCONN. Recognizing that the healthcare system focused on treatment rather than prevention and the links between human impact on the environment and health, Anne pursued a juris doctorate from Western New England College School of Law in order to combine nursing, health policy and the law. She was admitted to the CT Bar in October 2007. Prior to joining Clean Water Action, she served as the environmental health coordinator for the CT Nurses’ Association and was an environmental analyst at CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
Aolin Wang, PhD
Dr. Aolin Wang specializes in study design and advanced statistical modeling for research studies using clinical trial or large-scale real-world data (especially causal inference techniques for observational data); health economics and outcomes research in vairous therapeutic areas. Wang completed a joint postdoctoral scholar at the Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, Dept. of OB/GYN & Reproductive Sciences, at the Bakar Computational Health Sciences Institute at the University of California, San Francisco. Aolin is passionate about protecting and promoting the health of mothers and children via unraveling the health impacts of multiple environmental exposures at critical life stages such as in utero and promoting policy changes. She is currently developing innovative quantitative methods to examine the relationship between environmental exposures and adverse birth outcomes. Prior to joining UCSF, she obtained her PhD in epidemiology and has extensive training in statistical modeling at University of California, Los Angeles
Aubrey Doede, PhD RN. MSN
UCSD | MAS Clinical Research
Aubrey Doede, PhD RN. Aubrey is a Postdoctoral Fellow, Cardiovascular Epidemiology in the Department of Family Medicine & Public Health at UC San Diego School of Medicine. Her presentation focuses on the effects of drought and airborne dust on childhood asthma in Imperial County, CA. The Imperial Valley region of Southeastern California is one of the most productive agricultural regions in the state and has the highest rates of childhood asthma in California. The lack of precipitation in the Imperial Valley has caused the water level of the Salton Sea to recede to a record low in the modern era. The diminishing water level in an already-arid climate pose a risk of exposing previously-sequestered toxic chemicals to open air, which can adversely affect lung health. Future droughts and heatwaves are expected to rise in frequency and severity, disproportionately affecting those impacted by financial and health disparities. The current research uses meteorological techniques to determine the extent to which airborne dust from the Salton Sea is responsible for the increased rate of pediatric emergency department visits due to asthma complications.
Audrey Lawson-Sanchez is the founder and Executive Director of Balanced, a nutrition and public health advocacy organization campaigning for healthier menus in schools, worksites, hospitals and other critical institutions in communities across the country. Formed in collaboration with leading nutrition expert, Best-Selling author, and founder of NutritionFacts.org, Dr. Michael Greger, Balanced was created to help end the ongoing public health crisis that is associated with the overconsumption of unhealthy foods. A former decade-long educator, Audrey was inspired by the birth of her daughter to fight for a food system that prioritizes health for all children and families. Audrey lives in Kansas City with her husband, daughter, and admittedly too many rescued animals.
Azita Amiri, RN, PhD
University of Alabama in Huntsville
Dr. Azita Amiri, RN, PhD Associate Professor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, College of Nursing, and a Bloomberg Fellow at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Amiri is a nurse scientist with an interest in Public Health and Environmental Health. She reaches out to environmental justice communities and educates them about potential environmental exposures and ways to mitigate the exposure. Furthermore, she measures indoor air quality in residential and occupational settings and studies the common indoor air exposures, their concentrations and sources, and their impact on pregnancy outcomes, child health, and the well-being of the elderly.
Barbara Glickstein, MS, MPH, RN
Barbara Glickstein Strategies
Barbara Glickstein, RN, MPH, MS., is the founder of Barbara Glickstein Strategies. She was co-PI for the Woodhull Revisited Project that replicated the original Woodhull study from 1997 and found that today’s nurses are used as sources in only 2% of health news stories (published in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship in 2018). She is one of the lead authors on a follow up qualitative study of journalists’ experiences with using nurses as sources (American Journal of Nursing, 2018). She is the Media Strategist for Carolyn Jones Productions and worked on the documentaries The American Nurse and Defining Hope. Glickstein was selected to participate in Take the Lead’s 50 Women Can Change the World in Journalism 2019. She’s trained hundreds of nurses to be their most effective and impactful selves so they can shape public debate to advance the health of the public and public policy.
Barbara Hollinger, RN, MS, FNP
Barbara Hollinger MSN, FNP Clinical Professor Emeritus at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner Program. She taught from 1995 through 2016 and has 10 years’ experience in the California Central Valley providing primary care to Latino farmworkers at Firebaugh Community Health Center. Her special expertise is in farmworker health, with a focus on the health issues that disproportionately affect agricultural workers and their families. She developed the Farmworker Primary Health Care elective course offered every year at UCSF. She has her BSN from California State University Sacramento and her MSN from California State University, Fresno.
Barbara Polivka, PhD, RN, FAAN
University of Kansas School of Nursing
Dr. Barbara Polivka is the Associate Dean for Research and Professor at the University of Kansas School of Nursing. She received her Baccalaureate and Masters’ Degree in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati and her PhD in Nursing from The Ohio State University. Previously Dr. Polivka was Professor and Shirley B. Powers Endowed Chair at the University of Louisville. Dr. Polivka’s programs of research have focused on environmental health and on health services research. She has been funded as principal investigator by the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Aging, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), as well as from local, state, institutional, and foundations entities. She is widely published in nursing and interdisciplinary journals.
Barbara Sattler RN, DrPH, FAAN
University of San Francisco
Dr. Barbara Sattler is a Professor at the University of San Francisco and an international leader in environmental health and nursing. While at the University of Maryland, she directed the Maryland Hospitals for Healthy Environments, a 10-year statewide initiative that helped hospitals develop sustainable policies and practices to achieve the triple bottom line of employee health, patient health, and ecological health. Supported by grants from the US Department of Agriculture she also helped to bring local, sustainable, healthy foods to Maryland’s hospitals. Dr. Sattler has worked at the local level in communities facing environmental health risks associated with lead-based paint, pesticides, Superfund sites, and risks associated with gas and oil extraction, including fracking. She has been an advisor to the US EPA’s Office of Child Health Protection and the National Library of Medicine for informational needs of health professionals on environmental health. Dr. Sattler is a Registered Nurse with an MPH and DrPH from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.
Beth Schenk, PhD, MHI, RN-BC, FAAN
Providence Health Care
Elizabeth Schenk, PhD, RN, FAAN is the Executive Director of Environmental Stewardship for Providence, a health system with over 50 hospitals and 1000 clinics. She is instrumental in helping advance the organization toward its goal of becoming carbon negative by 2030, through the conservation of resources, education, and research. Beth is assistant research professor at Washington State University College of Nursing. She led the development of CHANT: Climate and Health Tool, measuring health professionals’ awareness and engagement with climate change and health, which has been translated to several languages and used in over 30 nations. She developed the WE ACT Framework (Waste, Energy/water, Agriculture/food, Chemicals, Transportation) to organize the extensive range of environmental stewardship, while motivating action. As a board member of the ANHE, she hosts the Nurses for Healthy Environments podcast. She is on the boards of Montana Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate and Climate Smart Missoula. Beth has been honored with the Charlotte Brody Award, as a distinguished alumnus from the University of Montana, and as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.
Health Care Without Harm
Betsy Skoda, Regional Program Manager, Healthy Food in Health Care, Health Care Without Harm. She has 10+ years working in public health. For the past five years, she has worked in the Healthy Food in Health Care program of Health Care Without Harm. She works with hospitals in New England and New York to support their work to advance development of a more sustainable and resilient food system through purchasing and community health strategies. In this role she has delivered numerous conference presentations and participated in webinars.
Cara Cook, MS, RN, AHN-BC
Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments
Cara Cook, MS, RN, AHN-BC is the Director of Programs for the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments. In her role, she leads ANHE environmental health programming to engage nurses, nursing organizations, and the profession in advancing health advocacy, education, and practice change. Prior to joining ANHE, Cara was a Local Care Coordinator with Healthways-Sharecare, Inc., coordinating care for high-risk patients in partnership with their primary care providers as part of an insurance-based Patient-Centered Medical Home program. She has experience in critical care nursing working in both medical and trauma intensive care. Cara holds a Master’s in Community/Public Health Nursing through the University of Maryland.
