State and local voices

Patrice Tomcik, Moms Clean Air Force, PA

Patrice Tomcik is a Field Organizer with Moms Clean Air Force, a member of Protect Our Children Coalition, and Mars Parent Group, which is a grassroots group of parents banded together to fight Unconventional Gas Development near our children’s schools. She lives in the Marcellus shale field in Western PA about 30 minutes north of Pittsburgh. Patrice has her B.A. in Physical Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh and has previous experience in genetics and medical sales. Advocating for children’s health and safety is her passion and why she is working for Moms Clean Air Force.

Cheryl Johncox, Sierra Club, OH

Cheryl Johncox is a Methane Organizer with the Sierra Club.


Joseph Logan, Ohio Farmers Union, OH

Joseph Logan is a fifth generation farmer and the president of the Ohio Farmers Union. He is also the former Director of Agricultural Programs at the Ohio Environmental Council

Susan Tullai-McGuinness, Alliance of Nurses For Healthy Environments, OH

Susan Tullai-McGuinness, MPA, PhD, RN, retired from the Frances Payne Bolton School Nursing (FPB) at Case Western Reserve University. She now holds an adjunct position at a few universities and usually teaches health policy to graduate nursing students. Susan is an active member of the Ohio Nurses Association (ONA) and American Nurses Associations (ANA). She currently serves on ONA’s Health Policy Committee and has chaired the ANA Congress of Nursing Practice & Economics (CNPE).During her tenure on the CNPE, her support for ANA’s adoption of the precautionary principle lead her to become active with Health Care Without Harm’s nurse work group. (more…)

Lee Geisse, BlueGreen Alliance Canton, Ohio, OH

Lee Geisse is the Regional Program Manager for the BlueGreen Alliance in Ohio. She is a proud member of USW Local 1046, in Louisville, Ohio, a 29-year maintenance employee and Chair of the ICD committee (Institute for Career Development), where they educate and advance their members interests. Lee has a Bachelor’s degree from Kent State University, which was completed while working full time in the mill. Her parents were steelworkers and grandparents were also union members.

Melanie Houston, Ohio Environmental Council, OH

Melanie Houston is the Director of Water Policy & Environmental Health at the Ohio Environmental Council. She is responsible for establishing and managing statewide policy initiatives for the OEC related to water and environmental health. Specifically, Melanie works on policy, regulation, and public outreach and education related to fracking in Ohio. (more…)

Alex Renirie, Sierra Club, NM

Alex Renirie is the Colorado and New Mexico organizer for the Sierra Club’s campaign to cut methane emissions. After several years campaigning for human rights and social justice organizations in California and Massachusetts, she came to Santa Fe, New Mexico to work for a small renewable energy advocacy non-profit. Captivated by environmental justice and shocked by rampant oil and gas development in the Southwest, she recently joined the Sierra Club team to oppose further extraction of dirty fuels. She holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies and is a firm believer in the power of grassroots organizing to create necessary social change.

The Reverand Dr. Donna L. McNiel, NM-IPL & NM Conference of Churches, NM

The Reverend Dr. Donna L. McNiel is the Executive Director of the New Mexico Conference of Churches. She was born and raised in New Mexico and is pleased to be back in the Land of Enchantment where Green Chile is plentiful. Dr. McNiel earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Austin College and a Master of Divinity degree from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. In 2008 she earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (more…)

Daniel Tso, Dine/Navajo Nation, NM

Daniel Tso is a member of the Dine/Navajo Nation. He is a community member concerned with the adverse impacts of all forms of extraction activities. Daniel served on the Navajo Nation Council from 1986-1995. Currently, he serves on the FVDWUA board.


Gloria Lehmer, Impacted Community Member, NM

Gloria Lehmer is a retired Speech-Language Pathologist and a lifelong NM resident. She is very concerned with the issue of climate change as well as pollutants in our air, water, and land. She lives in a beautiful part of the country, but unfortunately it is also an “energy sacrifice zone”, so it is filled with contaminants from energy developers.


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