Our Steering Committee Team
Cindy Russell, Ginger Mason, Theo Colburn, Susan JunFish at a Pesticide Conference
Susan JunFish, MPH- PfSE Founder & Director, email@example.com
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 90 presentations over the past 14 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Elizabeth Salmon-Omski, email@example.com
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 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.
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 for 7 years 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.
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.
Sheila Hill, Sheila@pfse.net
is an award-winning Environmental Activist who is on the Board of Generation Green 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.