Carol Kwiatkowski, PhD
Green Science Policy Institute
Carol Kwiatkowski, PhD is the Science and Policy Senior Associate at the Green Science Policy Institute, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University. At the Institute, she heads the program to reduce the use of “Six Classes” of harmful chemicals: PFAS, flame retardants, antimicrobials, bisphenols & phthalates, organic solvents, and certain metals. Prior to joining GSPI, Dr. Kwiatkowski served for eleven years as Executive Director of The Endocrine Disruption Exchange, a science-based non-profit organization focusing on the impacts of environmental chemicals on hormone disruption.
Catherine Dodd, PhD, RN, FAAN
UCSF School of Nursing
Catherine J. Dodd PhD, RN, FAAN holds BS and MS from UCSF School of Nursing and a PhD in Sociology. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She was Deputy Chief of Staff to Mayor Newsom directing the San Francisco Health Service System responsible for insurance for over 117,000 public employees and dependents. Catherine was District Chief of Staff to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. President Clinton appointed her Region IX Director of Health and Human Services under Secretary Shalala responsible for CA, NV, AZ, HI and the 6 US Pacific jurisdictions. She serves as Vice Chair of Commonweal a social, health and environmental organization incubator and as an advisor to F.A.C.T.S Families Advocating for Chemical and Toxic Safety. She was on the board of Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, is on the board of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare and is a subject matter expert on Radio Frequency Radiation/Electromagnetic Radiation. She is a frequent speaker on the Social Determinants of Health, Emphasizing Environmental Determinants as well as on Policy and Politics.
Catherine Feaga, MD
Dr. Feaga is Director of Osteopathic Education and Obstetrics Coordinator for the Meritus Family Medicine Residency Program. She received her medical degree from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency in family medicine at Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency in 2013. She practices full-spectrum rural family medicine including non-operative obstetrics and has been teaching family medicine residents since 2014. With an extensive background in integrative medicine and a holistic approach to patient care, Dr. Feaga enjoys helping patients reverse chronic disease and regain and maintain their health. She is passionate about Osteopathy and particularly enjoys discovering the nuances of Cranial Osteopathy and Biodynamics. Dr. Feaga is board certified in family medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine and in integrative medicine by the American Board of Physician Specialties. She is currently pursuing functional medicine certification.
Catherine Lane, MPH, BA
Cathrine has 30 years of experience in designing, implementing and evaluating adolescent sexual and reproductive health programs in the United States in many countries around the world. She’s experienced in training healthcare providers and program implementers. She’s helped to develop USAID’s Youth in Development policy and contributed to the design of USAID global project, Youth Power, which implies principles of positive youth development.
Ceres Community Project
Cathryn Couch is the founder and CEO for Ceres Community Project, a non-profit working to foster health by connecting people to one another and to a healthier food system. Ceres provides 120,000 organic medically tailored meals annually to primarily low-income people struggling because of a health challenge. Couch is the 2020 chair for the California Food is Medicine Coalition, a six agency collaboration conducting the first statewide medically tailored meal pilot for Medicaid members. Ceres is also one of four agencies currently conducting large-scale randomized control trials for medically tailored meals at Kaiser Permanente. She sits on the leadership team for Hearts of Sonoma County— a collaborative working to reduce heart attacks and strokes; and participates in Marin Food Policy Council, Marin HEAL initiative, California Food & Farming Network, and the Food Lab at Google. Couch was finalist for The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Community Health Leaders Award, a finalist for the James Irvine Leadership Award, a Red Cross Adult Humanitarian Hero for Northern California and a CNN Hero. She holds an MBA from the University of Michigan.
Christina Kwauk, PhD
Chrisina has conducted policy relevant research on the intersections of gender, education, and climate change to translate this research for different technical and non-technical audiences in policy reports, blogs, podcast, public lectures, seminars and other outlets. She has also taught graduate and undergraduate level courses in education in the past and regularly conducts capacity building trainings in research and writing for policy impact.
Christine TIll, PhD
Dr. Christine Till received her B.Sc. (1997) from the University of Waterloo, Ontario. From there she moved to Toronto where she attended the University of Toronto to complete her Masters (2000) and PhD (2004) in Psychology. She then accepted a post-doctoral position at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute where she completed her clinical training in neuropsychology (2006). She is a registered psychologist with an expertise in neuropsychology in both children and adults. Dr. Till is a tenured Associate Professor in the Clinical Developmental Area in the Department of Psychology and Faculty of Health at York University. She is also appointed as an Adjunct Scientist of the Neurosciences and Mental Health Research Program at The Hospital for Sick Children.
Courtney Schultz, PhD
Health & Technology Partners, LLC
Courtney Schultz is the Executive Director at Health & Technology Partners, LLC. Courtney is dedicated to improving wellbeing through cooperative partnerships with healthcare providers, communities, and natural resources. Her passion is conducting and applying research in order to develop solutions that help her clients make informed decisions. Her services include community engagement; diversity, equity, and inclusion frameworks; research and data analysis; program design and evaluation; and technology solutions.
Daniel J. Smith, MS, RN, CNE
Daniel Smith, PhD, ENP-C, LNC, NP-C is a practicing intensivist nurse practitioner in the ICU department and in addition is an Independent Contractor for multiple Emergency Room Departments. In the recent past, he worked in an Orthopaedic Trauma setting treating both pediatric and adult populations. Within the Orthopaedic Trauma practice, he routinely manage patients with multiple traumas performing such duties as: closed reductions of fractures, cast application, skeletal pinning and assisting with surgical procedures that stabilize fractures. In the ER, he has consistently managed a multitude of medical conditions, traumas, chronic illnesses, orthopeadic injuries, lacerations, laboratory studies, antibiotic therapy, acute cardiac/stroke events and x-ray interpretations, intubations, central lines, chest tubes and lumbar punctures. In the ICU, he was responsible for the care of critically ill patients with responsibilities that were complex in nature. Ventilator management, invasive drips, shock of all forms, intubation, central lines, bronchoscopy, complex medical treatment and multiple specialty treatment teams approach.
Dante Laghetto, RN
Dante Laghetto is a Registered Nurse at Kaiser Permanente, Unit-Based Team’s Health and Safety Champion, and a member at the Kaiser Permanente San Diego Green Team, where he plays an important leadership role in sustainable health care practices. He is also a member of the Leadership Council of California Nurses for Environmental Health & Justice. In addition, Dante manages biO2america.com, a plant-based outdoor nutrition company with large-scale environmental green projects, such as planting more than 40,000 trees and spreading ecological awareness of preserving nature, encouraging open-air sports practice, and stimulating a vegan diet.
David Buchheit is a nurse with special interests in environmental stewardship and public health and looks forward to working in the fellowship to developing a project to promote environmental health. David’s current nursing position is on an ICU stepdown unit where he cares for a diverse patient population. David enjoys digging in his garden, tinkering with his house, going on roadtrips, and attending plays featuring his wife/partner in life Wendy.
Destiny Rodriguez, MS
The Climate Center
As Regional Community Relations manager for the Climate Center, Destiny Rodriguez is designing and implementing local strategies to further community choice energy in the Fresno area. She continues to build support for strategic policy objectives from policymakers, allied organizations, and volunteers. Destiny is a Thriving Earth Exchange recipient in collaboration with Shake Energy Collaborative to launch a project in Fresno, California that will advance community priorities that explore the opportunity for local decision making on community-scale energy projects including community choice energy. Destiny has worked on air quality, health, and environmental issues in the Central Valley for nearly fifteen years. Prior to working for The Climate Center, Destiny worked for organizations such as the Central California Asthma Collaborative, Central Valley Air Quality Coalition, Coalition for Clean Air, National Parks Conservation Association, and the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust. She is passionate about helping her community and the environment. Destiny is also a graduate of the Gamaliel National Leadership Training and Emerge California Political Candidate Training Program. Destiny has a B.S. in Mass Communications Journalism with emphasis on Public Relations, and Chicano Latin American Studies from California State University, Fresno.
