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Staff

Executive Assistant to Ken Cook
Katherine Baird

Katherine graduated in 2014 from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in neuroscience, with a research focus in developmental neuroscience. She was drawn to EWG because of the work it has done to ban toxic substances that can potentially disrupt development in the womb and in early childhood. The first time Katherine had ever been in California was the day she moved there to start working for EWG, and she is loving finding new venues for her favorite activities such as attending street festivals and concerts, eating at tiny restaurants and just running around town.

Tech Support Specialist
Nadia Barbosa

Nadia is originally from Orlando. She earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies at American University and is currently pursuing her M.S. in Geospatial Information Science at the University of Maryland. Prior to joining EWG, she was employed at Apple. Nadia enjoys cooking and has her own cooking blog. She also enjoys traveling to such places as San Francisco, Seattle and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Legislative Attorney
Melanie Benesh

As EWG's Legislative Attorney, Melanie provides legislative and regulatory analysis of federal food, farm and chemical law. Melanie grew up in Omaha and received her B.A. from Marquette University. After college, she worked as a research assistant studying Fair Trade coffee in Chiapas, Mexico, and later as a community organizer for Voces de la Frontera in Milwaukee. She received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2014, where she was an evening student, a Cutler Salzburg Fellow and served on the Georgetown Journal of International Law. She is fluent in Spanish and enjoys running, Cornhusker football and biking to work.

HCHW Editorial Director
Megan Boyle

Megan is a creative communications strategist with a decade of professional experience leading editorial direction. In her most recent role as executive director of university marketing and communications at Pepperdine University, she was responsible for providing the strategic and operational leadership of key marketing and communications initiatives, including editorial strategy, social media, public and media relations, advertising, web, and e-marketing.

Megan earned her master’s degree in English literature from the University of Edinburgh and her bachelor’s degree in English, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University. Megan is active with the Junior League of Los Angeles and the Taproot Foundation. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband Kaz, daughter Tessa, and dog Wrigley.

Research Analyst
Emily Cassidy

From Minnesota originally, Emily Cassidy earned her master’s and bachelor degrees in natural resources science from the University of Minnesota. As a research analyst at EWG, she investigates the impact of agriculture on land, water, and air.  Her projects have focused on ways to change the food system to yield healthier, more sustainable food. Prior to joining EWG, she co-authored a highly cited paper, “Solutions for a Cultivated Planet,” which investigated how to sustainably feed 9 billion people. For her master’s thesis she developed a novel metric, quantifying the number of people fed per acre of cropland. Her research has been featured on NBC News, Scientific American and National Geographic, among others. In her free time, Emily enjoys biking, camping and exploring Washington, D.C., museums. 

Web Developer
Dean Clark

Since the mid-1990s, Dean has been developing websites focused on many different subjects, including music, automobiles and news. He is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Administrative Assistant
Robert Coleman

Born and raised in northern New Jersey, Rob graduated from George Mason University with a B.S. in Public Administration. After graduation he interned at Food Policy Action prior to joining EWG. Rob is huge fan of the New York Giants, the Washington Nationals and, of course, his alma mater, the George Mason Patriots. Rob also enjoys cooking and experimenting with new and different ingredients.

Senior Scientist
Johanna Congleton

Johanna holds a BS in Communications from Syracuse University, an MSPH in Environmental Science from Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology from Cornell University. She has over 15 years of experience working with environmental health organizations, including Clean Water Action, the Sierra Club, and Physicians for Social Responsibility. She served as Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility-Louisiana, which provided health assistance services to people impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. She continues to use her experience and education in support of programs that advance public health and environmental science education, research, and policies. Johanna enjoys traveling, cooking, and the outdoors.

