Advisory Board

Suzanne Forsyth

UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education
  • B.S. in Environmental Toxicology UC Davis; MPH in Public Health UC Berkeley
  • Nearly 30 years' experience in serving pesticide regulatory officials and stakeholders at the tribal, state and federal levels
  • Experience as a pesticide registration chemist, water quality specialist, and risk assessment associate bringing subject matter specificity to her work in pesticide safety education
  • Formerly served as Coordinator for the Tribal Pesticide Program Council (TPPC)
  • 18 years successfully managed the nationally acclaimed Pesticide Regulatory Education Program (PREP)
  • In 2014 honored with Life Membership to the American Association of Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO)

Kaci Buhl

Oregon State University
  • Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) Coordinator in Oregon
  • Associate Professor of Practice in the Department of Environmental & Molecular Toxicology
  • 10 years as the Project Coordinator of the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) at Oregon State University
  • Worked in pesticide enforcement and incident coordination at the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA)

Fred Berman

Advisory Board Member
Toxicology Information Center, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at Oregon Health & Science University
  • BS Microbiology Oregon State University; DVM Washington State University; PhD Toxicology OSU
  • 18 years as Director, Toxicology Information Center, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at Oregon Health & Science University
  • Co-investigator at the National Pesticide Information Center
  • Consultant to the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Analytical and Response Center
  • 10 years’ experience in veterinary clinical and emergency medical practice

Aidan Black

Advisory Board Member
Environmental Protection Specialist, U.S. EPA, Office of Pesticide Programs,
  • BA in Environmental Policy, Colby College
  • Provide support to implement the Worker Protection Standard and Certification of Pesticide Applicators regulations
  • Work with a diverse group of stakeholders through the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee to facilitate discussion of recommendations for U.S. EPA’s pesticide programs
  • Served as a Community Gardening and Agroforestry Facilitator in The Gambia.
  • Experience in forest conservation in Northern New England

John Forsyth

Advisory Board Member
Occupational Health Services, Woodland Healthcare
  • Practicing physician, Occupational Medicine, Woodland Healthcare, 1995 to present. Practice includes evaluating and treating pesticide exposures.
  • California Medical Supervisor Program for pesticide surveillance 1995 to present
  • Physician, US Navy 1986 to 1995; duties included CAW-17 flight surgeon, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard branch clinic Officer in Charge
  • UCSF Occupational Medicine Residency
  • St. Louis University Medical School

Charlotte Halverson

Advisory Board Member
Agrisafe Network
  • Clinical Director, AgriSafe Network
  • Graduate of Agricultural Medicine Core Course – University of Iowa
  • BSN (1986), COHN-S (1998)
  • Served 17 years as the Clinical Services manager of the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety
  • Occupational Health Services nursing – Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, IA – 5 years
  • Served 10 years as the manager of the Rural Outreach services for Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque IA – serving eastern Iowa, northwest IL, and southwest WI

Jeff Jenkins

Advisory Board Member
Environmental & Molecular Toxicology, Oregon State University
  • B.S. Biochemistry, PhD Entomology
  • Professor and Extension Specialist, Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, Oregon State University
  • Director, National Pesticide Information Center
  • Former Chair AGRO Division of the American Chemical Society, President Toxicology Education Foundation, and collaborator Extension Toxicology Network (ExTOXnet)
  • 40+ years working with producers, state governments, NGOs, industry, federal agencies, and international organizations concerned about the adverse impacts of chemicals.

Catherine Karr

Advisory Board Member
Department of Pediatrics/Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington
  • Professor, jointly appointed in the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington. Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology
  • Primary Care Pediatrician, UW Pediatric Care Center – Roosevelt Clinic
  • Internal Advisor, Pacific Northwest Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, University of Washington
  • Director, NW Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit, University of Washington
  • Research focuses on environmental contaminant exposures in pregnancy and childhood and impacts on respiratory and neurodevelopmental health
  • Trained as MD (Univ WA), PHD (Epidemiology, Univ WA), MS (Toxicology, Univ WA)

Steve Kirkhorn

Advisory Board Member
Agrisafe Network
  • MD, MPH, and BS from the University of Minnesota
  • Agrisafe Medical Director
  • Occupational Medicine Advisor to the NIOSH Upper Midwest Center for Agricultural Safety and Health at the University of Minnesota
  • Former Director/Section Chief of Occupational Health at the Minneapolis Veterans Administration Health Care System; Director of the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Academic Program; Director/Section Chief of Occupational Health; and Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota
  • Boarded in Occupational Medicine and Family Practice

Ouahiba Laribi

Advisory Board Member
Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
  • PhD in cell and molecular biology, University François Rabelais of Tours, France (1998-2001)
  • MPH in Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, French National School of Public Health (EHESP)
  • 10 years of experience working as a scientist in different academic organizations in the US, Spain, France and Switzerland
  • Since 2002, toxicologist at the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) primarily working on the Medical Supervision Program and Outreach on Pesticides Related Illnesses.
  • OEHHA’s Environmental Justice coordinator.