Mt. Diablo Unified School District
Dominic Machi is the Director of Food & Nutrition Services at Mt. Diablo Unified School District in Concord California.
Senior Policy Analyst Moms Clean Air Force
Elizabeth Bechard is Senior Policy Analyst for Moms Clean Air Force. She is also a health coach, author, former clinical research coordinator, and a public health graduate student at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
After becoming a mother, Elizabeth became passionate about the intersection between climate change and family resilience. She is the author of Parenting in a Changing Climate: Tools for Cultivating Resilience, Taking Action, and Practicing Hope in the Face of Climate Change. She lives in Durham, North Carolina, with her husband and young twins.
Elizabeth Landau is an award-winning journalist and science communicator. Currently, she lives in Washington, D.C. She is a contributor to the New York Times, Washington Post, WIRED, Smithsonian, Scientific American, Quanta, and other publications. As a contractor, she serves as a Senior Communications Specialist at NASA Headquarters, where she produces and edits podcasts, videos, and website articles.
U.S. Army Colonel (retired), Sustainability Scientist, Registered Nurse
U.S. Army Colonel (retired), Sustainability Scientist, Registered Nurse, and former community college educator with expertise in the intersections of climate change and public health. More than 35 years of professional healthcare experience, and 17 years of senior-level leadership and management experience in medical training, development, facilities, operations, logistics, and program management. Seven years of command in three separate military units. Expertise in sustainability solutions, innovative leadership, healthcare, planning and executing multiple time-critical tasks simultaneously. Accustomed to working in high-stress environments and commanding organizations in austere locations during multiple deployments, including a combat tour in Afghanistan and two humanitarian support missions in Honduras and the Dominican Republic. Former Army Senior Medical Advisor, MedEvac Helicopter pilot, and Top Secret government security clearance holder.
Erika Spanger-Siegfried, MA, BS
Union of Concerned Scientists
Erika Spanger-Siegfried, the Director of Strategic Climate Analytics in the Climate and Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, researches, writes and speaks about U.S. climate change impacts and preparedness. She currently manages UCS’s climate impacts analyses, work that helps shed light through new research, analysis and outreach on ongoing climate change impacts, current efforts to cope with these impacts, and the urgency of strong leadership and action. Most recently, Ms. Spanger-Siegfried has overseen and co-authored UCS’s leading-edge work around coastal flooding and extreme heat, including “When Rising Seas Hit Home” and “Killer Heat in the United States.” Ms. Spanger-Siegfried formerly managed several multi-year climate research and engagement projects. These included the Energy-Water Initiative, aimed at raising awareness of the connection between energy use and water consumption, particularly in the context of climate change; and the Northeast Climate Impacts Assessment, a collaboration between UCS and a multi-disciplinary team of more than 50 scientists from across the region that explored future climate change in Northeast states and impacts on key sectors.
Erika Alfaro, RN, BSN
County of San Mateo
Erika Alfaro Lemus is a public health nurse for Health and Family Services with San Mateo County, where she works as a nurse case manager for California Children’s Services. Erika was a participant of the inaugural ANHE Environmental Health Nurse Fellowship program. Ms. Alfaro Lemus has a broad range of nursing experience, from pediatric cardiac ICU to utilization review and community health. She has been working in the nursing field since the age of 18, when she worked as a nursing assistant in a variety of nursing specialties including skilled nursing, psych/mental health, medical-surgical, and ICU.
Eriko Sase, Ph.D.
The Lancet Commission
Eriko Sase is an award winning scholar in Health Science. She is a member of The Lancet Commission on the Value of Death (2018-2020) and studies the relationship between medicine and death/dying. She conducts her research on human rights and bioethics issues in end-of-life care as a visiting researcher in the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University. Her 60+ publications include the articles from The Lancet and a book chapter in Gostin L.O. et al (eds.) Advancing the Human Right to Health from the Oxford University Press (2013). She specializes in health and human rights, global/public health, and healthcare policy. She received her Ph.D. from The University of Tokyo, Japan, and was a Takemi Fellow in International Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She was the inaugural Director of the Global Health Systems Program in Wright State University. She currently holds multiple appointments; Abe Fellow with the Social Science Research Council & the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, adjunct faculty in the Graduate School of Medicine at The University of Tokyo, visiting professor at Saitama Prefectural University, and a member of the board of directors at the Global Health Research Center of Japan.
Gibran C. Mancus, PHD, MSN-Ed, RN
University of Alabama
Dr. Gibran Mancus, PhD, MSN-Ed, BSN is an adjunct professor at Pacific College. He has over nine years of experience in nursing, including work in community and planetary health. Dr. Mancus’ research focuses on Biosocial Health Geography. Mancus received his BSN from University of Nebraska, an MSN-Ed from Daemen College, and his PhD in Nursing at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Mancus is dedicated to the science of nursing and environmental health through research that links ecosystem based adaptation with the resilience of vulnerable communities living with structural and contextual inequality and cumulative trauma. He focused on environmental inequality early in his nursing education, starting with an undergraduate policy campaign addressing the health implications to communities impacted by mountaintop removal with the Student Sierra Club at West Virginia University. His concern about the impact of inequity of neighborhood greenness on the resilience of communities and individuals has now been translated to a program of research.
Hannah Noel-Bouchard, RN, BSN
Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments
Hannah Noel-Bouchard, BSN, RN is a public health nurse and the Nurse Operations Coordinator for the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments. She supports the organization’s staff and nurse members, who are working in communities across the nation to promote healthy environments. She is currently a school nurse in Charleston, SC and volunteers weekly at a free clinic serving the Charleston area barrier islands. Prior to joining ANHE, Hannah has worked in cardiac/telemetry and research nursing. After participating in ANHE’s inaugural Environmental Health Nurse Fellowship program, Hannah continues to build relationships and work with local communities to better understand, prepare for, and mitigate the negative health effects of climate change and polluted air, soil, and water.
Hector A. Olvera, Ph.D., P.E.
Oregon Health & Science University
Hector A. Olvera Alvarez Ph.D., P.E. is an Associate professor and Sr. Associate Dean for Research at the School of Nursing at Oregon Health and Science University. The overarching goal of his academic work is to reduce the disproportionate burden that social disadvantage has on lifelong health by understanding how social and environmental determinants of health interact and how these interactions can be leveraged to inform effective interventions. He tackles this goal by integrating interdisciplinary perspectives and research techniques, training intrepid health scientists who seek the resolution of health challenges rather than the mastery of skill, and by forming a scientific community that understands that the solution to the most pressing health challenges ahead of us will come from collaborative, daring, interdisciplinary work that emerges from the experiences of the community and that it doesn’t end until its product reaches the community.
Hyunok Choi, PhD, MPH
Hyunok Choi, Ph.D., MPH is an Associate Professor at Lehigh University College of health. Her research focuses on children’s prenatal and postnatal exposures to indoor and outdoor environmental pollution, and their risks on a series of developmental consequences, including adverse birth outcomes, asthma, and obesity. However, as human well-being and illness occur through exquisitely intricate interactions with the environment in which the person lives, Dr. Choi investigates a health outcome as a process involving molecular- (such as epigenomic and transcriptomic markers), host susceptibility- (such as body mass index), clinical, environmental (such as air pollutant levels), and meteorologic (such as temperature, wind speed) factors across time and space. Understanding such process is not so different from looking at Hieronymus Bosch’s painting, the so-called ‘Garden of Earthly Delight’, which interprets the processes human existence in three pieces. Dr. Choi’s long-term goal is to train the next generation of scientists to translate environmentally driven genomic mechanisms into both macro- (e.g. policy translation, community engagement) as well as micro- (e.g. molecular biomarker development) solutions. In her spare time, Dr. Choi likes to roam in art museums, mulling over the ways in which paintings and sculptures help us to understand disease processes better.
Irene Yang, PhD, MSN, RN
Irene Yang is an Assistant Professor, tenure track, and received her MSN in Nursing Education and PhD in Nursing Research from the University of Louisville in 2014. She continued her research training with a T32 postdoctoral fellowship at Emory’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and was privileged to join the faculty in 2016. As a Biobehavioral scientist and registered nurse she is currently conducting biobehavioral research investigating the oral-systemic connection. Interested in collaborating with researchers on the intersections between oral health, oral microbiome, oral health care access, maternal outcomes, mild cognitive impairment, and e-cigarette use.
