Who’s Involved

Steering Committee 

Thomas A. Burke, Chair
Johns Hopkins University

Thomas A. Burke is the Jacob I. and Irene B. Fabrikant Professor and Chair in Health Risk and Society at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management. He holds joint appointments in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences and the School of Medicine Department of Oncology. He is also Director of the Johns Hopkins Risk Sciences and Public Policy Institute. Burke was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as EPA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Research and Development. From January 2015 until January 2017, Burke was the EPA Science Advisor and Deputy Assistant Administrator for Research and Development. His research interests include environmental epidemiology and surveillance, evaluation of population exposures to environmental pollutants, assessment and communication of environmental risks, and application of epidemiology and health risk assessment to public policy. Before joining the University faculty, Burke was Deputy Commissioner of Health for the State of New Jersey and Director of Science and Research for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. In New Jersey, he directed initiatives that influenced the development of national programs, such as Superfund, the Safe Drinking Water Act, and the Toxics Release Inventory. Burke served as a member of the National Academies Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology. He was Chair of the National Academies Committee on Improving Risk Analysis that produced the report Science and Decisions, and chaired the National Academies Committee on Human Biomonitoring for Environmental Toxicants and the Committee on Toxicants and Pathogens in Biosolids Applied to Land. He also served on the National Academies Committee on Science for EPA’s Future and the Committee on the Toxicological Effects of Methylmercury. He is a Fellow of the Society for Risk Analysis and a lifetime National Associate of the National Academies. He was Inaugural Chair of the Advisory Committee to the Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Environmental Health and a member of EPA Science Advisory Board and Board of Scientific Counselors. Burke received his BS from St. Peter’s College, his MPH from the University of Texas and his PhD in epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania.


Darrell Boverhof
The Dow Chemical Company

Darrell Boverhof is currently the Director of Dow’s Toxicology and Environmental Research and Consulting (TERC) organization.  In this role he leads of all of Dow’s scientific product safety efforts including Dow’s internal toxicology testing and research laboratory as well as the toxicology consulting organization.  He is also responsible for Product Regulatory Leadership for both North America and Latin America which includes new chemical submissions, existing chemical regulations, and other product compliance reporting. Boverhof joined Dow in 2006 as a Toxicologist within the TERC laboratory.  He has held several technical and leadership roles in TERC including as Leader for the Cellular and Molecular Toxicology group where he was active in contributing to the development of Dow’s Predictive Toxicology capabilities.  He has also served as a toxicology consultant for several Dow businesses.  He gained further product safety experience outside of the toxicology organization as the Global Product Sustainability Leader for Dow Building and Construction, Dow Energy Materials and Dow Corporate Ventures. During his career, he has represented Dow externally on the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Nanotechnology Panel and Center for the Polyurethanes Industry, as well as the ILSI-HESI Immunotoxicology Technical Committee.  He currently serves as Dow’s representative on ACC’s Health, Product and Science Policy Committee and is also the Project Leader for Dow’s 2025 Goal- Safe Materials for a Sustainable Plant.  He also serves on the Medical Committee for the Elsa U. Pardee Foundation, on the Editorial Board for Toxicological Sciences, and was formerly a Councilor for the Michigan Society of Toxicology.  He has published over 40 manuscripts/book chapters and has co-edited a book on toxicogenomics in safety evaluation and risk assessment. Boverhof holds a PhD in Biochemistry/Toxicology from Michigan State University and a BSc in Biomedical Toxicology from the University of Guelph, Canada.


