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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.
You can reach Lisa at Lisa@michigancca.com
Director of Operations
Cindy Wikstrom is MiCCA's part-time Director of Operations. She brings over 15 years of non-profit association management experience. She loves to play volleyball and enjoys coaching middle school volleyball. Cindy loves animals and also owns a Pet Nanny company where she takes care of animals in the client's home while they are away. She is excited to be part of the MiCCA team! You can reach Cindy at Cindy@michigancca.com
Nyanna Slaughter is our part-time administrative Assistant. She is a community advocate from Pittsfield, Massachusetts with experience with children, politics, the criminal justice system, and entrepreneurship. A dedicated public servant committed to seeking
change in the justice, economic, social, and political system. Nyanna enjoys sports, writing poetry, family, food, personal development and traveling. You can reach Nyanna at Nyanna@michigancca.com
Director of Policy and Development
AmeriCorps Vista Member: Climate Health and Equity Coordinator
Lauren Church worked for MiCCA as an administrative assistant when we were launching in 2020. She has since graduated with her BA in Biology and Public Health from Harvard College. She worked for a year as a research technician studying carbon and nutrient cycling in terrestrial and, especially below-ground, systems.
Lauren is excited to come back to MiCCA in a policy-oriented role as she transitions from research to applied work. Lauren plans on applying for graduate school and would like to work at the nexus of environmental policy, health and equity, and regional planning and conservation.
Lauren grew up in Benzie County and is enthusiastic about returning home to Michigan to be involved in an organization that recognizes the inextricable links between the health of the land and of the people of her home state. You can reach Lauren at Lauren@michigancca.com
Jada Robinson is our full-time Climate Health Equity Coordinator. Jada is a junior majoring in Public Health at the University of Michigan-Flint. She’s very passionate about tackling health disparities especially ones revolved around environmental justice. Jada also enjoys reading, journaling, and going on nature walks. You can reach out to Jada at firstname.lastname@example.org
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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