Kat Herrera, President
Kat Herrera is a queer, non-binary transplant to Oregon, exploring the beautiful PNW throughout the last 7 years. They currently work for an OHSU outreach clinic in Eugene, coordinating health services for children with disabilities. They grew up in New Mexico and Texas, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Communication from the University of Houston. Initially coming from an environmental justice background around the BP oil spill in 2010, Kat has worked closely with disproportionately affected neighborhoods and populations subjected to unchecked environmental racism. Kat hopes to help foster justice for vulnerable groups, bridge generational gaps, and tie in various intersections of oppression into Beyond Toxics’ mission.
Yolanda Gomez, Vice President
Yolanda is an anti-racist activist and Thurgood Marshal Fellow at Oregon State University School of Creative Writing. She has been published in Nat Brut, with a forthcoming publication in Rest for Resistance. She is the co-editor and contributing author of Red Umbrella Babies, a sex work and parenting anthology. Before focusing on writing, Yolanda’s academic work was in Gender and Women’s Studies, and Middle Eastern and North African Studies. She has extensive community organizing experience through anti-violence outreach, advocacy and event planning with the Wingspan Anti-Violence Project, the Sex Worker Outreach Project, Hey Baby Art against Sexual Violence, and Take Back the Night in Tucson Arizona. Currently, in addition to her work as a writing fellow, she is working in community mental health.
Carla Hervert, RN, MS, Secretary
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.
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.
Lori Ann Burd
Lori Ann is the environmental health director and a senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity, where she devotes her days to fighting toxics and pollution on behalf of endangered species and communities. Along with her team, she focuses her work on pesticides, pollinators, air pollution, factory farming, water contamination and endangered species. She has a strong commitment to pursuing environmental justice in the work to end toxic exposures. She earned her B.A. at Colorado College and her J.D. at Lewis and Clark Law School.
Lori Ann is a first-generation American and child of refugees. Prior to law school she spent several seasons working on farms and in landscaping. Lori Ann loves to spend time in her garden and her weekends exploring America’s vast public lands.
Pradnya Garud, is a Ph.D. student in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona. 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 work involved documenting cases of gender and caste discrimination in relief and rehabilitation centers in the aftermath of disasters.
She has recently charted a path as a scholar-activist by focusing on social and environmental justice movements around the world, specifically looking at South Asia and the U.S. Her orientation as a scholar-activist has also been shaped by her personal background, and she is acutely aware of the consequences of environmental issues as part of broader systems of oppression.
“Edith is first generation Latinx. Her parents immigrated from Mexico 25 years ago with the hope of giving their children a good education and better opportunities. Edith developed a love for the environment by accompanying her parents to their work in the fields as farm workers. There she interacted with people from different cultures and experiences. She discovered she has a passion for protecting the environment while simultaneously not forgetting about the importance of the people in it. Edith is the student Director of the UO Coalition Against Environmental Racism. She studied sustainable development in Ecuador and currently volunteers for the McKenzie River Trust. Edith will graduate from the UO with a Bachelor of Science in Geography June 2019.
Cameron Hubbe, MSW
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.
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.
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.
Julie Sonam is a real estate broker at Windermere Lane County. She previously worked as a Registered Nurse and as a self-employed entrepreneur. Education, advocacy, and contribution are very important to her. Most importantly she is an advocate for health–health of the people, animals, the land, water, and the air. She is very involved in the local community and is also a founding member of the Palmo Center for Peace and Education. She believes that participation as well as education is crucial to creating the world we all want to live in.
Beyond Toxics Advisory Board
Bob Amundson, Ph.D., Air Toxics Specialist (Portland)
Jessica Applegate, Eastside Portland Air Coalition (Portland)
Richard Barnhart, M.D. (Coburg)
Christine Cameron, Cameron and Company Marketing (Eugene)
Lynne Fessenden, Ph.D. Willamette Farm and Food Coalition (Junction City)
David Funk, co-owner of Bell+Funk (Eugene)
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)
Eric Richardson, NAACP (Eugene)
Debra Schlenoff, Conservation Chair at Lane Audubon Society (Eugene)
Won’t you join us in imagining, and working for, a world beyond toxics?
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