R. Denny Dobbin has over 40 years occupational hygiene experience as an officer in the US Public Health Service and as an independent practitioner. Mr. Dobbin is President of TIFO's Board of Directors. His assignments with the Public Health Service included seventeen years with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health where he managed research programs and developed policy, including a two-year assignment with the U.S. Congress in the Office of Technology Assessment. Mr. Dobbin worked on toxic chemical issues at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and managed a Superfund grant program for model hazardous waste worker and emergency responder training for ten years at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Since 1997 he has worked independently on occupational, environmental, and public health policy issues for non-profit, labor, and other non-governmental organizations. He has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Idaho, and a M.Sc. in Occupational Hygiene from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Mr. Dobbin is a fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini, an international academy of experts in the fields of occupational and environmental health.
Ed Galindo, Ph.D.
Ed Galindo (Yaqui, American Indian) has degrees in Animal Science and Chemistry (B.S.), Health Science (M.S.), and Education/Physics/Engineering (Ph.D.). Dr. Galindo is a TIFO Board Member, faculty at the University of Idaho, Associate Director for Education and Diversity for the NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium, and affiliate faculty at both Idaho State University and Utah State University. He has worked extensively in education and research with Native American students. He was twice elected as the National Indian Teacher of the Year, awarded by the National Indian School Board Association. Dr. Galindo is currently serving as a board member with the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, and with the American Indian College Fund. Most recently, Dr. Galindo was inducted as a lifetime (Sequoyah Fellow) member of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES). Dr. Galindo is the Director of the Natural Resources Tribal Cooperative and is a science teacher in Highland High School in Pocatello, Idaho.
Jeannie Harvey, Ph.D.
Jeannie Harvey has a M.S. in Natural Resources Management and a Ph.D. in Natural Resources, International Development, and Gender Auditing. Dr. Harvey serves on TIFO's Board of Directors. She has served as a Gender Advisor with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), providing technical assistance to Feed the Future offices in Asia and Africa including training, gender analyses, consultation, and extensive field work. Previously, she served as Program Analyst for South Asia in the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service. Dr. Harvey has served as a US Peace Corps Agriculture Extension Volunteer in Ecuador. She has broad experience in international development, food security, gender and agriculture development, and gender integration. Dr. Harvey has also served as Senior Manager for Gender Integration at InterAction; Director of University of Idaho Women’s Center; and Gender Advisor for USAID/Bangladesh.
Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., M.Sc.
Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MSc is a pediatrician and epidemiologist. He is Professor of Biology and Director of the Program in Global Public Health and the Common Good at Boston College. He was previously Professor and Chair of Preventive Medicine and Dean for Global Health in the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. He is a member of the US National Academy of Medicine.
For four decades, Dr. Landrigan has been a leader in environmental and occupational health. His early studies of lead poisoning demonstrated that lead is toxic to children even at very low levels and contributed to the US government’s decision to remove lead from paint and gasoline. A study he led at the US National Academy of Sciences defined children’s unique susceptibilities to pesticides and other toxic chemicals and catalyzed fundamental revamping of US pesticide policy to protect children’s health. In 1997-98, he guided EPA in establishing the Office of Children's Health Protection.
From 2015-2017, Dr. Landrigan co-chaired the Lancet Commission on Pollution & Health, which found that pollution causes 9 million deaths annually and is an existential threat to planetary health. To continue the work of this Lancet Commission, Dr. Landrigan has formed the Global Observatory on Pollution and Health at Boston College. The Observatory collaborates with UN Environment and the Centre Scientifique de Monaco and is currently undertaking studies of the Impacts of Air Pollution India on Health, Human Capital and the Economy; the Intersection between Pollution and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa; and Human Health and Ocean Pollution.
Lindsay Wichers Stanek, Ph.D.
Lindsay Wichers Stanek is an expert in air pollution, specifically particulate matter (PM), ozone, nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides, and lead. Dr. Stanek serves on TIFO's Board of Directors. Her expertise in animal toxicology was developed during her Ph.D. research at University of North Carolina on cardiovascular and pulmonary effects in rodents exposed to PM. Through her subsequent assessment work at the Office of Research and Development’s National Center for Environmental Assessment and research oversight role at the National Exposure Research Laboratory, she has developed cross-disciplinary knowledge that enables integration of scientific evidence. Dr. Stanek’s responsibilities have also entailed working across EPA’s ORD, Program Office partners, and Regional Office partners to design and execute research that is of the greatest impact to fulfill a mission of protecting public health and the environment.*
Margrit von Braun, Ph.D., P.E.
Co-Founder and Board Member
Margrit von Braun is an environmental engineer with degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology (B.S), the University of Idaho (M.C.E.), and Washington State University (Ph.D.). Dr. von Braun’s teaching and research at the University of Idaho (UI) were in hazardous waste management and risk assessment. She founded and directed the Environmental Science and Environmental Engineering programs at UI from 1993-2003 and served as dean of the College of Graduate Studies before retiring in 2011. She served as President of the Western Area Graduate Schools. Dr. von Braun and her husband, Dr. Ian von Lindern, founded TerraGraphics Environmental Engineering, Inc. in 1984. The company focused on remediation of hazardous waste sites. In 2012, Dr. von Braun and Dr. von Lindern co-founded TerraGraphics International Foundation (TIFO) as the nonprofit successor to TerraGraphics Engineering. Dr. von Braun received a 3-year leadership development fellowship from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the Outstanding Faculty Award, and the Graduate Teaching Excellence Award. In 2012, she was elected as a Fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini, an international academy of experts in the fields of occupational and environmental health.
Ian H. von Lindern, Ph.D., P.E.
Co-Founder and Board Member
Ian von Lindern holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Science and Engineering from Yale University. Along with his wife, Dr. Margrit von Braun, Dr. von Lindern is co-founder of TerraGraphics Environmental Engineering and co-founder of TerraGraphics International Foundation (TIFO). Dr. von Lindern has 38 years of US and international environmental engineering and science experience. He has directed over 40 major health and environmental investigations involving primary and secondary smelters and battery processors, landfills, and tailings at several major mining and smelting sites in the United States, as well as in Asia, Africa, Australia, and Latin America. Dr. von Lindern was the lead risk assessor for the State of Idaho on the Bunker Hill/Coeur d’Alene Basin Superfund Site for over thirty years. He has extensive experience applying exposure and biokinetic lead modeling in human health risk assessment, cleanup criteria development, and remedial design. Dr. von Lindern has served on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board on five occasions, reviewing the scientific basis for domestic lead regulatory policy.
Casey Bartrem, Ph.D., R.P.C.V.
Dr. Bartrem has a B.S. in Environmental Biology/Zoology from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from University of Idaho. Her experience includes environmental sampling, exposure assessment, risk assessment, community engagement, and health intervention in vulnerable communities around the world. Dr. Bartrem lead the environmental sampling and data analysis in Zamfara, Nigeria to assess and address the worst outbreak of childhood lead poisoning in modern history. She has worked with mining/recycling communities in Kyrgyzstan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, and the United States and is a visiting lecturer at the American University of Armenia’s School of Public Health. Dr. Bartrem is a member of the Collegium Ramazzini. From 2007-2009, Dr. Bartrem was a US Peace Corps Volunteer in the Kingdom of Lesotho.
*Participation on this board of directors does not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action.