Board of Directors
Penny Bonda, FASID, NCIDQ, LEED AP
C. Brophy Christensen
Allison Clements, Board Treasurer
Dr. Ken Geiser
Robin Guenther, Board Secretary
Trisha Miller, Board Chair
Dr. Neil Seldman
Linda Sorrento, FASID, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C
Bill Walsh, Ex Officio Member
Melissa Coffin, Data Systems Project Leader, is responsible for leading the development of the Pharos Project’s Building Products Library. Prior to joining the Healthy Building Network, Melissa was a Research Associate at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production and was the chief coordinator of the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3), a network of leading edge firms working collaboratively to advance safer products in the marketplace. Melissa is well versed in the assessment, comparison, and selection of alternative chemicals and materials. She holds degrees in Ecology, Environmental Studies, and in the Economic and Social Development of Regions.
Sarah Gilberg, Information Systems Associate, has worked with HBN since 2006, beginning as Administrative Assistant and later as Accounting Associate before taking on her current position. She now works with the Information Systems Director on the Pharos Project, the HBN website, social media and other technology and communications needs for HBN and Pharos. Sarah holds a BA in biology from Carleton College and an MBA at George Washington University.
Larry Kilroy, Information Systems Director, is responsible for meeting all of HBN's technology needs including website development, database management, online communications, and virtual office operations. Larry has extensive experience in sophisticated database development. In addition, Larry developed strategies for creating and engaging social activist networks as Senior Manager for On-Line Communications at NetAid. Currently, Larry is leading the product development of the Pharos on-line system.
Tom Lent, Policy Director, is responsible for defining HBN's guiding philosophy and policies with regard to building materials. Tom has spent nearly 30 years working on the environmental impact of buildings, materials, and energy in both the private sector and with public interest groups. A highly regarded expert in the field of green health care facilities design and operations, Tom helped coordinate development of the Green Guidelines for Health Care (GGHC), the US Green Building Council's LEED for Healthcare and the Sustainable Bioplastic Guidelines and has co-authored a wide range of studies of the comparative health and environmental impact of floorings, plastics and other building materials. Tom is currently overseeing the development of the Pharos rating criteria.
Sarah Pickell, Finance Director, is responsible for the fiscal management of HBN and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR). Sarah came to HBN via The Development Group for Alternative Policies, a group for whom she continues to provide financial services. Having spent the previous 16 years with The Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Sarah brings over 20 years of financial and administrative expertise to HBN.
Susan Sabella, Operations Director, brings extensive experience in environmental campaigning to HBN. Susan spent 13 years working for Greenpeace USA as an Antarctic Campaigner and Oceans Program Director. Most recently, Susan worked for seven years as a founding administrator in charge of business and operations at the Capital City Public Charter School in Washington, DC.
Jim Vallette, Senior Researcher with HBN's Policy Institute, has spent his career strategically analyzing global environmental and social issues. His portfolio includes successful investigative campaigns on the black market in ozone-depleting chemicals, taxpayer subsidies for global oil extraction, and the international trade in hazardous wastes. Upon joining HBN in 2005, Jim helped to develop a model for rebuilding Gulf Coast affordable housing through healthy modular production. He is currently collaborating with the University of Tennessee's Center for Clean Products and Clean Technologies to develop green specifications for factory-built housing across the country. Jim is also researching building product impacts and alternatives for other initiatives, including the Health Care Without Harm coalition and the Pharos Project.
Bill Walsh, Founder and Executive Director, has provided the long-term vision for the Healthy Building Network since February 2000. Previously he coordinated the Energy, Forest and Toxic Campaigns of Greenpeace USA and held staff attorney positions with the U.S. Public Interest Research Group and the Institute for Public Representation of Georgetown University Law Center. He holds a JD from Northeastern University School of Law and LLM in Public Interest Advocacy from Georgetown University.