George P. Daston
Procter & Gamble Company

George P. Daston is the Victor Mills Society Research Fellow at the Procter & Gamble Company. He has published over 100 articles and book chapters and edited five books in toxicology and risk assessment. His current research efforts are in the areas of toxicogenomics and mechanistic toxicology, particularly in addressing how findings in these fields can improve risk assessment of chemicals and the development of non-animal alternatives. Daston has served as President of the Teratology Society, as Councilor, Treasurer, and Vice President-Elect of the Society of Toxicology, and on the US EPA Science Advisory Board, the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Toxicology Program, the National Academies’ Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology as well as multiple academies consensus study committees, and the National Children’s Study Advisory Committee. He was the founding editor of Birth Defects Research: Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology. Daston has been awarded the Josef Warkany Lectureship and the Distinguished Service Award by the Teratology Society, the George H. Scott Award by the Toxicology Forum, and the Society of Toxicology’s Best Paper of the Year Award, and is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Daston is an adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at University of Cincinnati. He earned his PhD in developmental biology from the University of Miami.


Linda J. Fisher
DuPont Safety, Health & Environment (retired)

Linda J. Fisher is retired as vice president of DuPont Safety, Health & Environment and DuPont’s chief sustainability officer. She had responsibility for advancing DuPont’s progress in achieving sustainable growth; DuPont safety, health and environmental programs; the company’s global product stewardship; and regulatory affairs program and corporate philanthropy. Prior to joining DuPont in 2004, she served in a number of key leadership positions in government and industry including: Deputy Administrator of U.S. EPA; U.S. EPA Assistant Administrator – Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances; U.S. EPA Assistant Administrator – Office of Policy, Planning and Evaluation; and Chief of Staff to the U.S. EPA Administrator. Fisher, an attorney, was also vice president of Government Affairs for Monsanto and was “Of Counsel” with the law firm, Latham & Watkins. Fisher also serves on the board of directors of the Covanta Holding Corporation and S.C. Johnson, as well as the boards of several non-profit organizations. She has served on two committees of the National Academies: the Committee on Evaluating the Efficiency of Research and Development Programs at the EPA and the Division on Earth and Life Studies Division Committee. Fisher received a law degree from The Ohio State University, a Master’s of Business Administration from George Washington University and a B.A. from Miami University.


Estella Geraghty

Este Geraghty heads Esri’s worldwide health and human services practice. Previously, she was the deputy director of the Center for Health Statistics and Informatics at the California Department of Public Health. There she engaged in statewide initiatives in meaningful use, health information exchange, open data and interoperability. While serving as an associate professor of clinical internal medicine at the University of California, Davis she conducted research on geographic approaches to influencing health policy and advancing community development programs. Geraghty is the author of numerous health and geographic information systems peer reviewed papers and has lectured extensively around the world on a broad range of topics that include pesticide safety, climate change and extreme heat. She received her MD, master’s degree in health informatics, and MPH from UC Davis. She is board certified in public health and is also a geographic information systems professional.


Lynn R. Goldman
George Washington University

Lynn R. Goldman is the Michael and Lori Milken Dean at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health. Prior to joining GW in August 2010, she was professor of environmental health sciences at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Goldman was Assistant Administrator for Toxic Substances in the EPA from 1993 through 1998 under President Bill Clinton. Under her watch, the EPA overhauled the nation’s pesticide laws, expanded right-to-know requirements for toxin release, reached consensus on an approach to testing chemicals with endocrine-disrupting potential, developed standards to implement lead screening legislation and promoted children’s health and global chemical safety. Prior to joining the EPA, Goldman worked in environmental health for the California Department of Public Health. A member of the National Academy of Medicine, she has chaired or served on numerous committees and forums. She currently serves on the National Academy of Medicine Council and the Governing Board of the National Academy of Sciences. She serves as a member of the Advisory Committee to the Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among many accolades, Dean Goldman received a 2009 Heinz Award, given to innovators addressing global change caused by the impact of human activities. She was awarded alumna of the year by the University of California Berkeley School of Public Health, received the Woodrow Wilson Award for Excellence in Government from Johns Hopkins University and was named one of 150 outstanding alumni by the University of California San Francisco. She also received an honorary doctorate from Örebro University in Sweden for her contributions to chemical legislation in the U.S. and Sweden and her influence on the research conducted at the university’s Man Technology Environment Research Centre. Goldman received an MS from the University of California, Berkeley in 1979; her MD from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine and her MPH from Hopkins in 1981; and completed a pediatric residency at UCSF Benioff Children’s Oakland.


