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Healthy Schools - Healthy Children Conference

Healthy Schools-Healthy Children Conference


March 6, 2014

Speaker Biographies

Claire L. Barnett, MBA

Claire Barnett is the founder and Executive Director of the Healthy Schools Network, a national 501(c) 3 not for profit environmental health research, education and advocacy organization founded in 1995.  She is also the Coordinator of the National Coalition for Healthier Schools, co-convened by the Network’s board and national advisors to provide a platform and forum for environmental health in schools.  The Coalition held its 8th annual meeting in 2013.   Prior to founding the Network, her professional work included: leading sustainable development initiatives in 17 counties around the Adirondack Park in upstate New York, expanding rural county mental health services that included school based early intervention services and reporting for TIME magazine in New York.  She holds a B.A.  from Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York.   Claire lives in Saratoga Springs, NY and their two sons and families live in Colorado.

David Blake

Dave Blake is an Environmental Specialist with the Northwest Clean Air Agency in Mount Vernon, WA.  He has a BS, Resource Recreation Management (Environmental Interpretation), Oregon State University School of Forestry;  MS, Environmental Administration, Huxley College of the Environment, Western Washington University.  Dave has been at NWCAA for 20 years creating and managing the Indoor Air program, he has provided school walkthrough evaluations for several hundred local schools and has responded to public, commercial and residential indoor air concerns referred from three county health departments. Dave produced videos and detailed handouts in English and Spanish that cover mold in the home, control of asthma triggers at home, and tenant/landlord mold guidance. 

Fred Remelius

Fred Remelius has a BS in Civil Engineering, MBA, has 30 years experience in managing maintenance, custodial, utilities, transportation, grounds, food service in shipboard, hospital, college & university, pharmaceutical R&D, commercial, and public K-12 school facilities. Mr. Remelius is currently serving as the Director of Operation at the Upper Merion Area School District where he is responsible for leading a staff of about 120 full & part time employees who provide support services to a school district of 4,000 students. During his tenure at UMASD, Mr. Remelius accomplishments included implementing award winning programs to reduce utilities costs from $3.1 to $1.7 million, managing budget cuts which saw a 20% reduction in custodial staffing, and adding two robots to scrub floors to maintain high quality services.

Ian Hadden, PE, LEED AP BD+C, CEM

Ian Hadden is the former National IAQ Champion for the Council of Educational Facility Planners International and is currently the Director of Energy Management Services for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where he is leading the implemenation of $30M energy conservation project for the campus. Ian combines a passion for high performance design with a strong background in the engineering industry. His particular focus is on the intersection of energy efficiency and Indoor Air Quality strategies. Ian has presented at the American Association of School Administrators Urban Healthy Schools Summit, the EPA Tools for Schools National Symposium, the Council of Educational Facility Planners International's High Performance Schools Symposium, and on behalf of the Energy Smart Schools program. Ian can be reached at ithadden@ualr.ed and on Twitter at @IanTHadden.

Dr. Ju-Hyeong Park, ScD

Dr.  Park received his Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in 1988 from Seoul National University School of Public Health in South Korea, his second Master of Science (MS) degree in 1995 and Doctor of Science (ScD) degree in environmental health science in 1999 from Harvard University School of Public Health. His doctoral dissertation was about exposure assessment of endotoxin and health effects in homes. He has been working at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Division of Respiratory Disease Studies since 2000 after he completed his doctoral training and post-doctoral fellowship at the Harvard School of Public Health. His research interest at NIOSH is exposure assessment of microbial agents and health effects in buildings. His current research focuses on longitudinal epidemiologic analysis of respiratory illnesses related to microbial exposure in water-damaged buildings, and exposure assessment of mycotoxins in damp indoor environments. Dr. Park is a current member of the NIOSH NORA service sector council and a NIOSH representative for Federal Interagency Committee on Indoor Air Quality. Dr. Park is a certified industrial hygienist (CIH).

Kevin Beer

Kevin Beer works for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, PADEP, Bureau of Waste Management, and Hazardous Waste Division.  He is an Environmental Chemist 2 with a Master of Science in Chemical Physics from the University of Pittsburgh. Kevin has twenty plus years in various roles with Chemical Management responsibilities, eight years in the private industry and five years in education.

Lori Braunstein

Lori Braunstein is the Director of Green Schools at The Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC).  She holds an advanced certificate in sustainability education from the prestigious Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education is a 2010 Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) Fellow and is credentialed as a LEED Green Associate. She is also the founder and Chair of Board of Trustees of Sustainable Cherry Hill (SCH) and helped guide Cherry Hill Township through the Sustainable Jersey Silver Certification process and is currently partnering with the Cherry Hill School District and Camden County on sustainability initiatives.  Lori, an experienced group facilitator, has mentored dozens of Green Teams throughout NJ and region.

