Abby Seppilu is a St. Lawrence Island mother, grandmother and recently a great-grandmother. She is a former Community Health Aide (CHA) and has great concern of health harms to the SLI children including cancer, birth defects and other harms she has witnessed as a CHA for her community. She has become an advocate for the children in her community and has seen drastic decline in the Island resident’s public health and well-being and now is willing to assist with education and inform policy reform.
Allison Kelliher, MD is a Family Medicine physician originally from Nome. She works at Vitae Integrative Medical Center and Southcentral Foundation’s Traditional Healing Clinic as a Tribal Doctor. Having apprenticed with healers since her teenage years, Dr. Kelliher uses conventional, physical, energetic, botanical, and nutritional treatments. Dr. Kelliher is Koyukon Athabaskan and was raised close to the land in Nome. She graduated from University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2001 with a BS in chemistry and obtained her medical degree in 2005 at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She completed primary care training at the Alaska Family Medicine Residency in 2009, later achieving board certification in both family and holistic medicine. She is passionate about the value of traditional lifeways.
Carol Kwiatkowski is the Executive Director of TEDX, The Endocrine Disruption Exchange, and an Assistant Professor Adjunct at the University of Colorado Boulder. She develops scientific resources to address the health and environmental effects of chemical exposure, focusing on chemicals that affect the endocrine system. In particular, she studies chemicals that have impacts at exposure concentrations experienced by humans and wildlife. She also conducts research on air pollution associated with unconventional oil and gas production.
Charlotte Brody is the National Director for Healthy Babies Bright Futures, a new alliance of scientists, non-profit organizations and donors who share the goal of reducing babies’ exposure to toxic chemicals during the most vulnerable and significant periods of development: in utero and from birth to age two. Charlotte also serves as the Vice President of Health Initiatives for the BlueGreen Alliance, a partnership of America’s largest labor unions and its most influential environmental organizations to identify ways today’s environmental challenges can create and maintain quality jobs and build a stronger, fairer economy. A registered nurse and the mother of two sons, Charlotte previously served as the Organizing Director for Safer Chemicals Healthy Families and as the Executive Director of Commonweal, Health Care Without Harm and a Planned Parenthood affiliate in North Carolina. She was a founding staff member of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, Coming Clean, the Center for Health, Environment and Justice’s Stop Dioxin Exposure Campaign, the North Carolina Coalition for Choice and the Carolina Brown Lung Association.
David Carpenter is a public health physician whose research activities have been directed at study of environmental causes of human disease. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and is the former Dean of the School of Public Health at the University at Albany. Currently he is Director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany and Professor of Environmental Health Sciences within the School of Public Health.
Donna Erickson is an Inupiaq who lives in Unalakleet. She is married and has raised five sons, and currently is a Grandmother to eight. Donna and her husband Jeff live a subsistence lifestyle. Donna was raised in Barrow and spent summers with her Grandmother in Nome. Her family is from Nome and Shishmaref. Her youngest son Logan (age 16) suffers from severe autism. He cannot talk, wears diapers, and struggles with many difficulties. Donna is an avid pursuer of health for her family and her people. She has taught many courses for different educational entities around the state including Gathering, Preserving, and Storing Edible Plants, Processing and traditional ways of butchering marine mammals, skin sewing techniques, and sewing traditional clothing. Donna worked for many years as a speaker for the Family Wellness Warriors before her son’s needs became too great, and she had to step back. She overcame many obstacles in her life and is on the Governor’s Council fighting against Sexual abuse and Domestic Violence. Donna has a passion to bring wellness to her people and region and State.
Elise Miller, MEd has served in leadership positions in the nonprofit sector dedicated to improving human and environmental health for almost 25 years. Currently, she is Director of the Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE), an international partnership of researchers, health professionals, and advocates committed to strengthening the scientific and public dialogue on the impact of environmental factors on human health. She has published numerous articles and blogs on environmental health topics, and wrote the Forward for The Rise of the U.S. Environmental Health Movement (published 2013). Ms. Miller founded the national Institute for Children’s Environmental Health (ICEH) in 1999 and served as its Executive Director for ten years. In addition, Ms. Miller was the founding Executive Director of the Jenifer Altman Foundation, a small private foundation in Northern California, from 1993 to 1998. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Education from Harvard University in 1992 and a Bachelor’s degree cum laude with High Honors in History from Dartmouth College in 1985.