Jamie Banks, PhD, MS
Quiet Communities, Inc.
Jamie is the Executive Director of Quiet Communities, Inc. She has a professional background in health outcomes in economics, health technology assessment, environmental behavior, and policy. She served in senior positions at leading organizations. She is an academic background in biochemistry, developmental, molecular biology, bio statistics, epidemiology and health economics.
Jessica Castner, PhD, RN
Journal Of Emergency Nursing
Dr. Castner is the President and Principal Investigator/Consultant of Castner Incorporated, as well as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Emergency Nursing. An expert in emergency and environmental health, Dr. Castner hones her clinical, entrepreneurial, and research experience to develop the next generation of telehealth and emergency care that understands and addresses social determinants of emergency medicine utilization in order to create more equitable care. Her pioneering work to integrate environmental health research, emergency nursing, and data science modelling within a social justice framework has enabled her promotion of healthy environments and prevention of health emergencies.
Jessica Fisher, DNP, APRN, NP-C
University of Minnesota Physicians
Jessica Fisher, RN, DNP is a transplant surgery nurse practitioner. She advocates for climate change reform and bringing the voice of health care to the public debate on clean energy, fossil fuel related pollution, and our changing climate. She is dedicated to public health and currently pursuing her MPH.
John R. Balmes, MD
USCF and UC Berkeley
Dr. John Balmes is Professor of Medicine Emeritus at UCSF and Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Emeritus in the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley. He is an Attending Physician at San Francisco General Hospital. Dr. Balmes has been studying the health effects of exposures to air pollution for over 40 years and has been serving as the Physician Member of the California Air Resources Board since 2008.
John Rumpler is senior attorney and clean water program director for Environment America – a state-based, citizen supported federation of environmental advocacy groups with professional staff in 29 states and Washington DC.Some of his current priorities include protecting drinking water, halting factory farm pollution, and advancing green infrastructure solutions to curb runoff pollution and sewage overflows. He specializes in policy regarding clean water, green infrastructure, factory farms, fracking, water efficiency, runoff and sewage pollution, toxic pollution and chemical policy, open space protection, wilderness, national forests.
Higher Ground Farm
John has worked at the nexus of food and the environment for over 10 years. As a national program manager at health care without harm John works with healthcare facilities across North America to support them in implementing policies and programs that support sustainable food systems. 66% of reporting hospitals in John’s Netwerk are purchasing me raised without routine antibiotics. John works directly hospitals to implement strategies to lower their climate impact from food and support regional food systems that are resilient and health promoting.
Juan Declet-Barreto, PhD
Union of Concerned Scientists
Dr. Declet-Barreto earned a Ph.D. in environmental social sciences, M.A. and B.S. degrees in geography, and an associate’s degree in geographic information systems, from Arizona State University. At UCS, his research maps, analyzes, and finds solutions to the unequal human health and livelihood impacts of environmental hazards, particularly those exacerbated by climate change. Before joining UCS, Dr. Declet-Barreto spent two years as a climate and health research fellow with the Natural Resources Defense Council, where he helped link climate change to adverse health impacts, with a special attention on low-income communities, and communities populated predominantly by people of color. His research maps, analyzes, and finds solutions to the unequal human health and livelihood impacts of environmental hazards, particularly those exacerbated by climate change. Dr. Declet-Barreto earned a Ph.D. in environmental social sciences, M.A. and B.S. degrees in geography, and an associate’s degree in geographic information systems, from Arizona State University.
Julie Postma, PhD, RN
Washington State University
Julie Postma, PhD, RN is Associate Dean for Research at Washington State University College of Nursing. She earned her BSN from the University of Michigan School of Nursing. She started clinical practice on the Cardiothoracic Intermediate Care Unit at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn., and later worked at the University of Washington Medical Center as a cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit nurse. She studied occupational and environmental health nursing and earned a PhD in nursing science at the University of Washington School of Nursing in Seattle. She completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at UW before accepting a faculty position at WSU, where she is currently an associate professor. Her scholarship is focused on environmental health promotion among those most affected by environmental health threats. She uses multiple research methods to engage patients, parents, clinical and community partners in collaborative research and advocacy.
Kamal Eldeirawi, PhD, RN
University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Eldeirawi received his PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Currently, he is an Associate Professor at the College of Nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago and an affiliate Assistant Professor at the UIC’s School of Public Health. His interdisciplinary research focuses on individual and neighborhood factors associated with chronic conditions, especially asthma in vulnerable and underserved populations. He has pioneered an area of inquiry on the effects of immigration and acculturation on the risk of asthma and atopic conditions in children of Mexican origin and is currently replicating some of this work on other immigrant populations. He has garnered intramural and extramural support for his research and received several prestigious awards. Dr. Eldeirawi was one of just 12 nursing educators from across the United States to win a highly competitive 3-year grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Nurse Faculty Scholars program. He teaches interdisciplinary courses and mentor students, junior faculty, and international scholars. Dr. Eldeirawi’s work has been disseminated widely in scientific conferences, top-tier journals, and media outlets (e.g., BBC News and Chicago Sun-Times). He is actively engaged with community initiatives and professional organizations. Eldeirawi’s research has implications for identifying causes of asthma and defining effective multilevel and culturally appropriate interventions as well as policies to prevent asthma and reduce asthma-related disparities.
Karen C. Dannemiller, PhD
Ohio State University
Karen Dannemiller, PhD is an Associate Professor, Environmental Health Sciences at Ohio State University College of Public Health. Her interdisciplinary research integrates engineering with microbiology and addresses emerging health challenges and environmental concerns using –omics approaches. Within the indoor environment, we are simultaneously exposed to thousands of chemicals and microorganisms which compose our indoor exposome, and these exposures are different from those of our ancestors. Broadly, the goal of Dr. Dannemiller’s work is to understand these exposures, their sources, and their impact on human health. Her unique background combines training in both engineering and public health to tackle difficult questions, particularly with regards to exposures in the built environment where we spend 90% of our time. Dr. Dannemiller graduated with honors in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from Brown University and earned her PhD at Yale University in Chemical and Environmental Engineering. During this time she completed an internship at the California Department of Public Health in the Indoor Air Quality Program. Her work improved our understanding of human exposures linked to childhood asthma development and severity. Her research also elucidated resident microbial populations and fundamental transport processes occurring in homes. Dr. Dannemiller’s current research is on microbial activity in house dust and biotransformation of phthalates in homes, and she is excited to tackle new challenges as an assistant professor at The Ohio State University.
Karen Duderstadt RN, PhD, FAAN
Karen G. Duderstadt PhD, RN is a Clinical Professor Emerita at the University of California San Francisco School of Nursing. She is the past Director of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program. She completed her PhD at UCSF in Nursing & Health Policy in 2006, where her research focused on Access to Care for low-income children. In clinical practice at the Children’s Health Center at Zuckerberg San Francisco General, she cared for the urban LatinX population of children and families. She is a founding member of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE) and has served on the Steering Committee and the Policy and Advocacy Committee working on environmental and chemical policy reform. She has presented and published on a wide range of child health policy topics and environmental health issues nationally including access to care for children living in low-income families, the impact of childhood overweight and obesity on the health care system, the impact of chemical policy on children’s health, and on tobacco policy and impact on youth.
Better Food Foundation
Katie Cantrell, Director of Corporate Outreach, Better Food Foundation. Katie is the founder of the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition. For more than a decade, Katie has led workshops, speaking to over 5,000 people about the ecological and health impacts of the food system. She has led workshops on sustainable food policy, on the social and ecological hazards of industrial animal agriculture and consulted on food policy at universities, government agencies, Fortune 500 corporations, at government agencies, and top universities. Her materials have been used as a resource by food justice advocates around the world.
