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.


Ken Colburn, Symbiotic Strategies LLC, NH

Kenneth (Ken) A. Colburn advises energy and environmental regulators on air quality and climate-related issues, as well as on opportunities associated with regulatory compliance, energy efficiency, renewable energy, distributed generation, integrated resource planning, and other energy policy matters. Mr. Colburn has led several state climate planning processes and provided strategic assistance to foundations, progressive companies, and nongovernmental organizations in their efforts to address climate and energy issues. (more…)

Rebecca Whitley, Moms Clean Air Task Force, NH

Rebecca Whitley is the field organizer for Moms Clean Air Force in New Hampshire. She received a B.B.A. from George Washington University and a J.D. from Vermont Law School. Becky has always been committed to social justice and children’s health. She comes to Moms Clean Air Force after many years of practicing public interest law, representing adults and children on important disability rights issues and participating in policy advocacy. She is thrilled to utilize her skills to mobilize parents and others in New Hampshire and advocate for children’s right to clean air. Becky and her family love to spend time exploring New Hampshire’s outdoors. She lives in Hopkinton, New Hampshire with her husband and their young son.

Walter Deville, DRC and Ft. Berthold POWER, ND

Walter Deville is an enrolled member of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation also known as Three Affiliated Tribes on Fort Berthold Reservation. He has lived his whole life in Mandaree with his wife, five children and two grandbabies. Currently, he serves with the Citizens for Change group as well as the Mandaree Community Board Treasurer. He assisted in creating the grassroots group Fort Berthold Protectors of Water and Earth Rights (POWER) where he is a member. He is also a member of Fand and the Dakota Resource Council (DRC). In the winter of 2010, Walter, along with his wife and family, realized the impacts oil and gas development were having on Mandaree and the other Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara communities. Walter believes that Native American are connected to their ancestral lands and that as caretakers of Mother Earth and future generations to come, it is their responsibility to protect the water, land, and air as well as continue to pass this notion on in order to thrive as a people.

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