Daniel Greenbaum
Health Effects Institute

Daniel Greenbaum is President of Health Effects Institute (HEI). He leads HEI’s efforts to provide public and private decision makers — in the U.S., Asia, Europe, and Latin America — with high quality, impartial, relevant, and credible science about the health effects of air pollution in order to inform air quality decisions in the developed and developing world. In this role he works with HEI’s sponsors in government and industry, its Scientific Committees and staff, and other environmental stakeholders to develop and implement the HEI Strategic Plan for Understanding the Health Effects of Air Pollution, which every five years sets HEI’s course. Greenbaum has been a member of the National Academies Board of Environmental Studies and Toxicology and Vice Chair of the Committee for Air Quality Management in the United States. He served on the National Academies Committee on The Hidden Costs of Energy and most recently served on the Committee on Grand Challenges for Environmental Engineering. Greenbaum also chaired the EPA’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Oxygenates in Gasoline and EPA’s Clean Diesel Independent Review Panel, which reviewed technology progress in implementing the 2007 Highway Diesel Rule. He is currently a member of EPA’s national Clean Air Act Advisory Committee. Greenbaum has over three decades of governmental and non-governmental experience in environmental health. Just before coming to HEI, he served as Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection from 1988 to 1994, where he was responsible for the Commonwealth’s response to the Clean Air Act, as well as its award-winning efforts on pollution prevention, water pollution, and solid and hazardous waste. Greenbaum holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Gavin Huntley-Fenner
Huntley-Fenner Advisors, Inc.

Gavin Huntley-Fenner is a human factors and safety consultant at Huntley-Fenner Advisors, with a unique problem-solving skill set and communication style developed over 25 years as a researcher, author, educator and business consultant. He regularly provides consumer product hazard analyses and has served as an expert consultant for matters relating to risk perception, instruction manuals, warnings, labeling, safety and human development, human reaction time and decision-making. Huntley-Fenner served on the U.S. FDA Risk Communication Advisory Committee (2010–2014) and as a Member of the Planning Committee for the National Academies workshop on “Characterizing and Communicating Uncertainty in the Assessment of Benefits and Risks of Pharmaceutical Products” in  2014. Huntley-Fenner received his Ph.D. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1995 and his B.A. in Cognitive Sciences from Vassar College in 1990.


Philip R.S. Johnson
The Heinz Endowments

Philip R.S. Johnson is director of The Heinz Endowments’ Environment & Health Program, which is part of the foundation’s Sustainability team and focuses on Clean Economy and Environmental & Public Health goals. He currently manages a grants portfolio and community initiatives that focus on environmental systems (including air and water), public health, susceptible populations and at-risk communities, as well as energy impacts and alternative energy, green infrastructure, community resilience and climate change. Johnson recently taught environment and health at Yale College. Prior to joining the Endowments, Johnson worked for government agencies and nonprofits in fisheries/ecological restoration, public health and environmental science. He is past chair emeritus of the Health & Environmental Funders Network and serves on the board of Environmental Grantmakers Association. Johnson received his MPH, Master of Environmental Science and PhD in Risk Management from Yale University.


Beth Karlin
See Change Institute

Beth Karlin is founder and CEO of See Change Institute, which brings together leading academics and practitioners to work on program strategy, implementation, research, and evaluation of behavioral programs for social and environmental change. She also holds academic appointments as a Senior Fellow at the USC Norman Lear Center and as Founding Director of the Transformational Media Lab at UC Irvine and currently serves as the US Expert on the International Energy Agency’s DSM Task 24 on Behavior Change and Past President of the American Psychological Associsation Division 34 (Environmental Psychology). Before receiving her Ph.D. in Social Ecology from the University of California, Karlin spent nearly a decade working in K-12 education, holding positions as a teacher, counselor, and school administrator. She believes that the role of a researcher is not only to better understand the world but also to improve it and hopes that her work is able to serve both purposes.


