Science Advisers | Business Advisers

Birnur K. Aral, PhD | Anne Marie Fine, NMDJeff Gearhart | Mark Hyman MD | Ian IlluminatoDr. Sarah JanssenPete Myers, PhDDeanna Minich, PhD | Marty Mulvihill, PhD | Michelle Perro, MD | Sharima Rasanayagam, PhD |  Lisa Rodenburg, PhDMaya Shetreat-Klein, MD | Laurel Standley, PhD | Summer Streets, MSKevin Strong, MDKatrina E. Varner | John Warner

Birnur-head-shotBirnur Aral, PhD — Health, Beauty & Environmental Sciences Lab Director, Good Housekeeping Institute
Birnur Aral is a scientist with MEng and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering. She has held various responsibilities in industries ranging from instrumentation, to personal care, to fragrance, and most recently media. She has published scientific articles in the area of rheological behavior of highly concentrated suspensions and holds several patents in the personal wash area.



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AM-FineAnne Marie Fine, NMD
Dr. Anne Marie Fine is a practicing doctor, award-winning researcher, author and highly sought after national and international speaker based in Newport Beach, CA. Her focus is on environmental medicine; she is especially sensitive to the weighty effects of today’s myriad toxicants from personal care products on developing fetuses, babies, children and adults.



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Jeff-Gearhart-copyJeff Gearhart, MSResearch Director, Ecology Center / Healthystuff.org
Jeff has worked for over 20 years on a wide range of environmental issues, including air quality, pollution prevention, life cycle assessment, consumer product testing, and green chemistry. For over 16 years, he has worked with the Ecology Center, and developed the now internationally recognized HealthyStuff.org product chemistry disclosure project and its extensive website of robust advocacy resources and product testing results for more than 100,000 products.



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Mark HymanMDMark Hyman, MD and Bestselling Author

Mark Hyman, MD, believes that we all deserve a life of vitality—and that we have the potential to create it for ourselves. That’s why he is dedicated to tackling the root causes of chronic disease by harnessing the power of Functional Medicine to transform healthcare. Dr. Hyman and his team work every day to empower people, organizations, and communities to heal their bodies and minds, and improve our social and economic resilience.



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ian_illIan Illuminato – Nano-Specialist, Friends of the Earth

As Health and environment consultant for Friends of the Earth, Ian’s work focuses on protecting people and the environment from threats posed by nanotechnology. He has worked for Greenpeace Italy, Greenpeace International, and the United Nations Environmental Program in Italy and has extensive experience monitoring the impact of technological change on the environment.



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Janssen.hi-res-headshot-2Dr. Sarah Janssen, MPH, PhD

Dr. Janssen currently practices pediatrics in Northern California and has an appointment at UCSF in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. She’s a former Senior Scientist for the Natural Resources Defense Council. She has a Master’s degree in Public Health and a PhD in reproductive biology with expertise in chemicals that mimic hormones (aka endocrine disruptors.)



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Deanna Minich-headshotDeanna Minich, PhD, FACN, CNS

Dr. Deanna Minich is an internationally-recognized lifestyle medicine and detox expert, creative visionary, and author of five books. She is founder of The Detox Summit™ (http://www.thedetoxsummit.com) and led the 3000-person, online Detox Challenge together with the Institute for Functional Medicine in 2014.



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marty-mulvihillMarty Mulvihill, PhD

Marty Mulvihill is the co-founder and partner of Safer Made, a venture capital fund investing in companies and technologies that reduce human exposure to harmful chemicals. Marty is also an advisor and researcher at the Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry which he helped start and where he served as the initial Executive Director from 2010-2015.



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Deanna Minich-headshotPete Myers, PhD

John Peterson “Pete” Myers is founder, CEO and Chief Scientist of Environmental Health Sciences, a not-for-profit organization that promotes public understanding of advances in scientific research on links between the environment and human health (www.EnvironmentalHealthNews.org). Dr. Myers holds a doctorate in the biological sciences from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA from Reed College. For a dozen years beginning in 1990, Dr. Myers served as Director of the W. Alton Jones Foundation in Charlottesville, Virginia.



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michelleperroMDMichelle Perro, MD, Doctor of Homeopathic Medicine

Spanning nearly 3 1/2 decades in pediatric medicine, Michelle has been an avid advocate of children’s health issues. She is an Integrative Pediatrician who helps patients (and their parents) navigate the challenges of acute and chronic childhood illnesses. Dr. Perro is Board-certified in Pediatrics and has comprehensive experience in a variety of clinical settings from emergency departments, hospital-based practice, community clinics and in private practice.



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sharimaSharima Rasanayagam, PhD

As the director of science for the Breast Cancer Fund, Sharima works to ensure that the organization continues to be a national leader in science-based environmental health advocacy. She oversees the organization’s science-related activities, including monitoring and interpreting emerging scientific research, and developing and managing science-related program and policy initiatives. She also serves on the advisory committee of the California Breast Cancer Research Program, the largest state-funded breast cancer research effort.



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Rodenburg headshotLisa Rodenburg, PhD

Dr. Rodenburg has studied the fate and transport of organic chemicals for 20 years. She is particularly interested in the inadvertent generation of toxic chemicals during the manufacture of industrial chemicals such as pigments. She holds a PhD in environmental engineering from the Johns Hopkins University and a BA in chemistry from Wittenberg University. She is currently an associate professor at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.



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Shetreat-KleinMaya Shetreat-Klein, MD – Pediatric Neurologist

Dr. Shetreat-Klein is a pediatric neurologist, herbalist, urban farmer, naturalist and author of The Dirt Cure: Growing Healthy Kids with Food Straight from Soil (Simon and Schuster, 2016), which has been translated into ten languages. She offers an integrative approach to neurological, behavioral and cognitive problems as well as chronic pediatric issues.