Katie Huffling, DNP, RN, CNM, FAAN
Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments
Katie Huffling, MS, RN, CNM, FAAN is a Certified Nurse-Midwife and is the Executive Director of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments. Ms. Huffling works with nurses and national nursing organizations on a variety of environmental health issues including climate change, chemical policy, inclusion of environmental health into nursing education, and sustainable healthcare. Ms. Huffling has written numerous peer-reviewed articles on environmental health issues and was an editor of the recently released environmental health e-textbook “Environmental Health in Nursing” which won the 2017 AJN Book of the Year in Environmental Health.
Kristi Pettibone, PhD
NIH National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Kristi G. Pettibone, Ph.D. is a Health Scientist Administrator at the NIH National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. She has almost 20 years’ experience managing, directing, and guiding public health policy research and evaluation projects. She holds a Ph.D. in Policy Sciences (health policy concentration) from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Prior to joining NIEHS, she served as director of the MayaTech Corporation’s Center for Community Prevention and Treatment Research. Kristi has worked on evaluations of several federal grant portfolios including CDC’s Injury Control Research Centers and NIEHS’s Environmental Health Core Centers Program. For the last three years she has led an NIEHS workgroup in the development of a new translational research framework.
Union of Concerned Scientists
Kristina Dahl is a senior climate scientist for the Climate & Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In her role, she designs, executes, and communicates scientific analyses to make climate change more tangible to the general public, and to policymakers. Her research focuses on the impact of climate change, particularly sea level rise and extreme heat, on people and places. Much of Kristy’s work involves spatial analyses and products, reflecting her lifelong passion for maps. Prior to joining UCS, Dr. Dahl was the associate director of a school-wide climate change initiative at Rutgers University, and provided scientific guidance as a course scientist for the American Museum of Natural History’s Seminars on Science program, a set of online courses geared toward K-12 educators. She also served as a science communicator for Al Gore’s Climate Project, delivering presentations on global warming for K-12 students and adult learners. Dr. Dahl earned a PhD in paleoclimate from the MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program, and a BA in Earth sciences from Boston University. She has been quoted in Bloomberg, The Guardian, National Geographic, The New York Times, The New Republic, San Francisco Chronicle, The Weather Channel, and local news outlets.
California Certified Organic Farmers
Laetitia Benador is a food systems researcher, writer, and farmer. As the CCOF Research Fellow, Benador spearheads the Roadmap to an Organic California project, which is a first-of-its kind research project that investigates how organic is a solution to California’s toughest challenges. Prior to joining CCOF, Benador lived and worked on organic and biodynamic farms in California and Oregon, where she experienced farming and economic models that work for all life, allowing her to reimagine possibilities for creating a just world. She earned her B.A. in Political Economy at the University of California, Berkeley, specializing in the intersection of global economic development and agriculture.
Lasse Bruun is an advocacy specialist and experienced leader in climate and energy, sustainable agriculture and animal rights, with twenty years experience in mobilization, communication, campaigning and movement building. In his current role as Global Director of 50by40, Lasse oversees the strategic direction, advocacy and grant-making for the secretariat and acts as the spokesperson and main convener. 50by40 is a global multi-NGO and cross-sector movement addressing externalities of animal agriculture by catalyzing and augmenting existing and new initiatives. The vision is to reverse current growth and trends to cut global production of industrialized animal agriculture by 50% by 2040. 50by40 functions as a convener of stakeholders and rightsholders with a global South-North balance being paramount. Working across sectors and continents, Lasse´s work includes being a Global Project Leader at Greenpeace, an adviser in the Danish Parliament and Head of Global Campaigns at Climate Action Network (CAN). Within these roles, Lasse has led high-level international dialogues, campaigns and projects around the world. At CAN, he coordinated campaigning efforts on behalf of more than 1200 NGOs in 120 countries and led a global energy taskforce of environmental, faith and development NGOs – as well as labor unions, megacities administrators, foundations and Fortune 500 businesses. Lasse is a postgrad in Rhetoric and Linguistics from the University of Copenhagen.
Laura Anderko, PhD, RN
Mid Atlantic Center for Children's Health and the Environment
Dr. Laura Anderko PhD RN, adjunct lecturer for the Environmental Studies program at Georgetown University, is also Co-Director of the federally funded Region 3 Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit at Villanova University College of Nursing, the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment. She is a nurse, educator and scholar focusing on environmental health for over 20 years, publishing widely on a variety of children’s environmental health topics such as climate change. She has served on a number of boards and federal advisory committees, and is currently a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) committee establishing Guidance on PFAS testing and health outcomes. Dr. Anderko has received numerous awards for her work in environmental health. Most notably, in 2013 she was recognized by the Obama White House as a Champion of Change for her advocacy efforts in Climate Change and Public Health.
Laura Kate Bender
American Lung Association
Laura Kate Bender is the National Assistant Vice President, Healthy Air at American Lung Association. Laura Kate has spent nearly a decade working for protections from air pollution and climate change. She currently serves as National Assistant Vice President, Healthy Air at the American Lung Association, where she leads the Healthy Air Campaign, directing advocacy initiatives in Washington, DC; field staff working in multiple states; and coordination of a broad group of national public health and medical organizations. She previously served as the campaign’s lead representative to Congress, advocating for limits on outdoor air pollution to protect public health. Prior to that, she worked in Virginia to implement the Healthy Air Campaign on the state level. She also served on the board of the Virginia Asthma Coalition. Prior to joining the Lung Association, Laura Kate worked as an organizer on clean air issues for Environment America. Laura Kate studied political science and communications at American University in Washington, DC. She lives in Fairfax, Virginia with her husband and two children.
Linda Helland, MPH, CPH
California Department of Public Health
Linda Helland is the Climate Change and Health Equity Section Chief at the Office of Health Equity, California Department of Public Health. She is a certified public health professional and visionary leader with a career marked by passion for promotion of health equity. Her background distinguished by success in public health program management, providing oversight of 16 community health programs. Trusted advocate and team builder with astute planning and communication skills. She is highly effective at implementing community-based public health research, policy, strategy and evaluation and excels by forging strong relationships and engaging strategic partners to advocate for policies and environments that promote human and ecological health. She is dedicated to employing science in the service of population health, trained and experienced in promoting health through land use and transportation planning and adept at group facilitation and strategic planning. Bilingual in English and Spanish.
Lisa Jordan is Director of the Environmental Law Clinic, appointed to the position in 2017. She has over twenty years of experience with the Environmental Law Clinic, including serving as Acting Director in 1999-2000, supervising students in the representation of clients who face threats from pollution and barriers to effective participation before governmental entities. From the beginning, Professor Jordan and her students’ representation has focused on Louisiana communities disproportionately impacted by industrial pollution. From 1996 through 1998, Professor Jordan led the Clinic’s legal team in representing a grassroots citizen group and their regional and national partners in opposing air permits to Shintech Corporation for a massive polyvinyl chloride plant proposed for Convent, Louisiana, a town in the middle of Louisiana’s Cancer Alley. The Clinic’s representation of these groups in the face of massive political and financial resistance and interference led to them being named Runner-Up for the National Law Journal’s Lawyer of the Year award. Professor Jordan continues this important work for clients across Louisiana and other areas, as well as clients fighting to protect invaluable natural resources such as the Atchafalaya Basin. Professor Jordan has an LLM in Environmental Law and previously practiced criminal law as an assistant district attorney in Orleans Parish. She is a native New Orleanian.
Lisa Thompson, PhD, RN
Dr. Lisa Thompson is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at Emory University and affiliated faculty in the Department of Environmental Health in the Rollins School of Public Health. She is the Director of Graduate Studies for the PhD program in nursing. Dr. Thompson is a member of the Network for Evaluation and Implementation Sciences at Emory University (NEISE). She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Thompson is a member of the Sustainability Vision Committee for the Emory Office of Sustainability, and a faculty member on the Emory University Senate, Committee on the Environment. She is the co-chair for the research working group, part of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments. She serves on the American Academy of Nursing Expert Panel on Environmental and Public Health. Dr. Thompson received her BSN, MSN and FNP degrees from San Francisco State University. She received her MS and PhD degrees in Environmental Health Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to Emory in 2017, Dr. Thompson was on faculty in the School of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco.