Kathy Sanchez MA, Tewa Women United. Tewa elder pottery maker, known as Wan Povi from San Ildefonso Pueblo is one who possesses wisdom and uses it to inspire, support and aids others to use their gifts for the good of all and our Earth Mother. She has the gift of deep and long range vision; she can see multiple generations out and even the metaphysical aspects of our social transformation work. She is a fierce activist and organizer who believes in protecting our most vulnerable, our pregnant women, children, elders truly believes women think holistically for political, social, and economic change in Indian Country and beyond; She and the other women in founding Tewa Women United have deeply put spiritual values into action for community healing, ending the culture of violence, especially environmental violence and bringing in holistic well-being for all and Mother Earth.
Katie Huffling, RN, MS, CNM is a Certified Nurse-Midwife and directs 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 health care. Ms. Huffling has written numerous peer-reviewed articles on environmental health issues. In addition, she has developed an assessment tool for nurses and other clinicians to assess for environmental exposures during pregnancy.
Lisa Navraq Ellanna is Inupiaq from Nome. Lisa is currently the Director of the Kawerak’s Katirvik Cultural Center in Nome. Previously, she assisted in the administration of the Maniilaq regional Wellness Program, and before working with Maniilaq, Lisa worked for Kawerak Wellness in the Bering Strait Region. Lisa is the oldest of 11 children, the mother to 4 children and grandmother to 2 boys. She has a great interest in historic events that have affected Alaska Native people and feels strongly about understanding a historical context to current social circumstances for both individuals and communities. Lisa is a strong advocate for culturally relevant approaches and interventions in service delivery and health care of Alaska Native Peoples.
Lisa Wade is the Health, Education, and Social Services Division Director and Council Member for Chickaloon Village Traditional Council (Nay’dini’aa Na’). She focuses on helping communities to define their own comprehensive vision of physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, and environmental health and to develop and implement programs to build healthier communities. Additionally, Lisa Wade contributes to numerous boards and committees locally, statewide, and nationally working to address issues of cultural health in policy making, regulatory compliance, and budgetary processes.
Dr. Madeleine Scammell is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Health at Boston University School of Public Health and serves as leader of the Boston University Superfund Research Program Community Engagement Core. Her work includes developing mechanisms to support long-and short-term research relationships between community groups and scientists. Dr. Scammell is also a JPB Environmental Health Fellow at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and an investigator with the BU-Harvard Center for Research on Environmental Stressors in Housing across the Lifecourse. Her expertise is in the area of community-driven and community-based participatory research and includes the use of qualitative methods in the area of environmental health and epidemiologic studies. Dr. Scammell has also partnered with the Boston Housing Authority, the Boston Public Health Commission and investigators at the Boston University School of Social Work on several studies to address systemic, social, and structural environmental health stressors in the home. She is co-investigator on a study of the epidemic of chronic kidney disease in Central America known as Mesoamerican Endemic Nephropathy (MeN), and is a member of the Consortium for the Epidemic of Nephropathy in Central America and Mexico (CENCAM). Dr. Scammell serves on the Board of Health in the City of Chelsea, as Chair of the board of directors of the Science and Environmental Health Network, and as an editor of New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy. She co-teaches an upper level course, Environmental Health Science, Law and Policy, and recently co-designed a course titled Community Engaged Research: Theory, Application and Methods to be taught in 2017. In 2014 she co-edited The Toxic Schoolhouse published by Baywood Press.
