Pradnya Garud is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Geography, Development, and Environment at the University of Arizona and holds a courtesy research assistant position in the Department of Sociology at the University of Oregon. She received her Master of Science in Environmental Sciences from the Institute of Science and completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Disaster Preparedness and Response at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, both in Mumbai. Prior to starting the Ph.D. program, she worked as a research and advocacy associate at a human rights organization in New Delhi, India. Her research interests are at the intersection of environmental and human geography, and her most recent research work focuses on analyzing urban gardening and its impacts on food insecurity, urban spaces, and environmental conservation in India.
Nicole is a graduate student at Oregon State University studying activist and environmental rhetoric and the role that storytelling plays within both. Before she came to Beyond Toxics, she volunteered with and served as the interim Community Organizer with 350PDX, the local Portland group of 350.org. There, Nicole focused on empowering individuals and helping them find their place within the climate justice movement. By empowering others and helping them think critically about climate change and how it impacts communities most vulnerable to environmental degradation, she believes we can work together to address environmental and climate injustices in our communities.
Cameron Hubbe, MSW, Vice President
Cameron Hubbe has worked for Peace Health as a Medical Social Worker for 15 years, and before that, worked with children and youth. She became active on environmental and social justice issues as a teenager, and found her passion using listening partnerships as tool for social change, alliance building, and the de-transmission of intergenerational trauma associated with oppression. She is active with Sustaining All Life and United to End Racism. Cameron is 2nd generation European-American, raised Quaker, and an active member at Temple Beth Israel. She hopes to help build a broad-based movement that can protect human and all life from catastrophic climate change.
Kristina Lefever, Secretary
Soon after moving to Ashland in 2012, Kristina became involved in the movement to help save our bees and other pollinators. As a leading member of Pollinator Project Rogue Valley, Chair of Bee City USA Ashland, a member of the Ashland Garden Club, and a certified Jackson County Master Gardener, Kristina often gives presentations about pollinators and other beneficial insects, the plants and habitats that will best support them, and the harm pesticides cause to us and our ecosystems. Kristina and her husband turned their barren property in Ashland into a pollinator garden, with many native plants, trees, and dandelions. Her dream is that everyone’s yard will include a little or a lot of pollinator habitat, even if it’s just a pot of lavender on the porch.
Wayne Lottinville, Treasurer
Wayne is Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Cascadia Investment Consultants, an investment management firm he launched in 2003. He has been and continues to serve as treasurer for various political-action and education groups based in Oregon. These are working for a government accountable to the health and well-being of ordinary citizens above the moneyed influences of corporate interests. He has past experience in newspaper publishing, professional photography and editorial work, and spends time year in Mexico each year honing his Spanish language skills.
Carla Hervert, RN, MS
Carla is a registered nurse and exercise physiologist, and has worked in the healthcare field for over 30 years. She currently works at RiverBend Hospital as a cardiac and pulmonary educator. Carla has worked on several campaigns for human and environmental health, including cessation of field burning, and is currently helping with the West Eugene Industrial Corridor Environmental Health Project, presenting asthma clinics to the residents of West Eugene.
Carla and her husband enjoy various outdoor activities, and have hiked thousands of miles in the Pacific Northwest since relocating 14 years ago. While on these explorations, their love of nature photography has grown. They continually strive to capture the magnificence of Oregon’s diverse landscape, hoping to inspire others to care for our wild places.
Rayna is an undergraduate student at the University of Oregon majoring in Arts Management with minors in Planning, Public Policy and Management, Native American Studies and Business Administration. Her research interests include Indigenous feminism and cultural revitalization. She is pursuing a career in strengthening communities through cultural programming and planning initiatives. A citizen of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians with Sixes, Joshua and Chinook ancestors, Rayna grew up in the West Eugene Area.
Beyond Toxics Advisory Board
Bob Amundson, Ph.D., Air Toxics Specialist (Portland)
Jessica Applegate, Eastside Portland Air Coalition (Portland)
Richard Barnhart, M.D. (Coburg)
Lori Ann Burd, Environmental Health Program Director, Senior Attorney (Portland)
Christine Cameron, Cameron and Company Marketing (Eugene)
John Dunphy, M.D. (Eugene)
Lynne Fessenden, Ph.D. Willamette Farm and Food Coalition (Junction City)
David Funk, co-owner of Bell+Funk (Eugene)
Maria Rainbow Gerolaga (Medford)
Lauren Herbert, MD (Eugene)
Kat Herrera (Eugene)
Joel Iboa, Coalition Coordinator, Causa (Eugene)
Anita Johnson, Media (Eugene)
Tom Kerns, PhD (Yachats)
Kim Kelly, Oregon’s Insurance Lady (Eugene)
Kari Norgaard, Ph.D. UO Department of Sociology (Eugene)
Mary O’Brien, Ph.D., Co-Founder and Botanist (Utah)
Randy Phelps, M.D./Ph.D., OHSU/UO Early Child Development (Eugene & Portland)
Doug Quirk, Environmental Attorney (Eugene)
Dr. Lawrence Rasheed, Lane Community College (Eugene)
Eric Richardson, NAACP (Eugene)
Debra Schlenoff, Conservation Chair at Lane Audubon Society (Eugene)
Linda Tamura, Ed.D., Co-editor-in-chief of The Oregon Encyclopedia, Professor Emerita of Education, Willamette University (Portland)
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