Steering Committee

Ruth BerlinMaryland Pesticide Network
Ruth Berlin is the Founder and Executive Director of the Maryland Pesticide Network (MPN). Founded in 1994, MPN is a coalition of 25 organizations that has been the driving force behind efforts to significantly reduce the use and impact of pesticides on Maryland residents and the Bay. MPN‘s Pesticides and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed project, co-sponsored with Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future aims to reduce occurrence and impact of pesticides in the Bay. MPN’s Integrated Pest Management  in Health Care Facilities and Community Outreach Project, co-sponsored with Beyond Pesticides, works to eliminate reliance on pesticides in health care facilities and under-served communities.


Veronika Carella
Veronika Carella is Legislative Director for the Maryland Children’s Environmental Health Coalition (MD CEHC). Since 2008 she has served on the state-mandated Children’s Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council (CEHPAC). In addition to past roles with the Maryland and National PTA, she serves on state and national committees addressing environmental issues impacting children including school indoor air quality and exposure to hazardous materials (including pesticides).


Dick Humphrey Feb 2013

Richard Humphrey, MD

Richard Humphrey, MD, is an oncologist and an associate professor of pathology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He has been on the faculty of Hopkins School of Medicine, and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health for more than 47 years.  Dr. Humphrey founded and directed the Multiple Myeloma and Plasma Cell Disease Research and Treatment Program at Johns Hopkins and was also the Director of the Immunology Laboratory in the Department of Pathology until his partial retirement in 1999. Dr. Humphrey is a member of the Chesapeake Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility.


Karin Russ, RN
Karin Russ serves as the National Coordinator of the Fertility and Reproductive Health Working Group for the Collaborative on Health and the Environment, a national clearinghouse for environmental health science.  She is Chair of the Environmental Health Committee of the Maryland Nurses Association and an active member of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments.  She teaches public health nursing at the University of Maryland School of Nursing.


PTraceyPatricia J. Tracey, BA
Ms. Tracey is a  Community Engagement Coordinator, with the Johns Hopkins Center in Urban Environmental Health since 2003.  From 1992 to 2002 she managed community-based research projects in East Baltimore where she conducted outreach and educational activities that related to Environmental Justice issues such as lead poisoning, demolition and air pollution. She has trained and supervised many community members and outreach workers; helped conduct qualitative research and environmental assessments.  She has presented at seminars and conferences at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, and the Howard University, School of Law, and she speaks to many organizations, funders, and civil groups, locally and nationally regarding urban demolition practices.  She has been a member of the Environmental Justice Partnership, Inc. since its inception in 2003.  The Environmental Justice Partnership (EJP) is a community-based organization of leaders that educate residents, and advocate for environment justice.  As staff for the Center in Urban Environmental Health and member of EJP, Pat has worked with Researchers and Community Organizations to help them design community projects to address environmental concerns and issues that impact residents.  She is a member of the Johns Hopkins Community Research Advisory Council (C-RAC), Greater Baltimore Asthma Alliance, and served as an Associate Editor on the editorial board of the journal, Progress in Community Health Partnerships:  Research, Education, and Action.