Our Steering Committee Team
Cindy Russell, Ginger Mason, Theo Colburn, Susan JunFish at a Pesticide Conference
Susan JunFish, MPH- PfSE Founder & Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Prior to founding Parents for a Safer Environment, Susan retired from Cal/EPA as a hazardous substances scientist in 1999. Her first career was in the Biotech Industry conducting protein chemistry research for the pharmaceutical industry. Susan received her B.S. and MPH from UC Berkeley, from the School of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences. Susan has given over 90 presentations and testimonies over the past 17 years on pesticide issues to Boards of municipalities, hospitals, schools, elected officials and service organizations throughout the Bay Area. Her work on many legislative bills, including the Healthy Schools Act Amendment resulted in recognition from the CA State Legislature and locally for protecting public health and the environment. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband Jeremy, and 3 furry mutts enjoying time with family, friends, and playing tennis.
Shirley Shelangoski, email@example.com
is a retired Peace Officer for the State of CA and has been working with PASE since 2010, focusing on the Contra Costa County (CCC) IPM Project to help encourage transparency, accountability, and collaboration by the Departments of Public Works and Agriculture. CCC’s significant 30% reduction in rodenticides applied to open space and total elimination in 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. Shirley is a Pleasant Hill resident.
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 PASE 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 Alamo and is the mother of three children.
Katharine D. Barrett, email@example.com
Katharine D. Barrett 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 focused on the environment and health. While at LHS she co-authored Schoolyard Ecology and Aquatic Habitats for the GEMS program. She retired as the Associate Director of Education at the UC Botanical Garden in 2008, and is co-author of Math in the Garden and Botany on Your Plate. She is a founding board member of Friends of the Wagner Ranch Nature Area, which funds outdoor environmental education. Her long-time concern about pesticides brought her to Parents for a Safer Environment in 2009, where she is inspired by their grass roots efforts to rid our schools and open spaces of these insidious and toxic pollutants. Katharine is an Orinda resident.
Elizabeth Salmon-Omski, firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Elizabeth joined PASE in September of 2015.
Karolina Park, M.S. Karolina@pfse.net
Karolina is the Principal of her landscape designing and horticulture consulting company, Hortum Terra Design. Karolina emphasizes water-wise designs, soil-health and regeneration and the elimination of pesticide and artificial fertilizers in both small gardens as well as large facilities, having had 10 years of experience designing and maintaining landscapes in the Bay Area. In her free time, she likes to experiment with creative landscaping ideas, cultivate her vegetable garden and manage her beehive in Martinez, where she lives with her husband and 6 year-old daughter, who has been the inspiration to get pesticides out of the local parks where children play. Karolina joined PASE in April, 2017 to work as one of the Project Managers. Karolina is a Martinez resident.
Karen Perkins Karen@pfse.net
Karen worked as a bilingual/cross-cultural Spanish/English teacher and was a union representative for the California Teacher’s Association. She volunteered in the successful movement that stopped the aerial spraying for the Light Brown Apple Moth in Northern California with an untested pesticide that had received a waiver from all health and environmental impact studies. She has volunteered with PASE since 2006 attending many Contra Costa County Integrated Pest Management meetings, workshops, and testified as a former educator at the California Senate Education Committee hearing in support of amending and improving the Healthy Schools Act that Parents for a Safer Environment helped draft. Karen is a Walnut Creek resident.
KO moved from media production to teaching applied arts overseas, returning to Walnut Creek to care for elders and bees at the end of the century with an informed experience of what pesticide exposure can do to humans. On behalf of her 30 million ”little girls” she joins PASE to make our environment safer for both bees and humans. Her formal studies include Fine Arts Photography and Visual Anthropology, Museum studies and International and California Teaching credentials. As Alameda County Bee Abundance, her Flower Power Sowing Bee [https://summerofbeelove.wordpress.com/flower-power/] is a pet project to plant pollinator-friendly plants in the Bay Area. KO joined PASE in 2016.
Sheila Hill Sheila@pfse.net
is an award-winning Environmental Activist who is on the Board of Generation Green, Contra Costa County Climate Leaders and on Parents for a Safer Environment's Steering Committee. Sheila has worked tirelessly to encourage the adoption of policies by local Contra Costa County cities to adopt measures to slow climate change. She is also an environmental school teacher with the Mt Diablo Unified School District and works to teach elementary school children to love taking care of the earth by hands-on experience in gardens, playing with soil and plants. Sheila is a Concord resident.