Scientist
Curt DellaValle

Curt holds a Ph.D. in environmental health from Yale University and a B.S. in biology from the University of Connecticut. was a fellow at the National Cancer Institute where he conducted research evaluating environmental contaminants and risk of cancer, with a particular emphasis on the improvement of exposure assessment methods in epidemiologic studies. He brings his background in epidemiology and cancer research experience to work on the development of EWG’s Cancer Prevention Initiative. 

Online Strategies Manager
Cailey Doran

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Cailey graduated from Villanova University with a B.A. in Political Science and Communication. Following graduation she worked for Organizing for America in Colorado during the 2012 presidential campaign. Since then, Cailey has lived in Washington D.C. mastering email marketing. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and supporting her New England sports teams.

Human Resources Manager
Brett Dorow

An Ohio native, Brett earned a B.S. in Public Policy Management at the University of Akron and a Masters in Public Administration at Kent State University. After working in human resources for several years at a regional grocery store, Brett migrated from northeast Ohio to Columbus. He spent 12 years as the human resources manager for a local credit union there. During that time, Brett was active in the local chapter of the Society for Human Research Management, serving on its board of directors and as government affairs manager and treasurer. He recently relocated to the Washington D.C. area to take his position at EWG. Brett enjoys genealogy and stamp collecting as well as traveling. He’s hoping to get to Istanbul, Rome and St. Petersburg soon. 

Policy Analyst
Libby Foley

Libby graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a major in Environmental Studies and double-minor in Political Science and Geoscience. Born and raised just outside Chicago, Libby moved to Washington D.C. after college to intern at the Alaska Wilderness League and later for Senator Mark Kirk. She enjoys playing tennis and sailing.

Stabile Law Fellow
Gerard Fowke

Gerard graduated from Georgetown Law in May 2015. While there he interned for a federal judge, worked at the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection and represented low-income clients at the law school’s civil rights clinic. Previously he lived and worked in Athens, Georgia, as a social worker serving adults with developmental disabilities while also fronting an incredible rock band.

As EWG’s Stabile Law Fellow, Gerard works on reforming federal chemicals policy to keep consumers safe. He is especially excited about co-teaching a consumer advocacy course at his alma mater in the spring. In his spare time he loves to write music and read novels. 

Database Analyst
Samara Geller

A native New Yorker and former chef, Samara left restaurant kitchens behind to delve into toxics reduction advocacy and pursue her education in environmental health science and policy. In addition to an Associated of Applied Science degree in culinary arts, she holds a B.S. in conservation and resource studies from the University of California at Berkeley. Samara is passionate about her work on the growth and development of EWG’s online consumer guides and databases, from cleaning products to cosmetics, in order to raise awareness and influence progressive, market-level change. Out of the office, she can be spotted skiing, cooking, catering for friends and family and dabbling in the fine art of buying and selling antiques and vintage collectibles. 

Senior Analyst
Sean Gray

Sean compiles and analyzes the underlying data for many of EWG's consumer guides, including Skin Deep®, the sunscreen guide, and the Guide to Healthy Cleaning. Before joining EWG, he studied climate dynamics at Yale and the University of Maryland. He currently resides in Clinton, Conn. and serves on the town's Water Pollution Control Commission. His two young children motivate Sean's work at EWG toward a healthier, safer future.

HCHW Program and Outreach Coordinator
Lindsey Jeu De Vine

Lindsey Jeu De Vine, Program and Outreach Coordinator, is a determined and optimistic professional with a passion for healthy living, and improving our current and future generations.  After several years of event coordination and marketing, Lindsey joined Healthy Child Healthy World in 2014. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations from Pepperdine University, and has previous experience in the non-profit world, as well as the sports, health and fitness, events, and music industries.  Lindsey lives in Los Angeles, Calif. and prefers to be outdoors and stay active. She loves to go on hikes with her dog, surf, play tennis, and recently discovered her new favorite hobby, boxing.

