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Steering Committee

Our Steering Committee is made up of cross-sector community partners who represent diverse perspectives on  environment and health. Committee members provide strategic support, guidance, and capacity for MdEHN. If you have an interest in serving please contact us.


Kacey Wetzel

Kacey Wetzel has worked in environmental philanthropy for 10 years. Her main focus areas include Capacity Building, Network Development, Social Science Integration for Behavior Change, and Environmental Education. Kacey works with funding partners, local governments, non-profit organizations, and community leaders regionally to identify and develop projects that improve both community and environmental well-being. Among other roles Kacey is a steering committee member for the Chesapeake Bay Funders Network and is a board member of the Social Marketing Association of North America.

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).

Brooke Hisle, LGSW

Brooke Hisle, LGSW, is the executive director of The Fund for Change and the Program Officer for The Zanvyl and Isabelle Krieger Fund. Both foundations are committed to Baltimore City and focus funding on advocacy, community organizing, human services (with an emphasis on substance use treatment and trauma-sensitive practices for families with children 3 and younger), and the environment and health. Prior to her current positions, she served as Coalition Development Director with the Maryland Citizens Health Initiative (MCHI) and Health Care for All! Coalition where she authored, Faces of Maryland’s Newly Insured, a compilation of 40 personal stories from Marylanders who received access to health care through new state laws and programs enacted since 2007. Additionally, as the Coalition Development Director, she supported the campaign that increased Maryland’s alcohol sales tax, which funded public health initiatives, and educated the public about small business reforms during the local implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Previously, Brooke led a program evaluation for the Maryland Office of the Public Defender on the holistic Neighborhood Defenders Program in Montgomery County and the Park Heights Neighborhood of Baltimore City. Lessons learned from the evaluation were published in the Journal for Forensic Social Work.

Ann Bristow, Ph. D

Ann Bristow is Professor Emeritus of psychology from Frostburg State University (1987-2007). She has been a lifelong health advocate, working with public health departments, providing science-based educational programs, consulting in clinical services, and supervising graduate interns. Dr. Bristow served on the Maryland Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission from 2013 to 2015, and is President of the Board of the Savage River Watershed Association.  She is a founding member of Concerned Health Professionals of Maryland. At Frostburg State, she developed and taught health psychology courses and chaired the AIDS Alliance of Allegany County for many years. She is committed to utilizing the latest health research to help the general public and practitioners participate in policy decisions and promote evidence-based practices.