Maureen Swanson is Director of the Healthy Children Project of the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA), focused on raising awareness of environmental factors linked to learning and developmental disabilities, and on promoting policies and practices to reduce toxic chemical exposures, especially for pregnant women and children. She is Co-Founder and Co-Director of Project TENDR: “Targeting Environmental NeuroDevelopmental Risks,” a national collaboration of leading scientists, health professionals and advocates aimed at catalyzing action to reduce toxic chemical exposures contributing to learning and developmental disabilities. Swanson is a founding member of the Steering Committee of the Safer Chemicals Healthy Families (SCHF) campaign, a national coalition of health, environmental and parent groups, along with businesses, working to promote safer chemical policies. She testified before Congress on behalf of LDA in February 2009 on the need to revise the Toxic Substances Control Act to better protect children’s health. Prior to her position with LDA, Maureen was a senior policy analyst with the Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance. She holds a master’s degree from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs and a bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University.
Millie Kingeekuk is a St. Lawrence Island Yupik. She was born and raised in Savoonga, Alaska. She was a Village Health Aide for 25 years and is very concerned about the health disparities now happening in her community. She now lives in Anchorage, “Alaska’s largest village”. Millie has seven grandchildren and one great grandson; she is the mother of two daughters and one son.
Nica Louie is an Environmental Health Scientist and Project Officer for EPA’s National Center for Environmental Research. She manages the EPA/NIEHS Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers Program for EPA. Her responsibilities include identifying and recommending research priorities, preparing briefings and Requests for Applications and making funding recommendations. Her work is critical to identifying and reducing children’s environmental health risks and translating research findings for preventing/reducing adverse health outcomes from environmental pollutants. Her Responsibilities include identifying and recommending research priorities, preparing briefings for senior management, writing Requests for Applications (RFAs), and making funding recommendations. Efforts include management of grants and communicating research findings to stakeholders.
Prior to joining EPA, Ms. Louie had a 20-year career in the private sector as an environmental health scientist and Project Manager supporting EPA and other Agencies with extensive experience managing teams of staff in preparing technical documents, developing databases, conducting reviews and risk/exposure assessments. She received her B.S. in Occupational Health and Hygiene from London South Bank University and her M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University.
Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, MPH, serves as the Executive Director for the Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN), where her responsibilities include successfully organizing, leading, and managing policy, education/training, and science-related programs. For the past 16 years, she has served as key spokesperson for children’s vulnerabilities and the need for their protection, conducting presentations and lectures across the country. She is a leader in the field of children’s environmental health, serving as a member of the NIH Council of Councils and of the Science Advisory Board for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is also a Co-Leader for Advancing the Science/Health Initiative of the National Collaborative on a Cancer-Free Economy. Ms. Witherspoon is a Board member for the Pesticide Action Network of North America and serves on the Maryland Children’s Environmental Health Advisory Council. Ms. Witherspoon has held past appointments on the Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee for the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Board for the American Public Health Association. She is a past member of the National Association of Environmental Health Sciences Council and the Institute of Medicine’s Environmental Health Sciences Roundtable. Ms. Witherspoon has a variety of publications and has the distinct honor of having one of CEHN’s leadership awards, the Nsedu Obot Witherspoon (NOW) Youth Leadership Award, named in her honor. She is also the recent recipient of the William R. Reilly Award in Environmental Leadership from American University’s Center for Environmental Policy. Ms. Witherspoon has a BS in Biology Pre Med from Siena College and an MPH in Maternal and Child Health from The George Washington University, School of Public Health and Health Services.
Pamela K. Miller is the Executive Director of Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT), which she founded in 1997. She is European-American. Pam is known for her work to achieve state, national, and international chemicals policy reform to protect environmental and human health in the Arctic. Since 2000, Pam has served as team leader for ACAT’s federal research grants and since 2005 as Principal Investigator for a research team that includes faculty from four universities in Alaska and New York. These research projects involve collaborative efforts with tribes in Alaska concerned about environmental contamination and its effect on humans and traditional food sources. Pam is a leader in Coming Clean, a national network working for chemicals policy reform, and the Collaborative on Health and the Environment, an international partnership committed to strengthening the scientific and public dialogue on environmental factors linked to chronic disease and disability. She is one of the world’s foremost experts on the toxic pesticide lindane and worked with the United Nations and the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation to implement a phase-out of its uses. She was instrumental in both the national and international elimination of endosulfan. In 2012, she was elected to the Steering Committee for the International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN) and recently became its co-chair. Pam holds a Master’s degree in environmental science from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
Patrice Lee, a long-time math and science teacher in Fairbanks, Alaska, is a researcher and volunteer coordinator of Citizens for Clean Air. She recently started the Citizen Scientist Air Quality Monitoring Project in the Fairbanks North Star Borough. Patrice is an advocate for health and safety in her community, an active supporter of Special Olympics, and past chairperson of the Fairbanks Youth Orchestras. She has been married to Guy Lee for 40 years and is the mother of three wonderful daughters and an amazing son, who experiences Down Syndrome. She actively studies issues and new research related to the health effects of air pollution, Cardiology, Down Syndrome, and local environmental challenges.