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standleyLaurel Standley, PhD – Environmental Chemist, Author and Wellness Instructor

Dr. Laurel Standley is an environmental chemist and author of a self-help book on reducing exposure to toxic chemicals. In addition to her writing, Laurel now teaches wellness classes on reducing toxic exposures.



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Streets_headshotSummer Streets, MS – Environmental Chemist

Summer has worked as an environmental chemist at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) since 2007. She has authored and co-authored several MPCA and legislative publications on topics such as endocrine disruption, perfluorochemicals in Minnesota’s ambient environment, and pharmaceuticals and personal care products in Minnesota’s rivers.



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strongKevin Strong, MD – Pediatrician, Founder of Dunk the Junk

Kevin is a pediatrician with an expertise in infant and child nutrition. He’s also the Founder of DunktheJunk.org, a National Program to get kids to forgo candy and soda for healthy options. Dr. Strong grew tired of seeing America’s obesity epidemic play out in his pediatric practice in Maine. He decided to take his message directly to kids through his Dunk The Junk campaign using art, sports and music to creatively combat junk food.



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VARNERKatrina E. Varner, Environmental Research Scientist, U.S. EPA

Katrina is a Nanomaterial specialist at the Characterizing and Monitoring Branch of the Environmental Sciences Division, National Exposure Research Laboratory for the United States Environmental Protection Agency. At the EPA, her primary research focuses around method development and evaluation of monitoring parameters of contaminants and hazardous waste.


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John Warner, President, Chief Technology Officer, Board of Directors, Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry

John is the recipient of the 2014 Perkin Medal, widely acknowledged as the highest honor in American Industrial Chemistry. He received his BS in Chemistry from UMASS Boston, and his PhD in Chemistry from Princeton University. After working at the Polaroid Corporation for nearly a decade, he then served as tenured full professor at UMASS Boston and Lowell (Chemistry and Plastics Engineering).


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Business Advisers

Kate Black |  Jeffrey Glueck | Andy IgrejasPaige PadgettSusan Rockefeller |  Leah Segedie | Elizabeth Wasserman

Black_KateKate Black, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Magnifeco.com

Kate has lived and worked in the major fashion centers of the world and written over 1,000 articles about designers and ethical fashion from her decidedly global perspective. She is regularly featured on the Huffington Post and is highly in demand as a speaker on ethical fashion. Kate founded Magnifeco.com, the digital source for eco-fashion and sustainable living, and her first book ‘Magnifeco: Your Head-to-Toe Guide to Ethical Fashion and Non-toxic Beauty’ came out in 2015.



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GLUECKJeffrey Glueck – CEO, Foursquare, and Environmentalist

Ever since writing the first study on campus recycling while at Harvard, Jeff has been an environmentalist. Currently the CEO at Foursquare, he was previously the CEO at Skyfire Labs in Silicon Valley, an innovative start-up that develops cloud computing solutions to help deal with the explosion of data use and video consumption on mobile devices around the world. He has held positions advising foreign governments on sustainable development, and as a White House Fellow in the Clinton Administration working on green trade and renewable energy financing.



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AndyIgrejasAndy Igrejas – National Campaign Director, Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families

Andy Igrejas organized Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families in the first half of 2009 to address the interest by several health, environmental and labor organizations in developing a common approach to advancing chemical policy reform. The initial group of organizations became the Steering Committee for the campaign and Andy became its Director in June of that year. Since then the campaign has grown to include 450 organizations and small businesses from across the country and across the political spectrum.



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padgettPaige Padgett – Makeup Artist, Beauty Product Developer & Authority on Green Beauty

Considered a leading authority on green beauty, Paige is often sought out by the press and has been featured in Shape, Elle, GenLux, Beautyblitz.com, Tresdope.com, The Los Angeles Times, Vegetarian Times, Natural Health and Whole Life Times Magazine. She has served as spokesperson and ambassador for numerous eco-friendly brands and marketing campaigns, and founded Paigepadgett.com, a green beauty website.



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Susan Rockefeller – CEO & Founder of Protect What Is Precious, Entrepreneur, Conservationist, and Filmmaker

Susan Rockefeller is an entrepreneur, conservationist, and filmmaker. She’s the CEO and Founder of Protect What Is Precious, a niche consulting company that advises businesses on how to improve their products and processes in a way that contributes to a better future for the planet, while enhancing the value of their brands.



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leah-segedieLeah Segedie – Founder Mamavation Community, Shiftcon Social Media Conference, Activist and Consultant 

Leah teaches “digital moms” healthy living practices to combat disease in their home through the Mamavation community. Leah is also a very passionate food activist and organizes trending twitter parties monthly to educate the public about the food supply and other issues impacting public health. She also organizes blogging efforts through her network and hosts the ShiftCon Social Media Conference where green and wellness bloggers gather annually. Brands love to work with Leah because she has over 10,000 bloggers in the Bookieboo Network eager to work on wellness-related campaigns.



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Liz WassermanElizabeth Wasserman, LCSW – Founder & CEO, True Goods, and Wellness Consultant
A health and wellness expert with degrees in human psychology (UCLA) and clinical social work (NYU), and graduate studies in business and organizational psychology, Liz believes we all have the right to know what’s in the products we bring into our homes. She is also the founder & CEO of TrueGoods.com, an online retailer of truly toxin-free products that have been rigorously investigated and held to unparalleled safety standards. Fueled by a passion for preventive health, a commitment to clean living, and a strong belief in informed wellness care, Liz works with customers and private clients to harness their power to create healthier lives and a more sustainable environment.



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