Elizabeth (Liz) Mizelle, PhD, RN-BC, CNE
East Carolina University
Elizabeth (Liz) Mizelle, PhD, RN-BC, CNE is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina (NC). She graduated with a PhD in 2021 and her dissertation research was a community-informed mixed methods study on environmental heat stress, fluid intake and hydration status among eastern NC farmworkers. Liz is building a research program focused on the negative health effects of extreme weather on coastal, rural, and agricultural communities. She is an AgriSafe Nurse Scholar and a Daisy Faculty Award recipient.
Luz Huntington-Moskos, PhD, RN, CPN
University of Louisville
Dr. Huntington-Moskos is an Assistant Professor at the University of Louisville school of Nursing. Her current research efforts focus on the prevention of lung cancer by addressing secondhand smoke and radon exposure in the homes of low-income families with children. Using a life course perspective, she is interested in addressing cancer prevention early in the trajectory of a child’s life through the use of home testing for chronic environmental exposures. Her educational background includes a strong foundation in maternal child health and health disparities. As a recipient of two Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB) traineeships, she completed specialized training in child health theory, growth/development and adolescent resiliency. Her PhD dissertation examined the impact of tobacco use behaviors and secondhand smoke exposure on the cardiovascular health of rural adolescents. As a postdoctoral scholar with the Bridging Research Efforts and Advocacy Toward Healthy Environments (BREATHE) research team at the University of Kentucky, College of Nursing, she assisted in participant recruitment and expanded my knowledge of intervention research and home testing. As a co-investigator, funded by a National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) diversity supplement, she examined the influence of having children in the home and the completion of home testing for radon and secondhand smoke. She has experience working with under-resourced communities during her service in the United States Peace Corps, as a registered nurse working in inner city Baltimore and on the Navajo Nation.
Madeleine Smith Kleven
Food Animal Concerns Trust
Madeline received her MPH in infectious diseases and vaccinology and received an undergraduate degree in public health and chemistry. While attending UC Berkeley she worked in a laboratory which looked at drug resistant tuberculosis. She also works at FACT coordinating KAW since 2019. During her work at FACT she has gained many experiences and expertise in the agricultural sector.
Mande Limbu, SJD, LLM, LLB
United Nations Foundations
Mande is a policy and advocacy professional with over 10 years of experience shaping policy agendas and advocacy strategies to improve reproductive and maternal health. Mande’s expertise lie in successfully leading national global advocacy campaigns to influence prioritization and financing a family planning in maternal and child health program. In addition, Mande overseas in coordinating FP2030’s engagement across critical areas including partner relations, global advocacy, rights and empowerment, emergency preparedness and response, and adolescent and youth issues. .
Marcy Ballman, PhD
American Lung Association
Dr. Marcy Ballman, with the American Lung Association has a multidisciplinary background with expertise in exposure assessment, pediatric asthma management and respiratory toxicology. She has the unique distinction of understanding both the exposure science and laboratory bench science that inform public health. She continues to work to address climate change-driven impacts on lung health and has worked on HEPA air filter unit distribution programs in Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and California and has published multiple manuscripts on the efficacy of HEPA air filter units to improve indoor air quality in homes with wood stoves. Her teaching experience is mostly clinical, working with primary care providers in the clinic setting to improve their asthma care. She has taught pharmacy students in lecture and laboratory settings and have given a multitude of presentations on wildfire smoke related topics in the past 5 years as part of reginal and national webinars, conferences, and round tables. She has also worked with elementary aged children on topics in environmental health.
LA County Department of Public Health
Maribel Castillon, RN is a Public Health Nurse for the Los Angeles County Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) Program. Since 2003, she has been part of a unique team of PHN’s that raise the quality of pediatric care for thousands of Angelinos. Since 2016 Maribel has co-chaired the first member driven SEIU 721 Environmental Justice Action Team (EJAT).
Maria Ignacia González Elias
Green Nurses Network en Commissioning Sustainable Healthcare
Maria Ignacia González Elias is passionate about innovation in Nursing. She is driven by intergenerational work teams that are committed and feel accountant for results.Her goal is to create positive patient experiences and better work environment.
Mechelle Perea-Ryan, PhD, RNC, PHN, FNP
Mechelle Perea-Ryan is an Associate Professor at California State University, Stanislaus in the rural central valley of California. She received her Bachelor’s in Science Nursing in 1992, her Master’s in Science Nursing from UCSF and Family Nurse Practitioner Certification from CCNE in 1997, and is completing her Public Health PhD from the University of California, Merced. Her research interests include Health Disparities, especially for Hispanics and the integration of the Social Determinants of Health into patient centered care. Her dissertation research focuses on ED utilization by infants and how mothers’ make decisions regarding care when their infant has a health care issue.
Meghan Adelman, RN, BSN, MPH
Meghan Alderman RN, BSN, MPH is an experienced PACU/Pre-op nurse, with a passion for lifestyle medicine, and plant-forward dietary interventions to combat the global chronic disease crisis. She is the co-founder and Wellness Director of Navitas Organics, Co-creator of Futurewell Summit, and is the Communications Director for California Nurses for Environmental Health & Justice. She has 13 years of clinical and experiential nursing experience interwoven with knowledge and practical applications of preventative lifestyle behaviors through various entrepreneurial pursuits. She has facilitated and orchestrated numerous large scale educational events as well as participated in program development and management for holistic wellness programs, as well as 2-3 years’ experience producing day long retreats, workshops, and webinar series focused on the health implications of food and agriculture.
Michael Leon Guerrero
Labor Network for Sustainability
Michael Leon Guerrero was a field organizer, lead organizer and Executive Director for the SouthWest Organizing Project for 17 years, leading local, state and regional campaigns on environmental justice. These campaigns resulted in clean up of several toxic sites and regulation of industry to control pollution in communities of color throughout the state of New Mexico. He also was National Coordinator of the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance and UNITY, a collaboration between six national grassroots alliances including the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the National Day Laborers Organizing Network, Right to the City Alliance, Push Back Network, National Guestworker Alliance, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance and Jobs with Justice. Michael then served as National Coordinator of the Climate Justice Alliance, a national network of frontline, environmental justice organizations working for a just transition for the extractive, fossil fuel economy to local, living economies that sustain life and heal the planet. In these capacities Leon Guerrero gained invaluable experience in coordinating national and international efforts amongst diverse organizations and constituencies. Michael currently serves as the Executive Director of the Labor Network for Sustainability, a national network working with the understanding that long-term sustainability cannot be achieved without combining three elements: 1) environmental protection, and in particular addressing climate change; 2) economic fairness, in particular addressing income inequality and jobs; and 3) social justice, in particular eliminating prejudice and defending human and civil rights and democracy.
Milagros Elia APRN, ANP-BC
Greenspace Healthcare Initiative and SHIFT
Milagros R. Elia is the founder of M. Elia Nature-Based Healthcare Solutions (NBHS), a company that offers professional presentations, educational workshops, and program development services to organizations interested in learning more about implementing sustainable nature-based solutions that restore, mange, and help to protect their local community’s natural ecosystems and public health.Currently she is a sitting member of the ANA Innovation Advisory Committee for Planetary Health, and the Patient Advocacy Committee of the Society for Integrative Oncology. Milagros is an accomplished speaker who has been invited to present at both national and international planetary health conferences. Her presentations are engaging and relevant to sustainable healthcare topics.
