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Board of Directors & Staff

Board of Directors

Bruce Amundson, MD
President

Bruce Amundson is a Family Physician whose medical career included rural practice, teaching in a Family Practice residency in Spokane WA, serving on the faculty of the University of Washington School of Medicine focusing on helping rural communities sustain health services, and sponsoring a rural health development company that worked with communities across the U.S. to strengthen their health systems. He has been a member of PSR for over 40 years and a member of WPSR for 30 years. He was a founding member of Spokane PSR and a party to the F.O.I.A. request that forced the Department of Energy to release the documents that first revealed the massive off-site contamination from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. He has served on the national PSR board as well as many years on the board of WPSR. He worked with Russian physicians in the 1990’s to form the Hanford-Chelyabinsk movement to support their heroic efforts to leverage the government of the U.S.S.R. to disclose the massive contamination from the Mayak complex. He was also one of four principal investigators on the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Hanford Thyroid Disease Study. 

Kenneth Lans, MD, MBA
Vice President

Ken Lans is a founding member of WPSR and a retired general practice physician. He first became involved with WPSR as one of the founding chapter board members in 1979 upon moving here just after finishing medical school. While his concerns were initially about nuclear issues, Ken has become increasingly concerned about the threat of climate change. He completed public action and speaking training through Climate Reality Project and regularly puts that training to use as a member of WPSR’s Climate Change Task Force.

Curt Jensen, MBA
Treasurer

Curt Jensen is a life-long Washingtonian who has spent the last 20 years performing various levels of operations management work for AT&T. Curt’s desire to contribute to society beyond the standard 9-5 workday led him to obtain his MBA focused on Sustainable Business and Corporate Social Responsibility from Pinchot University in Seattle. Curt also has a degree focused on International Relations from the University of Washington, as well as expertise in Public Relations and Project Management.

Tom Buchanan
Secretary and Artist in Residence

Tom Buchanan has served on the board of WPSR for the past 8 years. He currently works on energy issues and serves as our Artist in Residence. Tom is a lifelong activist, working as a lead Campaigner for Greenpeace on nuclear weapons and wastes at Hanford and participating in the Western NY Radioactive Waste Campaign. Tom has also worked extensively in the aircraft industry, including nearly two decades at Boeing. He studied English and American Literature, graduating from the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. He also holds a master’s degree in political science from SUNY.

Stephen Bezruchka, MD, MPH
Director

Stephen Bezruchka is Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington, Seattle. He worked clinically as a doctor for 35 years, including three decades as an emergency physician. He spent over 11 years in Nepal, writing the first trekking guide to that country, running a community health project a week's walk from the road, training Nepali doctors in a remote district hospital and advancing concepts of population health. His focus is on creating greater public understanding of the determinants of health, and especially the importance of economic justice and attention to the first thousand days after conception, when perhaps half of our health as adults is programmed.  

Sterling K. Clarren, MD
Director

Sterling Clarren was the Robert A. Aldrich Professor of Pediatrics and Head of the Division of Embryology, Teratology and Congenital Defects at the University of Washington and Head of In-Patient Medicine at Seattle Children’s Hospital before leaving for Canada in 2004 to become the first CEO and Scientific Director of the Canada Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Research Network and a Professor of Developmental Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia. His work was always at the interface of development of new clinical programs for underserved populations and working with the medical/political arenas that supported them. Now retired, Clarren remains passionate about the ways political systems can be positively or negatively structured for the benefit of human development and well-being.

Steven G. Gilbert, PhD, DABT
Director

Steve Gilbert is Director of the Institute of Neurotoxicology & Neurological Disorders (INND) and Affiliate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington. His research has focused on neurobehavioral effects of low-level exposure to lead and mercury on the developing nervous system. His book, A Small Dose of Toxicology: The Health Effects of Common Chemicals, was published in 2004; the second edition is now available as a free e-book (www.asmalldoseof.org). He also started the wiki-based web site Toxipedia (www.toxipedia.org).

