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Elizabeth (Lisa) DelBuono, MD
After completing her residency in anatomic pathology at the University of Michigan and staying on as an assistant professor for a short time, Lisa spent most of her professional career practicing in Traverse City, MI with expertise in GI and breast pathology.
In 2012, Lisa woke up to the fact that our climate was rapidly changing and that urgent collective action was needed. So, in early 2013, she became a Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL) volunteer. Now, she serves as the State Liaison Coordinator for CCL and co-leads CCL's Health Action Team.
In early 2020, Lisa co-founded Michigan Clinicians for Climate Action (MiCCA) with the desire to utilize the trusted healthcare voice to educate the public and policymakers about the health benefits of addressing climate change.
Julie A. Quinn, MD
Julie has lived in Leelanau county near Traverse City Michigan since 1991. She grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, attended Wayne State University in Detroit for Medical School and completed Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. She has served as the Board Chairperson at Pathfinder School in Traverse City, and on the Board of Interlochen Center for the Arts.
Julie believes that we are all connected to each other and to our environment in inextricable ways, and that humanity cannot ultimately thrive without tending to the health of our planet.
She loves to hike, bike, cross country ski, read and garden.
Julie is currently Treasurer for MiCCA
A recent alumni of Grand Valley State University, Emily loves to create cartographic visuals to help show how climate change is affecting the world around us.
The majority of Emily's undergraduate research focused on how vector borne disease (Dengue Fever) and climate change are increasing the range of cases around the world. She hopes to continue this research in graduate school with a degree in Environmental Epidemiology.
Before working for MiCCA, Emily had the opportunity to work for the Climate Change Education Solutions Network (CCESN) and Michigan Resources on Climate and Land Change Education (MiRCLE).
OUR steering committee
Nan Barbas, MD, MSW
Emeritus Associate Professor of Neurology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Nan is a neurologist with specialization in Cognitive Disorders who, prior to retirement, practiced and conducted clinical research over a combined 30 years at University of Massachusetts and University of Michigan. As an educator, she has taught at the University of Michigan Medical School in courses including Doctoring Skills, ethical and social aspects of medical practice and Medical Humanities.
In recent years, her teaching and advocacy efforts include health and the environment through organizations including MiCCA, Citizens Climate Lobby, Climate Reality Leadership Program, University of Michigan Voices for Carbon Neutrality, Environmental Voters Project, and several state and national
Land Conservancy Councils.
Larry Junck, MD
Professor of Neurology at University of Michigan Medical School
Dr Junck is a Professor of Neurology at University of Michigan Medical School. In addition to MiCCA, he is active in Citizens Climate Lobby and Voices for Carbon Neutrality. He has expertise in health consequences of climate change and of air pollution. He became a climate activist out of appreciation for the special place that is our Earth, for its amazing diversity of living things, and for its suitability as a place for human beings, but also out of concern for its fragility.
Andrea M. Ketchum, MS, MLIS
Emeritus Faculty Research Librarian for the six Schools of the Health Sciences and the Clinical & Translational Science Institute at the University of Pittsburgh, 2002-2020.
Having Masters degrees in both Library & Information Science and Health Information Management, and an NIH/NLM Fellowship in Medical Informatics at Pitt’s School of Medicine, my experience covers both research and clinical aspects of many health disciplines.
My focus at MiCCA is making evidence-based research and other environmental health resources available for members’ use for a variety of needs. Projects for the new MiCCA Website include an online open access research library, collections of data resources, data visualization tutorials and science communication resources, as well as research services.
Amy Rogghe, PA-C
Physician Assistant in the specialty of Otolaryngology
Amy is a graduate from Wayne State University's Physician Assistant Program. She has been a practicing Physician Assistant in the specialty of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery in Grand Rapids since 2019 and previously worked in urgent cares and emergency rooms across the country. She has seen, first hand, how climate change and the resulting disastrous weather events as well as worsening allergy seasons affect her patients' health and lives. She sees herself as a realistic climate change nut.
Amy brings energy and urgency to our work recruiting new members and engaging healthcare professionals. She was persistent and relentless inviting healthcare system personnel to our "Decarbonizing Healthcare Webinar" and asking them to join MiCCA. She envisions MiCCA growing exponentially in the months and years to come and hopes the organization will be a driving force behind legislation that will take a stand against climate change.
Amy Co-Founded the Michigan Electric Vehicle Alliance in 2021 and is active in lobbying for legislation that will move the state away from internal combustion engines and be fully electric by 2030. In addition, Amy is active in the Grand Rapids climate awareness scene and part of the GR Climate Coalition, representing MiCCA. They are currently trying to push through a Resolution that the city council will approve which declares a state of climate emergency and pledges to be carbon neutral by 2030. Amy is a Climate Reality Project Leader and is also currently in the Health Leaders Fellowship Program training through the Ecology Center.
Other Michigan Clinicians for Climate Action (MiCCA) Steering Committee members include:
Kristi Wilson NP
Dr. Steven Ashmead MD
Annelle Kaspor NP
MaryLee Pakiser NP
Kate Johnson RN
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