Molly Jacobs, MPH
University of Massachusetts - Lowell Center for Sustainable Production
Molly Jacobs, MPH is a Senior Research Associate at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production (Lowell Center) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She has over 20 years of experience in public health research and practice to promote effective disease prevention solutions across a range of organizations. Molly’s research at the Lowell Center focuses on environmental health issues with deep expertise on the environmental and occupational causes of cancer and asthma. As an active member of the Cancer Free Economy Network, Molly has supported numerous initiatives to grow the base of scientists, health professionals and cancer-focused leaders to engage in the environmental cancer crisis; developed training materials to support grassroots mobilization efforts; and provided environmental cancer epidemiologic expertise to a range of projects. Since 2013, Molly has also managed the Center’s informed substitution and alternatives assessment work. This work has focused on: supporting governments in the US and internationally to institute programmatic and policy structures that advance informed substitution efforts; co-authoring state of the art reviews and helping to set research and practice agendas for the field of alternatives assessment; and developing capacity building resources and materials. She currently is a member of California’s Green Ribbon Science Panel and an Executive Council member of the Association for the Advancement of Alternatives Assessment. Molly received her MPH with a concentration in environmental health and epidemiology from Boston University
Nora La Torre
As CEO at Eat REAL, Nora Nora LaTorre is galvanizing individuals, communities, health advocates, and the organization to scale impact to make society and especially the next generation healthier. Eat REAL combines her passions for healthy, sustainable living and improving the food system. Before joining Eat REAL, Nora led growth and partnerships at Ganaz, which is a new agtech startup. At Ganaz, she was employee #3, Head of Sales, and was on the Exec Team. Nora was a sustainability leader within the Produce Industry and the Tech world. Previously, she was VP of Consumer Packaged Goods and Retail at Fair Trade USA, which is a leader in third-party certification that seeks sustainable livelihoods for farmers and workers around the world while engaging consumers on that journey. In her partnership and team building role, she was responsible for creating impact for farmers by helping global companies have success with Fair Trade. After joining Fair Trade USA in 2010, Nora quickly became a go-to trusted expert on food sustainability. Nora launched her career working in Global Apparel Sourcing at Target Corporation, where she championed foundational thinking around sustainability.
Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments
Pat Bakalian, CA ANHE coordinator, served as a Regional Consultant for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Immunization Program for HHS Region IX for President Clinton’s Childhood Immunization initiative from 1994-2001. In that capacity, she worked with state and local public health departments to form statewide, regional and citywide immunization coalitions, provide health professionals training in organizational capacity development and conducted trainings in the use of public policy advocacy. She has conducted trainings, workshops and has spoken at numerous national conferences. As the President of Bakalian Consulting Group, she was the editor of Creating a Community Collaborative (distributed nationwide) and author of the Immunization Coalition Sustainably Project, a study funded by Aventis Pasteur, of over 200 Immunization coalitions focused on best practices regarding these coalitions’ organizational capacity and program development. She has provided hands on technical assistance to the state health departments of West Virginia, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Oregon and the Region IX states of California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii and the Pacific Island Territories. Prior to this work Pat was a political campaign manager, field director and fundraiser for U.S. Senate, Congressional, CA Assembly and County Judicial campaigns. She is the author of her memoir, Persistence: The Power to Make Change available on Amazon.
Pat Camp, PT, PhD
UBC Centre for Heart Lung Innovation
Dr. Pat Camp is a clinician-scientist at St. Paul’s Hospital and an Associate Professor in the UBC Department of Physical Therapy. Her clinician-scientist appointment position is jointly supported by the University of British Columbia Department of Physical Therapy and the Providence Health Care Research Institute. Dr. Camp is a physical therapist with expertise in pulmonary rehabilitation for people with chronic lung disease.
Rachael De Souza
Rachael De Souza works as a bedside nurse at a large hospital in Tacoma, WA. In her free time, she focuses on local climate justice and labor advocacy. Rachael is very interested in engaging underrepresented groups (such as low-wage workers, laborers in construction trades, and black and brown folks) in environmental advocacy. Through the ANHE fellowship program, Rachael hopes to find support in climate justice work and to learn about how to motivate other nurses to become climate justice leaders, including seeking elected offices.
California Climate & Agriculture Network
Renata Brillinger is the co-founder and Executive Director of the California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN), a California statewide coalition of sustainable and organic agriculture organizations that has been advancing climate and agriculture federal and state policy since 2009 to realize the powerful climate solutions offered by sustainable and organic agriculture. She has more than two decades of experience in sustainable agriculture policy and food systems projects and 30 years’ experience in non-profit administration.
Renee Joy Dufault
Dr. Renee Joy Dufault is recognized as a biomedical expert in the areas of inorganic mercury and fructose toxicology, nutrition, autism, ADHD, epigenetics, and environmental hazard assessment. Her articles published in peer reviewed medical journals continue to be widely accessed and cited by other scientists. She is widely known for blowing the whistle on the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) when the agency attempted to block publication of her findings of inorganic mercury in high fructose corn syrup. To publish these findings, she retired early and gave up her career as a United States Public Health Service Officer. Mother Jones published an award winning article about Dr. Dufault’s investigation and it can be accessed at the following link: http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2009/07/corn-syrups-mercury-surprise
Dr. Nguyen is a Bay Area native whose interests are founded on a desire to unite the humanitarian promise of medicine with the pursuit of social justice. Her public service work has been primarily community-based and focused on addressing inequities faced by underserved communities. In terms of addressing healthcare access, Dr. Nguyen helped found Pacific Free Clinic, a Stanford-affiliated, student-run free clinic on the east side of San Jose. Her work has also encompassed physician advocacy and health policy. As a Doctors for America State Director, she led physician advocates in the greater Boston area to champion reforms that would create a better healthcare system for all, especially the most vulnerable segments of society. At ZSFG, her main extra-clinical interests lie in transition in care, food environments, and physician advocacy. As Medical Director of Healthy Food Initiatives at ZSFG, she spearheaded several projects that emphasizes the importance of food and health including creating Food Pharmacies where patients can fill prescriptions for healthy diets written by their providers and a transitional meal program that partners with Project Open Hand to deliver medically tailored meals to patients discharged from ZSFG with heart failure.
Health Care Without Harm
Robin Guenther is Principal of Perkins+Will and Senior Advisor to Health Care Without Harm. Her innovative healthcare projects have been published nationally and internationally. Healthcare Design magazine named her the “#1 Most Influential Designer in Healthcare” in 2010. In 2012, Fast Company included her as one of the “100 most creative people in business.” She led the Mazzetti-Perkins+Will team, one of two winning entrants in the Kaiser Permanente Small Hospital Big Idea Competition. She was a 2014 TEDMED speaker. Robin works at the intersection of health care architecture and sustainable policy and participates in a wide range of advocacy initiatives while continuing to practice. She is a Culture of Health Leader. She co-coordinated the Green Guide for Health Care, served on LEED for Healthcare committee, and released the second edition of “Sustainable Healthcare Architecture,” with Gail Vittori in May 2013. In 2005, she received the Center for Health Design’s Changemaker Award for her leadership and innovation in the design of healing environments.
Rosemary Chaudry, PhD, MPH, PHNCNS-BS, RN2
Public Health Foundatio
Roxana Chicas, PhD, RN
Dr. Roxana Chicas is an Assistant Professor, Research Track. She specializes in clinical research in occupational and environmental health, particularly agricultural workers. Her research program focuses on reducing the severe kidney and brain damage that farm and construction workers can experience from being subject to extreme heat. Her nurse-scientist work will bring innovative cooling methods right to the fields. Dr. Chicas received her BSN and Ph.D. in Nursing from Emory and completed a postdoctoral traineeship in the Renal Department of Emory School of Medicine. In 2020, she received The Silver Bowl award from Emory University. The Silver Bowl was initiated to honor outstanding graduate students. Dr. Chicas has been featured in numerous publications throughout her career. The latest being Wiley Online Library. The featured article is titled Nursing is never neutral: Political determinants of health and systemic marginalization.
Ruth G. Esa, BSN, RN, CCRN
Ruth Ruivivar, BSN, RN, CCRN is a certified critical care nurse and has worked in the Surgical ICU for 8 years at LIJ-Northwell Health. In addition to critical care, she will start a new role as a home hospice nurse for Long Island Hospice Care Network. Ruth completed the Integrative Healing Arts Program for Holistic Nursing given by the American Holistic Nurses Association. Through the program she has worked with nurse managers to promote self-care amongst staff. Ruth was featured in Northwell’s publication “Nurses of Northwell Health: A Sense of Purpose” where she wrote about Reiki and benefits to patients. She has volunteered to recover children after cleft lip and palate surgeries with Medical Missions for Children in Quito, Ecuador.
