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Board of Directors & Staff

Staff

Laura Skelton
Executive Director

Laura has worked in the nonprofit sector for the last 7 years, directing programs for two national nonprofit organizations based in Seattle. Prior to that, 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. She has done field research on fire ecology and natural systems agriculture. Laura serves as Vice President on the board of directors for Facing the Future, a nonprofit organization focused on global sustainability education.

Daniel Noonan
Project Manager

Daniel graduated from the University of Washington's school of Anthropology. He has been with WPSR since 2009, working on programs related to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and other nuclear issues. Daniel delivers educational presentations to high school and undergraduate students and directs the development of educational and outreach materials for WPSR.

Kris Weber
Toxics Intern

Kris Weber is a student at Vassar College in New York, entering her junior year as a pre-med Environmental Studies major with concentrations in Chemistry and Public Health. She is passionate about issues pertaining to the many intersections between environmental and human health—particularly in regards to environmental racism and corporate irresponsibility—and hopes to explore these issues more thoroughly during her internship with WPSR. Kris serves on the executive boards of both the Vassar Animal Rights Coalition and the Vassar Greens, and is a science blogger for The Miscellany News.


Board of Directors 

Bruce Amundson
President

Bruce Amundson, MD, 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. 

Steven G. Gilbert
Vice President

Steve Gilbert, PhD, DABT, 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).

Tom Buchanan
Treasurer

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.

Mary Margaret Thomas
Secretary

Mary Margaret Thomas, RN, MSN, is an Environmental and Occupational Health Nurse (EOHN) Educator and an integrative wellness coach. Mary Margaret focuses on translating principles of environmental and functional medicine into practice. Mary Margaret has served as Co-Chair of the Nurses Work Group (NWG) for the international non-profit Health Care Without Harm, an organization focused on maximizing the triple bottom line of health care sustainability: healthier patients, a healthier planet, and reduced health care costs. She lectures regularly to nursing students and has been involved in legislative work focused on state and federal chemical policy reform. Mary Margaret currently works for Triskele Collaborative, leading the development of integrative employee wellness program offerings. Mary Margaret holds a BS in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University and a Masters of Science in Advanced Practice Community and Public Health Nursing from Seattle University. She received a certificate in Environmental and Occupational Health Nursing from the University of Washington and graduated from the Vera Whole Health’s Wellness Coach training in Seattle, Washington.

Stephen Bezruchka
Director

Stephen Bezruchka, MD, 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.  

David C. Hall
Director

Dave Hall, MD, 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. She has been organizing WPSR delegations to the Middle East since 1992. 

Adam Hoverman
Director

Deep concern for health care disparities drove Adam S. Hoverman, DO DTMH, 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.

Howard Putter
Director

Howard Putter, MD, is an orthopaedic surgeon who has been involved with PSR since the early 80's. He has been involved in providing orthopaedic care around the world, in countries such as Bhutan, Gaza and Peru. He has been on the Hanford Advisory Board for the last 5 years. The Hanford Advisory Board provides informed recommendations to the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency, and the Washington Department of Ecology on policy issues related to the cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.


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