Dr. Philippe Grandjean is Professor of Environmental Medicine at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark and Adjunct Professor of Environmental Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is also Consultant in Toxicology at the National Board of Health, Denmark. He serves on editorial boards of several scientific journals and in 2002 became a founding Editor-in-Chief of the open-access journal, Environmental Health. He serves as a member of the European Environment Agency’s scientific committee and the World Health Organization’s European Advisory Committee on Health Research. His research is supported by NIH and NSF. Most of his scientific journal publications relate to adverse effects in children exposed to chemical pollutants. His recent book Only One Chance – How Environmental Pollution Impairs Brain Development – and How to Protect the Brains of the Next Generation was published by Oxford University Press and has now been translated into both French and Danish. In 2004, he received the ‘Mercury Madness Award’ for excellence in science in the public interest from eight US environmental organizations, in 2012 the Science Communication Award from the University of Southern Denmark, and in 2015 the Bernardino Ramazzini Award.
Richard Clapp was the founding Director of the Massachusetts Cancer Registry in the Department of Public Health from 1980-1989. He joined the B.U. School of Public Health as a full-time Faculty member in the Department of Environmental Health in 1993. He retired in 2010 and is now Professor Emeritus. He is on the Adjunct Faculty at the University of Massachusetts – Lowell. Dr. Clapp has done research and taught courses in epidemiology and environmental health for more than thirty years. His research interests include the health effects of environmental exposures to radiation and toxic chemicals. He is a member of several professional organizations and served on the editorial board of two journals. He served on the Camp Lejeune Community Assistance Panel from 2006-2016.
Rosemary Ahtuangaruak is an Inupiaq mother and grandmother. She works as Environmental Manager for the Native Village of Nuiqsut. Rosemary has been a community health aide/physician assistant emergency responder, tribal and city council member, participant with the National Tribal Think Tank with CDC/APHA, member of the North Slope Regional Advisory Committee for the federal subsistence board, and a member of the working group of the RISING SUN Arctic Council study of suicide prevention.
Ruth A. Etzel, MD, PhD is Director of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Children’s Health Protection and a senior advisor to EPA’s Administrator. Previously, Dr. Etzel was a Professor of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Dr. Etzel served as the Senior Officer for Environmental Health Research at the World Health Organization from 2009 to 2012. Dr. Etzel lived and worked in Alaska from 2001 to 2008 as Research Director at Southcentral Foundation. She is the founding editor of the influential book Pediatric Environmental Health (a 3rd edition was published in 2012). This book has helped train thousands of doctors who care for children how to recognize, diagnose, treat, and prevent illness among children from hazards in the environment. She co-edited the Textbook of Children’s Environmental Health, published in 2014.
Viola (“Vi”) Waghiyi, Environmental Health and Justice Program Director, Alaska Community Action on Toxics. Vi is a St. Lawrence Island Yupik mother and grandmother who was born in Savoonga on St. Lawrence Island. She is motivated by her desire to protect current and future generations from environmental contamination and its associated health harms. She is a proponent of community-based participatory research and the value of traditional environmental knowledge. In 2010, she was awarded the Environmental Achievement Award in Recognition of Valuable Contributions to Environmental Excellence in Alaska by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. In 2012, leaders of Savoonga presented Vi – a certificate of appreciation “for the dedication and devoted service as an Ambassador of St. Lawrence Island for protecting our health and human rights.” She serves as a National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council member to the National Institute of Health. Vi is sought out repeatedly to speak at national and international meetings.