Ruth Zúñiga, PhD
Dr. Ruth Zúñiga is an associate professor, clinical supervisor and licensed psychologist at Pacific University, Oregon. She is also the director of Sabiduría: Latinx Psychology Emphasis. She has a PhD in clinical and community psychology with an emphasis in rural and indigenous communities from the University of Alaska. Her research, teaching and practice have focused on community-based program evaluation, integrated health care, chronic disease management, cross-cultural issues, rural and Latinx psychology, community resiliency and strength. Dr. Zúñiga serves in several board of directors and advisory boards of community-based organizations in Oregon. She has extensive track record working with community brokers such promotores de salud, community leaders and community health workers. She provides consultation and community services in the areas of community emotional health, stress relief, and emotional health and wellness. Dr. Zúñiga has been teaching, researching and presenting in the subject of Latinx mental health for 10 years and has been providing mental health services for over 15 years in the areas of immigration, trauma, chronic disease management and overall mental health problems. Dr. Zúñiga is original from Costa Rica, she is a mother of a strong and resilient daughter and a wife.
Sally L. Lusk, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAOHN
University of Michigan
Sally analyzes harmful effects of noise in the workplace and it’s auditory effects. Her program of research measured the physiological response to noise, and focused on developing in testing interventions to prevent noise induced hearing loss by promoting use of protective hearing equipment. Subsequently she focused on the harmful effects of noise for all populations, analyzing current research and documenting it’s multiple harmful effects on health.
Sandra R. Curtis, PhD
Public Health Institute
Sandra Curtis, PhD, Director of Innovative Projects – Sandra brings a wealth of experience developing projects internationally across media and at the intersection of education, entertainment, science, and health. She is applying her creative, entrepreneurial, networking, writing, research, and business skills to expand the partnerships, programs, and projects of Plastic Pollution Coalition, including serving most recently as co-investigator for a pilot study Rethink Plastic, demonstrating that changing behavior can reduce the health hazards associated with toxic chemicals in plastic.
Sandy Worthington, MSN, WHNP, CNM
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Sandy Worthington, MSN, WHNP-BC, CNM is the Director of Medical Continuing Education and Special Projects for Planned Parenthood Federation of America where she develops, implements and evaluates educational programs and materials that focus on reproductive health topics for staff and patients. She coordinates all aspects of the Green Choices program that highlights the affect that environmental toxins have on reproductive health outcomes. Prior to this position she was the director of the PPFA Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program, the Colposcopy Training Program and ongoing continuing education courses for advanced practice clinicians. Ms. Worthington received her undergraduate and graduate degrees for the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She is active in numerous professional organizations.
Sarah Brown Blake PhD, RN, PHN
California State University Chico
Sarah Brown Blake received her Ph.D. and MS from UC Davis and her BSN from the University of San Francisco. Her clinical background is in community and public health nursing and her research interests include drinking water contamination and birth outcomes in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Sarah was a 2019-2020 ANHE Environmental Health Nurse Fellow and has four years of teaching at undergraduate and graduate level.
Shanda Demorest DNP, RN, PHN
Practice Green Health
Shanda Demorest, DNP, RN, PHN is a Sustainability Strategy Manager with Practice Greenhealth, where she works with hospitals and health systems to reduce their environmental impact. Dr. Demorest earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Health Innovation and Leadership from the University of Minnesota, and holds the LEED Green Associate credential through the U.S. Green Building Council. A cardiovascular nurse with horticultural training by background, Shanda leads the Nurses Climate Challenge at Health Care Without Harm: A national campaign to educate 50,000 health professionals about the health impacts of climate change.
Sharima Rasanayagam, PhD
Breast Cancer Prevention Partners
Sharima Rasanayagam, Ph.D., Director of Science at Breast Cancer Prevention Partners As BCPP’s director of science, Dr. Sharima Rasanayagam works to ensure that the organization continues to be a national leader in science-based environmental health advocacy. She oversees all of the organization’s science-related activities, including monitoring and interpreting emerging scientific research, representing the organization in key scientific bodies, developing and managing science-related program and policy initiatives, and providing scientific guidance on the development of new programmatic initiatives. Before coming to BCPP, Sharima was the founding academic coordinator at the U.C. Berkeley Institute for the Environment, where she built the institute from the ground up. Previously, she served as Consul for Science and Technology at the U.K. Consulate-General in San Francisco, where she built collaborative research and business ties between scientists in the U.K. and California. Sharima holds a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Kent at Canterbury, U.K. She has given numerous presentations to a variety of audiences including webinars and presentations to undergraduate and graduate students in both the U.S. and the U.K
Sheila Stone, MSN, RN, CNE
Sheila Stone, MSN, RN, CNE has been an environmental justice activist for over 40 years. She obtained her BSN at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California in 1985 and an online MSN (with an education focus) from Chamberlain University in 2018. Sheila is a certified trainer of Unlicensed Assistive Personnel, and has taught Home Health, CNA, and Medication Aide trainings for a variety of agencies, including Workforce Services at her local Community College. She currently serves on a state committee to rewrite the medication aid curriculum for behavioral health – licensed community agencies. Sheila initiated a task force in Nelson County to work on home care in her rural mountain area, and also convened a health professional task force to work against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Almost all of her career has been in community, public, and home health. Sheila has played and studied Appalachian music and dance for 40 years.
Tara Heagele, PhD, RN, EMT
The City University of New York’s Hunter College School of Nursing
Dr. Heagele’s research centers on understanding and minimizing occupational exposures to known carcinogens. She is working to understand and minimize occupational exposures to pesticides for Latino migrant and seasonal farmworkers in North Carolina. She is also very active in research and policy to minimize occupational exposures to antineoplastic drugs for healthcare workers including nurses, nursing assistants, and environmental services workers. She will be presenting an overview of her research and policy involvement.
Teddie Potter PhD, RN, FAAN, FNAP,
University of Minnesota School of Nursing
Teddie’s work is heavily connected to building partnerships with nurses, health providers, community activists, diverse cultures, communities, and nature. As Director of Planetary Health and Clinical Professor School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, she is passionate about inspiring others to question how to create a better future for our planet. She believes nature connects us while diversity is the key to creating a healthy system.
Natural Resources Defense Council
Vijay Limaye is a climate and health scientist in NRDC’s Science Center. As an epidemiologist, he is broadly interested in addressing international environmental health challenges—quantifying, communicating, and reducing the risks associated with climate change—with a focus on the public health burdens of air pollution and extreme heat. At NRDC, he leads economic valuation work to demonstrate the significant health costs of climate change and he works to defend the science that underpins the Clean Air Act. Prior to joining NRDC, he worked as a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency scientist, focusing on Clean Air Act regulatory implementation, air quality monitoring policy, risk communication, and citizen science. Limaye, who also speaks Spanish and Hindi, has published several research studies on the health impacts of climate change-triggered air pollution and extreme heat in the U.S. and India. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a PhD in environmental epidemiology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is based in New York City.
Vivian Price is an experienced Educator and Organizer with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education and applied research. Focus of research is equity, labor, and climate change. Filmmaker and Published author of reports and peer-reviewed articles. Working locally in the US and internationally on research, visual studies and social change!
Wanda Martin, RN, PhD
University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Wanda’s work engages systems thinking and the use of novel methodologies addressing public health problems for applied outcomes. Her program of research is on the Sustainable Development Goals, specifically focused on health equity, food systems, and climate change.
American Lung Association
Will Barrett Director, Advocacy, American Lung Association. He leads the American Lung Association’s work on clean air and climate change policy in California, focusing on vehicle emission standards, smart growth and clean fuels policies. He has presented on clean air and climate issues in educational, policy and public settings to convey the impacts of air pollution on health, sources of pollution and strategies to alleviate health impacts. Mr. Barrett represents the American Lung Association before the California Legislature and federal, state, regional and local agencies engaged in clean air and climate policy and has served as a public health representative on advisory panels convened by the California Air Resources Board, the California Energy Commission and other public agencies. He serves on the steering committee of ClimatePlan and the board of directors for the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies. Will is a graduate of The Evergreen State College and completed the Yale School of Public Health Climate Change and Health certification program.