Dr. Marilyn Black, LEED AP

Dr. Marilyn Black is founder of  UL Air Quality Sciences, a leading testing and research organization focused on chemical and biological air pollution and the GREENGUARD Certification Program,  a third party indoor air quality certification program for building materials, electronics  and  furnishings.  She is a leader in the study of low dose chemical and biological exposure on human health, and in finding ways to reduce that exposure. She has researched and published extensively with a special interest in children's health. Dr. Black holds a PhD from Georgia Tech, MS from the University of Florida, and BS from the University of Virginia- all in chemistry.

Matthew Shields

Matthew Shields (Matt) is a Radiation Health Physicist with Pennsylvania's Bureau of Radiation Protection (PADEP). As part of the Radon Division his responsibilities include standards review, mitigation inspection oversight and assisting with public outreach and education on radon. He has a degree in Radiaiton Science and in Nuclear Engineering from Thomas Edison. Matt has served on a nuclear fast attack submarine during his nine years in the U.S. Navy and was an instructor at the Navy's Nuclear Power School. He has spoken on a variety of radiation science topics as well as nuclear energy at Penn State University's Nuclear Engineering Department. Additionally, his work at PA DEP he has included over 800 presentations on radon/radiation to the public. As an avid sailor, he recently attained his USCG Master Mariner Captain's license and volunteers in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary as an instructor, vessel examiner and coxswain.

Michelle Martin, MS

Michelle Martin received a Master of Science (MS) degree in Safety Management in 1992 from West Virginia University.  She is a Public Health Advisor for the Division of Respiratory Disease Studies at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).  She has been working in the field of indoor environmental quality (IEQ) at NIOSH for the past 13 years, and has managed research projects focused on respiratory disease and dampness in buildings since 2000.  Since 2009, Ms. Martin has been project manager of the Public Health Project: Dampness and Mold Assessment Tool.  She was a key contributor to the recently published NIOSH indoor air quality ALERT: Preventing Occupational Respiratory Disease from Exposures Caused by Dampness in Office Buildings, Schools, and Other Nonindustrial Buildings, and is the developer of the NIOSH IEQ website.  Ms. Martin has also had a very active role in the NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation Program and has conducted hundreds of service evaluations since her time at NIOSH.  Ms. Martin's interests lie within NIOSH's research to practice (R2P) initiative involving the transfer and translation of research into effective prevention practices and products that can be adopted into the workplace.

Michelle Niedermeier

Michelle Niedermeier is the Community IPM and Environmental Health Program Coordinator for PA IPM Program's urban outreach office – the Philadelphia School & Community IPM Partnership (PSCIP) since 2000. Projects involve working with schools and community groups to build partnerships for safer pest control resulting in healthier homes and families. Additionally, she provides outreach education materials and specially designed programs to school-aged children and families on less-toxic pest control practices. Recent program emphases have been related to:  Community IPM education and pesticide use reduction, less-toxic pesticide choices, IPM implementation in urban areas and low income housing, IPM outreach to health professionals, and IPM in Schools and Childcare Facilities. Additionally, PSCIP is a national training partner for the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH), and has helped to develop and pilot new workshops for public housing, Sec­tion 8 properties, commercial building engineers, and community health workers.

Michelle has a BE in Elementary Education from The University of Toledo and an MS in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University.

Tracy Washington Enger

Tracy Enger is passionate about improving public health through evoking the leadership that resides in all of us. In her work over the last 14 years with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Ms Washington Enger is dedicated to creating the safe, healthy, pristine school environments that help students and staff creates the miracle of learning.  Ms Washington Enger works with communities around the country and internationally facilitating events to generate action to address critical health and environmental issues.

In preparation for her current role as a Community Leadership Development Facilitator, she received her B.S. and M.S. in Journalism from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.  After graduate school, Tracy joined the Peace Corps where she taught English literature and language in Sierra Leone, West Africa.  An alumnus of the Newfield Network international coaching program she currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband and 2 young sons.

Dr. Tyra Bryant-Stephens

Dr. Tyra Bryant-Stephens founded the Community Asthma Prevention Program of Philadelphia at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in 1997. As medical director of the program, she leads a staff of 12 that includes RN Clinical and Educational Coordinators as well as lay Home Visitors. CAPP's first project, funded by the U.S. Department of Health's Office of Minority Health, aimed to improve the health and well-being of children with asthma by providing free asthma classes in the community and in homes for parents and their children with asthma. In 2000 and 2001, CAPP's efforts expanded when Dr. Bryant-Stephens received grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institutes of Health. Through the NIH-funded "Community Partnerships for Asthma Prevention" CAPP was able to continue to offer free home visits to the West Philadelphia community. Free asthma education classes continued to be offered through a grant from the Pew foundation.




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