Laurie Valeriano

Laurie Valeriano

Executive Director

Laurie Valeriano has worked for Toxic-Free Future since 1995. She has worked to pass strong environmental health policies at the state level for more than 20 years. During those years she has led successful campaigns to ban toxic flame retardants, and adopt the strongest standards in the nation for toxic chemicals in toys and children’s products. Laurie received her B.A in Political Science from the State University at Albany in 1991. She lives in Seattle with her three children and loves to practice yoga, fish, and cook delicious meals with friends and family.
Contact: lvaleriano@toxicfreefuture.org or (206) 632-1545 ext. 114

Amanda Auger

Amanda Auger

Administrative Director

Amanda Auger joined the staff of Toxic-Free Future in 2011. As Administrative Director, she manages Finance, Accounting, HR, IT and Facilities. Amanda started as organizer and activist working on issues including homelessness, nuclear testing, toxic waste disposal, destructive logging practices, and land conservation. An appreciation for systems and order led to a career in Accounting, and she now enjoys working behind the scenes in an administrative role. In her free time, Amanda loves to count and identify birds, and has kept an ongoing birding journal since 1995. She is currently pursuing WA state CPA licensure. Contact aauger@toxicfreefuture.org or 206-632-1545 ext 110

Erika Schreder

Erika Schreder

Science Director

Erika Schreder has worked on the Toxic-Free Future staff since 1997 and leads our research program. Research topics have included testing flame retardants in air, tracing the path of toxic chemicals from the home to waterways, and biomonitoring pregnant women for BPA, phthalates, and other chemicals. In the past, she led TFF’s efforts to secure protections for salmon from pesticides and to advocate for organic and sustainable agriculture. She obtained an M.S. from the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan and a B.S. in molecular biology from MIT. Prior to joining the Toxic-Free Future staff, she worked as a stream and wetland ecologist. Contact: eschreder@toxicfreefuture.org or ext. 119

Nancy Uding

Nancy Uding

Program Director

Nancy Uding joined the TFF staff in 2013. Nancy serves as a program director in TFF’s science and research work and she manages TFF’s grants program.   Nancy has professional experience in hazardous waste management and in waste water engineering. She has a BS in Ecosystems Analysis from Huxley College of Environmental Studies at Western Washington University and an MSE in Environmental Engineering from the University of Washington. Nancy also recently became a licensed practitioner of Clean Production Action’s GreenScreen method of chemical hazard assessment. Through Nancy’s years accumulating parenting experience with the three “A’s” – autism, asthma, and ADHD – she also had a unique opportunity to serve as a co-investigator in a research project at Seattle Children’s Hospital testing the efficacy of a class for parents of children with special health care needs. Over the years Nancy has also worked on environmental issues, women’s issues, and in international social justice. Nancy is currently enjoying her status as an empty-nester, and she loves international travel. Contact: nuding@toxicfreefuture.org or (206) 632-1545 ext. 123

Carina Wells

Carina Wells

Campaign Organizer

Carina Wells joined the staff at Toxic-Free Future in 2017, where she helps develop and implement the organizing strategy for TFF’s policy and market campaigns. She graduated from the University of Washington School of Public Health, where she conducted an in-depth literature review about toxic chemical exposure and the associated rise of chronic disease in America. She has worked on several past environmental and public health campaigns, notably the proposed carbon price and airplane pollution bills in 2016-17. In her free time, she enjoys learning about nutrition, spending time with friends outdoors, and spoiling her cat Franklin. Contact: cwells@toxicfreefuture.org or (206) 632-1545 ext. 112