David C. Hall, MD
Director

Dave Hall, a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist trained at the University of Washington, served on the WPSR Board from 1983-2011 and rejoined the board in 2014. He served on the national PSR Board from 1991-1998 and 2003-2006, serving as chapter president 1991-2 and 2002-3, and national president in 1997. His area of focus and expertise is nuclear weapons abolition. He actively participates with the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, which maintains a standing protest against the Trident nuclear weapons system home-ported on Hood Canal at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor.

Gerri Haynes
Director

Gerri Haynes is a palliative care nurse consultant. She has served for over two decades on the WPSR Board and has also served on the National PSR Board. Since 1992, she has been organizing WPSR delegations to the Middle East; these delegations simultaneously provide services to vulnerable populations and promote the larger goal of peace.

Adam Hoverman, DO, DTMH
Director

Deep concern for health care disparities drove Adam S. Hoverman to become a National Health Service Corps scholar during his fourth year of medical school. A graduate of the A. T. Still University of Health Sciences-Kirksville (MO) College of Osteopathic Medicine, he fulfilled his two-year service obligation at the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, a 22-site community health center based in Toppenish, WA, after serving a traditional osteopathic internship in Miami and a family medicine residency in St. Paul, MN. Adam completed the Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and is a diplomat of the Royal College of Physicians. Dr. Hoverman currently serves as course director for Clinical Skills I, and adds Global Health and parasitology components to the Community Doctoring and second-year systems curricula at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, in Yakima, WA. He is currently engaged in developing health literacy programs focused on violence prevention in the Yakima Valley, while serving as medical director for Doctors for Orphans, promoting health literacy programs in rural and underserved settings worldwide, and developing global health curricula for PNWU and partner universities and healthcare organizations throughout the Americas.

Kyle Monahan
Director

Kyle Monahan is completing the third year of his medical training at the University of Washington School of Medicine. A graduate of Pacific Lutheran University's interdisciplinary honors porgram and biology department, he is a self identified humanist and futurist who strives for the actualization of social justice and preservation of our biosphere. 

Noah Silver, MD
Director

Staff

Lilly Adams
Security Program Organizer

Lilly supports WPSR’s nuclear arms abolition campaign, helping to build a state-wide coalition, develop educational materials, and engage with elected officials. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Society and Environment and is passionate about promoting environmental and social justice through community organizing. Lilly has worked as a community organizer with groups including CALPIRG, Food & Water Watch, Students Against Fracking, and Corporate Accountability International. She completed a year-long training program with Green Corps, the Field School for Environmental Organizing.

Sheila Lamont
Development Manager

Sheila's professional life has been in both the public and private sectors. She began her career as an assistant county attorney in New York, serving as legal counsel for agencies in areas of employment, contracts and legislative drafting. She moved into the non-profit world in 2006 and has worked with organizations in New York and Colorado on fundraising, administrative and programmatic issues. Most recently, Sheila spent time in the fast-paced entrepreneurial world as deal flow manager for a social impact angel investment group, where she vetted and mentored startups seeking funding and coordinated investor engagement events.

Emily Peterson
Climate and Health Program Coordinator

Fueled by a passion for economic and environmental justice, Emily strives to reduce the threat of climate change through both organizing and policy work at WPSR. Prior to joining WPSR, she was Outreach Coordinator at Seattle-based nonprofit Hanford Challenge, working to engage stakeholders and public in the Hanford Nuclear Reservation cleanup effort. She has also worked as Events Manager of Lend for America, helping college students across the U.S. start their own community-focused microfinance institutions. Emily has a B.A. in Economics and Global Studies from Pacific Lutheran University.

Laura Skelton
Executive Director

Laura has worked in the nonprofit sector for the last decade. Prior to working at WSPR, Laura directed programs for two national nonprofit organizations based in Seattle. She is a primary author on over 20 sustainability curriculum publications, including a full-length high school textbook on sustainability challenges and solutions. Laura spent several years as a science and global issues educator, teaching undergraduate labs, high school and middle school courses. She holds a master’s degree in ecology from the University of Georgia’s Odum School of Ecology and a bachelor’s in ecology and society from Hendrix College.

WPSR Student Chapters

Bastyr University
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jason Allen

University of Washington
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Masuda