*We are sad to report that the death of our Board member/Committee member, Richard Lord Humphrey, M.D. Dr. Humphrey was instrumental in the successful work we have accomplished to date and he will be sorely missed by us all. We were blessed to have known him and worked with this gentle giant. Please see his obituary in the Baltimore Sun.
Cleo Braver, Esq. is an attorney-turned-farmer and the owner of Cottingham Farm, an organic farm on the Eastern Shore. She currently serves as an MPEN representative on the Maryland Department of Agriculture -led Healthy Soils Consortium. Ms Braver worked as General Counsel for a Baltimore corporation and also worked as an attorney in the non-profit world. She helped form the Environmental Committee of Talbot County Democratic Forum and serving as first Chair. That activism led her to give up being a "gentleman farmer" and becoming a certified organic farmer.
Gwen DuBois, M.D., M.P.H. is an internist practicing in Baltimore and a frequent speaker on issues related to clean energy and toxic air pollution. She is an instructor in Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, a member of the Public Health Committee of the Maryland State Medical Society (MedChi) and president of Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility. She is interested in addressing the health implications of toxic air pollution and works for policy change to reduce risk of nuclear war.
Alexandra (Ali) DySard is the Environmental and Partnership Manager for MOM’s Organic Market. From 2009 to 2013, she served as the City of Bellevue's Environmental Programs Coordinator and Assistant Park Ranger. Prior to that she worked as a Group Science Educator at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Washington. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Washington.
Lorne Garrettson, M.D. is a pediatrician and medical toxicologist. He has been involved in the management of poison control centers and the care of poisoned patients for over 40 years. Dr. Garrettson has served on the faculties of medicine at State University of New York at Buffalo, Virginia Commonwealth University and Emory University. He has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Toxicology, Clinical Toxicology and has served as chair of the Poison Prevention subcommittee of the AAP Injury Prevention Committee and as Chair of the Section of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics.
Thomas Green, Ph.D. is co-founder and board president of the IPM Institute of North America, working with farmers, food companies and communities since 1998 to improve sustainability. Accomplishments include leading the transition of more than 70 Vietnamese black pepper farmers to certified organic. He also founded an IPM supply business, now part of Gempler’s, Green Shield Certified, a rigorous third-party certification for pest control companies and facilities, and the Partnership for Ag Resource Management, working with more than 100 farm supply retail locations to increase sales of products and services that reduce ag input losses from cropland. Dr. Green holds a Ph.D. in entomology, is a Certified Crop Advisor and operates Green Pest and Tick Control, serving residential, multi-family and other sensitive environments in Wisconsin with natural and low-risk solutions to structural and landscape pest problems.
Kristen Harbeson, M.A. is the MD LCV Political Director since 2015. Before that she served for five years as senior staff for Chairman Maggie McIntosh. During her tenure with the legislature, she worked for the Environmental Matters Committee through the passage of landmark stormwater and septics legislation, as well as with issues including fracking, pesticides and other land-use concerns. After graduating with a MA in history and museum studies in 2000, Kristen moved to Baltimore to work at the USS Constellation Museum. Her passion for policy, however, led her to shift to advocacy work, first at Preservation Maryland and then the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers. In these roles she built coalitions and advocated for sustainable building practices and conservation, as well as for full funding for the Historic Preservation Fund and the Land and Water Conservation Act.
George Harman, B.S. is an Environmental Consultant with 40 years experience in environmental program development and management, including state agency and private engineering firm service. He developed the statewide system for biological assessment of water quality and established the Maryland Water Monitoring Council, the first state programs in the U.S. for PCB and asbestos inspection and hazardous materials transportation safety, formed the State's first bioassay laboratory, served as MDE representative on the Governor's Pesticide Council, MDE's federal facilities coordinator and chaired the Anacostia Watershed Restoration Committee. George ran for Baltimore County Executive in 2014.
Devon Payne-Sturges, Dr.P.H. is an Assistant Professor with the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health and the Dept. of Epidemiology and Biostatistics within the UMD School of Public Health. Her areas of expertise are children’s environmental health, risk assessment and environmental health policy. Prior to joining the faculty at the School of Public Health, she worked for the EPA for 12 years. where she managed the human health extramural research portfolio that included cohort studies on how environmental factors affect children's health. She has also conducted her own research assessing the neurodevelopmental risks to children from cumulative exposures to OP pesticides.
Ana Rule, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Environmental Health and Engineering at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health with more than 15 years of research experience. Her areas of expertise include exposure assessment of environmental and occupational hazards, including agricultural, urban and nosocomial environments. Dr. Rule’s main research goal is the development and evaluation of novel sampling and analysis strategies for the assessment of exposure to air pollutants. She is currently director of the Environmental Exposure Assessment Labs, where she develops and applies methods for the assessment of exposures to adult and pediatric populations. She has led projects to evaluate exposures to biological aerosols, electronic cigarettes, and second hand smoke.
Virginia Ruiz is former Director of Occupational and Environmental Health at Farmworker Justice. She focuses on administrative and legislative advocacy and community education for farmworkers and other low-income Latino communities on issues related to environmental justice, occupational health and safety, and access to healthcare. Prior to working at Farmworker Justice, she was Staff Attorney for California Rural Legal Assistance’s Indigenous Project, where she represented indigenous migrants from southern Mexico and Guatemala. Ms. Ruiz has represented farmworkers for over 20 years. She is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and Stanford Law School.
Tyler Smith, M.P.H. has been a Staff Scientist with Earthjustice's Sustainable Food & Farming Program in New York, and continues to consult to the organization. He is currently also working on his PhD at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Previously, Tyler managed food safety testing at Consumer Reports and was a program officer at the Center for a Livable Future where he led multiple initiatives to eliminate the misuse of antibiotics in livestock and poultry production and conducted research on antibiotic resistance, foodborne chemicals, and air pollution from industrial livestock facilities. An epidemiologist and risk assessor by training, Tyler holds a Master of Public Health in epidemiology and biostatistics from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, as well as a certificate from the Johns Hopkins Risk Sciences and Public Policy Institute.
Roger Williams. M.Eng is a former president of the Central Maryland Beekeepers. He is currently the Program Coordinator for the Culver Center’s innovative New Farmer Training Program. Previously, he was with Cisco Systems Advanced Services supporting national telecom systems in South and Central America and the Caribbean.