Jennifer McPartland
Environmental Defense Fund

Jennifer McPartland is a senior scientist in the Health Program at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) where she focuses on advancing science, policy, and market solutions to protect human health and the environment from harmful chemical exposures. McPartland directly supports EDF’s efforts to ensure public health protective implementation of the Toxics Substances Control Act.  She is the primary technical advisor for EDF corporate partnerships focused on improving supply chain chemicals management and in this capacity has worked with major businesses to develop corporate chemicals policies and management plans. McPartland leads EDF’s engagement in federal efforts to apply systematic review in chemical assessment and to advance new chemical testing approaches. She also works closely with EDF’s Energy program to address emerging issues associated with alternative reuse of produced water including through research initiatives and multi-stakeholder dialogue. McPartland currently serves on the U.S. EPA’s Board of Scientific Counselors Chemical Safety for Sustainability Subcommittee and on the GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals Steering Committee. She earned her PhD in microbiology from the University of Chicago and her BS in biochemistry from the University of Virginia.


Devon C. Payne-Sturges
University of Maryland, College Park

Devon C. Payne-Sturges is Assistant Professor with the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health at the University of Maryland, School of Public Health. She also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Maryland, Payne-Sturges served as Assistant Commissioner for Environmental Health with the Baltimore City Health Department then later as the Assistant Center Director for Human Health  with U.S. EPA’s National Center for Environmental Research where she focused on biomonitoring for policy analysis, cumulative risk assessment, health impact assessment, environmental health indicator development, children’s environmental health and environmental health of minority populations. Her research focuses on racial and economic disparities in exposures to environmental contaminants and associated health risks with the aim of improving the science our society uses to make decisions about environmental policies that impact the health of communities and populations, especially vulnerable, low income and minority populations. She recently completed a Fulbright Senior Specialist project with Hochschule für Gesundheit – University of Applied Sciences in Bochum, Germany on cumulative risk assessment and environmental justice. Payne-Sturges earned her MPH and Doctor of Public Health degrees in environmental health sciences from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.


Amy Pruden
Virginia Tech

Amy Pruden is the W. Thomas Rice Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. Her research focuses on bringing a microbial ecological perspective to understanding and advancing design and management of environmental systems. Her current research, funded by The National Science Foundation, US Department of Agriculture, Water Research Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control focuses on advancing practical means of antibiotic resistance monitoring, mitigation, and risk assessment in wastewater, recycled water, and other water systems. Pruden is currently the Co-Principle Investigator on a Partnership for International Research and Education grant with the goal of fostering interdisciplinary international collaboration towards identifying barriers to antibiotics and antibiotic resistance in wastewater, recycled water, and affected receiving environments, including surface water, groundwater, and distribution systems. She is also serving on the National Academies committee on Management of Legionella in Water Systems.  She has authored over 130 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and currently serves as an Associate Editor of Environmental Science & Technology. Pruden is the recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering and the Paul L. Busch Award for innovation in water research. Pruden received her PhD in Environmental Science from the University of Cincinnati.


Ana V Diez Roux
Drexel University

Ana V Diez Roux is Dean and Distinguished University Professor of Epidemiology in the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University. Before joining Drexel University, she served on the faculties of Columbia University and the University of Michigan, where she was Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Director of the Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health at the University Of Michigan School Of Public Health. Her research areas include social epidemiology and health disparities, psychosocial factors and health, environmental health effects, and urban health.  She has led large NIH and foundation funded research and training programs in the U.S. and in collaboration with various institutions in Latin America. She currently leads the Wellcome Trust funded Salud Urbana en America Latina/Urban Health in Latin America (SALURBAL) study and directs the Urban Health Collaborative at Drexel University. Diez Roux has served on numerous editorial boards, review panels and advisory committees including the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee of the EPA (as Chair), the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Center for Health Statistics, and the Committee on Health and Wellbeing in the Changing Urban Environment of the International Council for Science. She has received the Wade Hampton Frost Award for her contributions to public health from the American Public Health Association and the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Epidemiology from the American College of Epidemiology. She is an elected member of the American Epidemiological Society and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. She was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2009 and has served on numerous academies committees including the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability, the Committee on Health Impact Assessment, and the Committee on Review of EPA’s “Science to Achieve Results” Research Grants Programs. Originally trained as a pediatrician in her native Buenos Aires, she completed public health training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health.


