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Staff Transitions at CHE

4/10/16: Spring always brings change, and CHE is certainly bursting with change this Spring.

First, Erika Sanders, who has so ably served CHE for over seven years as the Programs Administrative Coordinator, is leaving later this month to follow her deep calling as a creative writer. She will be sorely missed by all of us, given her extraordinary capacity to juggle more balls with aplomb and agility than seems humanly possible as well as her intelligence, conscientiousness, and heart. In short, she has played a critical role in CHE's success, and though we are very sad to see her go, we also celebrate her decision to explore this new chapter in her life. Please see Erika's note below:

"Working for and with CHE staff and partners has been an utmost honor. I have been gifted with the opportunity over the years to work alongside some of the most brilliant visionaries and change-makers in the field of environmental health and beyond. This has deepened and expanded my own understanding of the evolving science on health and prevention as well as the critical role of sound public health policy. Additionally, I would like to thank all CHE partners for their continued commitment to civil discourse on the latest environmental health science. In a body politic so dominated by shouting and sound bites, the conversations happening within CHE have constantly been a breath of fresh air. Finally, to my fellow staff members—Elise, Nancy, Sharlie and now, Lorelei, as well as others at Commonweal and around the country—I would just like to say that I could not have done my job half as well as I did without your support, skills, and friendship. The hardest part of this decision to take the next step in my life was deciding not to work alongside each of you every day. I couldn't have asked for better colleagues, and CHE partners should feel assured they are in excellent hands moving forward. I am, as Elise noted, at my heart, a storyteller, and it is that work I am heading off to pursue with more focus and dedication. However, the unfolding, nuanced, and complex story of environmental health science now permanently resonates within me. It's very likely it will weave its way into my future writing. Doing this work has been a privilege. My humblest thanks to you all."

- Erika Sanders, MA

Erika - Thank you CHE!

Second, I'm delighted to announce that Lorelei Walker is our new Program and Administrative Manager, taking over many of Erika's current responsibilities and adding some new dimensions to CHE's programs and capacities. Lorelei recently received her doctorate in Public Health Genetics from the University of Washington (UW) and is committed to ensuring the emerging science on epigenetics as well as connections between social and environmental determinants of health get translated into "real world" action in communities. This has been demonstrated by her recent leadership roles with the Sound Alliance, a highly diverse nonprofit working to promote equity and healthy communities in the Puget Sound region, the Tenant's Union for Washington State, Best Starts for Kids Campaign in Seattle, and the Center for Genomics and Healthcare Equality at UW, to name just a few. We sense her scientific training, her strategic and organizational skills, and her commitment to health and justice will bring add significantly to CHE's work in the world and beyond. Please see the note below from Lorelei:

Lorelei and Adeline Walker

"I couldn't be happier to have the opportunity to serve CHE in this capacity. CHE's work resonates with me deeply. Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, I witnessed family and friends impacted by pollution and other stressors, developing diseases that might have been prevented. I also experienced the rise of the genomic revolution and became fascinated with learning how environmental agents interact with our DNA to foster health or, in too many cases, disease. That prompted me to pursue my graduate work in public health and genetics with a particular focus the links between social and environmental determinants of health as well as on justice and ethics. I have a young daughter now as well, and like every parent, I want to do everything I can to help her to grow up healthy and strong in a flourishing environment. Given this, I'm truly excited to work with you all to promote primary prevention in every community here and abroad based on what the emerging science is telling us. Please don't hesitate to be in touch with me with any questions, concerns or ideas you may have. I very much look forward to getting to know you all in the coming months as we collectively work towards a healthier future for all of our children and grandchildren."

- Lorelei Walker, PhD, MPH

Please join us in wishing Erika well on her next adventure and in welcoming Lorelei to CHE's staff.

Warmest regards to all,

Elise Miller, MEd
CHE Director

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Philip R. Lee Chair of CHE

  • Philip R. Lee, MD, Former United States Assistant Secretary of Health, Chancellor of the University of California at San Francisco, Professor of Social Medicine (Emeritus), Department of Medicine and Senior Advisor, Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, School of Medicine, UC San Francisco

Vice-Chair of CHE

  • Michael Lerner, PhD, President, Commonweal, Co-Coordinator of CHE's Breast Cancer Working Group, Co-Coordinator of CHE's Cancer Working Group, Co-Coordinator of CHE's Integrative Health Working Group

CHE Staff

Consultants and Advisors to CHE

  • Aimee Boulanger, Co-Coordinator, CHE-Washington Regional Group
  • Steven G. Gilbert, PhD, DABT, Co-Coordinator, CHE-Washington Regional Group
  • Chris Hagerbaumer, Coordinator, CHE-Oregon Regional Group
  • Steve Heilig, MPH, CHE Director of Public Health & Education, and Director of Public Health & Education, San Francisco Medical Society
  • Polly Hoppin, ScD, Program Director, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Co-Coordinator of CHE's Working Group on Asthma and the Environment
  • Sarah Howard, Coordinator of CHE's Diabetes-Obesity Spectrum Working Group
  • Génon Jensen, Executive Director, Health and Environment Alliance; Coordinator of CHE's Asthma and the Environment and Climate Change Working Groups
  • Pamela K. Miller, Coordinator, CHE-Alaska Regional Group
  • Pete Myers, PhD, CEO, Environmental Health Sciences
  • Sharyle Patton, Director of CHE Special Projects
  • Ted Schettler, MD, MPH, CHE Science Director, and Science Director of the Science and Environmental Health Network; Coordinator of CHE's Science Working Group
  • Antoinette (Toni) Stein, PhD, Coordinator of CHE's Working Group on Electromagnetic Fields
  • Maria Valenti, National Coordinator of the Healthy Aging and the Environment Initiative, mvalenti@igc.org
  • Lisette van Vliet, HEAL Senior Policy Adviser, Chemicals and Chronic Disease Prevention

Chair of the Science Advisory Committee

  • Phil Landrigan, MD, Director of the Center for Children's Health and the Environment, Mount Sinai School of Medicine


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