Dr. Paulene Quigley, President
brings extensive experience as a biochemist working in both the Biotech industry as well as academia. She has served in a number of capacities including research scientist, senior scientist, project manager and business development officer within the drug development and health sciences industry. After winning a Fulbright award to study at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, she returned to the US to continue her research. She earned her PhD in Biomolecular structure and drug design from the University of Washington and then worked with local biotech company, Targeted Genetics to develop and scale up their AAV gene therapy platform. From there, she moved to the UW, where she helped to establish the Center for Systems and Translational Research on Infectious Disease (STRIDE). This center is dedicated to using high-throughput technologies to expand the scope of biological investigations towards improving the health care quality and training new scientists. She lives on a houseboat on Lake Union where she enjoys swimming, biking and tree-climbing with her three young children.
Marlyn Twitchell, Vice President
is an independent legal and campaign consultant for nonprofit organizations and foundations. She has a long history of using her legal skills to protect the environment through her roles as attorney with Earthjustice, Environmental Litigation Director of the National Audubon Society, and director of a regional foundation. She received her JD from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, OR. Marlyn joined the TFF Board in 2011.
Dan Mensher, Treasurer
is an attorney at Keller Rohrback where he represents consumers, communities, and governments in complex environmental and consumer protection litigation. Before joining the firm, Dan was an environmental law professor at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, where he litigated cases involving toxic waste, water pollution, and natural resource management. He has sat on governmental advisory boards and helped to draft key environmental regulations in place today. Dan grew up in Seattle, and has spent his life on the water and in the mountains of the region. He works hard to protect these special places so his children can enjoy them long into the future.
Roald Bradley Severtson, Secretary
has worked as a software developer for 20 years at Microsoft and Amazon, 5 years as a hydrogeologist at Landau Associates and Shannon and Wilson, Inc., and 5 years as a teacher of mathematics and physics at d’Overbroeck’s College, Oxford. He was educated at the University of Puget Sound, Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, the University of Chicago on a National Science Foundation Fellowship, and the University of Washington. He currently works on cloud-based machine learning services for Amazon. Roald’s professional and scholarly interests have impressed upon him that many of our current policies and economic practices are exposing us and our ecosystems to dangerous and immoral risks. So he has spent the last fifteen years working on the boards of environmental NGOs to advocate for these concerns; 7 years at People for Puget Sound, 8 years at Friends of Cooper Island, and now at Toxic-Free Future. He has specialized in board governance and development and has engaged on technical issues dealing with the transport of contaminants and exposure to them. Roald joined the TFF Board in 2013.
Sharon Hsiang Chen, Past President
returned to the TFF Board in 2010 after serving from 2003-2008—including as Board Vice President in 2007. She lived for two years abroad in Taipei, Taiwan where she was a full time student learning Mandarin Chinese. Sharon worked in Product Management at Microsoft from 1994-2006 on programs such as MS Access and MS/MSN Money. Sharon serves on the Development Committee and Finance Committee.
is the director of strategic communications for the International Boreal Conservation Campaign, which seeks to protect and sustainably manage Canada’s Boreal Forest–the largest intact forest left on the planet. Before joining IBCC, Emily worked for the Natural Resources Defense Council, a leading nonprofit organization that uses science, law, and policy to protect the environment. Emily has written extensively about climate change, clean energy, and public health for national publications and online platforms. Diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 32, Emily has also written about life after cancer and advocates for young survivors through Stupid Cancer and other organizations. Emily received her BA from Harvard University. She moved to Seattle in 2011 after living on the Navajo Nation in Northern Arizona, and now resides in Ballard with her husband and two children.
has over 30 years of experience in natural resource land and marine conservation and energy policy. She was formally the US Arctic Project Director at the Pew Charitable Trusts which works to protect the Arctic Ocean and its marine life from rapid industrialization and increasing climate change. Prior to her Arctic work at Pew, Heiman managed the International Boreal Conservation Campaign, helping to protect one of the largest forest ecosystems on Earth. She previously served as the Secretary of Interior’s Alaska Senior Advisor. She was also Special Assistant to the Governor of Alaska on natural resources and oceans. Prior to that she worked as an aide to the Alaska legislature during the Exxon Valdez oil spill and was staff to the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Commission. Marilyn holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. She currently serves on the board of the Boreal Songbird Initiative and Toxic-Free Future.
Dr. Jennifer Klein
joined the board in 2016 after more than a year of involvement with Toxic-Free Future. She is a family physician and the mother of two spirited kids. Dr. Klein is passionate about creating a healthy environment for her children and her patients. She earned her medical degree at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and holds bachelor’s degrees in nursing and biology from the University of Pennsylvania and Chapman University. Dr. Klein moved to Seattle for residency and fell in love with the Pacific Northwest! She enjoys being outdoors with her family, gardening, cooking, camping & hiking.