Online Marketing Assistant
Almila Kakinc

Almila graduated in 2015 from Mount Holyoke College with a B.A. in anthropology and English literature, focusing on public health. She discovered EWG on her healing journey through author and activist Kris Carr, which reemphasized to her the impact toxins have on illness and recovery. Considering the skin deep – pun intended – impact EWG had on Almila, she is enthused about joining a team that’s so dedicated to education, empowerment and protection. In her free time, Almila types away on her holistic health blog, Thirlby, puts her body into pretzel positions in yoga and lives in immense gratitude amongst her loved ones.

Senior Policy Analyst
Mary Ellen Kustin

Mary Ellen joined EWG's government affairs team after working on conservation and environmental campaigns for the Pew Charitable Trusts and the National Wildlife Federation. She now combines her love of food and water issues with policy and politics on and off the Hill. She holds an M.S. in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology as well as an M.P.P in Environmental Policy from the University of Maryland. She earned her B.S. in Mathematics from the University of South Carolina. Mary Ellen and her husband Will live in Maryland and enjoy playing outside whenever possible. 

Policy Analyst
Mike Lavender

Mike Lavender joined EWG this year.  He works to improve federal food and farm policy, and a host of other important issues important to EWG and its supporters.  Prior to joining EWG, Mike was a legislative aide for Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wisc., focusing on agriculture policy, food safety, nutrition and Congressional appropriations.  He has worked on several federal election campaigns.  Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Mich., he graduated from Marquette University in 2009 with a double major in American history and French.  In his free time he enjoys hiking, camping, playing basketball, and cooking.

Special Assistant to the Executive Director
Helen Lucey

Helen Lucey graduated from Hamilton College in 2013 with a concentration in government and minor in German studies. A Wisconsin native, Helen grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan and developed a passion for kayaking, camping and hiking. Her love of the outdoors led her to work at EWG. Outside of work she enjoys brewing her own beer, cheering on the Packers and travelling. 

Senior Analyst
Sonya Lunder

Sonya holds a Masters of Public Health in environmental health sciences from UC-Berkeley. Prior to joining EWG in 2002, Sonya managed a community health intervention at a Superfund site and worked on epidemiology studies at California's Environmental Health Investigations Branch. Sonya's research at EWG focuses on toxic chemicals in food, water, air and consumer products. During her tenure at EWG Sonya has personally field-tested dozens of EWG-rated sunscreens on herself and two sons.

Development Associate
Aya Matsumoto

Aya graduated in 2012 from Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied Middle Eastern Politics and Comparative Religions and was captain of the college equestrian team. She joined EWG in 2013 as an intern and is excited to be joining the Development team full-time! Aya hails from southern California, where smog and annual forest fires taught her very early to pay attention to the environment. When not at work, she can generally be found wandering in Rock Creek Park and petting animals.

Sr Manager Development and Marketing
Ashley McCormack

Ashley graduated from the University of Virginia with a Master’s in Public Policy and a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a minor in environmental science. Prior to joining EWG's California office, Ashley worked for the BlueGreen Alliance as a communications and program assistant. She loves hiking, photography, painting and trying every ice cream shop in the Bay Area.

Manager Foundations Relations
Nicole Oliver

Nicole works in the Online Engagement and Fundraising department, writing and managing content for EWG's grant funders. Nicole has spent the bulk of her career as a web copywriter and digital marketing specialist. She is also the co-founder of a regional parenting magazine. Nicole has a BS in Psychology and an MBA from Washington State University. She lives in beautiful Bainbridge Island, Washington.  

Web Designer
Katie Peacor

Katie was born in San Diego and moved to Washington D.C. when she was five years old. Missing California, when the time came to apply to college she decided to return to the west coast, or as close to it as she could. She attended New Mexico State University, where she played golf and studied marketing. She returned to Washington to attend the Art Institute and got a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. After graduation she worked at Fathom Creative before taking her position at EWG, where she loves hearing her colleagues ask, “Can you make this pretty?” Katie enjoys travelling, playing softball and golf with her friends and going to as many concerts as possible.

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