Our Steering Committee Team
Cindy Russell, Ginger Mason, Theo Colburn, Susan JunFish at a Pesticide Conference
Shirley Shelangoski and Interns Gyu Bin (Asley) Jang & Elyse Kedzie at the John Muir Earth Day, 2013 PASE booth.
Susan JunFish, MPH- PfSE Founder & Director
Susan JunFish founded Parents for a Safer Environment in 2002 when her son was 3 years old and continues to work as the full time Program Director, pro-bono. Prior to founding Parents for a Safer Environment, Susan worked 7 years for Cal/EPA after receiving her MPH from UC Berkeley. Her first career was in the Biotech Industry doing protein chemistry research for 7 years. Susan has given over 70 presentations over the past 13 years to organizations including hospitals, schools, elected officials and service organizations throughout the Bay Area and worked on many legislative bills, receiving awards from the CA State Legislature and locally for protecting public health and the environment. She lives in Contra Costa County with her husband Jeremy, son Ben, and 2 furry mutts enjoying time with family, friends, and playing tennis.
Shirley Shelangoski, Shirley@pfse.net
is a retired Parole Agent for the State of CA and has been working with PASE since 2010, focusing on the Contra Costa County IPM Project to help encourage transparency, accountability, and collaboration by the Departments of Public Works and Agriculture. CCC’s significant reduction in rodenticides applied to open space and county parks in 2014 would not have occurred without Shirley’s diligent advocacy work over the years. Shirley believes that we cannot rest on our laurels; there is much more to do. Shirley has also worked on outreach and education at festivals to provide least toxic pest management solutions and to collect endorsements for various PASE petitions. When not working on the CCC IPM Project or the Disclosure Act legislation to create transparency in elections, Shirley enjoys travel, reading, Tai Chi, hiking the county trails and spending time with family and friends.
Lori Anders, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lori is a graduate of University of MN, worked as a Marketing Manager in a Wellness Institute and was a former Executive Director of a psychoanalytic institute. She volunteered with PfSE in the early days, and is now helping with Development and Communications. She takes courses in public health and is passionate about environmental health, global health, women's and children's issues and cancer research. She lives in Walnut Creek and is the mother of three children.
Katharine D. Barrett, Katharine@pfse.net
Katharine got her start as a high school biology teacher, and has more than 30 years of professional leadership in science education. During her tenure at the Lawrence Hall of Science, she developed diverse programs for teachers, students and the public. She retired as the Associate Director of Education at the UC Botanical Garden in 2008, and began volunteering for Parents for a Safer Environment and other local nonprofit groups. Katharine has been working with PASE since 2009 and is also on the Board of the Wagner's Ranch Nature Area and on the EarthTeam, serving high school students in under-served communities get an education on environmental health issues and inspiring them with internships.
Elizabeth Salmon-Omski, Elizabeth@pfse.net
Elizabeth received her degree from UC Davis in Exercise Physiology and currently lives in Walnut Creek with her husband, two sons, and three dogs. As such, they frequently use the parks and open spaces to play and hike. She cares deeply about the health and welfare of our children and animals, and dedicates her spare time to help eliminate the use of harmful pesticides in our city. Her other interests involve ethical treatment of animals and living a vegan lifestyle to promote a more humane and caring world.