(L-R) Raina Rippel, Jill Kriesky, Norm Anderson, Heather Bonaparte, Dave Brown, John Suggs, Denise DeJohn, Leslie Walleigh, Beth Weinberger, Lydia Greiner, Mike Kelly and Celia Lewis at EHP Summit May, 2013
Norman Anderson, MPH – Environmental Health Consultant
Norm Anderson has over 30 years of experience in the field of environmental health, mainly with governmental and non-governmental public health organizations, and has served on various state and federal advisory committees. He received a BS in biology from Brown University and an MPH from the University of North Carolina. He has been a toxicologist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as well as with the health and environmental agencies in Maine. For nearly two decades, he was the data and research coordinator for the American Lung Association of New England. He is currently the program manager for the State of Maine’s Climate Adaptation and Environmental Public Health Tracking programs.
Heather Bonaparte, MPH – Take Steps to Health Facilitator
Heather Bonaparte is a native of southwestern Pennsylvania. She obtained a BA in Community Health from Slippery Rock University and an MA in Public Health from West Virginia University with a concentration in policy and healthcare management. Heather’s studies focused on healthcare management, healthcare systems within the United States and other countries, and health disparities that affect southwestern Pennsylvania and surrounding regions, especially those in Appalachia. Heather also worked as a Wellness Program graduate assistant for WVU Healthcare while at West Virginia University. She worked on a team providing health education and promotion programs to encourage WVU Healthcare employees and their families to live healthier lifestyles.
David R. Brown, ScD – Environmental Health Consultant
David Brown is the Public Health Toxicologist and Director of Public Health Toxicology for Environment and Human Health, Inc. He is the past Chief of Environmental Epidemiology and Occupational Health in Connecticut and was previously Associate Professor of Toxicology at Northeastern College of Pharmacy and Allied Health. He also served as Deputy Director of the Public Health Practice Group of Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) at the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Brown graduated from Cornell University in Biochemistry, received his MS from the University of California In Environmental Health, and his ScD from Harvard School of Public Health in Toxicology.
Suann Davison, NP-C Family Nurse Practitioner
Suann Davison is a Registered Nurse and Family Nurse Practitioner with 24 years of experience in nursing. She was born and raised in Southwest Pennsylvania. She became an RN after graduating from the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Pittsburgh, PA. She then obtained her BS in Nursing at the Deaconess College of Nursing in order to join the U.S. Military in 2003. While serving in the U.S. Air Force she was selected to complete her MS in Nursing in the Family Nurse Practitioner program at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. She has worked as a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner in the USAF family practice clinic, acute care clinic and cadet/flight medicine clinic at the Air Force Academy. She was previously deployed to Afghanistan where her mission was to mentor Afghan doctors. She has recently left active duty and has returned back home to Southwest Pennsylvania.
Ms. Davison is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP); Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE); and Physicians, Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy (PSE).
Lydia H. Greiner, BSN, MSN – Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Lydia Greiner has nearly 20 years of experience working with communities to implement health promotion initiatives. As the former Manager of Community Services for Fairfield University School of Nursing she successfully obtained grant funding to support programs to address lead poisoning in young children, cardiovascular health in older adults, and risky behaviors in adolescents in Bridgeport, CT. In 2008 she was instrumental in creating an academic-community partnership in Nicaragua. Over the past five years, this partnership has addressed community needs for HIV/AIDs education, cardiovascular health resources, and improved hand hygiene.
Ms. Greiner is a psychiatric nurse practitioner who earned her Bachelor’s degree in nursing at the University of Pennsylvania and her Master’s in nursing at Fairfield University. She is currently completing her DrPH at Boston University School of Public Health. Ms. Greiner teaches public health nursing at Fairfield University and psychiatric nursing at California State University San Marcos and volunteers one day each week at a nurse-run clinic for the homeless in Ocean Beach, CA.
Ryan Grode, BS Environmental Health Educator
Ryan, a native of Northwestern Pennsylvania (Erie, PA), received his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Gannon University. His studies focused on hydrology, toxicology and water/air quality. He previously worked several years for the Erie County Department of Health conducting stream monitoring involving Lake Erie and tributaries leading to Lake Erie in addition to their public health programs and interacting with the public to resolve problems in their area. He also has served as an environmental inspector for Urban Engineers of Erie, PA where he focused on wetland delineations and environmental erosion and sedimentation control designs. His laboratory work there included soils testing, water quality testing and air contaminant testing as well as preparing TRI (Toxic Release Information) and other chemical reports.
Michael Thorne Kelly, PhD – Media Liaison
Mike Kelly is a lifelong innovator in organizational process design. He is a Board Member of the “New Maine Times” an online newspaper dedicated to high quality journalism. He is the founder of multiple companies and was interim Executive Vice President for Green Comfort Safe, Inc. an environmental start-up, and serves as President of the Running Start Institute, a non-profit dedicated to promoting climate adaptability. From 1993 to 2011 he was Chairman of the Board and Vice President for Research of Advanced Management Catalyst, Inc., a national consulting firm specializing in future management. He consults to executives in the areas of public perception and crisis management, organizational development, and change management. His clients include international and Fortune 50-1000 corporations, Federal and State government agencies, NGOs and local municipalities. Mike Kelly received his Ph.D in experimental and clinical psychology from the Union Institute and University.
