Beams of Light in a Dark Time

From where I sit on December 22nd, 2016, I feel really good about Clean and Healthy New York’s position heading into 2017. This may be a contrary message from the broader gloom and doom forecasting you’re hearing.

So why am I so optimistic?

One big reason is the expansion of CHNY’s Board of Directors in 2016. Building on our talented, experienced, passionate and dedicated leaders, we are pleased to announce four new Board members from across New York State, who bring extensive technical expertise, a network of connections, and the ability to communicate how chemicals in our environment affect our health. Read their full bios here.

Alexandra McPherson is the Principal at Niagara Share, which seeks to create an economy that regenerates, rather than depleting, the earth. Her professional background includes an early stint at Greenpeace USA, launching the innovative startup Clean Production Action, and work with Niagara Riverkeeper. She also serves on the Board of the Western NY Environmental Alliance. This rich history brings valuable insight into our safer chemicals/sustainable economy work.

Gavin McIntyre is founder and Chief Scientist at Ecovative Design, a leading company that grows high performance, premium, award-winning biomaterial products that are safe, healthy, and certified sustainable. Gavin’s scientific, business and sustainability acumen align closely with Clean and Healthy New York’s goals of safer chemicals, a sustainable economy and a healthier world.

Karen Ballard, MA, RN, FAAN has been an environmental health nurse leader, as 1st Vice-President at American Nurses Association, founding Executive Director of American Nurses Association – NY, with Rekindling Reform and the Nurses Workgroup of Health Care Without Harm. Newly retired, Karen is throwing some of her passion for children’s health into her role on Clean and Healthy New York’s Board.

Penelope Jagessar Chaffer is an award-winning investigative journalist and filmmaker and creator of the film Toxic Baby. She is a leader in Moms for a Non-Toxic New York - NYC who is instrumental in advancing the Child Safe Products Act, a top priority for CHNY. Penelope brings her considerable communications acumen to bear for our educational, markets and policy agenda as Clean and Healthy New York’s newest Board member.

We are excited to have grown Clean and Healthy New York’s Board of Directors to include more talented people with the ideal background and knowledge as we move forward with our Strategic Plan for 2017-2020 – a document I look forward to sharing with you in early in the New Year.

May your holidays be filled with peace and light!

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