Martha E. Rudolph
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (retired)

Martha E. Rudolph retired  as the director of environmental programs for the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, providing oversight to the Air Pollution Control, Hazardous Materials and Waste Management, Water Quality Control, and Environmental Health and Sustainability divisions. She also served as the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Health  & Environment under Governor Ritter.  An experienced environmental attorney, Rudolph served for 14 years in the Colorado attorney general’s office, where she represented the Air Pollution Control Division, the Hazardous Waste Commission and the Water Quality Control Commission. She also has been in private practice in Denver. Rudolph has been an active member of the Environmental Council of States (ECOS). She has served as president, board member of Environmental Research Institute of the States, chair of the Environmental Council of the States Air Committee, and vice chair of the ECOS Planning Committee. She served as a board member for the Climate Registry.  She is a member of the Division on Earth and Life Studies of the National Academies, a state adviser for the Georgetown Climate Center, and a member of the American College of Environmental Lawyers.  She received her BA in International Affairs from University of Colorado Boulder and her JD from Georgetown Law.


Jonathan M. Samet
Colorado School of Public Health

Jonathan M. Samet, a pulmonary physician and epidemiologist, is Dean of the Colorado School of Public Health. Samet’s research has focused on the health risks posed by inhaled pollutants and tobacco. He has served on numerous committees concerned with public health and the environment: the U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board; committees of the National Academies, including chairing the Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation VI Committee, the Committee on Incorporating 21st Century Science in Risk-Based Evaluations, the Committee on Research Priorities for Airborne Particulate Matter, the Committee to Review EPA’s Draft Integrated Risk Information System Assessment of Formaldehyde, the Committee to Review the IRIS Process, and the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, among others; and the National Cancer Advisory Board.  He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. Samet received his MD from the University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry and his master’s degree in epidemiology from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


Deborah Swackhamer
University of Minnesota

Deborah Swackhamer is Professor Emerita of Science, Technology, and Public Policy in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and Professor Emerita of Environmental Health Sciences in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. She directed the Water Resources Center from 2002 until 2014. She studied the processes affecting the behavior of and exposures to, toxic chemicals in the environment and continues to work on policies to address these potential risks. In 2012 Swackhamer completed a 4 year term as Chair of the Science Advisory Board of the EPA, and served as a member of the Science Advisory Board of the International Joint Commission of the US and Canada from 2000-2013. She currently serves on the National Academies Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology and recently served on the National Academies committee addressing Sustainability Linkages in the Federal Government, and the National Academies Committee evaluating the EPA Laboratory Enterprise. She served as a Governor appointee on the Minnesota Clean Water Council from 2007-2016. She was President of the National Institutes of Water Resources in 2011-2012. She is a Fellow in the Royal Society of Chemistry in the UK. Swackhamer received the 2007 Harvey G. Rogers Award from the Minnesota Public Health Association. In 2009, she received the prestigious Founders Award from the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry for lifetime achievement in environmental sciences. She was the 2010 recipient of the University of Minnesota’s Ada Comstock Award. In November, 2014 she was named an Inaugural Fellow of the Society of International Toxicology and Chemistry. She served as Chair of the US EPA Board of Scientific Counselors from 2015-2018. Swackhamer received a BA in Chemistry from Grinnell College, IA and an MS and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Water Chemistry and Limnology & Oceanography, respectively.