Summit Speakers

Lesley Albritton, J.D., is managing attorney, Disaster Relief Project at Legal Aid of North Carolina. As the managing attorney of Legal Aid’s Disaster Relief Project, Albritton is responsible for leading one of the most dynamic, high-profile and broadly impactful practice areas in the organization—a vital and weighty responsibility that she fulfills with aplomb, passion and skill. 

OM Beall, M.P.H., is program manager at Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate. Beall received their Masters in Public Health in Global Health from St. Catherine University, focusing on Environmental Health, Health Equity, and Health Communication. Beall has studied extensively on food, water, and climate issues in the context of public health as well as holding background experience in EMS, mental health counseling, and plant medicine. Coming of age as an activist in the anti-globalization movement, Beall has been a social and environmental justice organizer for two decades. They had dedicated their time to migrant justice including work on the US/Mexico border, climate justice including the fight against the Line3 pipeline, and mutual aid through food solidarity and street medic work in the city.

Rad Cunningham, M.P.H., M.P.A., is a senior epidemiologist and manager of the climate and health section at the Washington State Department of Health. Cunningham provides strategy and direction to a diverse set of climate subject matter experts and across the health department on climate and health related issues. In his career, Cunningham has managed a healthy built environment section for Washington State Department of Health and worked internationally on Guinea Worm eradication, maternal and child health programs, and water source provision and protection. He sees the massive changes needed to mitigate for and adapt to climate change as both our greatest challenge and our greatest opportunity to address the structural inequalities that drive health disparities.

Brenna Doheny, Ph.D., M.P.H., serves as executive director for Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate. Doheny earned her Ph.D. at the Medical University of South Carolina in Marine Biomedicine and Environmental Sciences, studying the effects of environmental endocrine disrupting contaminants on female reproductive tract development in a sentinel species, the American alligator. Her interest in communicating environmental health science to the public then led her to pursue a Master of Public Health degree in maternal and child health at the University of Minnesota. Doheny is currently focused on communicating the health impacts of climate change to the public and policymakers and fostering community-based strategies to promote mitigation, adaptation, and resilience.

Lance Gable, J.D., M.P.H., is a professor of law at Wayne State University Law School. Gable, an internationally known expert on public health law and bioethics, served as interim dean of Wayne Law from September 2016 to August 2017. He teaches courses on Public Health Law, Bioethics and the Law, Torts and other health law subjects. His research addresses the overlap among law, policy, ethics, health and science. He has published journal articles on a diverse array of topics, including public health law, ethics and policy; international human rights; bioterrorism and emergency preparedness; mental health; research ethics; and information privacy. He also is co-editor and co-author respectively of two books: Research with High Risk Populations: Balancing Science, Ethics and the Law and Legal Aspects of HIV/AIDS: A Guide for Policy and Law Reform.

Kyra Hill, J.D., is the lead senior staff sttorney for Climate Law & Policy at Public Health Law Center. In addition to leading the Center’s new programmatic work focused on the intersection of climate change, health equity, and environmental justice, Hill also provides legal technical assistance to public health professionals and advocates working on commercial tobacco control policies in California and throughout the United States. As part of the Center’s FDA project, she also closely monitors the federal regulation of tobacco products and works with state, Tribal, and national public health experts to identify opportunities to strengthen federal tobacco regulation. She also leads the Center’s work on developing and researching environmental policies relating to commercial tobacco products and tobacco product waste. 

Megan Houston, J.D., M.S., is resilience director at Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners. As the Director of the County’s Office of Resilience, Megan oversees the County’s climate mitigation, climate adaptation, and sustainable development strategies. She has a broad background in energy efficiency, environmental law, and community development. Prior to her role with the County, Houston was a Program Manager for the non-profit Institute for Market Transformation in Washington, DC, where she developed the organization’s multifamily buildings program to remove market barriers to energy efficiency. In addition, Houston has worked as a Legal Intern with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.

Jason Liechty, M.U.P., is senior environmental project coordinator with the Broward County Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division, where he manages environmental policy and legislative issues and contributes to many of the County’s climate and energy initiatives. He serves on the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact Staff Steering Committee and as the Compact’s policy and legislative coordinator. Liechty has also worked as a planner, legislative aide, nonprofit director, and office manager of a craft distillery. He earned a B.A. in international studies from American University, a Fulbright Fellowship to Germany, and a master’s in urban planning from the University of Illinois. Jason is the chair of the City of Fort Lauderdale Sustainability Advisory Board and former co-chair of the Broward County chapter of New Leaders Council, a nonprofit leadership training organization and network.

Jamie Long, J.D., is a staff attorney with the Public Health Law Center, providing legal technical assistance on commercial tobacco control issues to public health professionals and organizations, legal professionals, and advocates throughout the United States. Previously, Long worked in Congress as a deputy chief of staff and legislative aide, handling a wide range of policy areas and managing a Congressional district office. He worked as a Litigation Associate for Morgan Lewis LLP. Long also serves as a Minnesota State Representative.

Gina Plata-Nino, J.D., is a staff attorney at the Central West Justice Center of Community Legal Aid. As a staff attorney at Central West Justice Center in Worcester, Plata-Nino manages the food security project, a partnership of the Worcester County Food Bank. She chairs various anti-hunger coalitions including the inaugural city of Worcester Mayor’s Taskforce on Food Security. She works with
state and federal agencies to eliminate systemic barriers to food access. She has presented at both state and national conferences on the importance of equity in food security and utilizes her skills as a vehicle for motivating and supporting lasting changes that bring about social justice and build grassroots leadership in her community.

