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 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).
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.