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.

Jennifer Ahrens

Jennifer Ahrens

Development Director

Jennifer Ahrens joined Toxic-Free Future in 2021 as the Development Director. Prior to TFF, Jennifer worked for other nonprofit organizations in the fields of health and human services, early learning, and most recently in animal welfare at Seattle Humane. Her work involves an array of fundraising deliverables with a mission-driven approach. She received her M.S. in nonprofit management from Northeastern University, and a B.A. in public administration from Seattle University. Contact: jahrens@toxicfreefuture.org or 206-200-8862.

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. Contact aauger@toxicfreefuture.org or 206-632-1545 ext. 110.

Liz Hitchcock

Liz Hitchcock

Safer Chemicals Healthy Families Director

Liz Hitchcock is Director of Safer Chemicals Healthy Families, Toxic-Free Future’s federal policy program. Working with partner organizations, she leads advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill and at EPA and other federal agencies. She joined the team in 2011 after 25 years with the  Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs). As U.S. PIRG’s public health advocate,  she led campaigns on environmental health issues including product safety, chemical policy reform, chemical facility security, and food safety. She has a B.A. in Politics from Mount Holyoke College. Contact: lizhitchcock@saferchemicals.org.

Beth Kemler

Beth Kemler

Mobilization and Marketing Director

Beth Kemler is Toxic-Free Future’s Mobilization and Marketing Director. She has been organizing public interest campaigns for twenty years, focusing on both policy and markets-based campaigns. Most recently, she served as the Virginia Director for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, leading a team that got bills for climate solutions passed and exposed the commonwealth’s top climate-polluting companies. Before that, Beth worked on Oceana’s successful campaign on mercury in seafood. She has a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology and Environmental Studies from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Contact: bethkemler@saferchemicals.org or 202-794-8756.

Melissa Lound

Melissa Lound

Digital Communications and Fundraising Manager

Melissa Lound joined Toxic-Free Future in 2021 as the Digital Communications and Fundraising Manager. Prior to her time at TFF, Melissa worked for 13 years as the Senior Editor and Communications Manager at Benevon, an organization that coaches and trains nonprofits to fundraise sustainably. There she designed and implemented the company’s digital communications strategy and managed its training curriculum. She received her M.A. in publishing from the University of the Arts London and her B.A. in English and journalism from Arizona State University. Contact: mlound@toxicfreefuture.org or 206-930-8175.

Mike Schade

Mike Schade

Mind the Store Campaign Director

Mike Schade is the Campaign Director for Mind the Store, a program that challenges the nation’s leading retailers to transform the marketplace away from hazardous chemicals and develop comprehensive safer chemicals policies. Previously, Mike was the Markets Campaign Coordinator with the Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ), a national organization where he led campaigns to phase out PVC plastic, phthalates, and bisphenol A (BPA) in consumer products and packaging. Before that, he was the Director of the Buffalo office of a statewide environmental health organization. He has a B.S. in Environmental Studies from the University at Buffalo. Contact: mikeschade@saferchemicals.org or 646-783-3477.

Natalie Schmidt

Natalie Schmidt

Administrative Coordinator

Natalie Schmidt joined Toxic-Free Future in 2021 as the Administrative Coordinator. She provides operational, bookkeeping, and administrative support for the TFF team. Natalie’s previous experience as an administrative professional spans a wide range of fields, including environmental consulting and education, construction special inspections, and immigration law. Outside of the office, Natalie makes theater and volunteers with Friends of Lincoln Park and Books to Prisoners. Contact: nschmidt@toxicfreefuture.org.

Erika Schreder

Erika Schreder

Science Director

Erika Schreder has worked on the Toxic-Free Future staff since 1997 and leads the 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 206-632-1545 ext. 119.

Stephanie Stohler

Stephanie Stohler

Communications Director

Stephanie Stohler joined the staff of Toxic-Free Future in 2020 as the Communications Director. A skilled strategic communications professional with more than 14 years experience, Stephanie most recently served as the Communications Director for the national nonprofit alliance Healthy Babies Bright Futures where she developed, led, and supported communications campaigns for dozens of projects, programs, and initiatives resulting in significant local, national, and international visibility. She holds a master’s degree from Georgetown University in Public Relations and Corporate Communications and a bachelor’s degree from Boston College. Contact: sstohler@toxicfreefuture.org or 617-842-4751.

Marlyn Twitchell

Marlyn Twitchell

Deputy Director

Marlyn Twitchell is Deputy Director responsible for TFF’s operations, staff, and project management. She is an environmental lawyer and policy analyst with more than 20 years of experience advocating for a more just and healthier world, serving in leadership positions and as a consultant to a range of regional and national organizations. In addition to her analytical skills, she has broad experience building programs and organizations and leading change. Marlyn holds a JD and Certificate of Environmental Law from Lewis & Clark Law School.