Tony Stefani - Retired San Francisco Fire Department Capitan
Tony Stefani is retired San Francisco Fire Department captain, who, after beating cancer, founded of the San Francisco Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation. He has been published in the San Francisco Examiner and his activism against flame retardants in furniture has led him to testify on the topic in Washington D.C.
Read his testimony here: http://www.epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Files.View&FileStore_id=9886e701-d756-437a-84fa-28c11ff91cf5
Andrew McGuire - Fire Trauma Prevention Specialist & Grassroots Lobbyist
Andrew McGuire is a burn victim and has a lifelong commitment to preventing injuries from fires. He founded and was the former Executive Director of the Trauma Foundation, formerly known as the San Francisco Burn Council, where he advocates against unnecessary and deadly flame retardants in furniture. He was awarded a MacArthur Genius award for his decades long battle against the tobacco industry and his successful campaign for fire-safe cigarettes.
Read more about McGuire: http://pnhpcalifornia.org/andrew-mcguire/
Hannah Pingree - Retired Maine Legislator & Former Speaker of the Maine House
Hannah Pingree a mother of two young children and is a politician from Maine, where she served four terms in the State Legislature representing 10 islands and coastal towns, before being forced to leave office by state term limits. She served one term as Speaker of the Maine House, and her activism against fire retardants in furniture led to a statewide ban, allowing Pingree to testify in Washington. Pingree is actively involved in the battle to reform the outdated Toxic Substances Control Act.
Read more about Pingree: http://pingree.com
Arlene Blum - Visiting Scholar at the Chemistry University of California, Berkeley
Arlene Blum Ph.D. is an award-winning writer and environmental health chemist who has pushed tirelessly for safer chemical standards, conducting breakthrough research around the world. Her work has led to major reductions in toxic chemicals in several industries and she has led the fight to eliminate fire retardants in household furniture. As a prominent American mountaineer, Blum is best known for leading the first successful American and only all-women ascent of Annapurna.
Read more about Blum: http://www.arleneblum.com/about.html
Michael Green, MS, MPH
Michael is the Executive Director for the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) charged with raising public awareness of the corporate use of toxic chemicals and of the many viable, pragmatic solutions to this pervasive threat to public health. He founded CEH in 1996 and since then has helped lead national efforts to stop toxic exposures and protect public health. Read more about Michael and Center for Environmental Health: http://www.ceh.org
Patricia Callahan - Investigative Reporter with the Chicago Tribune
Patricia Callahan is an investigative reporter on the Chicago Tribune's Watchdog Team. She launched the Chicago Tribune investigation that proved the nation's top consumer product safety agency failed to protect children from deadly chemicals. The series, which prompted the recall of more than 1 million baby products, won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting and spurred Congress to pass the largest overhaul of consumer product safety laws in a generation.
Read more about Callahan: http://bio.tribune.com/patriciacallahan
Sam Roe - Investigative Reporter with the Chicago Tribune
Sam Roe is a journalist at the Chicago Tribune, where he reports on public health, corporate wrongdoing and criminal justice. He was a key author of Goldsmith Prize-Winning work on industry deception regarding the safety and effectiveness of flame retardants.
Read more about Roe: http://bio.tribune.com/samroe
Michael Hawthorne - Investigative Reporter with the Chicago Tribune
Michael Hawthorne is the award-winning environment reporter for the Chicago Tribune. He was also a key author of Goldsmith Prize-Winning work on industry deception regarding the safety and effectiveness of flame retardants.
Read more about Hawthorne: http://www.chicagotribune.com/chi-chicagolive-guest-michael-hawthorne-html,0,20032.htmlstory
Sarah Janssen MD -Former Senior Scientist at the NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council)
Dr. Sarah Janssen is an expert environmental health scientist who works at the NRDC to protect vulnerable populations from chemical threats to development, reproduction and fertility. She received an MD and PhD in Reproductive Biology from the University of Illinois, and did her residency training in Occupational and Environmental Medicine in San Francisco, where she got a Masters in Public Health.
Read more about Janssen: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/sjanssen/
Gordon Damant - Author of TB117
Gordon Damant is a fire flammability expert and fire safety advocate. He is the original author of California Technical Bulletin 117, which mandates high levels of fire-resilient filling materials in upholstered furniture. He has since advocated for a reform of the law.
Read TB117 here: http://www.bhfti.ca.gov/industry/117.pdf
Marcelo Hirschler - Ph.D. Chemist with GBH International, Specializing in Fire Science
Marcelo Hirschler is an esteemed, author of over 350 technical and scientific publications and is a fire expert who works with the chemical industry defending the use of flame retardants. He is the founder of GBH International, which provides fire litigation support, codes & standards assistance, and contract fire testing & research. Hirschler has advocated fiercely for flame retardants in household furniture.
Read more about Hirschler: http://gbhint.tripod.com/about.htm
Vytenis Babrauskas - Founder of Fire Sciences and Technology Inc.
Dr. Vyto Babrauskas is highly experienced as a civil engineer, laboratory instructor, fire modeler, professor, and editorialist, with two graduate engineering degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. He is the first person ever to be awarded a Ph.D. degree in Fire Protection Engineering. He disputes the industry and has fought against the effectiveness of flame retardants. Babrauskas was featured in the front-page flame-retardant series in the Chicago Tribune.
Read more about Babrauskas: http://www.doctorfire.com/profess.html
Karen Kerr Stone - Lieutenant Firefighter in San Francisco
Karen Kerr Stone grew up in New York City dreaming of being a firefighter, and her dream came true- she spent 12 years as a firefighter in San Francisco, before being promoted to Lieutenant. She now works on Engine 25 in the San Francisco's Bayview neighborhood and is a Director, Crew Leader, and Board Member at Camp Blaze, a fire camp for young women. Stone has fought the chemical industry as an advocate against fire retardants. Karen has two young children and her concern for children’s health has motivated her passion.
Read more about Stone: http://www.campblaze.com/affiliations.html
Ana Mascareñas - Policy & Communications Director for Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles
As Policy and Communications Director at Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles, Ana Mascareñas works to inform doctors and politicians about toxic threats, promote safer practices, and strengthen local community organizations to engage in meaningful public health and environmental advocacy. Ana is Mexican American and she work tirelessly to protect communities of color from exposures to toxic chemicals. She is a steering committee member of Californians for a Healthy and Green Economy (CHANGE), a broad based coalition pushing for greater regulation of toxic chemicals. She has taken on the flame retardant industry and testified against them in Washington D.C.
Read more about Mascareñas : http://www.psr-la.org/about/staff/
Jerry Brown - Governor of California
The current governor of California, Jerry Brown has put forth new flammability standards for furniture and baby products to reduce use of chemicals that have been found in toddlers' bodies. Brown previously served as California's 34th Governor from 1975 to 1983. Both before and after his original two terms as Governor, Brown served in numerous state, local, and party positions.
Read more about Brown: http://www.jerrybrown.org/about
Barbara Boxer - United States Senator from California
Senator Barbara Boxer is a California Democrat who chairs the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Boxer has spent 30 years in congress and has been active in fiercely challenging chemical corporations about flame retardants.
Read more about Boxer: http://www.boxer.senate.gov/en/senator/biography.cfm
Don Lucas Ph.D. - Chemist at UC Berkley & Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Don Lucas is a staff scientist in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division of the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, where he is a Principal Investigator in the Combustion Group. He has received funding from several major agencies and organizations including the Department of Energy, the state of California, and the EPA. Lucas has led the fight against flame retardant chemicals in furniture.
Read more about Lucas: http://superfund.berkeley.edu/about-us/project-core-leaders/donald-lucas/