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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-632-1545 ext. 110.
Bev Falgione joined the staff of Toxic-Free Future in 2019 as the Development Director. Bev manages the Development Division and directs all of TFF’s fundraising including, the major gifts program, annual fund, planned giving, and special events. Bev has over 25 years of c-level corporate management and nonprofit development experience in the fields of reform, education, and private foundation work. She is also an experienced and internationally accredited personal and professional coach, which has added a new dimension to staff development and team building throughout her career.In her free time, Bev serves on several nonprofit boards and volunteers with organizations providing mentoring and coaching to underserved youth in Seattle. Bev also enjoys trying new restaurants, a round of golf on a beautiful PNW day, a lively book club of friends, a romp in the park with her Yellow Lab, Charlie, and a good weekend movie binge. Contact: email@example.com or 206-632-1545 ext. 117.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-632-1545 ext. 119.
Fiona Sheehan joined the team at Toxic-Free Future in 2019, where she helps manage operations including IT, Accounting and Facilities. Volunteering with the Peace Corps in Indonesia (2014-2016) helped Fiona gain a new perspective on the interconnectedness of consumerism, environmental justice and community health. Since returning, she has assumed leadership roles in organizations that advocate for progressive climate solutions: Citizens Climate Lobby, the Georgia Climate Change Coalition, Washington Environmental Council, Washington Conservation Voters, Climate Solutions and the Initiative 1631 campaign. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in English and now plans to return to school for a Master’s in Public Administration to further her understanding of policy solutions to the climate crisis. Contact: email@example.com or 206-632-1545 ext. 118.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-632-1545 ext. 123.
Campaign and Communications Manager
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: email@example.com or 206-632-1545 ext. 112.
Development and Communications Coordinator
Alexa Woodard joined the Toxic-Free Future staff in 2019 as the Development and Communications Coordinator. In collaboration with the Director of Development, she helps guide the operations and activities relating to fund development, database management, communication, promotion, and administration of all development activities. She is an experienced and passionate fundraiser and event planner with a deep love of databases and spreadsheets. Alexa received her B.A. in viola performance and B.S. in psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In her free time, she continues to teach and play viola. She also enjoys hiking, reading, seeing new movies, doing yoga, and spending quality time with her dog, Willow. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-632-1545 ext. 113.