Elise Rasmussen, M.P.H., is the climate justice coordinator at the Washington State Department of Health. Previously, Elise was the manager for the Washinton State Environmental Justice Task Force and worked with communities across the state to write the Healthy Environment for All Act, an environmental justice law that keeps Washington state government accountable to communities most overburdened by pollution. Rasmussen is passionate about working toward and re-imagining a world where all living beings have the opportunity to thrive in healthy environments, especially in a changing climate.

Dani Replogle, J.D., is a staff attorney for the Public Health Law Center, where she provides stakeholders with legal technical assistance on issues at the intersection of public health, climate change, and the environment. As part of the Public Health Law Center’s newly convened climate pilot program, Replogle works with public health advocates, community groups, and other public interest organizations to promote policies that combat environmental injustice and increase equitable access to safe, healthy living spaces. Prior to joining the Public Health Law Center, Dani was the Senior Legal Fellow at Earthrise Law Center in Portland, Oregon. At Earthrise, she represented diverse environmental groups in federal litigation aimed at protecting forests, waterways, and wildlife across the country and around the world.

Kathleen Schuler, M.P.H., is policy director at Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate. While climate change advocacy is her retirement project, she previously served as Healthy Kids and Families Program Director at Conservation Minnesota and Co-Director of Healthy Legacy, a Minnesota coalition and campaign to advance public policies and business practices that focus on safer products and safer production methods to protect public health from toxic chemical exposures. Schuler was a co-founder of the Minnesota Green Chemistry Forum, a collaboration among business, government, NGOs and academic leaders to advance green chemistry practice and policy in Minnesota and nationally. Earlier in her career, Schuler served in various Project Manager positions for Medicaid managed care programs at the MN Department of Human Services.

Summer Sandoval, M.S., is the energy democracy coordinator at UPROSE. In this role, Sandoval leads many Energy Democracy campaigns from developing Sunset Park Solar—NY’s first community-led and owned community solar project, fighting peaker power plants with the PEAK Coalition, working on equitable offshore wind creation, and implementing a local Just Transition through UPROSE’s community-led comprehensive waterfront plan called the Green Resilient Industrial District (GRID). Sandoval has a Bachelor’s in Environmental Science from New York University and a Master’s in Sustainable Environmental Systems from Pratt Institute. Sandoval works with many partners to support policy implementation and create resources that will make local renewable energy affordable, accessible, and community-owned for environmental justice communities like Sunset Park.

Lovinia Summer Reynolds, M.S., is policy planner at UPROSE. She is a Black environmentalist passionate about a just transition to renewable energy. Reynolds has dedicated her studies and career to understanding how energy and environmental policy can work to undo the systematic oppression of marginalized communities. At UPROSE she works on issues related to energy policy. Prior to working at UPROSE, she worked with BlueHub Capital, the Environmental Law Institute, and DC Ward 6 Mutual Aid.

John Swanholm serves as vice president, community advancement for M Health Fairview, and president at Fairview Foundation. Swanholm provides executive leadership for Community Advancement and the Center for Community Health Equity, comprised of areas where there is significant synergy for M Health Fairview, including: Community Health Equity & Engagement; Community Health Improvement operations and programs; Community Benefit & Measurement; and Philanthropy/Foundation. He also leads organizational imperatives around Anchor Institution Mission and Community & Clinical integration.

Joe Tabor, Ph.D., M.P.H., is lead environmental epidemiologist at Pima County Health Department, Tucson. As a consultant, he worked in high income and low income countries for NGOs, corporations, local and federal governments, bilateral and multilateral organizations. He led earthquake disaster assessments, environmental assessments, and household food-security project evaluations. As a professor at University of Arizona, he taught environmental health policy and researched valley fever epidemiology and health care workforce.

Catherine Toms, M.D., M.P.H., is a senior advisor for Climate and Health, Health Care Without Harm, where she helps Florida’s health care institutions prepare their facilities and communities for a changing climate. As a steering committee member with Florida Clinicians for Climate Action, she educates other health care providers and the public about the health impacts of climate change & advocates for equitable solutions promoting clean energy and resilient communities.

Diane Tran is system executive director of Community Health Equity and Engagement at M Health Fairview, a partnership between University of Minnesota, University of Minnesota Physicians and Fairview Health Services combining the University’s deep history of clinical innovation and training with Fairview’s extensive roots in community medicine. She previously served as system director of Neighborhood Integration and Community Engagement at HealthEast. Prior to that, Tran provided strategic community engagement consulting services as a senior project manager at Grassroots Solutions.

Manire Vaughn, J.D., M.J., is a staff attorney with the Public Health Law Center. Within this role, Vaughn provides legal technical assistance to public health professionals and advocates working on commercial tobacco control policies in California and throughout the United States. Prior to joining the Public Health Law Center, Vaughn worked as a housing attorney at Mid Minnesota Legal Aid, where he advocated for clients facing evictions, subsidized housing terminations, repair disputes, and housing discrimination. Manire is passionate about equity, and has dedicated his career to empowering historically marginalized communities. He is a member of the Good Trouble Coalition, and serves as a board member for Peris Hill Housing Project. Beyond practice, he enjoys mentoring law students, and serves as a faculty mentor at University of St. Thomas School of Law.

Heather Walter-McCabe, J.D., M.S.W., is associate professor and expert in LGBTQ health equity and public health law at Wayne State University. Walter-McCabe began her career as a social worker at a high acuity pediatric tertiary care hospital in the Midwest working with families whose children had significant medical needs. After law school, she directed a public health research program examining the impact of firearm violence in Indiana. She later served as the Executive Director of the William H. and Christine H. Hall Center for Law and Health at the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law before joining the faculty at the Indiana University School of Social Work. Walter-McCabe’s research is done at the intersection of law, social work, and public health.