Ana Rivera-Lupiañez

Project Officer Advisor
U.S. EPA, Office of Pesticide Programs
  • B.S. in Chemical Engineering UPR Mayagüez; M.S. in Environmental Management, PUPR
  • 10 years’ experience working with the Federal Government
  • Experience conducting human health risk assessments for the registration and safe use of pesticides
  • Provides general support to the Pesticide Worker Safety Program
  • Project Officer for the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) and the Farmworker Health and Safety Alliance Pesticide Safety Education Project (AFOP) cooperative agreements

Jenifer Park

Project Officer
U.S. EPA, Office of Pesticide Programs
  • B.S. in Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science, University of Michigan
  • MPH in Social and Behavioral Sciences and Global Health, focus on environmental health, Yale School of Public Health
  • Works and provides support to implement the Worker Protection Standard and Certification of Pesticide Applicators regulation.
  • Experience conducting epidemiological research on pesticide exposure and health.
  • Served as a Community Health Advisor with the U.S. Peace Corps in educating, managing programs, and spreading awareness about major health issues affecting the rural population in Zambia.

James R. Roberts

Advisory Board Member
Department of Pediatrics, Medical University of South Carolina
  • MD (Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center) and MPH in maternal child health (University of Alabama at Birmingham)
  • Professor of Pediatrics, over 20 years in the General Pediatrics faculty at MUSC
  • Director, South Carolina Pediatric Practice Research Network
  • Research interests include children’s environmental exposures, vaccine delivery
  • Co-Author, Recognition and Management of Pesticide Poisonings, 5th and 6th editions
  • Chair of the Board of Directors, Children’s Environmental Health Network

Diane Rohlman

Advisory Board Member
Occupational & Environmental Health, University of Iowa
  • Associate professor in the Department of Occupational & Environmental Health in the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health where she holds the Endowed Chair in Rural Safety and Health.
  • Director of the University of Iowa’s Healthier Workforce Center and Agricultural Safety and Health Training Program in the University of Iowa’s Heartland Center for Occupational Health and Safety.
  • Research focuses on the health effects of occupational and environmental exposures, with emphasis on the increased workplace risks faced by younger employees.
  • Studies have examined agricultural workers in the United States and around the world, including research on the effects of pesticide exposure on adolescents and their developing nervous system.
  • Received masters and doctorate in experimental psychology from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

Marc Schenker

Advisory Board Member
Public Health Sciences and Medicine, University of California Davis
  • Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Public Health Sciences and Medicine at the UC Davis School of Medicine.
  • Over 30 years of experience in medicine and public health research, teaching and public service.
  • Founding director of the Davis Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety, and the Migration and Health Research Center.
  • Specialty is occupational and environmental disease, with a focus on respiratory and reproductive health.
  • Conducts epidemiologic research and public policy advocacy on the health of global migrant populations with a particular focus on farmworkers and occupational disease.
  • Editor of the book, "Migration and Health: Research Methods Handbook."

David Vearrier

Advisory Board Member
University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • Chair, Occupational and Environmental Toxicology Section of American Academy of Clinical Toxicology
  • Board certified medical toxicology, occupational medicine, emergency medicine
  • Professor of emergency medicine and preventive medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center

Michael Yeh

Advisory Board Member
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Medical Officer, Health Studies Section and Emergency Management, Radiation, Chemical Branch in the Division of Environmental Health Science and Practice at the National Center for Environmental Health and the CDC
  • BS in Biology, SUNY Stony Brook, MS in Journalism Columbia University; MS Epidemiology University at Buffalo; MD University at Buffalo
  • Board certified in emergency medicine and internal medicine
  • Practiced emergency medicine in community hospitals on Long Island and Rhode Island
  • Medical toxicology fellow at Emory University / CDC 2019 - 2021

PERC-med Projects

Resources for the prevention, recognition, and treatment of pesticide-related health conditions.

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