Jill Kriesky, MS, PhD – Associate Director
Jill Kriesky received her MS in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her PhD in Economics from the University of New Hampshire. She has spent more than twenty years in university-based community outreach on issues including labor relations, economic development and community health issues. As the director of West Virginia Campus Compact, the West Virginia University Office of Service Learning Programs, and Wheeling Jesuit University’s Service for Social Action Center and Clifford M. Lewis, SJ, Appalachian Institute, Kriesky developed and managed a series of community/academic partnerships with community-based organizations in West Virginia. In her most recent position at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health’s Center for Healthy Environments and Communities, Kriesky’s outreach and collaboration efforts focused on the potential health impacts of natural gas extraction.
Celia Lewis, MS.ED, PhD – Research and Communications Consultant
Celia Lewis received her MS from Bank Street College of Education and her PhD in Environmental Studies from Antioch University. Ms. Lewis has extensive experience in environmental conservation, education and public health. She has conducted biological inventories for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and for the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Center for Coastal and Watershed Systems, and served as Assistant Head of Public Education at Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. Most recently she conducted fieldwork and analysis of the risks of indoor wood smoke to public health, and analyzed research on the potential risks of common chemical pesticides to public health. Along with Beth Weinberger she has formed the consulting firm, Thimble Creek Research, which specializes in environmental health.
Gabriel Mejias, BE, MEM – Environmental Management Consultant
Gabriel Mejias obtained his Master in Environmental Management (MEM) from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He has experience in oil & gas upstream industry, and worked as a field engineer for more than three years for a major, leading oilfield service company on well construction services. He also worked as a consultant on environment, health and safety (HSE) compliance projects, and environmental management systems implementation and auditing projects. His current research focuses on the environmental and human health impacts of shale gas development.
Raina I. Rippel – Director
Raina Rippel was formerly Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility/ Maine (1999-2006), and the Executive Director of the Center for Coalfield Justice in Washington, PA (2008-2011). She convened the first conference in the Northeast educating medical and public health professionals on the connections between health and the environment. Trained in community organizing, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from the University of Pittsburgh.
John F. Suggs MS, MBA – Managing Director
John F. Suggs holds a BA in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University, an MS in Management and Systems from New York University and an MBA from Fordham University. John successfully organized and co-led a multi-year, community-based campaign to preserve endangered lands resulting in the threatened area being certified as a State Archaeological Preserve. Trained in community organizing by the Jesuits, and Myles Horton of the Highlander Folk School, John worked as a homeless advocate before becoming a founder and the first Executive Director of the Los Angeles Coalition to End Hunger and Homelessness. As Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs for the United Way, John initiated and secured over $30 million in a combined federal emergency funding claim for over 100 impacted non- profit community-based organizations following a major earthquake disaster.
In partnership with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Public Heath and the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, John served as founding Executive Director for the Institute For Community Leadership, a nonprofit training and educational program that focused on developing and strengthening the leadership capacity within the public and non-profit sectors.
Leslie Walleigh MD, MPH – Medical and Occupational Health Consultant
Leslie Walleigh is a graduate of Brown University and Stanford Medical School. She originally completed a residency and became board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, practicing in Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts. While still practicing OB/GYN, she completed a Masters in Public Health in Environmental Health at Boston University School of Public Health. During her public health studies, she also became interested in occupational health and subsequently completed a residency in occupational medicine at the Harvard School of Public Health. She later also became board certified in occupational medicine. She practiced occupational medicine from 1995 through 2009 at Maine General Medical Center. In 2004, Dr. Walleigh began working one day a week for the Environmental and Occupational Health Programs of the Maine CDC, consulting with the staff on medical conditions related to environmental and occupational exposures. In 2009 she accepted a full-time position with the Maine CDC and currently serves as a Public Health Physician within the Environmental and Occupational Health Programs. Dr. Walleigh continues to practice occupational medicine one day a week with Employee Health and Wellness of Maine Medical Center.
Beth Weinberger, MPH, PhD – Research and Communications Consultant
Beth Weinberger received her Masters in Public Health from the University of Michigan and a PhD in Political Science from Yale University. She began her career in direct service maternal-child health but has since focused primarily on research and consulting. Ms. Weinberger was a research associate at Yale University’s Institution for Social & Policy Studies where her research focused on civic engagement. She has also provided research consulting and freelance writing services for non-profit and other organizations including Environmental and Human Health, Inc., the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, and Farnam Associates. Along with Celia Lewis she has formed the environmental health consulting firm, Thimble Creek Research.
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