Our Team

Our Leadership

A dedicated and passionate team
June Blotnick CleanAIRE NC
Executive Director
Gerald Babao
Director of Operations
Kerstan Ryan
Manager, Development
Andrew Whelan
Manager, Marketing Communications
Kelly Picarsic
Manager, Technology
Joel Porter
Manager, Policy
Manager, Environmental Justice
Maria Sharova
Manager, Citizen Science
Stephanie Johannes
Manager, Health

Board of Directors

We’re always looking for additional board members who can contribute their unique skills and backgrounds to CleanAIRE NC. If you’re interested in joining our movement, please email Gerald Babao at [email protected]. A special thank you to our current board for your dedication and support.

KWAME ALEXANDER, ESQ., CHAIR
Business Development Manager  |  Barton Malow Company

ROBERT BROWNLEE, MD
Physician, Internal Medicine  |  Tryon Medical Partners

DONNETTA COLLIER
Financial Capabilities Manager  |  Self-Help Credit Union

LEROY FIELDS
Operational Risk Consultant  |  Wells Fargo

ANDREW GEORGE, PHD
Executive Vice President for Strategy | Thrivner, Inc.

ERIC HALL
Physical Scientist  |  U.S. EPA

MICHAEL JEMISON, VICE CHAIR
Senior Financial Business Analyst  |  Bank of America

BRIAN MAGI
Associate Professor of Atmospheric Sciences  |  UNC Charlotte

JOY MARSHALL
Senior Manager  |  TIAA

ALLISON NAVARRO, SECRETARY
Founder  |  RESET Integrative Health Coaching

LORRAINE PIEPHOFF, TREASURE
Certified Public Accountant

SEN. DeANDREA SALVADOR
NC State Senator, District 39 – Mecklenburg

ALLISON SHOCKLEY
Architect  |  Becker Morgan Group

SCOTT SHUFORD
Community Planning and Resilience Principal  |  CASE Consultants International

JAMES SMITH 
President  |  Executive Sellers Realty

DEB WATT
Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer  |  Foundation For The Carolinas

Advisory Board

NC Clinicians for Climate Action

Consisting of medical and health professionals from across the state, the NCCCA Advisory Board participates in a quarterly one-hour conference call to discuss current issues and directions for health-centric advocacy and education initiatives. We are seeking to diversify our membership with representation from minority health professionals and rural communities. If you or someone you know would like to serve on our Advisory Board, please contact Stephanie Johannes at [email protected]

CANDACE CAHOON, BSAS, RRT, RCP
Chair
Respiratory Therapist  |  Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital 


ASEEM KAUL, MD
Vice Chair
Family Medicine Physician  |  Atrium Health


KIMBERLY PRICE, PhD, MCHES
Past Chair
Assistant Professor of Public Health  |  Lenoir-Rhyne University


CRYSTAL DIXON, MPH, MCHES, NBC-HWC
Assistant Professor in Public Health Education  |  UNC Greensboro

 

KAREN OLES, PharmD, MS
Clinical Pharmacist  |  Wake Forest Baptist Health

 

AARON LEVY, DO
Pediatric Hospitalist  |  Atrium Health Levine Children’s Hospital

 

ROBERT PARR, DO
Emergency Physician  |  Wilmington, NC

 

LIZ CARY, MBA, MSN, RN
Nurse Manager, Emergency Services  |  Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center

Advisory Board

CleanAIRE NC Citizen Science

The Citizen Science Advisory Board is involved in strategic planning for the future of the citizen science program. Current Advisory Board members include technical experts on air monitoring technology, citizen science engagement, and GIS and mapping expertise. We are especially interested in working with experts throughout different regions of North Carolina. If you or someone you know would like to serve on our Advisory Board, please contact Maria Sharova at [email protected].

SARAV ARUNACHALAM, PhD
Research Professor, Deputy Director of the Center for Environmental Modeling for Policy Development  |  University of North Carolina


JOHN BANG, PhD, MD
Professor of Environmental, Earth, & Geospatial Sciences  |  North Carolina Central University


DARLENE CAVALIER, MLA
Founder  |  SciStarter
Professor of Practice, School for the Future Innovation in Society  |  Arizona State University

 

GRETCHEN GERHKE, PhD
Co-Founder  |  Environmental Data & Governance Initiative


SCOTT JENKINS, PhD
Assistant Center Director, Center for Public Health and Environmental Assessment  |  U.S. EPA


BRIAN MAGI, PhD
Associate Professor of Atmospheric Sciences  |  UNC Charlotte